Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL T20 Match Prediction
After five close finishes in just as many games, the IPL will see a matchup that has given several nail-biters over the years.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore rivalry is a special one and is all set to resume soon.
Both sides have expressive captains while one has excellent bowling and the other has fantastic batting.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have begun their season on a good note, beating the Mumbai Indians in the opening game of the IPL.
It was a game closer than it should have been with a straightforward run-chase getting tight in the business end.
Despite a close finish, the Royal Challengers Bangalore had Ab De Villiers bail them out, attacking one of the league’s best bowling sides.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore will now be facing another side with a bowling attack just as good as the Mumbai Indians.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad have one of the top bowling line-ups in the league, but the bowlers couldn’t contain it in the first game against Kolkata.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was expensive, while runs kept leaking at various stages of the innings.
T Natarajan did a decent job in the death, and Nabi’s two-wicket over helped peg things back, but the Knight Riders managed a high score in the end.
The batting looked decent, with Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow fighting well, but the order may be a discussion point.
With the required rate climbing, Vijay Shankar looked out of sorts and couldn’t find the boundary.
He was replaced by Abdul Samad, who quickly found his groove and unleashed some big hits.
Considering Abdul Samad’s brief cameo, the Sunrisers Hyderabad may benefit if he comes up with the order.
The Royal Challengers will be welcoming Devdutt Padikkal back into the side.
With Padikkal’s return, Sundar may drop down the order after playing the first game as a makeshift opener.
Rajat Patidar maybe another player to miss out unless Bangalore feels they have enough bowling options to go without Shahbaz Ahmed.
With Jonny Bairstow doing well, Rashid Khan virtually undroppable, and Mohammad Nabi a valuable asset in Chennai, Kane Williamson may be on the bench again.
Kane Williamson could be a handy player on slow tracks, but the team composition makes it challenging for him to have a go.
The Sunrisers may also look at bringing in someone like Priyam Garg, which will allow Bairstow to open the batting.
Wriddhiman Saha is likely to be left out if they do so, despite a good showing as an opener last season.
Pitch and Conditions:
The Chennai Pitch has gone according to its nature and has helped spin throughout the season.
With three games in Chennai, the sides have found it challenging to go after the new ball, and Rashid Khan is likely to be a critical factor in the upcoming game.
The result of the fifth game can explain the slowness of the surface.
The Knight Riders failed to chase 152 despite a good start, putting them in the driver’s seat.
The pitch slowed down well, and batting kept getting more brutal, allowing Mumbai to close out the game.
Both sides may pack their sides with spin again, allowing Mohammad Nabi another go in the eleven.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Devdutt Padikkal
- Virat Kohli
- Glenn Maxwell
- Ab De Villiers
- Rajat Patidar
- Daniel Christian
- Washington Sundar
- Kyle Jamieson
- Harshal Patel
- Mohammad Siraj
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- David Warner
- Wriddhiman Saha
- Manish Pandey
- Jonny Bairstow
- Abdul Samad
- Vijay Shankar
- Mohammad Nabi
- Rashid Khan
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar
- T Natarajan
- Sandeep Sharma