A must win game on the cards. Yes, the most awaited Eliminator is now just a day away. The Sunrisers Hyderabad will lock horns with the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. This time though the loser of the match will be eliminated and for that reason this encounter promises to be a thriller.
The Sunrisers finished their league stage with a dominating win over the table toppers Mumbai Indians and were placed third on the table. While, the RCB just managed to sneak into the top four courtesy for their higher run rate than the Kolkata Knight Riders. Though that would not matter now as they are into the play- offs and win here would get them one step closer to their maiden title.
Sunrisers will come into this match on the back of a stunning 10- wicket win over the table toppers Mumbai Indians and for that reason will feel much more confident than the RCB side, who were defeated by the Delhi Capitals by a comfortable margin of 6 wickets.
The teams have met two times this season and they stand one a piece. The first match saw the RCB put up a score of 163 on the board and a brillant bowling effort from their pacer Navdeep Saini and Leggie Yuzvendra Chahal ensured that they managed to win the match by 10 runs.
While the second match was a complete turn around, the Challengers were restricted to a below par score of 120 runs by the Sunrisers bowlers who did a magnificent job to keep picking up the wickets. The SRH batsmen made easy work of the chase as the reply was completed with a comfortable margin of 5 wickets and more than five overs to spare.
Can the Sunrisers make it three in a row and move further closer to their 2nd IPL title? Or will this the year for the Royal Challengers Bangalore?
The conditions are ideal for cricket as clear skies are expected throughout the day. The temperatures have eased down in the last few days and is expected to be hovering around the 24- 30 degree range. While, the humidity at peak could reach the 62 percent mark and lowest around the 54 percent range.
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has always been on the slower side and as the tournament has progressed it has made it even slower. Said that, the last few matches which we saw take place here were pretty high- scoring encounters. The last match here was played by RCB and Delhi Capitals and the Capitals managed to chase down the score of 152 with ease.
Considering the conditions and data from the last few matches played in this venue a score of 170 by the team batting first could put the chasing team in a spot of bother.
Sunrisers Hyderabad were struck with huge blows at the beginning of the tournament as their key players were not able to make the playing Xl due to injuries. They have done an incredible job in overcoming that and with their key players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and all- rounder Vijay Shankar ruled out from the tournament, it meant the youngsters had to take the roles.
They did do a wonderful job and the 10- wicket win would have done wonders in their confidence. SRH are likely to go ahead with the same Xl that won the match against the mighty Mumbai side.
While the Royal Challengers Bangalore too had an injury concern with their spearhead Navdeep Saini having issues with his webbing. But the latest reports say that the pacer is all set to take the field. Said that, the RCB would prefer the same Xl that played against the Delhi side with the only chance being that of Navdeep Saini replacing Shahbaz Ahmed.
Probable Playing Xl
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): David Warner (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
SRH vs RCB Fantasy Team
AB de Villiers, Wriddhiman Saha, Devdutt Padikkal, Manish Pandey, David Warner, Washington Sundar, Jason Holder, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma
Captain Picks: David Warner (SRH), Ab de Villiers (RCB)
Vice- Captain Picks: Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB), Sandeep Sharma (SRH)
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