Sunrisers Hyderabad will be playing their first home game of the IPL 2019 season against Rajasthan Royals at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
The 'Orange Army' will be hoping to kickstart their campaign by registering their first win. Even the Royals will be aiming to do the same by adding a win to their kitty.
Both teams will be heading into Friday's clash having faced defeat in their respective opening fixtures. KKR got the better of SRH by six wickets in a thrilling encounter on Sunday while Royals suffered a batting collapse in their chase of 185 against Kings XI Punjab on Monday.
Before the 'Orange Army' host Rajasthan Royals, they were given a special message by David Warner's daughters Ivy Mae and Indi Rae. The kids cheered for SRH by saying ''Good Luck Sunrisers. Go Orange Army". This video was posted on Twitter by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
David Warner has played a very important role in the success of the Hyderabad franchise -- ever since they were named Sunrisers Hyderabad. The destructive Ausralian opener had led the 'Orange Army' to an IPL triumph in 2016. He was also the 'Orange Cap' winner in 2015 and 2017 editions.
Warner was set to lead SRH last season as well but he was refrained from taking part in the IPL after being banned for 12 months from International Cricket due to his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Kane Wiliamson captained the SRH side and led them to the finals where they went down to Chennai Super Kings.
Nonetheless, Warner made a strong comeback in SRH's season opener againt Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens, where he scored a 53-ball 85. His quickfire knock included nine fours and three sixes at a strike rate of 160.38.