Sunrisers pick Alex Hales and bat; Ish Sodhi debuts for Royals

Toss Sunrisers Hyderabad chose to bat v Rajasthan Royals

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Ajit Agarkar discusses Sunrisers Hyderabad’s ‘lucky’ week, while Shaun Tait backs Rajasthan Royals’ consistency

Sunrisers Hyderabad handed an IPL debut to England opener Alex Hales and opted to bat against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. Afghanistan allrounder Mohammad Nabi was left out while Bhuvneshwar Kumar had still not recovered from the injury that kept him out of the last two matches.

Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane said he would have preferred to bat first as well. Royals gave debuts to New Zealand legspinner Ish Sodhi and left-arm spin allrounder Mahipal Lomror, who plays domestic cricket for Rajasthan.

Royals were handed a nine-wicket thrashing when the sides last met in Hyderabad.

Rajasthan Royals 1 Ajinkya Rahane (capt), 2 Rahul Tripathi, 3 Sanju Samson, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Jos Buttler(wk), 6 Mahipal Lomror, 7 Jofra Archer , 8 K Gowtham, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Dhawal Kulkarni

Sunrisers Hyderabad 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Yusuf Pathan, 7 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Basil Thampi, 10 Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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