RR vs SRH Live: Hyderabad opt to field against Rajasthan

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Playing XIs:
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (w), Priyam Garg, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Rajasthan Royals: Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson (w), Steve Smith (c), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi
TOSS | Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner wins toss, opts to bowl against Rajasthan Royals in Dubai
Captains at the toss:
Steve Smith: “The wickets are getting older and older, slowing down late in the game. I was looking to bat. Not anymore, you get used to it (playing against Warner). We have been playing IPL for a long time now. It’s part of the world. We are fortunate to be involved in such a great tournament. It was a good win the other night (against CSK). Our bowlers did an outstanding job and Jos was playing on a different wicket. We are heading in the right direction, playing good cricket for large chunks of the game. We need to close it out. You got to play well to make it to the finals and you need to peak at the right time. We are getting some right form together and hopefully we can put on a good show tonight. Same team.”
David Warner:“We are gonna bowl. I don’t think too much is going to change. The last game here, it held up a bit more in the first half of the game. It came on quite nice in the back end. We just have to wait and see. It’s alright, we get another game today (when he was told that his team hasn’t been successful while chasing). He’s (KW) done something to his quad, that’s unfortunate. We have the big man Holder coming in. Nadeem is in for Thampi. It’s been tough not to include him (Holder) in the team before. Things have changed and we have to try something different. I am always nice and calm. After a couple of losses, I was a bit edgy, now have had time to relax and gather my thoughts. It’s quite difficult in the bubble. For us, it’s about coming out and putting our best foot forward.”

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Pitch Report:
“It’s a great surface, it’s the same surface that they played on the last game. The groundsman has done a fantastic job. There’s a bit of grass on top, but it’s dry and hard underneath. The teams won’t be too worried about it. This pitch, under lights, has quickened up a little bit. Little bit of dew settling in, not heavy to notice, but quickening up the pitch enough for the batsmen to have enough pace to execute their strokes and maybe making the outfield little bit faster. It’s not a bad thing to chase. If you are batting first and if you are not getting the pace off the pitch, don’t fight in. Settle in, rotate strike and pick your areas against the poor balls.”Kumar Sangakkara
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Match 40 of the Indian Premier League 2020 between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai.
* SRH haven’t won a game while chasing this season, losing on all four occasions
* Since his two back-to-back fifties at the start of the season, Sanju Samson has only scored 77 runs in eight innings, at an average of 9.6

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