Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler fail as Sunrisers blow Rajasthan away

Ajinkya Rahane will lead Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 Indian Premier League after Steve Smith was banned for this edition due to the ball-tampering scandal

Just 48 hours after their disappointing loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals will take on Delhi Daredevils tonight at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur.

Dhawan has been on top form as he took it upon himself to lead from the front with an unbeaten 77 as skipper Kane Williamson, who wasn't a regular in the playing XI until past year, played flawless second fiddle as SRH beat Rajasthan Royals by 9 wickets.

Preview: Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will face-off in the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad on Monday sans their marquee captains Steve Smith and David Warner who are serving a one-year ban for ball tampering. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Royals while New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson will captain the Hyderabad Sunrisers. The pair cruised through the run chase, allowing Hyderabad to romp home with 25 balls to spare and 9 wickets in hand - clearly proving detractors wrong who questioned how the team would do without their charismatic captain.

Shikhar Dhawan's blazing form has continued, which is the biggest shot in the arm for the "Orange Army" apart from a bowling attack that looks potent on any surface. How the experienced SRH middle-order tackles Mayank Markande will also be worth the watch. Both the players looked very comfortable against RR bowlers as they hit them all over the park.

Even if the openers fail to get going, the "Indian" middle-order of Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda can up the ante at will. As the LIVE match update can be seen at Hotstar as well as premium versions of other broadcasting networks.

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The team also has Sussex all-rounder Jofra Archer (Rs 7.2 crores) and Karnataka off-spinner K Gowtham (6.2 crores).

During the match in Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, Rajasthan batted first under the new leadership of Ajinkya Rahane and while the focus was on the seam bowling of Sunrisers' Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the leg-spin of Khan, it was the teenager's athletic fielding that stood out.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of the best limited-overs bowlers in the world right now and will spearhead SRH's bowling attack for the rest of the season. If Rajasthan do include D'Arcy Short over Klaasen - I could be tempted to take a punt on him, as Short will bat in the top 3 if he plays. Stokes was dismissed by IPL debutant Billy Stanlake (1/23). With the tournament all set to get off to a roaring start on Saturday, we interacted with a few denizens of the city and asked them which team do they support.

Siddharth Kaul produced a magnificent performance as he conceded just 17 runs in his four overs and picked up two wickets.

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