This match is of utmost importance to both the sides - Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are loitering in the bottom half of the points table for the time being. The Royals are ahead in the points table by a couple of points, but that can change within hours, if the Hyderabad-based team manage to claim full points on Thursday. A loss will derail either of the teams in the context of the championship, which is the main reason why the players will give their best in the upcoming match.
I have already assorted the top three bets for you from the market and listed them below. Just go through my analysis and act accordingly to get richer by the end of the day.
For the upcoming match, this is one of the best deals you are going to find in the market. In the nine matches played so far, the openers have piled up a total of 418 runs, at a rate of 46.4 runs per matches, with them having the better opening stand in seven of those matches. On the flip side, Rajasthan Royals have put on a total of just 207 runs, averaging 20.7 runs per match, having had the better opening stand in five of the above-mentioned matches. If that is not enough to convince you to invest on this bet, read along.
In the last three matches played at the Dubai International Stadium, Sunrisers Hyderabad have had the better opening stand in each of those matches, having amassed 206 runs, at a rate of 68.66 runs per match. In the last four H2H matches between these two sides, Sunrisers Hyderabad have had the better opening stand in three of those matches, having racked up 178 runs, averaging 44.5 runs per match, which is great for a T20 game. Even in the last match against Rajasthan Royals, the David Warner-led side scored 23 runs before the fall of the first wicket, compared to Sunrisers Hyderabad's 7. I hope you have placed the bet by now.
If you ever feel this is a risky proposition, just spare two minutes of your time and read the entire paragraph. In the nine matches played this season, the IPL side has hit a total of 42 sixes, at a rate of 4.6 hits per match, having hit at least 6 in just three of those matches. In the five matches played at the venue this season, Sunrisers Hyderabad have struck 25 sixes (3, 2, 9, 9, 2), which is equivalent to five sixes per match, having hit 6 or more in just two of those matches.
In the last five H2H matches between these two sides, the men from Hyderabad have hit a total of 22 sixes (9, 1, 8, 2, 2), at a rate of 4.4 hits per match, striking more than 6 in just two of those matches. Moreover, in the list of top 15 six-hitters this season, there is only one player from the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad - Jonny Bairstow with 12 hits, at the 14th spot. With the lack of proper big hitters and playing at one of the bigger grounds in the IPL, we are convinced that the team will not hit more than 5 sixes in the upcoming match. So please place your bets.
While we might have doubts over Sunrisers Hyderabad's big-hitting abilities, there is no doubt that this IPL side is one of the best when it comes to hitting boundaries. In the nine matches played this season, the team has registered a total of 116 boundaries, at a rate of 12.88 hits per match, having hit more than their opponents in six of those matches. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals have struck a total of 110 boundaries, at a rate of 11 hits per match, with them hitting more than their opponents in just three of those matches.
In the five matches played at the venue this season, Sunrisers Hyderabad has hit a total of 67 boundaries (14, 19, 15, 6, 13), at a rate of 13.4 hits per match, with them having the upper hand in four of those matches. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have hit 27 and 26 boundaries respectively this season, with them in red hot form and is expected to hit a few in the upcoming match. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals' top hitters - Steve Smith and Jos Buttler have been inconsistent this season, which is why we cannot back them up for this case. I have already placed my bet. What about you?
Sunrisers Hyderabad to have the highest opening partnership @ 1.75 (Leo Vegas)
Sunrisers Hyderabad to hit under 5.5 sixes @ 2.0 (Bet 365)
Sunrisers Hyderabad to hit over 12.5 fours @ 1.91 (Sportsbet.io)