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Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals meet in the IPL Qualifier 2 on Friday and the Sunrisers are 4/5 to beat the 1/1 Royals and set up a final against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.

Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals

Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals betting tips and predictions

Ravichandran Ashwin to take over 1.5 wickets - 9/4

Rajasthan Royals limped into the IPL playoffs, suffering four straight defeats before rain washed out their final-day fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders.

With star opener Jos Buttler leaving to lead England in their T20 series against Pakistan, there was little optimism about the Royals' chances of upsetting the red-hot Royal Challengers Bengaluru in Wednesday's Eliminator.

However, Rajasthan's two most experienced bowlers stepped up with New Zealand paceman Trent Boult taking 1-16 from his four overs before India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Australia stars Cameron Green and Glenn Maxwell.

Ashwin admitted after the four-wicket win over RCB that he had been hampered by an abdominal injury earlier in the season but he has looked back to his best in recent outings.

As well as picking up two crucial wickets, he conceded just 19 runs and should be a major threat on a spin-friendly pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Ashwin looks a big price to take two or more wickets against the Sunrisers, which is a feat he has managed in three of his last four appearances.

He took 3-24 against Delhi, dismissing three of the Capitals' top four batters as the rest of the Rajasthan bowlers struggled.

The off-spinner followed up that haul with two wickets against the Super Kings in Chennai, venue for the Qualifier 1 and Sunday's final, and he should create chances against Hyderabad's ultra-aggressive batting unit.  

Riyan Parag - Rajasthan Royals - Top Batter - 15/4

RCB star Virat Kohli is well clear at the top of this season's IPL runscoring chart but three of the next five leading batters will be in action on Friday.

Hyderabad opener Travis Head is hoping to avoid a hat-trick of ducks while Rajasthan's Riyan Parag and Sanju Samson have also passed 500 runs in 2024.

Parag starred in May's thrilling league meeting between these sides, scoring 77 off 49 balls as Rajasthan came up one run short in chasing 202 for victory.

Since then he has made 27, 47 not out, 48 and 36 in four innings and the unbeaten 47 came in a low-scoring game in Chennai.

Parag coped with conditions better than his teammates that day, when the next-highest score for Rajasthan was 28, and he is worth backing to top-score for the Royals on his return to the venue.

Rahul Tripathi to score over 22.5 runs - 5/6

Rahul Tripathi made 20 and 11 in his first two innings of the season before being left out of the Sunrisers' side for five weeks.

However, he has made an impressive comeback at number three, despite having to come in during the first over of the innings against Punjab and Kolkata due to opener Head's ducks. 

Tripathi scored 33 off 18 balls against the Kings, hitting four fours and two sixes, and he top-scored with 55 from 35 as Hyderabad were bowled out for a meagre 159 in Tuesday's Qualifier 1 defeat to KKR.

He probably feels as though he left a few runs out there in the defeat to Kolkata as he was run out in the 14th over when going well and he should be backed to exceed a runs line of 22.5.

Tripathi missed this season's first game against Rajasthan but played an important role in last term's dramatic four-wicket win, scoring 47 off 29 at number three.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals odds

Sunrisers Hyderabad - 4/5
Rajasthan Royals -
1/1

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