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5.58pm Jaiswal and Lewis – two left-handers opening the batting.
CricDude: “Hey Sreshth, isn’t this hard on Suchith? So many changes and still he doesn’t get a look in. He’s more than good with both bat and ball and probably the best fielder in the camp. I don’t know what the management is thinking but he should have been the top 5 players in the 11 for the team.” — I think he is tried and tested from skills point of view. Sunrisers probably see greater potential in Abhishek Sharma as the person who is closer to the XI and close to Suchith’s skills.
5.47pm Thanks, Himanshu. We are ready to rumble. Reckon all the middle-muddle teams will want a rejuvenating Sunrisers performance today.
Right then, here comes Sreshth just before first ball. Say hello!
Jayant Isswani: “Excited to see Jason Roy today!”
It is confirmed that David Warner is not at the ground today.
5.30pm So the news is that Royals win the toss and bat first. Tyagi out due to injury, with Shamsi and Miller out too, as Morris, Unadkat and Lewis are in;. Four changes for Sunrisers: Roy, Abhishek Sharma, Garg and Kaul in for Warner, Pandey, Jadhav and Khaleel.
Samson: “Atmosphere suits here batting first… The last defeat was hard, and we are a much better team.”
Williamson: “Important we adapt quickly. Roy at the top comes in for Warner. I guess is today is something fresh. The young guys come in…”
Sunrisers: Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
Royals: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman
Siddhartha: “Indian selectors won’t be the only ones with a mild headache watching fortunes of their squad members. While Smith doesn’t get a chance to prove, Warner doesn’t give them confidence! “
Jason Roy gets his cap for Sunrisers. So one change in their XI is confirmed, probably for Warner.
Surath: “Hope David Warner will get ONE last chance here at Dubai to prove his worth. Fail today and Nabi should replace him the next game on” — And what about Pandey and Jadhav?
Should Royals bring in Glenn Phillips for today’s clash? Carlos Brathwaite and Deep Dasgupta weigh in on that and more.
Ahnaf Adnan Kha: “What do you mean by realistically out but mathematically in?” — The most SRH can get to from here is 12, with three other teams already on at least that many points. That said, four others are logged at eight each, so SRH would need a near miracle for results to go their way – including all other sides’.
With the toss less than 30 minutes away, there is still enough time for you to firm up your fantasy side. We believe you can trust Liam Livingstone to turn up.
5pm While we get closer to the action, why not keep yourself updated with Sruthi Ravindarnath’s preview for the day? Samson needs support after all, while Sunrisers seek batting lift.
Mustafa Moudi: “Happy 40th Birthday to Mccullum. Interestingly, this is Match No. 40 too. Hope like his team KKR made a strong comeback in UAE, His NZ Successor Williamson’s Team makes a Strong comeback too!!” — And as we wish the big Baz, it is never too late to look back on this innings.
Harsh: “SRH mathematically still in, not yet eliminated.” — Mathematically yes, but realistically not.
4.45pm Hello and welcome to match No. 40 of the season. Of the two teams facing-off today, Sunrisers Hyderabad are all but out of the playoffs race and will be playing for pride; but there is much more at stake for Rajasthan Royals, who are in a pretty much dicey situation as the business end of the round-robin stage approaches. I am Himanshu Agrawal, and with me soon will be Sreshth Shah for the action this evening.