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Royals eye win over Sunrisers to enhance play-off chances


Mumbai:  After snapping their losing streak with a win over Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals will now look to keep themselves on course for a play-off berth with another dominating show against an inconsistent Sunrisers Hyderabad in their IPL cricket game tomorrow.

The Royals had blasted off to a great start by winning first five matches, before losing their way a bit with three losses and two no results but the 14-run win over Delhi on Sunday arrested the slide.

The Shane Watson-led squad would be keen to regain their focus after a short break and apply the knock-out punch on Sunrisers tomorrow as another win could virtually ensure their berth in the play-offs with two games left in hand.

Sunrisers, on the other hand, have blown hot and cold right through the tournament and are currently placed at the second-last rung of the points table but the David Warner-led side will have a chance to avenge their humiliating 6-wicket defeat to the Royals at Vishakapatnam on April 16.

Lack of consistency has been Sunrisers’ bane and they need to regroup and show the sort of form they displayed during their 22-run win over league leaders Chennai Super Kings last Saturday before slumping to a loss against defending champions Kolkata knight Riders two days ago.

It’s seen that generally whenever their openers – captain Warner and Shikhar Dhawan – fail to provide a good start, the rest of the Sunrisers’ batting line-up comes a cropper, which makes the innings launch a very important factor for the Hyderabad franchise.

They have a good seam bowling attack led by the likes of Dale Steyn and Trent Boult and backed up by Indian seamers such as Bhuvaneshwar and Praveen Kumar, but lack sufficient sting in the spin department even though they have added left-arm Bipul Sharma to complement leg-spinner Karn Sharma.

Royals have a strong batting order led by opener and tournament’s highest scorer Ajinkya Rahane, besides captain Shane Watson and Steve Smith to nullify the Sun Risers’ attack and post a big score or chase one.

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