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Rajasthan will look to move on from the Mankad incident

Among the various opinions crooned around the tea tables of Test connoisseurs is that T20 cricket is a bit crass; it is merely an instant rush not a slow poison, entertainment sans the tragic drama. And thus, when Jaydev Unadkat claims, "We did not mention it (Mankading incident) even once after that day, we all have moved on from that incident," it's not too hard to believe that cricket is indeed living in the age of hookups, where moving on is the fancy.

On the same table, on the same day, a few minutes earlier Tom Moody had doused the 'Warner-Steve Smith face-off' excitement with a 'We are over it, the cricketing world is over, it's time you also move on' response. But while one controversy - emerging from the shrines of cricket - took a year to be spoken of in the same words, another one has already prepared for the life after.

IPL doesn't really give you much of an option. Before you know, another match has come your way, another opportunity to cash in on, another reason to forget all that went wrong only a few days ago. And neither Rajasthan Royals nor Sunrisers Hyderabad would mind living in such a time.

Their opening games had seen a similar pattern. Having been in dominating positions for most parts of the match, they slipped towards the end, losing their respective encounters.

Ideally, given how both the teams had largely done well - barring the late batting collapse for Royals and the death over assault by Andre Russell on Sunrisers - it shouldn't have caused them much worry so early in the tournament. But both these teams, like no other in the tournament, are bound to be affected the most when players leave for international duties in the second half of the season.

Thus, the pressure to secure early points in the tournament will be high on both, and the clash in Hyderabad on a batting belter will be an opportunity they wouldn't want to see beyond. Given that they both carry their core from last year and very few creases to iron out, not many changes are expected, except Kane Williamson, who is likely to return and lead the side.

When: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, March 29, 2019

Where: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

What to expect: Tom Moody reckons it is going to be a good batting surface. The temperature is going to hover around 30 degree Celsius. Dew isn't expected to play a role.

Team News

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson will be assessed tomorrow but is expected to be available for the game and will lead the side. As a result, Jonny Bairstow could be dropped.

Probable XI: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul

Rajasthan Royals: After a bit of a jolt with the 'mankading' incident and the collapse that followed, Rajasthan Royals are 'in a good space'. There are unlikely to make any changes.

Probable XI: Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, K Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni

What they said:

"We bowled really well for 17 overs to put them (KKR) in a position where they needed 17+ an over in the last three overs. That is an exceptional performance. Where they (the bowlers) failed, was just with the execution in the closing overs to Russell. When you are up against someone with such power-hitting ability, you have to get it absolutely right with your plans and execution. For us, it was slightly off, which cost us the game. But overall, for 17 out of 20 overs, we bowled really well." - Tom Moody, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach, said addressing the death over concerns.

"We did not mention it even once after that day. We all have moved on from that incident. It is time that we focus on the game coming up, it is a big game. Every game is going to be crucial as we all know in a tournament like this. It does not really make any kind of impact on us. We are looking forward to what we can do to win the game tomorrow and the processes that we can do." - Jaydev Unadkat, Rajasthan Royals pacer, on the Mankading episode.

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