Sunrisers Hyderabad will be hosting Rajasthan Royals at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday. The 'Orange Army' will be banking on home advantage to kickstart their campaign.
Royals. on the other hand, will also be looking for the first two points in their tally. Both teams succumbed to a defeat in their resective opening games. SRH were narrowly beaten by KKR after Andre Russell's 19-ball 49 blitz, while Rajashan Royals fell 14 runs short in their chase of 185 against Kings XI Punjab.
Before SRH lock horns with Rajasthan Royals on Friday, the franchise announced that Kane Wiliamson will be leading the 'Orange Army'. The New Zealand skipper, who also led the team last seaosn, spoke about his preparation leading up to his first game of the season.
Sunrisers Hyderabad shared the video on Twitter.
"It is great to be back at our home ground. It is a really important place for us in terms of the atmosphere that has been created here by the Órange Army' fans so it is always exciting to play here", said Williamson.
The Kiwi captain, who had injured his shoulder during the Test series against Bangladesh, has said that he feels nice to return to the playing XI after having taken some time off to recover from the injury. He also mentioned that he will be undergoing a training session to work on his fitness.
"It was a tough start for us in Kolkata but there were a lot of positives. It is important for us to build on that. We are playing our first home game but we know that every game in this competition is tought and every team is very strong", Wiliamson added
Williamson had an outstanding IPL last season, both as a batsman and as a captain. He won the 'Orange Cap' last season for amassing 735 runs in 17 matches at a strike rate of 142.44, which included eight half-centuries. He also led SRH to the final where they were beaten by Chennai Super Kings.