In a must-win situation, Royal Challengers Bangalore will face a well-balanced Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 51 of the Indian Premier League at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. RCB have tasted victories in their last two games, and but also need to win their next two matches to somehow stay in contention. Sunrisers have already qualified with some excellent performances, but their bowling has lost some sheen lately.
Bangalore have two consecutive wins, and the momentum as well. Against Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab, they won by five and 10 wickets respectively. They continue to depend on skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. That needs to change.
The inclusion of Parthiv Patel has added some balance to the batting side. In the bowling department, Umesh Yadav has come up with fiery efforts. RCB would want the rain to stay away, so their chances remain alive.
CN’s Dream XI for Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: Virat Kohli (C), Yuzvendra Chahal, Aniket Choudhary, Quinton de Kock (W), AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Mandeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Umesh Yadav
Hyderabad went off the boil after a great start, and have since recovered with a brilliant winning streak. Their bowlers have defended some really tough targets while skipper Kane Williamson has been wonderfully consistent. Shikhar Dhawan’s roaring return to form against Delhi will be welcomed by the franchise.
There are a few areas for Hyderabad to improve though. The form of Manish Pandey is still a big worry. He needs to improve his batting. Their bowling attack is among the best in the tournament. But, Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu were all at ease during their tons against them.
CN’s Dream XI for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: Kane Williamson (C), Shakib Al Hasan, Billy Stanlake, Rashid Khan, Tanmay Agarwal, Bipul Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Sandeep Sharma