Half a dozen matches into the season, Sunrisers Hyderabad are dead last on the points table and have won just a single match. The only team they have defeated all season are Punjab Kings – hardly an achievement but then there have been some positives for them over the last few games.
In their last match, SRH posted a target of 172, hoping that the score was decent enough to give league leaders Chennai Super Kings a run for their money but still ended up losing the match comfortably as their bowlers allowed a century stand to the CSK pairing of Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
Truth be told, their score was a still a bit too low to challenge the likes of a true heavyweight such as CSK. And for the low scoring, they had to blame their captain David Warner, who scored a slow 55-ball 57. Had it not been for Kane Williamson’s cameo of a 10-ball 26, the score could have been even lower.
In the match before, Hyderabad had lost via a Super Over, too, so it’s not like they are not showing any signs of life.
First-ever IPL winners, Rajasthan Royals, have fared little better than Hyderabad so far this IPL. They have just one more win than Hyderabad, and with four points to their name, sit a place above.
In their last game, they posted the exactly same total that Hyderabad had posted in their own previous match. Eerily, Rajasthan lost the game by same number of wickets and balls to spare.
It is suffice to say then that Rajasthan and Hyderabad are almost equally strong or equally weak, depending whether you’re a glass half full or half empty person.
Rajasthan’s against Mumbai was a balanced batting effort, with each of their front four batsmen contributing runs. They, too, lost the match with the ball, with their bowlers managing to pick just three wickets in the innings.