Sunrisers Hyderabad is in terrific form coming into the Playoffs Beating Top 3 Sides of the Tournament in the previous three games.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be dependent upon ABD and Virat Kohli for this Big Match as both of them has to fire if RCB wants to go ahead in this Tournament.
Bowling Lineup has been Up to the Mark for Sunrisers with Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma and Rashid Khan being the lead bowlers after Bhuvi Injury concerns and they have done well spp far restricting the opposition.
It has been a Roller Coaster of a ride for Sunrisers Hyderabad in a week or so as they have Elevated Themselves to 4th Spot from the Bottom of the Table and now they will face off against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Sheikh Zayed Stadium for the Eliminator, the team losing will be eliminated out of the Tournament. Royal challengers Bangalore has to answer many tuff questions ahead of this crucial match as they have lost 4 consecutive matches before coming into this game. Virat Kohli is not making big runs which are affecting the team's performance as he is the go-to man for RCB along with ABD. Devdutt Paddikal has been the star for the RCB scoring consistently playing the first season he has impressed everyone. ABD performance in this game will be going to be a deciding factor as he is a match-winner on his day. Chris Morris might not play today as he is having a hamstring niggle in the previous game against Delhi. Moeen Ali may be given a chance ahead of Isuru Udana to strengthen the middle order. Navdeep Saini will return in this game. Yuzi Chahal has been consistent with picking up wickets when needed. Washington Sundar will have the responsibility to bowl in the powerplays as he has been doing it for RCB.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will likely to stick with the same team as they have been doing well from the past games and will not go for Any Permutation and Combinations. Saha opening the batting alongside Warner has done wonders to the team fortunes as he is giving the side an explosive start setting up to the tempo for the rest of the team. Manish Pandey and Williamson will have the responsibility to look after the middle order as both are experienced. Abdul Samad and Jason Holder will be the lower middle-order batsman and both can tonk a cricket ball a long way in the death overs. Bowling has been the Plus Point for the side in previous occasions restricting the opponent with Quality Bowling. Natarajan has been the find of the season for Hyderabad as he can bowl perfect yorkers at will which is not an easy task at all for any young bowler. Sandeep Sharma has the ability to move the ball both ways and picks up early wickets in the Powerplays and he holds a good record against RCB Batsman. Having Rashid Khan in the side is a blessing for any Team, such is his class in this format. He continues to impress with bowling picking up crucial wickets with an Outstanding Economy rate.
DO YOU KNOW?
- Sandeep Sharma has dismissed Virat Kohli Seven Times in IPL, most by any other bowler.
- Morris has taken just 2 wickets at an average of 55 and economy of 9.5 in previous 4 games.
The conditions in Abu Dhabi have been pretty good for the bowlers. There is a bit of extra bounce in the surface that has helped both the batsmen and the bowlers. Now that the surface has slowed-up, the spinners may be more of a threat. We think the average score batting first is going to be around 160. There has been some dew in recent matches around the UAE and that could make conditions much more favourable for the team that bats second.
It will be an important toss for both the teams . Previous 5 games have been won by the chasing team in Abu Dhabi, so the teams would like to win the toss and bowl on this surface which could prove to be a big Advantage.
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