Match factsMay 17, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)
Big PictureIt is that time of the year again. Exactly a year ago, the BCCI suspended five Indian domestic players for alleged corruption. Three more, all from the same franchise, have been suspended a year later, and this time, a Test cricketer is allegedly involved. Rajasthan Royals will barely have had time to let the revelations sink in. They had a day's gap between their penultimate league game in Mumbai and their last one in Hyderabad, and were travelling when the news was being broken to the outside world.
Form guideSunrisers Hyderabad: LWLWW (most recent first)
Rajasthan Royals: LWWWW
In the spotlightRahul Dravid came back after a year away from the game to lead Royals again. He's made runs, he's dropped himself down the order when needed, he's shown rare anger at an umpire's decision, and he's led his side to the playoffs. Domestic players such as Sanju Samson and Stuart Binny have flowered under his watch. No captain will like to see three of his players suspended for the reasons they have been going into the business end of the season. It is a professional world, and each man is out for himself, but in Dravid, Royals have just the man to guide them, on and off the field, through these developments.
Stats and trivia
- Royals have won two of the three games they have played in Hyderabad
- Sunrisers have conceded just 6.68 runs per over at home, easily the best figures this season
Quotes"Batting-wise we have been controlling the innings really well. Partnerships have been amazing with Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane and we know that everyone is going to chip in at some stage and on one day it is going to be our day. I think bowling-wise we are certainly bowling better towards the end of our innings as well."
Royals allrounder Shane Watson
Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo