Sunrisers Hyderabad eyes hat-trick of wins
Sunrisers Hyderabad players in a jubiliant mood after their win against Kings XI Punjab

Sunrisers Hyderabad eyes hat-trick of wins

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will aim for a hat-trick of wins when it takes on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Sunday.

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After starting its IPL 2018 campaign on a great note by winning three consecutive games, the Kane Williamson-led Hyderabad side faltered a bit, losing couple of games. Hyderabad however, returned to winning ways as it came out victorious against a struggling Mumbai Indians (MI) and Punjab in its last match. 
Placed second in the points-table, SRH carry 10 points in its kitty, with five wins from seven games. Skipper Williamson has carried Hyderabad’s batting on his shoulders, amassing 259 runs from seven innings with an average of 43.16. However, Shikhar Dhawan and Wriddhiman Saha have not given the required support to Hyderabad’s batting. 
Saha has been below par with the bat with just 68 runs from seven games while Dhawan has been a bit better with 146 runs from five innings. Yusuf Pathan had shown glimpses of his old attacking batting, with a quick 27-ball 45, but failed to repeat the show against Mumbai and Punjab. 
Hyderabad’s strength mostly relies on its bowlers, who didn’t let Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s absence be felt in the game against Mumbai and Punjab. Spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Rashid Khan have bagged eight and nine wickets each from seven games while medium pacer Siddarth Kaul has been the most impressive with nine wickets from seven games. 
Basil Thampi, who has featured in just a couple of games for Hyderabad, came out with a clinical show against Mumbai. The 24-year-old further maintained his form against Punjab, and has scalped four wickets conceding just 18 runs.
On the other hand, Rajasthan will be coming after a week’s break and will be in search of its fourth win on Sunday. With three wins and as many defeats, Rajasthan is placed fifth with six points. Rajasthan has a lot to worry about. Rajasthan started its IPL 2018 campaign on a poor note, hammered by Hyderabad by 9 wickets.
It however, gained momentum and registered two backto-back wins against Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Later, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings outclassed it by seven wickets and 64 runs respectively. However, the Ajinkya Rahane-led side registered a three-wicket win over Mumbai in its last match. 
Rahane has looked good but has not been converting good starts into big scores. Ben Stokes and Rahul Tripathi have been inconsistent. Sanju Samson looks good with 239 runs from six games, averaging 47.80. Rajasthan’s bowlers -- K. Gowtham and Ben Laughlin -- have performed well while leggie Shreyas Gopal has also been economical. But the trio have failed to click as a unit in a single match. 
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