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  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Sam6e. I'd send in Henriques ahead of Pathan on the basis that he usually comes in at either 3rd or 4th drop for Sydney Sixers. Pathan is probably more used to coming in at 5th drop. Other than that I'd have to agree on you that Henriques can provide more for the Sunrises than Sammy at this given time unless they decide to unburden Dhawan and make Sammy Captain

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 8, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    It will be 2 more years before Shikhar learns captaincy and by then SRH will have a brand new team. In the match against RCB, Sammy should not have bowled specially to AB. No matter how bad they are, Irfan and Ishant are better bowlers than Sammy. He could have brought Steyn in the 20th over instead of 19th because AB knows how Steyn bowls so someone like Irfan or Ishant would have worked better. You need to be unpredictable and catch your opposition unawares.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 8, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    SRH bowling is woefully out of form. Neither nor Mishra are lethal this year. Batting is flopping is usual.

    So SRH and DD are competing for the bottom two places. MI may win the 6Th place.

  • POSTED BY cricinfovijay on | May 8, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Winning XI: SRH: 1.Dhawan 2.Ojha 3.Finch 4.warner 5.Taylor 6.Sammy 7.pathan 8.mishra 9.kumar 10.sharma 11.rasool Go with it,,,,

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 8, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    RR is going to lose against sunrisers for sure what ever the player combination is

  • POSTED BY John.cric.lover on | May 8, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    RR need to drop southee and bring in Brad Hodge... That wud make their batting super strong.... Watson and Binny could cover up in the bowling... Southee and Richardson are expensive anyway....

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 8, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Drop Sammy AND Dhawan. Sammy averages 15 with the bat, and 40 with the ball. Give Brendan Taylor an opening slo, or Moises Henriques the all rounder berth. The advantage with Taylor is he is an experienced international skipper. Dhawan is a failed T20 skipper.

    It may not make much difference at this point of the season, but as the present setup is failing miserably, a change could shock them into some form.

    Steyn's bowling hasn't been his best. He is incredible when pumped up, confident & MOTIVATED. It is difficult to be motivated when you know 1 of the weak links in the chain is going to fail.To read how well the skipper is doing, watch Steyn. He is always good, but when he is motivated, he IS the best. A good skipper gets the very best out of the best.

    During India's tour of SA, Steyn had his worst run in tests. Kallis announced his retirement. Steyn wanted a win for Kallis. He went in & promptly wrecked the very good Indian batting. He was MOTIVATED. He was unplayable!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 8, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    and please bring back misra

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 8, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    For some reason I love Kings 11 and SRH. One team doing really good but other doing really poor. I thing all who request the vice captain to be dropped from SRH, have a point. Sammy is a good finisher as a batsman. But he can not come anywhere closer to a fifth bowler. SRH either should play a specialist batsman or a specialist bowler. I think what ever they do RR will walk all over SRH today.

  • POSTED BY sam6e on | May 8, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Please drop Dhawan from captaincy, its effecting his batting....let him be free as a opener and play his natural game. He is taking extra pressure to perform as a skipper...same thing happened to sachin long back....God sake drop sammy for Moises henriques coz last 2 matches were lost due to poor bowling and the fifth bowler is coughing up so many runs...henriques is much better bowler...Dhawan,Finch, Rahul, Warner, Ojha, Pathan, Henriques, K Sharma, Bhuvi,Steyn, Mishra...shud be a winning combination...for a change make Finch as captain n see

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Royals will try for a big win, and reach 2nd spot. I do know why, they have only 3% votes in the poll. Hope fr a Watto hundred tdday.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    I wish there was a way to check which teams gave most runs in last 2-5 overs of a match from a winning position. Last match vs RCB was just another notch into the long list of losses the HYD team has incurred due to poor death over bowling. Sometimes I feel players underperform when playing for hyd team, not sure if its the captain or the coaching + support staff. I wonder if a guy like dhoni or shane warne could do much with this team. I know bowlers will get hit for runs in t20 but the batting side has always been pathetic even though there were some big name on the team in ipl1. The only time they scored over 200 runs they lost too! Not sure what it is but the team needs good management to overpay for some indian batsmen or foreign batsmen who can deliver. In match vs rcb, AB went berserk but guys like dhawan & warner arent able to do the same eve though they faced 30+ balls. I will just check the scorecard tomorrow a few hours after match is done. I have no interest in a loss.

