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Our Prediction is Sunrisers Hyderabad to win!
Host Royal Challengers Bangalore will be looking to end their season on a positive note when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 54th game of Indian Premier League (IPL) in Bengaluru on Friday.
Royal Challengers Bangalore became the first side to exit the competition after their previous game against Rajasthan Royals was abandoned as heavy rains slashed across the ground in Bengaluru. Captain Virat Kohli will be looking to end the season with a win in their home fixture. The side will need to play their best cricket in order to come out on top in this contest.
On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians via super-over. The side will need to win this game at all costs in order to secure their place in the playoffs.
The franchise has certainly been sheer a disappointment in this year’s competition. Before the start of the competition, Virat Kohli and co. were dubbed as favorites to lift the coveted trophy but once again suffered from inconsistency to become the first side to exit the tournament.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, and AB De Villiers to do the bulk of the scoring. The batting trio will be looking to deliver something special with the bat for Royal Challengers Bangalore in their final game of the season.
AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli have collectively scored close to 900 runs for the franchise in this year’s competition. Royal Challengers Bangalore will be hoping that De Villiers and Kohli can score big runs in this home fixture.
Wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel has done an excellent job for the side at the top of the innings. He has scored 373 runs in 13 innings at an average of 28.69. The franchise will be hoping that Patel can get them off to a good start in this final game of the competition.
The middle-order comprising of Marcus Stoinis, Henrich Klaasen and Gurkeerat Singh will need to contribute with runs for the side in this game. The batting trio perished for low scores in a rain-curtailed game against Rajasthan Royals. Stoinis has done a decent job for Royal Challengers Bangalore with bat and ball. He has scored 211 runs at an average of 52.75 so far this season.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the new-ball pair of Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini to deliver the goods. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been standout bowler for the franchise in this year’s competition. He has claimed 17 wickets in 13 matches at an average of 21.29.
Virat Kohli (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Gurkeerat Singh, Heinrich Klaasen, AB De Villiers, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Pawan Negi, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Marcus Stoinis
GR Singh Mann, Virat Kohli, Umesh Yadav, YS Chahal, AB de Villiers, K Khejroliya, Washington Sundar, Colin de Grandhomme, Parthiv Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, NA Saini
Captain Kane Williamson will be hoping that the side can certainly be able to deliver a clinical performance with the bat and ball in their final round-robin game.
The biggest disappointment has been lack of runs from Kane Williamson, who has struggled to get going in this year’s competition. He has managed to score only 58 runs in 7 matches at an average of 9.66. Williamson scored just 3 runs in the previous game played against Mumbai Indians.
In the absence of David Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad will certainly be hoping the likes of Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill can raise their game with the bat in this must-win game.
Manish Pandey and Wriddhiman Saha have shown excellent form for the side in the last couple of matches in the competition. Pandey has scored 305 runs in 10 matches so far in this year’s competition. Pandey produced a brilliant 71 not out off 47 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes. It was due to splendid batting effort from Pandey that saw Sunrisers Hyderabad secure a tie against Mumbai Indians and take the game to the Super-over.
Wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha played well and scored 25 off 15 balls to help Sunrisers Hyderabad get off to a decent start in the chase. He added 40 runs with Martin Guptill for the opening wicket.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, and Rashid Khan to produce break crucial breakthroughs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed bowled well in the previous game and picked up four wickets between them.
Kane Williamson (captain), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi/Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Khaleel Ahmed, Martin Guptill, Vijay Shankar, YK Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, WP Saha, KS Williamson, Basil Thampi
The wicket prepared for the game will be decent for batting. The surface might offer some assistance to the quick bowlers. The weather forecast for the game on Saturday is going to be cloudy throughout the day.
The previous game played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals at this venue was abandoned due to rain. Royal Challengers Bangalore will take heart from the fact that they have an excellent head-to-head record against Sunrisers Hyderabad at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
The side would be looking to win the toss and bowl first on this pitch. The bowlers will need to make use of conditions prevalent at the venue. Spinners will also get some assistance from this surface. Batting second might be the way to go at this venue.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be keen to salvage some pride and win this game. Based on current form, the home side will face an uphill task to beat a strong side like Sunrisers Hyderabad.
In the absence of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, the likes of Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, and Mohammad Nabi have shown excellent form for the side in the last couple of matches. Hyderabad’s bowling has looked far more superior in comparison with Royal Challengers Bangalore in this year’s competition.
Expect Sunrisers Hyderabad to secure their place in the playoffs and win this game.
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