Rajasthan Royals Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - The Rising Underdogs

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This is a clash between two teams that are equally good as compared to the other teams but are still considered to be underdogs in this edition of the IPL. It will be an exciting contest between the batting-heavy Rajasthan Royals and the bowling-heavy Sunrisers. It has been a treat to watch RR vs SRH in the IPL series because of the competition and enthusiasm they have for the match.

In the last edition, Sunrisers Hyderabad was totally dependent on Warner and Bairstow to get them a respectable score and then on Bhuvi and company to defend the total. They made it to the playoffs in 2019 but then succumbed to defeat in the qualifiers. 2020 was also fairly good for SRH but an in-form DC denied them a shot at the championship against Mumbai Indians.

Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, has not had a great run in the last few seasons since winning the inaugural edition in 2008. They have chopped and changed their lineups way too often, which hasn't helped their team much either.

And now, as IPL is back with a bang this year, the RR vs SRH 2021 matches will surely try to set a mark. It will be really very interesting to see how these teams fare this year as the whole squad will be there for selection for the entire tournament which wasn’t the case last year when key players had to leave mid-tournament for international assignments.

So now let’s take a closer and clear look at the numbers for head to head:

RR vs SRH Head to Head Stats:

Total matches RR SRH No result
13 6 7 0

Both teams are neck and neck with 6 and 7 wins respectively. The balance shift in their current squad will make for an interesting watch in IPL 2021. Let’s have a look at players to watch out for in this edition.

Players to watch out for - Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad :

Team Analysis of RR vs SRH 2021

Both Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad have been great in the IPL matches and have been having a tight battle. With the utmost energy and great practice, both the teams are again geared for the tournament of IPL 2021. Sunrisers Hyderabad maintaining the lead, are back on the pitch with their confidence and team morale to reach out to the trophy and so are Rajasthan Royals, after baggin Chris Morris for INR 16.25 Crore, the most expensive buy at an IPL Acution. The enthusiasm is the same when compared between the players and the fans, but before that, it is very crucial to remember the stats from the previous matches to have a clear picture of your favorites.

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad is being led by David Warner in this edition of the tournament as well
  • Warner being the leading run-scorer in the 2019 edition after making a comeback post his ban, scored 692 runs in 12 matches at an average of 69.20, with eight fifties and a century, while Bairstow scored 445 runs in 10 matches at an average of 55.62, notching up two fifties and century to his name. Their partnership will be the most crucial for SRH.
  • Kane Williamson, who was the captain of SRH, may find it difficult to find a spot in the playing 11 as it may go against the balance of the squad. If that is how the management thinks, Manish Pandey will have the responsibility of holding up one end for them.
  • Sanju Samson, who has shown glimpses of his talent in previous years will have come to the party in this edition and perform consistently because he is donning the Skipper’s hat, this time around.
  • The arrival of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler will only strengthen the RR batting line up with Samson and Miller at the top.
  • Jofra Archer will be a key player in RR’s plan for a title challenge this year with his death bowling holding the key.
  • Rashid Khan is one of the most consistent performers for SRH in recent years. Ranked #1 in ICC T20 bowlers ranking, he will be key to getting crucial wickets for them.

The Probable XI for 2020

Sunrisers Hyderabad Lineup

Rajasthan Royals Lineups

Stats of IPL Results SRH v/s RR

No. Tournament Venue Winner
  2013 IPL Jaipur Rajasthan Royal won by 8 wickets
  2013 IPL Hyderabad Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 23 runs
  2013 IPL Delhi Rajasthan Royals won by 4 wickets
  2014 IPL Abu Dhabi Rajasthan Royals won by 4 wickets
  2014 IPL Ahmedabad Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 32 runs
  2015 IPL Visakhapatnam Rajasthan Royals won by 6 wickets
   7. 2015 IPL Mumbai Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 7 runs
  8. 2018 IPL Hyderabad Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 9 wickets
  9. 2018 IPL Jaipur Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 11 runs
 10. 2019 IPL Hyderabad Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 5 wickets
 11. 2019 IPL Jaipur Rajasthan Royals won by 7 wickets
12. 2020 IPL Dubai Rajasthan Royals won by 5 wickets
13. 2020 IPL Dubai Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 8 wickets

The Squads of Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad for the IPL 2020


Batsmen -

  • Manan Vohra
  • Riyan Parag
  • Liam Livingstone
  • Yashasvi Jaiswal
  • David Miller

Bowlers -

  • Jayadev Unadkat
  • Mustafizur Rahman
  • Kartik Tyagi
  • Andrew Tye
  • Rahul Tewatia
  • Mayank Markande

Wicket Keepers -

  • Sanju Samson
  • Jos Buttler
  • Anuj Rawat

All Rounders -

  • Ben Stokes
  • Chris Morris
  • Mahipal Lomlor
  • Shreyas Gopal
  • Shivam Dube


Batsmen -

  • Kane Williamson
  • Manish Pandey
  • David Warner
  • Abdul Samad
  • Virat Singh
  • Priyam Garg

Bowlers -

  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  • Rashid Khan
  • Siddarth Kaul
  • T Natarajan
  • Basil Thampi
  • K Khaleel Ahmed
  • Sandeep Sharma
  • Shahbaz Nadeem

Wicket Keepers -

  • Widdhiman Saha
  • Shreevats Goswami
  • Jonny Bairstow

All Rounders -

  • Vijay Shankar
  • Mitchell Marsh
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Abhishek Sharma

Both the teams comprise a bunch of talented and experienced players and try to make their mark by each passing IPL season. Apart from Sunrisers Hyderabad, even Rajasthan Royals is trying to turn the tables. Revamping the squad and getting their players fitter and more trained might help in getting better results for both the teams in this year's IPL.

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