The Sunrisers Hyderabad will go into the IPL 2016 match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal on Tuesday in confident mood. Their opponents – the Rising Pune Supergiants – however, will not be a happy camp, having lost four in a row.
Desperation sometimes brings out the best in you, and it is that desperate need for a win that RPS will look to tap in to when they play SRH in a crucial IPL 2016 match.
Here is how the match in Hyderabad might go.
If SRH bat first: All three of the matches played at this ground so far have seen the chasing team win, so Warner and his side are immediately put on the back foot by batting first. However, the left-hander and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan get off to a strong start, scoring 50-odd runs in the first six overs. From there, Dhawan carries on to score a half-century while Warner falls, with the former anchoring the innings nicely as the likes of Eoin Morgan, Deepak Hooda and Naman Ojha smash a few out of the ground.
Chasing 160, RPS get off to a solid start courtesy Ajinkya Rahane and Faf Du Plessis, before Rahane falls in the final over of the Powerplay, to Bipul Sharma. Du Plessis, determined to hold one end up in the chase, keeps going nicely, building a big partnership with Steve Smith, who finally comes to the fore in IPL 2016. When Smith departs, RPS need 45 runs 27 balls, and Du Plessis, MS Dhoni and Mitchell Marsh do the job nicely, despite the best efforts of Mustafizur Rahman and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
If RPS bat first: Rahane starts a little slow as Du Plessis takes over in the hitting department. RPS score around 44 runs in the first six Powerplay overs, but crucially not losing a wicket. However, Rahane and Du Plessis fall together in the next two overs, to Moises Henriques and Bipul, leaving Smith to take the lead. The Australia captain does that brilliantly, scoring a masterful 60 to take RPS to 165, with a little help from Dhoni, Marsh and Thisara Perera.
Warner falls in the first over, leaving SRH in early trouble, but Dhawan, confident from two solid innings, takes over the mantle, with Aditya Tare, who comes in at No.3, smashing a few for a quickfire 30. Eoin Morgan comes in and forges a half-century partnership with Dhawan, which sets the base for the chase. SRH are left needing 60 from the final five overs for a win, and just when it looks like getting too big for them, Deepak Hooda comes in and smashes three sixes in one over, off Ashwin (take your pick), to bring the equation back down. From there, SRH get to the target, with two balls to spare.