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Preview of IPL 2018 match 4: RR vs SRH - two underdogs to watch out for!
In match number 4 of the Indian Premier League 2018, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on the Rajasthan Royals at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Monday evening.

After both teams lost their respective skippers, David Warner and Steven Smith, post their involvement in ball-tampering scandal that shocked Australian cricket recently, Ajinkya Rahane and Kane Williamson have been given the responsibility of spearheading Rajasthan and Hyderabad respectively, trying to bring in a fresh brand of leadership and attack. 

While the Sunrisers were able to retain a chunk of their players, the Royals spent big bucks on the likes of Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat both of whom ended up as the season's costliest buys for Rs 12.5 crore and Rs 11.5 crore respectively. 

SRH will be banking upon Shikhar Dhawan to provide them a flourishing start in their tournament opener of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In finishers' role will be Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan. 

Sunrisers' bowling department has a lot of variety with Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and Afghanistan leggie Rashid Khan forming a potent spin attack while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma do bulk of the work in the pace department. 

Rajasthan Royals make a comeback to the Indian Premier League after facing a 2- year ban and will have Australian legend Shane Warne back as their mentor, who had led them to their maiden title in the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008, although they were being considered as underdogs. 

Looking good on paper despite Smith's absence, the Royals have a few exciting players in the team including English cricketers – Ben Stokes, who can swing it with both bat and ball and wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler. The batting department has some stroke makers in D'Arcy Short, Jofra Archer, Sanju Samson and Rahane himself, while Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni are in charge of the bowling department. 

In the past, Rajasthan and Hyderabad have played each other on seven occasions with Rajasthan having a slightly upper hand with a 4-3 head-to-head record.

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