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IPL 2020 Match 26 – Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Rajasthan Royals Betting Preview

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The 26th match of the 2020 Indian Premier League is between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals. SRH are currently in 3rd place, having won 3 of their last 4 matches, while RR are languishing in 7th place, with 4 consecutive defeats. This is a must-win game for the Royals if they want to have any hope of qualifying for the play-offs. Let’s preview this match from a betting perspective, with odds provided by Bet365 India.

Our Top Betting Picks:

  • SRH to win the match @1.72
  • RR to hit the most sixes @2.05
  • SRH to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.90
  • Archer to be RR’s top wicket-taker @2.87.
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History

Sunrisers Hyderabad are two-time winners of the IPL, first in 2009 under the name of Deccan Chargers, and then in 2016 under the able leadership of current captain David Warner. Rajasthan Royals won the first ever IPL title back in 2008, but have consistently struggled ever since. These two teams have faced each other 11 times in the IPL, with SRH winning 6 of those, and RR winning only 5.

Team News

SRH lost both their opening 2 matches, and were rock bottom of the table before their clash with Delhi Capitals. However, they regrouped and beat the table toppers with an impressive bowling performance, led by Rashid Khan and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. They followed that up with another impressive victory of Chennai Super Kings, but faltered against Mumbai Indians. In their last match they scored 200+ against KXIP for a huge win, and are looking good going into this clash.

Rajasthan Royals started IPL 2020 with a bang, winning their first 2 matches in dramatic fashion, scoring over 400 runs in the process. Their top order has been fairly consistent while Jofra Archer has been absolutely brilliant with the bat as well as ball. The return of Ben Stokes will make them an even more formidable unit. However, they have lost their last 4 matches in a row, and are currently struggling at the 7th spot in the table.

Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction

To Win The Match

The Sunrisers are favourites to win this match at odds of 1.72 as per Bet 365. They won their previous match with a huge margin over KXIP, and their batting as well as bowling looks to be in great form, having won 3 of their last 4 matches. They are also the only team to beat table-toppers Delhi Capitals this season. RR to win has odds of 2.10, which is not surprising as they have lost their last 4 matches in a row, and are currently 7th in the league table.

Top Team Batsman

SRH captain David Warner is unsurprisingly the favourite to be their top batsman in this match with odds of 3.10. His opening partner Johnny Bairstow has odds of 3.40 after his brilliant innings of 97 in the previous match, while the dependable Kane Williamson has odds of 5.00. The consistent Manish Pandey has odds of 5.00, which is an attractive bet.  

Jos Buttler is unsurprisingly the favourite to be their top batsman in this match with odds of 3.50.  He was their top scorer as they succumbed to a disappointing defeat to MI. His opening partner Sanju Samson has odds of 4.33, while the dependable Steve Smith also has odds of 4.00.

Highest Opening Partnership

Both these teams are equally poised at 1.90 to have the highest opening partnership in this match, as both are considered to have in-form opening pairs. Warner and Bairstow have consistently given SRH some solid starts with impressive stroke play in the initial over, including in the previous match where Bairstow scored 97, while Smith and Buttler can easily destroy any bowling attack on their day. 

Top Team Bowler

Rashid Khan is unsurprisingly SRH’s favourite to be the top team bowler at 2.60, followed by Natarajan at 4.50 and Khaleel at 5.00.

On the other hand, Jofra Archer is the favourite to be the top bowler from RR at 2.87, followed by all-rounder Tom Curran at 4.50 and Tye at 5.00.

Total Runs In The Match

Odds of there being more than 326.5 runs in this match are 1.72, as per Bet 365. This is a pretty attractive bet as SRH’s openers can explode on their day, while RR seem to have low confidence right now, but still have a formidable batting line-up with Smith, Buttler, Samson and even the potential return of Ben Stokes to the line-up.

Individual Player Betting

  • David Warner to score more than 26.5 runs has odds of 1.83 , which is a tempting bet as he would like to continue his prolific form. Jos Buttler to score more than 24.5 runs has odds of 1.72, which is again very tempting as he is expected to return to his big-hitting ways.
  • Both these teams are equally poised to hit the most sixes at odds of 2.05, which is not surprising considering the sheer number of big hitters in each squad. Warner, Bairstow, Buttler, Samson and even Archer can all clear the ropes.
  • Rashid Khan to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.10, while Jofra Archer to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.00, which is almost a given with his form.

Our Top Betting Picks

  • SRH to win the match @1.72
  • RR to hit the most sixes @2.05
  • SRH to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.90
  • Archer to be RR’s top wicket-taker @2.87.
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FAQ

Why should I bet on Sunrisers Hyderabad to win this match at 1.72?
SRH are the favourites to win this match for obvious reasons. The Royals have lost their last 4 matches in a row, and are struggling in all departments right now. Their looks to be little respite for them unless Ben Stokes makes his much awaited comeback and instantly hits top gear and changes their fortunes, which is highly unlikely.
Why should I bet RR to hit the most sixes?
Both these teams have very strong batting line-ups, and have plenty of big hitters, however, Rajasthan Royals’ batsmen are known for preferring the aerial route very often. Even though we believe they will lose their match, we expect the likes of Buttler, Samson, Tewatia and Jofra Archer to hit plenty of sixes in this match.
Why should I bet on SRH to have the highest opening partnership @1.90 ?
Warner and Bairstow are arguably the best opening pairing in the world of cricket. And both scored stunning half centuries in the previous match, for another century stand. Royals’ have talented openers as well but they are not in equally lethal form right now

Dream 11 Preview

Our Dream XI team for this match is fairly balanced with 2 wicket-keepers, 3 batsmen, 3 all-rounders and 3 bowlers:

Wicket Keeper – Sanju Samson And Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler is the favourite to be the top RR batsman at 3.50, and hence we have included him over Bairstow. He can utilize the powerplay for his six-hitting abilities. We also have Sanju Samson who is now due a big innings after an explosive start in the beginning.

Batsmen

Steve Smith is our only batsman pick from the Royals as we already have 2 wicket keepers from their team. He is 4.33 to be their top scorer. David Warner (3.00) and Williamson (5.00) are SRH’s most consistent batters. Both of them make their way in our team. Warner is our Captain for this match as we expect him to go all guns blazing.


All-Rounders

We have picked the 2 youngsters in the SRH middle order – Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad, who can be handy with the ball and bat both, and are very cost-effective inclusions in our line-up.

Bowling

Our bowling lineup is led by Rashid Khan (2.62 to be SRH’s top bowler), who is in exceptional form. He is complemented by Sandeep and Jofra Archer (2.87 to be RR’s top bowler).


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