Monday's match 40 in the Indian Premier League 2021 will have big consequences for Rajasthan Royals' play-offs fortunes as they face bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad who have nothing to lose. The Royals come off a demoralizing 33-run defeat against Delhi Capitals while Sunrisers fell short by five runs in a low-scoring thriller against Punjab Kings which effectively knocked them out of the play-offs race. With five more games remaining, SRH will look to salvage pride by beating RR who beat them by a comprehensive margin of 55 runs in the first leg.
Overall: Matches – 14 | SRH - 7 wins | RR – 7 wins
Last five matches: RR– 3 wins | SRH – 2 wins
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In the last 10 matches played at the Dubai International Stadium, 167 has been the average first innings score. However, since the beginning of the second leg of IPL 2021, the totals have been different with the same surface throwing up vastly different results within few days. Since 2020 in the IPL, pacers have picked up 68% striking every 19.2 balls which is greater than spinners' strike rate of 26.3. Spinners have bowled 434 overs in 58 innings at an economy of 7.5 which is better than pacers' 8.4, so it is better to get an equal mix of pace and spin.
Evin Lewis has had a sensational CPL 2021 where he led St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots to the title and has carried the form into IPL as he clubbed seven boundaries and a six in his 21-ball 36 against Punjab Kings. The opener is extremely strong on the off-side and can send the ball a long way even if provided with little width.
Our Criclytics player projection predicts, Lewis could score 34-52 runs against SRH
Chris Morris performances with the ball are one of the biggest reasons why Rajasthan Royals have done so well as a team. The South African has claimed 14 wickets in eight matches and is third in the Purple Cap race. He will be needed for the Royals if they are to recover from a sorry loss against Delhi Capitals.
Our Criclytics player projection predicts, Morris could could pick up 1-2 wicket and score 8-12 runs against SRH
Jason Holder put on an incredible performance in the previous match against Punjab Kings on a difficult pitch in Sharjah as he smashed 47 off 29 balls and claimed 3-19. The West Indies all-rounder will be the key in the lower-order against Rajasthan as SRH play for pride after being eliminated from the play-offs race.
Our Criclytics player projection predicts,, Holder could could pick up 1-2 wicket and score 14-22 runs against RR
Liam Livingstone has made a big impact since rejoining RR camp for the second leg of the IPL. He can bat across the order without compromising on his strike rate and hit the ball a long way. Besides his prowess with the bat, Livingstone can be extremely useful with part-time off-spin.
Our Criclytics player projection predicts, Holder could could score 22-32 runs and pick up 0-1 wickets against SRH
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Manish Pandey, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma.
Rajasthan Royals: Evin Lewis, Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson (C/WK), Riyan Parag, Chris Morris, Liam Livingstone, Rahul Tewatia, Shivam Dube, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Tabraiz Shamsi.