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Toss Winner - Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and chose to bowl first
Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 runs
Sunrisers Hyderabad’ battle for pride against RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore to win
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE | Toss: To BowlBet Now
It is the 52nd game of the Indian Premier League 2021 where the Royal Challengers Bangalore would be up against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Royal Challengers have won their last three games and come here with a win against the Punjab Kings. The Sunrisers Hyderabad on the other hand suffered another big loss against Kolkata Knight Riders in their last game.
It has been a miserable season for the Sunrisers Hyderabad as the side has managed just two wins so far. Their top order has failed to deliver right through the tournament, and it would be a challenge for them in this game against RCB’s quality bowling attack. Royal Challengers Bangalore are already through to the next round, and they would like to build momentum with a win in this game.
Three consecutive wins have put Virat Kohli’s side into the playoffs and skipper Virat Kohli would be happy with the way his side has recovered after starting with two losses in this leg of the tournament. Their batting looks good and Kohli would like to carry this momentum forward. He would be aware of the struggle Sunrisers Hyderabad have been through and shall look for a win here.
Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal look in good form and runs would be expected from their bat at the start of the innings. Glenn Maxwell has been a match-winner and he would look to score runs with Daniel Christian and AB de Villiers in the middle order. Srikar Bharat, Shahbaz Ahmed, and George Garton are good hitters of the ball and the side would like to see big hitting towards the end from them.
Mohammad Siraj is bowling tight spells and shall be aiming to trouble Hyderabad’s struggling batting line-up with George Garton. Harshal Patel has been a find for the side this season and along with Yuzvendra Chahal would need to keep the score under check in the middle overs. In Daniel Christian, Ahmed, and Maxwell the side has variety in the attack.
Top Batsman – Virat Kohli
Top Bowler – Yuzvendra Chahal
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, George Garton, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Mohammed Siraj, KS Bharat, Shahbaz Ahmed, Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikal, George Garton, YS Chahal, AB de Villiers, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, DT Christian
It has been a season that Kane Williamson’s side would like to get over with. The side comes here with a 6-wicket loss against the Kolkata Knight riders, their 10th loss in 12 games. Their batting looks in terrible shape as the side managed to put only 115 runs on the board in the last game. Williamson would be expecting a better show from his players as they take on the confident RCB in this game.
Batting has been in shambles for the side, and they would need a good start in this game from Wriddhiman Saha and Jason Roy as this is the biggest problem area for the side. Kane Williamson would need to lead from the front and shall aim to set up partnerships with Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma. Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, and Rashid Khan would be expected to do the big hitting towards the end as they have done in earlier games.
Holder and Bhuvneshwar Kumar must deliver with the new ball for the side to win as RCB have very strong batting at the top. Rashid Khan has bowled well in the last few games and the side would be expecting a strong performance from him in this game. Umran Malik bowled a fiery spell, and the side would like to see the same from him to put Bangalore under pressure.
Top Batsman – Kane Williamson
Top Bowler – Rashid Khan
Kane Williamson (c), Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, Siddarth Kaul
Umran Malik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Jason Holder, Jason Roy, KS Williamson, WP Saha, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma
The conditions are expected to be hot and humid evening in Abu Dhabi on October 6 and we expect to see a flat surface as we have seen in most of the games here. Batsmen would be able to play on the up and bowlers would have a tough time on this track. The side that bats first would need 180 runs on the board to win this game.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi has a flat surface, and the outfield is fast which has allowed batsmen to play their strokes of the front foot. It is a tough wicket for the fast bowlers who have generated struggled to bowl tight lines. Spinners have done well on this surface as the ball tends to take sharp turn.
Six games have been played here this season and only once has a side won the game batting first. We have seen big scores being chased here with the sides being at an advantage with a target score in front of them. Thus, we expect the side winning the toss here to opt for bowling first.
Sunrisers Hyderabad doesn’t have anything to play for other than their pride. The side has failed to deliver as a unit and most of their key players have been through poor form. They will have to come up with a better show in this game with the bat to put up a challenge for the RCB. The Royal Challengers Bangalore are in their best form and have already made it to the playoffs and this would make them favorites in this game as well.
Royal Challengers Bangalore to win
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