SRH vs RCB: SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) will play Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in match 54 of the Indian Premier League (IPL). While it is a courtesy game for RCB, who have been knocked out of the tournament, SRH will be eyeing to seal their berth in the playoffs by registering a win here. The match is set to take place in Bengaluru’s fortress, the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
SRH though looks poised to enter the playoffs, they weren’t able to win their previous game against the MI. The nail-biting match went to the Super Over, where the MI handsomely won against the SRH. However, SRH has the best run rate among all other teams this season, with +0.653. In this case, even if SRH loses the match against the RCB, they would still have the chance of qualifying for the playoffs, provided Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab doesn’t win their next matches.
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However, with KKR winning against the KXIP, both SRH and KKR are now levelled with the same points at the standings and the competition has become even more stronger now. Both teams have a positive run-rate and SRH will have this in mind while playing the match against the RCB.
For RCB though, they will be playing this game for pride, after being the first team to get ousted from the tournament. They still had one last hope for qualifying, but it looks like luck isn’t in their favour in this tournament, as the game was called off due to rain. However, Virat’s men will be hoping to end their league on a positive note, by putting up a good show for one final time this year and that too in their home-ground.
The pitch at the Chinnaswamy stadium is undoubtedly a batsman’s favourite, as runs come here pretty easily. Bengaluru has always seen high scoring games and anything above 175-180 should be considered as an average score on this track.
Bengaluru will remain cloudy throughout the game and that will eliminate the dew factor from the game. The temperature will be around 26-28 degrees through the match with a cool breeze of air. There are no signs of rainfall, despite being cloudy.
RCB and SRH have played each other 14 times till date where SRH takes an upper hand with 8 wins while RCB has only had 5 wins with one game ending in a draw.
In their previous fixture, RCB was decimated by SRH after remarkable performances by David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, scoring a century each and registering a massive 118-run victory.
SRH will look to find a sturdy replacement for David Warner and Jonny Bairstow to reinforce their opening slot. Kane Williamson & Vijay Shankar too need to find their form back and up their ante. Manish Pandey looks in good touch and will be their key batsman this game as well. For bowling, left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed is on fire, with consistent support coming from Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Probable Playing XI:
Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (C), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Nabi, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Rashid Khan, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed.
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RCB will look to experiment with the team and try to make few changes. They might want to give chance to players like Khejroliya and Klaasen to also better assess their auction strategy for the next edition of the IPL. Also, with Marcus Stoinis no longer available for the franchise as he has returned to his national side for World Cup preparations, Colin de Grandhomme will replace Stoinis in the playing XI.
Probable Playing XI:
Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB De Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Heinrich Klassen/ Khejroliya, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Wahington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav.
Both the teams have 2 players each in the list of Top 10 run scorers, with David Warner leading the chart by a great margin, followed by Virat Kohli (At No.7), Jonny Bairstow (At No.8), AB de Villiers (At No.9).
SRH goes ahead in terms of bowling with Rashid Khan and Khaleel Ahmed featuring in top 10 while Yuzvendra Chahal is the only player from RCB taking the 3rd spot.
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
AB de Villiers (RCB) | Khaleel Ahmed (SRH)
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Match Timings – 20:00 IST
Prediction: The prediction is for SunRisers Hyderabad to win the match.
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