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Kane Williamson made a statement on the eve of Sunrisers Hyderabad-s opening game of the Indian Premier League. The skipper of the Hyderabad-based franchise was the only batsman in the nets an hour prior to the arrival of the Cricket Betting Tips Free for the team for their final practice session ahead of the season opener against the Rajasthan Royals.
Being given throw-downs by assistant coach Simon Helmot for over an hour, the skipper continued to bat through until his team arrived and well beyond, Cricket Match Tips on his drives and follow-through from time to time. Knowing Williamson, it wasn-t a conscious ploy to make a statement, but an effort to prepare and get himself match-ready for Sunrisers- big day on Monday (April 9).
Hyderabad had been hit by a hailstorm and heavy showers that had Cricket Session Tips the city to a standstill for two hours on Saturday - two days prior to their first Indian Premier League match of the 2018 edition. With showers forecast, much in contrast to the typical heat in the month of April, the threat of wet weather looms large in the city Cricket Tips concerns among some of the Hyderabad Cricket Association officials. It was, after all, only in October last year that rain and a wet outfield had washed out the Twenty20 International between India and Australia.
With the weather being among the many uncontrollable, SRH has been meticulous about their preparation coming into the tournament. They were Cricket Tips Free with a mighty blow coming in with David Warner-s exclusion from this season owing to the ball-tampering scandal, but they have taken it in their stride, and well. With a couple of practice games at the venue, they have had impressive performances from their local youngsters, which has pleased mentor VVS Laxman. It has also given the Match Tips a chance to acclimatize to the leadership of Williamson, who will take over as full-time captain.
Rajasthan, too, on their comeback from a two-year hiatus, was dealt a similar deal, with Steve Smith being banned from the CBTF Cricket along with Warner. He was the only player that the franchise opted to retain from their previous squad, but his exit meant Ajinkya Rahane was named skipper, and South African Heinrich Klaasen, his replacement.
Royals, too, are coming in with some good preparation back in Jaipur, before a full training session at the Uppal stadium on Saturday (April 7), before the skies opened up. Their squad boasts of familiar faces from the Rising Pune Supergiant side and the previous RR squad, which would assist Rahane and Cricket Match Tips Free his job easier without the challenge of having to take over a fresh set of players two weeks prior to the start of the tournament, much like Williamson.
While familiarity is a luxury for both skippers, in this case, the challenge of deliverance will be just the same. Royals have a lot to prove given their Cricket Free Tips over the last couple of years, while Sunrisers will be keen to show that losing their leader in Warner will not hamper their ability as a side.
Match: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: April 9, 2018, Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, 8:00 PM IST
What to expect: A humid day in Hyderabad with a temperature rising to 35 degrees is expected with showers forecast for the afternoon. The only Cricket Betting Tips would be to get the outfield conditions in order for the teams to take the field, provided rain stays away leading into Monday.
Royals lead the head-to-head count 4-3 against the Sunrisers. However, SRH-s record at home of 20 wins in 30 games will give them confidence, despite RR winning won two of their four games played at the venue.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Alex Hales joined the SRH squad four days prior to the first game and was first to bat at the nets on the eve of the game. He appears to be a sure- starter, in place of Warner at the top. Yusuf Pathan, too, had a long session in the nets, having even have headed to the nets before the rest of the squad, which could have him making the playing XI.
Probable XI: Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul/Basil Thampi.
Rajasthan Royals: Klaasen was picked on the back of his impressive show against the Indian spinners in South Africa recently, which would hold him in good stead to be picked for their series opener against SRH, given the plethora of spin options that the hosts have in their armory. Jofra Archer-s availability will be subject to his fitness, as he had suffered a side-strain in the recently concluded PSL.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Heinrich Klaasen/D-Arcy Short, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.