Apr 272013

NEW DELHI: Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and chose to bat against Rajasthan Royals in their IPL 6 match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday.

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Rajasthan have brought in Sachin Baby in place of Rahul Shukla.

Hyderabad have replaced Quinton de Kock, Cameron White and Thalaivan Sargunan with Sangakkara, Thisara Perera and Akshath Reddy.

The fact that Rajasthan Royals have won all of their three matches here will give them the confidence to put behind the defeats in away matches against the strong Chennai Super kings and the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The hosts can take heart from the fact that they went down fighting against the two strongest teams in tournament who are currently holding the top two positions on the points table.

Among the positives from these defeats for Rajasthan is Shane Watson, who was impressive with the ball and also hit a power-packed ton against CSK.

The batting, which had looked brittle against Bangalore, could post a huge 185 for 4 against a strong CSK mainly due to the efforts of the Australian opener who stepped down as the vice-captain of his national team.

Watson will be once again be a vital cog in the scheme of things against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Skipper Rahul Dravid feels that it would be important to see how his men put behind the defeat in previous two matches and come out strongly on home turf.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, who lost to CSK in their previous match, have been more dependent on their bowling but with Shikhar Dhawan back in the team and hitting a fluent 63, their batting too has strengthened.

Though skipper Kumar Sangakkara and Parthiv Patel have not been among runs even though Ashish Reddy, Thisara Perera, Cameron White and Darren Sammy are all capable of raising a good total.

The strength of the visitors has been their bowling led by the South African speedster Dale Steyn.

Along with him, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra and Perera, who have shared 42 wickets among them so far, have been able to restrict the opposition more often then not.

The emergence of Amit Mishra, who has 14 wickets in his bag, as a useful all-rounder has added to their strength.

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