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IPL Cricket: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals Preview


Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals 

TATA Indian Premier League

Tuesday March 29, 2022

Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune (3pm UK)

Sunrisers Hyderabad are the competition’s outsiders, rated at 16/1 to lift the trophy by the majority of bookmakers.

Now I’m not sure they are going to be the worst team in the competition. You know, it wouldn’t amaze me if that tag ended up belonging to defending champions Chennai Super Kings.

However, I don’t expect them to make the play-offs.

Rajasthan are rated as a best-priced 9/1 with a number of firms to win the IPL, and while I wouldn’t be backing them, it wouldn’t surprise me if they did make the top four for the play-offs.

With players like Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson, Ravi Ashwin, Trent Boult and Yuzvendra Chahal, they have plenty of firepower with bat and ball.

They are worthy 8/11 favourites to win this game with Betfred, amongst others.

If Sunrisers are to make an impression on this competition, they desperately need Nicholas Pooran to fire

With Kane Williamson having not played since November due to an elbow injury, there has to be some concern over whether the New Zealand captain can hit the ground running.

With that in mind, West Indies star Pooran looks their outstanding batter, despite a wretched campaign in 2021 with Punjab Kings.

I tipped the left-hander to be Hyderabad’s top tournament run-scorer last week, and I expect him to build on some excellent recent form for his country, including a trio of sixties in a T20 series in India last month.

He looks excellent value at 9/2 with bet365 to be the top-scorer in this fixture, when he could bat at three.

Ok, ok, the tweet below is nothing to do with his batting. But any excuse to have a look at this catch again, hey! 

Betfair’s #OddsOnThat combinations can offer interest across the whole game

We had some success on these selections throughout the Pakistan Super League, so why not go again.

And the one I have picked out doesn’t rely on one man starring. Let’s face it, if you pick a top-scorer like Pooran above, you can always be done by a first-baller and your interest in the game is over.

But, here we have a 5/1 selection with Betfair on there to be a duck, a stumping and a run out in the game.

Hyderabad’s batting looks shaky, opening up the prospect of a duck or two.

Rajasthan’s spin options look strong, opening up the prospect of a stumping.

And the helter-skelter nature of T20 cricket, especially in the latter stages of an innings when every run is vital, can often bring about run outs.