As we approach the halfway point of the Indian Premier League 2021, the importance of each victory is increasing. The teams currently in the top three positions will now want to move up to the top two positions, while the bottom four teams will find it difficult to even qualify for the playoffs.

The bottom-placed Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will face off in the 28th match of the ongoing IPL season in a bid to climb the ladder. Both the Sunrisers and the Royals have had a bad season so far, and the outcome of this match will determine how both teams finish the season. The match between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will take place on May 2nd, 2021, at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.



Rajasthan Royals are the only team in the tournament that has underperformed the number of its pieces. The Royals had a lot of match-winners when the tournament began, but they haven’t been able to translate their on-paper power into on-field results due to poor execution. They are now one place away from the bottom of the table, where they would reach if they lose to the Sunrisers.

Rajasthan Royals have only won two games so far and must now win at least five of their remaining eight games to have a chance of qualifying. They’ll need their batsmen to fire for that to happen, which they haven’t done so far. The good news for them is that Jos Buttler finally looks in shape in the last match, so it’s a no-brainer to back Buttler to be the Royals’ top scorer on Sunday.

However, apart from Buttler and Samson, their batting has missed oomph. Shivam Dube has shown flashes of brilliance, but his innings against the Mumbai Indians showed a lack of footwork that the Sunrisers would look to exploit. The Royals, on the other hand, have a batting lineup that can go deep. Even against a respectable bowling lineup like the Sunrisers, they should be able to score an above-average total. In reality, if the Royals’ top-order burns, they’ll be aiming for a first-innings total of at least 180 runs. This is yet another profitable wager you can make in this game.

The bowling of the Rajasthan Royals has been a tale of inconsistency. They have their moments of brilliance, and when they don’t, they display a complete lack of sharpness. The Royals can make a couple of improvements to their bowling unit on a surface that will be difficult to bowl on. Given how effective Rahul Chahar was for Mumbai Indians in the Royals’ previous match, Shreyas Gopal could be called into the playing eleven.

Overall, the Royals’ storey this season hasn’t been all that different from their previous ones. They’ve always had a great team on paper, but bad execution and team composition choices have cost them time and time again. They’ve already got some stuff going their way, and if they can build on a few of the above-mentioned points, the Royals should be well, not only in the upcoming game, but during the tournament.


Sunrisers Hyderabad, who were thought to be one of the better-balanced teams before the competition began, have played just the opposite of what was expected of them. Their batting has appeared tentative, while their bowling has appeared too focused on a few players. The performances, as well as their placement on the points table, bear this out.

As things stand, the Sunrisers Hyderabad are in last position in the points table and will need a miracle streak to make the playoffs. They have only won one game out of six played games and will now need to put together victories to advance to the next round.

The form of David Warner, who acknowledged that his sluggish knock was partly to blame for Sunrisers’ previous loss, has been a huge disappointment for them. Taking a lead from that, we expect David Warner to play his normal game of provocation, and with Bairstow still in top shape, the Sunrisers will be looking to get off to a fast start. As a result, you may want to consider a wager on the Sunrisers scoring more than 49 runs at the end of the powerplay in this upcoming contest.

The Sunrisers have always been recognised for their outstanding bowling attack, but that hasn’t been the case this season. Their bowlers have failed to take wickets in powerplay so far, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s absence has only added to their worries. With the exception of Rashid Khan, none of their bowlers have looked dangerous at any point during the game. They could bring in Jason Holder to bolster the bowling team, but that would mean taking out either of Warner, Bairstow, or Williamson, which, considering their batting unit’s current form, would be a bad idea.

Rashid Khan, who finished with three wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad against CSK, was the other Sunrisers Hyderabad wicket-taker. Rashid Khan being the best bowler for Sunrisers is a bet you don’t want to lose, given his current form and the fact that no other bowler has looked like picking wickets.

Overall, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have more work ahead of them. With Kane Williamson and Kedar Jadhav coming in, their batting seems to have finally stabilised. In the other hand, they’ll need to find someone other than Rashid Khan to supply the goods in the bowling department. If they can do that, the Sunrisers could be on their way to a successful season.

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