  • POSTED BY vj3478 on | May 8, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Dhawan is the worst captain in the IPL so far. Coupled by bad team selection with with 3 openers and 0 middleorder (reliable) batsmen. Sammy can clear the ground and take home SRH on somedays.. but to expect him do every time is too much. Send Irfan 3/4 down (play him as batsman as his bowling is too unreliable) if he has to be in the team. that way you can accommodate rasool who can bowl off spin and bat a bit too. Bowling is good but batting is all bits and pieces.. well thats all SRH has at its disposal. 1) Finch 2) Dhawan 3) Warner/Taylor 4/5) Rao/Rahul/Naman/Ifran 6) Sammy 7) Rasool 8) Karan 9) Steyn 10) Bhuvi 11) Amit

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Sad but i do not see Hyderabad qualifying for play-offs my pick is of course top two teams Kings xi Punjab followed by Chennai Super Kings and the next best teams will fight for bottom two positions which at the moment looks like RAJASTHAN ROYALS who have a very well balanced squad and RCB and Mumbai to fight for the last position. KKR, Sunrisers and Delhi must pick up their game quickly to stand any chance of making it to the play-offs. Good luck Sunrisers Hyderabad :)

  • POSTED BY Starvybz on | May 7, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    the reason why sammy is not firing is because sunrisers don't know how to use him

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 7, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    This will be a good contest. Both teams are evenly matched.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 7, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    SRH need some change of players to put up a better show. I have been requesting for Rasool to be included to provide some variety to the bowling. Also Sammy is not performing in bowling & very little in batting. So either include a batsman in his place like Taylor or include an all rounder like Henriques. Having a new pro can enthuise life by his keenness to prove his worth. After the top 4 batsmen, having 3 all rounders- 1 pro + Pathan & Rasool gives batting up to #7. Follow this up with 3 bowlers - Kumar, Steyn, Karn +WK. This line up gives 6 bowlers + 8 batsmen incl. WK- N. Ojha. One other suggestion is to use Pathan for his full quota of 4 overs unless he is uneconomical. This is assuming that Mishra is rested & gives way to Rasool. Including Ishant sharma at the expense of Mishra is a poor move because Ishant leaks runs + there are already 4 seamers. SRH has a remote chance of qualifying for playoff if the XI is right + the potential of players are fully utilised by skipper!

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Sunrisers should play this xi. 1. Dhawan 2. Finch 3. Rahul 4. Warner 5. Taylor 6. Rao 7. Pathan 8. Stayn 9. K. Sharma 10. I. Sharma 11. Kumar? They should win if they choose this xi only taylor in for Sammy and hope that's what dhawan will be saying at the centre tmr . Royals should keep the same xi .

    Hope SUNRISERS win

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Sunrisers they r disappointing so far they qualified last season for the playoffs and they should win 6 out of the remaining 8 games to stand a chance to qualify

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  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Sam6e. I'd send in Henriques ahead of Pathan on the basis that he usually comes in at either 3rd or 4th drop for Sydney Sixers. Pathan is probably more used to coming in at 5th drop. Other than that I'd have to agree on you that Henriques can provide more for the Sunrises than Sammy at this given time unless they decide to unburden Dhawan and make Sammy Captain

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 8, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    It will be 2 more years before Shikhar learns captaincy and by then SRH will have a brand new team. In the match against RCB, Sammy should not have bowled specially to AB. No matter how bad they are, Irfan and Ishant are better bowlers than Sammy. He could have brought Steyn in the 20th over instead of 19th because AB knows how Steyn bowls so someone like Irfan or Ishant would have worked better. You need to be unpredictable and catch your opposition unawares.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 8, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    SRH bowling is woefully out of form. Neither nor Mishra are lethal this year. Batting is flopping is usual.

    So SRH and DD are competing for the bottom two places. MI may win the 6Th place.

  • POSTED BY cricinfovijay on | May 8, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Winning XI: SRH: 1.Dhawan 2.Ojha 3.Finch 4.warner 5.Taylor 6.Sammy 7.pathan 8.mishra 9.kumar 10.sharma 11.rasool Go with it,,,,

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 8, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    RR is going to lose against sunrisers for sure what ever the player combination is

  • POSTED BY John.cric.lover on | May 8, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    RR need to drop southee and bring in Brad Hodge... That wud make their batting super strong.... Watson and Binny could cover up in the bowling... Southee and Richardson are expensive anyway....

