This Saturday night kicks off with Match 54 of IPL 2019, namely a an RCB vs SRH battle. The Royal Challengers Bangalore are already well out of contention while the Sunrisers Hyderabad have an outside chance. So in other words, this RCB vs SRH match is important for the Sunrisers.
The Royal Challengers come into this match with nothing to lose in IPL 2019. However, the Sunrisers Hyderabad are on the verge of a playoffs position and desperately need a win.
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Weather and pitch report
The M Chinnaswamy pitch is notorious for flat tracks and will likely be the same tonight as well. This will be RCB’s last game and they will be hoping to go out on a high note. At this stadium, it would be the more favourable option to be the chasing team. There is also the dew factor to consider as well.
With regard to the weather, it is said to be cloudy in Bangalore during the game. This will significantly reduce the amount of dew on the pitch. In addition to that, temperatures will remain between 26°C and 28°C with no rain in sight, unlike the last game.
There have been a total of 14 RCB vs SRH clashes with Hyderabad leading in the head to head scene. The Sunrisers have taken 8 wins to the Royal Challengers’ 5. As of now, the momentum likely swings towards the Sunrisers given the rut that Bangalore are stuck in. This is inspite of Hyderabad losing their last game and Bangalore having a loss and non-result. The highest score statistic goes to SRH on 221 to RCB’s 227. The lowest score stat goes in the same direction with Hyderabad on 135 to Bangalore’s 113.
Parthiv Patel goes up against Wriddhiman Saha in the absence of Jonny Bairstow in this RCB vs SRH clash. However, Patel gets the nod in the Dream 11 side, having amassed 373 runs including an unbeaten 67. He also boasts of a strike rate of 140.75. Patel has been in the form of his life and has notched up reasonable performances inspite of RCB’s dismal season.
Among the four batsmen, two hail from the Royal Challengers and two representatives from the Sunrisers. They are, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers for RCB, and Martin Guptill and Manish Pandey for SRH. Kohli has a highest score of 100 runs at a strike rate of 139.56. Rahane has an unbeaten 82* at a strike rate of 154.73.
SRH’s Guptill has a high score of 15 from one match at a strike rate of 136.36. Meanwhile Pandey has an astounding unbeaten 83* runs at a strike rate of 141.86.
Two all-rounders make the RCB vs SRH list, with Mohammad Nabi and Abhishek Sharma for SRH. Nabi has a total of 91 runs and 8 wickets at an economy of 6.08 and Sharma has 5* runs and 1 wicket at an economy of 10.50.
For the bowling quartet, the Royal Challengers have the majority, with Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini and Kulwant Khejroliya. The final spot is taken by Hyderabad’s Rashid Khan. Chahal boasts of 17 wickets at an economy of 7.98 while Saini has 9 wickets at an economy of 8.13. Khejroliya has only played one match with no wickets and an economy of 18.00 in his first match. Rashid Khan has amassed 14 wickets at an economy of 6.22 and is one of SRH’s prime bowlers.
Captain and vice captain
RCB skipper Virat Kohli will be a key player for Bangalore in the batting department along with partner in crime AB de Villiers. This is RCB’s last home game and captain Kohli is eager to go out on a high note. Backing him in your Dream 11 team can earn valuable points. However, AB de Villiers is also a decent backup for the captain’s berth.
On the other side of the fence, Manish Pandey will be the one to watch for Hyderabad in the middle-order. Pandey has been in solid form and will use his domestic experience at the Chinnaswamy. Even Martin Guptill is doing a stellar job in the absence of star strikers Jonny Bairstow and David Warner, who are focusing on the World Cup. Guptill can be an ideal pick for the vice captain