Indian Premier League, 2018
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Big Picture
After coming off a morale-boosting win against the Mumbai Indians, RCB’s batting faltered badly in the last match against the Chennai Super Kings, as they could only muster 9-127 in 20 overs. With just 3 wins in nine matches, the road for RCB has got even more bumpy, with them dependent on a plethora of results to go their way.
Their opponents in SRH, who have mastered the art of choking down their opposition while defending a middling target, offered a glimpse of their batting prowess with Hales (45) at the top of the order giving them an ideal start, and the likes of Williamson (32) and Yusuf Pathan (27 of 12) finishing off the chase with precision. With 14 points in 9 matches, SRH sits at the top of the table and a win against RCVB will all-but seal their fate into the playoffs.
Where: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
When: 07 May 2018, 8:00 PM
The pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is usually a belter for the batsmanwhile slowing down considerably as the game progresses.
Statistics over the years: While over the past ten years, the average first innings score has gone from 170 to 165, the team batting first has won 31 times (37.1%) while the chasing side has won 43 times i.e 57.3%.
Team News and Playing 11
Royal Challengers Bangalore
- RCB can make a change or two after the loss against Super Kings.
- There are no reports of injuries in the RCB squad.
Parthiv Patel (wk), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Tim Southee, Virat Kohli (c), Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj
- SRH are likely to come out unchanged. However, Wriddhiman Saha can miss out.
- There are no injuries in the SRH squad at the moment.
Wriddhiman Saha (wk)/Shreevats Goswami, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Alex Hales