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 8, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Drop Sammy AND Dhawan. Sammy averages 15 with the bat, and 40 with the ball. Give Brendan Taylor an opening slo, or Moises Henriques the all rounder berth. The advantage with Taylor is he is an experienced international skipper. Dhawan is a failed T20 skipper.

    It may not make much difference at this point of the season, but as the present setup is failing miserably, a change could shock them into some form.

    Steyn's bowling hasn't been his best. He is incredible when pumped up, confident & MOTIVATED. It is difficult to be motivated when you know 1 of the weak links in the chain is going to fail.To read how well the skipper is doing, watch Steyn. He is always good, but when he is motivated, he IS the best. A good skipper gets the very best out of the best.

    During India's tour of SA, Steyn had his worst run in tests. Kallis announced his retirement. Steyn wanted a win for Kallis. He went in & promptly wrecked the very good Indian batting. He was MOTIVATED. He was unplayable!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 8, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    and please bring back misra

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 8, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    For some reason I love Kings 11 and SRH. One team doing really good but other doing really poor. I thing all who request the vice captain to be dropped from SRH, have a point. Sammy is a good finisher as a batsman. But he can not come anywhere closer to a fifth bowler. SRH either should play a specialist batsman or a specialist bowler. I think what ever they do RR will walk all over SRH today.

  • POSTED BY sam6e on | May 8, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Please drop Dhawan from captaincy, its effecting his batting....let him be free as a opener and play his natural game. He is taking extra pressure to perform as a skipper...same thing happened to sachin long back....God sake drop sammy for Moises henriques coz last 2 matches were lost due to poor bowling and the fifth bowler is coughing up so many runs...henriques is much better bowler...Dhawan,Finch, Rahul, Warner, Ojha, Pathan, Henriques, K Sharma, Bhuvi,Steyn, Mishra...shud be a winning combination...for a change make Finch as captain n see

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Sunrisers they r disappointing so far they qualified last season for the playoffs and they should win 6 out of the remaining 8 games to stand a chance to qualify

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Sunrisers should play this xi. 1. Dhawan 2. Finch 3. Rahul 4. Warner 5. Taylor 6. Rao 7. Pathan 8. Stayn 9. K. Sharma 10. I. Sharma 11. Kumar? They should win if they choose this xi only taylor in for Sammy and hope that's what dhawan will be saying at the centre tmr . Royals should keep the same xi .

    Hope SUNRISERS win

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 7, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    SRH need some change of players to put up a better show. I have been requesting for Rasool to be included to provide some variety to the bowling. Also Sammy is not performing in bowling & very little in batting. So either include a batsman in his place like Taylor or include an all rounder like Henriques. Having a new pro can enthuise life by his keenness to prove his worth. After the top 4 batsmen, having 3 all rounders- 1 pro + Pathan & Rasool gives batting up to #7. Follow this up with 3 bowlers - Kumar, Steyn, Karn +WK. This line up gives 6 bowlers + 8 batsmen incl. WK- N. Ojha. One other suggestion is to use Pathan for his full quota of 4 overs unless he is uneconomical. This is assuming that Mishra is rested & gives way to Rasool. Including Ishant sharma at the expense of Mishra is a poor move because Ishant leaks runs + there are already 4 seamers. SRH has a remote chance of qualifying for playoff if the XI is right + the potential of players are fully utilised by skipper!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 7, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    This will be a good contest. Both teams are evenly matched.

  • POSTED BY Starvybz on | May 7, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    the reason why sammy is not firing is because sunrisers don't know how to use him

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Sad but i do not see Hyderabad qualifying for play-offs my pick is of course top two teams Kings xi Punjab followed by Chennai Super Kings and the next best teams will fight for bottom two positions which at the moment looks like RAJASTHAN ROYALS who have a very well balanced squad and RCB and Mumbai to fight for the last position. KKR, Sunrisers and Delhi must pick up their game quickly to stand any chance of making it to the play-offs. Good luck Sunrisers Hyderabad :)

  • POSTED BY vj3478 on | May 8, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Dhawan is the worst captain in the IPL so far. Coupled by bad team selection with with 3 openers and 0 middleorder (reliable) batsmen. Sammy can clear the ground and take home SRH on somedays.. but to expect him do every time is too much. Send Irfan 3/4 down (play him as batsman as his bowling is too unreliable) if he has to be in the team. that way you can accommodate rasool who can bowl off spin and bat a bit too. Bowling is good but batting is all bits and pieces.. well thats all SRH has at its disposal. 1) Finch 2) Dhawan 3) Warner/Taylor 4/5) Rao/Rahul/Naman/Ifran 6) Sammy 7) Rasool 8) Karan 9) Steyn 10) Bhuvi 11) Amit

