Two sides that produced poor performances in the 2021 edition of the Indian T20 League will battle it out with each other in the fifth match of the 2022 season of the tournament. Rajasthan and Hyderabad finished the 2021 season of the competition at seventh and eighth place respectively.
Hyderabad looked totally out of sorts in the tournament last year and could post just three wins in 14 matches. Rajasthan fared slightly better and managed to win five out of their 14 rubbers.
Surely, both sides will be looking to put up a far better show in the 15th season of the Indian T20 extravaganza.Â
Hyderabad:Â Rahul Tripathi and rookie Abhishek Sharma will open the batting, with skipper Kane Williamson coming in at No.3. The playing XI consists of exciting young talents like Abdul Samad and Umran Malik as well.
Probable XI:Â Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (C), Nicholas Pooran (WK), Aiden Markram, Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen, Umran Malik, T Natarajan
Kane Williamson – Williamson brings with him an experience of 63 matches in the Indian T20 League. He has amassed 1885 runs at a superb average of above 40. Williamson will be the fulcrum of the Hyderabad batting lineup.
Umran Malik: Umran Malik has been blessed with extreme pace, and can hurry up any batter in the world. Malik also gets some movement in the air and off the pitch and will play an important player for his side with the ball in hand.
Rajasthan:Â Two young left-handers, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Devdutt Padikkal will open. The middle-order will consist of heavyweights like Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, and Shimron Hetmyer. Two wily spinners Ravi Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal will feature in the playing XI, while the experience of Trent Boult will also come in handy.
Probable XI:Â Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Jos Buttler (WK), Sanju Samson (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, James Neesham, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna
Jos Buttler: Big-hitting batter Jos Buttler can wreak havoc if he gets going. The England cricketer has amassed close to 2000 runs in his Indian T20 League career and has scored them at a frightening strike rate of 150. If Buttler stays for long, he can decimate the Hyderabad bowling attack.
Yuzvendra Chahal: Yuzvendra Chahal has taken 139 wickets in 114 matches of the Indian T20 League. The leg spinner has taken his wickets at a terrific strike rate of 17.61. Chahal can get the ball to drift in the air and also extract turn to bamboozle the batters.
Venue:Â Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Time:Â 07:30 PM IST
Live Telecast:Â Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
Pitch Report:Â The pitch will be one where the batters can score runs. The ball will come onto the bat and if the batters can spend some time on this pitch, they can score big.
Records at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Highest Total:Â 211 for 4 by Chennai against Delhi
Lowest Total:Â 73 by Punjab against Pune
Weather Report:Â The temperature will be around 27 degrees for this match. There is also absolutely no chance of rain.