Sunrisers Hyderabad host Rajasthan Royals in the IPL on Friday, with the hosts facing a must-win situation and the visitors keen on recovering from the shock arrest of three of their players on spot-fixing charges the other day.
Where to Watch Live
The match starts at 3.30pm BST, with ITV 4 and ITV 4 HD providing live coverage in the UK. Follow the game live, via text commentary, on ESPN Cricinfo. You can watch the highlights of the match here.
Play-off hopefuls Hyderabad are currently fifth in the league table but still have their fate in their own hands, as they have a game in hand compared to the other franchises. Tom Moody's men are level on points with Royal Challengers Bangalore but they have to win both of their remaining matches now, since Bangalore have a better net run rate over them.
Meanwhile, with 10 wins from their 15 matches so far, the Royals are assured of a place in play-offs. However, Rajasthan would still be looking to win today and take their tally to 22 points, so that they have an outside chance of taking themselves to the top two and playing the Qualifier (which offers a life) and not the Eliminator.
Both teams come into this match after suffering defeats in Mumbai in their previous outings. Hyderabad lost to the Indians by seven wickets on Monday, even after posting a competitive 178, courtesy of Kieron Pollard's unbeaten 27-ball 66. Rajasthan, on the other hand, fell 14 runs short of Mumbai's total of 166 on Wednesday, with the hosts' stand-in opener Aditya Tare (59 from 37), turning in a stand-out performance.
The Royals have won two of the three games they played in Hyderabad so far. The reverse fixture in Jaipur last month saw Rajasthan triumphing by eight wickets, after chasing down a target of 145 with more than two overs to spare.
- Last Five Games (most recent first): L W L W W
- Last Match: Sunrisers lost to Mumbai Indians by seven wickets
- Last Five Games (most recent first): L W W W W
- Last Match: Royals lost to Mumbai Indians by 14 runs
Sunrisers Hyderabad: South African batsman JP Duminy remains a long-term absentee for the hosts, while Australian pacer Clint McKay is currently sidelined.
Rajasthan Royals: Paddy Upton has no injury or fitness concerns and has full squad to choose from, with the exception of the three arrested players.