Hyderabad and Rajasthan will face off against each other in the 5th Match of the Indian T20 League 2022. This would be the first match of the season at the Maharashtra Cricket Association in Pune.
Both Hyderabad and Rajasthan have one Indian T20 League title to their names. Rajasthan was the champion in the inaugural season of the Indian T20 League in 2008, while Hyderabad won the title in 2016. Before they face off against each other, let’s look at the important details of the encounter.
Hyderabad: Hyderabad had a controversial end to its relations with Australian star David Warner. After being benched mysteriously mid-season last year, Kane Williamson took up the leadership of the team. This year also Williamson will be seen captaining the Hyderabad squad.
Unavailable Players: The Australian Pacer Sean Abbott will miss the first three matches for Hyderabad.
Probable XI: Aiden Markram (O), Rahul Tripathi, Kane Williamson (C) (O), Nicholas Pooran (WK) (O), Abdul Samad, Romario Shepherd (O), Washington Sundar, Shreyas Gopal, Bhuvneswar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan.
Kane Williamson: The skipper of Hyderabad will be the key factor in their batting line-up. Williamson will be the anchor around which Hyderabad will build their innings.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has suffered from injury woes for a couple of years now. He is making a comeback into the Indian mainframe gradually. He will be the spearhead of Hyderabad’s bowling attack and will look to give some good performances for the team.
Rajasthan: Sanju Samson will be seen resuming his job as the leader of the Rajasthan team. Rajasthan has assembled a good squad with the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, and Shimron Hetmyer being a part of the squad.
Unavailable Players: No major news of unavailability
Probable XI: Jos Buttler (O), Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (C) (WK), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rassie van der Dussen (O) Shimron Hetmyer (O), Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult (O), Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Jos Buttler: Buttler at the top of the order will be the most important factor in Rajasthan’s batting. He can take the game away at the very beginning with his aggressive approach.
Sanju Samson: Sanju Samson will have to play the role of anchor for Rajasthan. Along with the leadership responsibility, he will also have to try and increase the scoring rate of the team.
Yuzvendra Chahal: Chahal will be the main wicket-taking option for Rajasthan in the middle overs along with Ashwin.
Pitch Report: The pitch at MCA Stadium will be batting friendly with assistance for the spinners. As this will be a night match, dew is expected to affect the second half of the game.
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune
Date: 29th March 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Live Streaming: Switch Star Sports Network for Television and Disney + HotStar app for online streaming.
Weather Report: Rain is not expected to affect the game. The average temperature will be around 23 degrees Celsius. Dew will be a factor in the second innings of the game.