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    I wish there was a way to check which teams gave most runs in last 2-5 overs of a match from a winning position. Last match vs RCB was just another notch into the long list of losses the HYD team has incurred due to poor death over bowling. Sometimes I feel players underperform when playing for hyd team, not sure if its the captain or the coaching + support staff. I wonder if a guy like dhoni or shane warne could do much with this team. I know bowlers will get hit for runs in t20 but the batting side has always been pathetic even though there were some big name on the team in ipl1. The only time they scored over 200 runs they lost too! Not sure what it is but the team needs good management to overpay for some indian batsmen or foreign batsmen who can deliver. In match vs rcb, AB went berserk but guys like dhawan & warner arent able to do the same eve though they faced 30+ balls. I will just check the scorecard tomorrow a few hours after match is done. I have no interest in a loss.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Royals will try for a big win, and reach 2nd spot. I do know why, they have only 3% votes in the poll. Hope fr a Watto hundred tdday.

  • POSTED BY sam6e on | May 8, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Please drop Dhawan from captaincy, its effecting his batting....let him be free as a opener and play his natural game. He is taking extra pressure to perform as a skipper...same thing happened to sachin long back....God sake drop sammy for Moises henriques coz last 2 matches were lost due to poor bowling and the fifth bowler is coughing up so many runs...henriques is much better bowler...Dhawan,Finch, Rahul, Warner, Ojha, Pathan, Henriques, K Sharma, Bhuvi,Steyn, Mishra...shud be a winning combination...for a change make Finch as captain n see

Royals v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Ahmedabad May 7, 2014

Faltering Sunrisers look for lift

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Match facts

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big picture

Last season, consistency was one of the characteristics that defined Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad - their scrappy, minimal-fuss brand of cricket making them popular with fans. This season, however, while Royals have hit on a winning patch and surged to the top half of the table, Sunrisers, despite big additions to their batting, are faltering lower down.

In Sunrisers last game, AB de Villiers played the kind of innings few teams could have done anything about, but their two victories have shown how critical it is for their top order to fire. Perhaps the best example was their victory against Delhi Daredevils in the UAE, where Aaron Finch and Shikhar Dhawan added 56, the best opening stand for the side so far - which set the base for a score of 184. Compare that to their losses in which their highest total has been 155.

Like their batting, the Sunrisers bowling also relies heavily on two individuals - Amit Mishra and Dale Steyn. While Steyn will have recovered from the mauling by de Villiers, Sunrisers could bring back Mishra on a track that can be expected to be a little slower.

Royals settled into their new home ground with a win and they would like to keep that form going. They don't have a stellar away record in the IPL and with their next fixtures against Royal Challengers and Chennai Super Kings, a win here could give them a buffer.

Form guide (most recent first)

Rajasthan Royals: WWWWL Sunrisers Hyderabad: LWLWL

Where they stand

Rajasthan Royals: 3rd, with 10 points from seven games
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 7th, with 4 points from six games

Previous encounter

The teams opened their IPL 2014 campaigns against each other, with Royals huffing their way to a four-wicket win in the last over in Dubai. Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner got starts but Sunrisers were restricted to 133. The Royals reply, meanwhile, revolved solely around a fifty from Ajinkya Rahane and an unbeaten 48 from Stuart Binny, who rescued the chase from a position of 31 for 3.

Watch out for

Karun Nair played a valuable hand in Karnataka's Ranji Trophy title win this season and he seems to have found his feet for Royals too. He takes his time at the start, but once settled he has been unafraid to switch gears, even going after the faster bowlers in the opposition.

Batting at positions between No. 5 and 7, Darren Sammy has come in quite often with Sunrisers stuck in a rut. As the most important batsman in the lower order, his form has denied Sunrisers a final push, putting even more pressure on the top order.

Stats and trivia

  • Royals are the most successful IPL team batting second, having won 33 of 51 games chasing
  • David Warner needs 88 runs to become the fifth batsman to reach 5000 T20 runs

Quotes

"I just try to pick the best batsman in the team, preferably the one that generally bats at the death and is used to facing yorkers, slower ones and slower bouncers. I try and pair up with him when I can."
James Faulkner gives an insight into his death-bowling preparations.

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo