Match Preview

Sunrisers Hyderabad will be up against Rajasthan Royals in the Match 40 of IPL 2021 on 27 September at Dubai International Stadium. After losing to the Delhi Capitals, Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals have found themselves in a do-or-die position. SRH has had one win in nine games and is practically out of playoff contention but they have some great T20 players and will try to ruin RR’s party. Things have grown complicated for RR and to qualify for the playoffs, they must now win at least three games.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is balanced more towards the batting side and slightly better for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 34 – 35° C


Total matches                                      61

Matches won batting first                34

Matches won bowling first              26

Average 1st Inns scores                    144

Average 2nd Inns scores                   122

Highest total recorded                      211/6 (20 Ov) by IRE vs SCO

Lowest total recorded                       71/10 (13.2 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Highest score chased                         183/5 (19.4 Ov) by AFG vs UAE

Lowest score defended                     134/7 (20 Ov) by OMAN vs HK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) WP Saha – The right-handed batsman has impressed not just with his wicket keeping abilities but also with his willow. Saha has established himself as the perfect keeper due to his quick reflexes and acrobatic wicket-keeping ability. He made 31 runs in his last match.

Matches – 199

Runs – 3503

Average – 25.20

2) Sanju Samson – The right-handed batsman, given his innate potential, his game has truly progressed in the way it should have. He has led his team through thick and thin, he is a player with a lot of potential. He made 70 runs in his last match.

Matches – 183

Runs – 4417

Average – 27.60

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Evin Lewis – The left-handed batsman has a reputation for hitting big sixes in this format and with his power-striking, he is expected to give good fantasy points in the upcoming match. He made 36 runs in his last IPL match.

Matches – 183

Runs – 5298

Average – 31.72

2) David Warner – In the IPL’s history, David Warner has been the most successful overseas batsman. He is still an important cog in the SRH top gear and an experienced one.

Matches – 306

Runs – 10019

Average – 37.52                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3) KS Williamson – With his excellent batting skills mixing perfectly with his footwork and gritty disposition, Williamson’s batting is a purist’s delight. He is an experienced player and a sheet anchor for his team.

Matches – 208

Runs – 5310

Average – 31.60

4) Yashasvi Jaiswal – The youngster’s selection for the Royals in the IPL was a big lift, and if his potential is honed, he’ll make the most of it. Many people are inspired by Jaiswal’s cricketer journey. He made 49 runs in the last match.

Matches – 13

Runs – 263

Average – 20.23

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Mustafizur Rahman – With his bowling it is difficult to deal with the slow left arm cutters towards the death on a few slow surfaces. And the across-going angle that he provides for right-handers is something that the teams need to keep an eye on. He took 2 wickets in his last match.

Matches – 155

Wickets – 207

Economy – 7.61

2) Bhuvneshwar Kumar – He can get it to hoop around corners, typically back into the right-hand batsman, but he also gets it to hold its line frequently enough to be a legitimate menace. The lanky swing bowler continued to experiment with his game and was one of the first players in the IPL to make extensive use of the knuckle ball and its numerous varieties.

Matches – 195

Wickets – 202

Economy – 25.40

3) Chris Morris Morris is a naturally gifted athlete who can turn a game of cricket on its head with both bat and ball. With the ability to turn up the volume on the speed gun while maintaining strong bounce, as well as some well-documented hitting prowess. He took 1 wicket in his last match.

Matches – 231

Wickets – 289

Economy – 7.76

4) Rashid Khan – Rashid is a legbreak googly bowler with a skill set that suits him well in limited-overs cricket. He is not a great turner of the ball, but by bowling fast in the air, he puts batsmen under constant pressure. His main weapon is a very precise googly. He took a wicket in his last match.

Matches – 279

Wickets – 386

Economy – 6.32

Top 3 All-rounder Picks

1) Mohammad Nabi – He is the all-rounder that every T20 squad desires, and as a result, he is in high demand from a variety of franchises. Nabi may tease you with his loopy ones and demolish you with his faster darts as an offie.

Matches – 303

Runs – 4685

Average – 22.63

Wickets – 292

Economy – 6.93

2) Liam Livingstone – Apart from batting, Livingstone can also contribute with leg-breaks and is an excellent defender. In short, he’s the whole deal for RR and one of their brightest prospects in this tournament.

Matches – 151

Runs – 3976

Average – 30.35

Wickets – 57

Economy – 7.97

3) Jason Holder – Holder, a Barbados-born right-arm medium-fast bowler, has matured as an all-rounder and player on the move, displaying an ever-improving temperament and growth in technical and tactical understanding. He’s also a capable batter in the bottom of the order.

Matches – 149

Runs – 1337

Average – 15.91

Wickets – 127

Economy – 7.73

Predicted Playing 11

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Kane Williamson (captain), Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha, Manish Pandey, Virat Singh/Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jagadish Suchith, Basil Thampi

 Rajasthan Royals

Sanju Samson (captain/wicketkeeper), Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, David Miller, Liam Livingstone, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya


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Poll Winning Percentage

Sunrisers Hyderabad – 51%

Rajasthan Royals – 49%