Indian T20 League 2021: Winnable factors for Rajasthan vs Hyderabad
Sportsbet.io discusses the key factors for match 28 of Indian T20 League 2021 between Rajasthan and Hyderabad.
Bat first or second
As noticed in the high-scoring thriller between Mumbai and Chennai, the tracks of the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi start opening up as the innings comes into the second half. The toss-winning captain must bowl first to restrict the opposing team within a score of 170-185 and use the dew factor to their advantage.
Hyderabad hold the edge in their head-to-head record against Rajasthan, winning seven of their 13 encounters. Their form in Delhi - six of their nine games - is a further boost considering they lie rock-bottom on the points table. Rajasthan, meanwhile, have four wins in 10 matches.
Rajasthan are certain to rely much on their captain Sanju Samson against Hyderabad for a couple of reason. First being his current form and second being his returns against Hyderabad. In a total of 16 innings against the one-time winners, the 26-year-old has scored 485 runs at an average of 40.41.
For Hyderabad, while Williamson’s form is indeed a worry, one needs to keep a close eye on David Warner. With the burden of captaincy no longer on his shoulders, he will be keen on adding more runs to his tally of 389 runs against Rajasthan. This has come at an average of 32.41 and includes three half-centuries.
Jaydev Unadkat may have failed to get wickets at will, but he has indeed loved bowling against Hyderabad, to say the least. In a total of 10 innings, the pacer has picked 14 wickets, but that has come at a cost of a hefty economy of 8.41. Mayank Markande is another bowler who has taken wickets against Hyderabad, but the uncertainty about his selection remains a gamble.
Hyderabad, on their part, are going to rely much on Rashid Khan given that Bhuvneshwar Kumar is still a doubt. Bhuvneshwar has picked 12 wickets in 11 innings against Rajasthan, and while Rashid hasn’t had this sort of impact, he has managed to restrict Rajasthan by bowling at an economy of just 6.38.
Words: William Paul
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