The approach of Manish Pandey during the chase in previous game did not go well with Sunrisers Hyderabad fans. They kept asking the management to drop him on social media. And, the wishes have been granted. Manish Pandey is not playing the match against Rajasthan Royals.
Jason Holder’s 47* went in vein as Hyderabad even failed to chase down mere 126 against Punjab Kings last time out. The approach of Manish Pandey during the chase only slowed down the process. For this match against Rajasthan Royals, therefore, Hyderabad took on the field without the middle-order batter. Kane Williamson after losing the toss, said, “We would have had a hit as well. But we will look to adapt early with the ball and limit their total. Few young players are getting opportunities. Jason Roy is at the top for David Warner.”
He continued, “Pandey, Kedar miss out. Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma are playing. Sid Kaul replaces injured Khaleel. Today there is something fresh. There are a lot of changes. So it is important that the youngsters come in and stick to their strengths. As a unit we do want to be putting performances together. That is the focus for us even though we are sort of no longer in the comp. We want to play the kind of cricket we are proud of.”
Sanju Samson, the RR captain decided to bat first. They also welcomed Evin Lewis and Chris Morris, “We are looking to bat first. Team combo, atmosphere suits us to bat first. We learn from the loss in the last game. We are having fitness issues. Kartik Tyagi is out with injury. Morris and Lewis return in place of Miller and Shamsi.”