Match: SunRisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match 54, Sunday, 8 May 2022
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Date and Time: 3:30 pm (IST)
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Match 54 of the 2022 TATA Indian Premier League brings us live action from the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai for the clash between the SunRisers Hyderabad and the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The SunRisers Hyderabad lie sixth in the table with five wins and five defeats from their ten games. Things haven’t gone as planned for Kane Williamson and Co recently as the 2016 champions are on a three-game losing streak and will be looking to turn things around quickly in order to move within the top four of the table for a place in the Playoffs. They suffered a thumping defeat against the Delhi Capitals in their previous game. The Capitals went on to score a huge score of 207, which proved to be too much for the SunRisers by a margin of 21 runs. They will be looking for nothing less than two points in their next game against the RCB, and any more errors may cost them a place in the Playoffs.
On the other hand, the Royal Challengers Bangalore lie fourth in the table with six wins and five defeats from their eleven games. Their losing run of three games came to an end as they went on to beat the mighty Chennai Super Kings in their previous game by 13 runs. The RCB will be looking to defeat the SRH this time around as the first encounter between the two teams this campaign ended in the former losing the game by nine wickets as they produced the lowest target of the season (68), which was chased down in just eight overs by the SRH.
The pitch at the Wankhede stadium is one the batters love to play their strokes on, and with the match being played during the day, dew will be a concern towards the later stages of the game. I expect the team winning the toss to bowl first. However, expect it to be a high-scoring game.
Probable Playing XIs
Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Kane Williamson (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Aiden Markram, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen, T Natarajan, Umran Malik
Bench: Abdul Samad, Romario Shepherd, Ravikumar Samarth, Jagadeesha Suchith, Vishnu Vinod, Priyam Garg, Kartik Tyagi, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Saurabh Dubey, Sean Abbott, Glenn Philliips
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj
Bench: Akash Deep, Sherfane Rutherford, Siddarth Kaul, Karn Sharma, Chama V Milind, S Prabhudessai, Finn Allen, Anuj Rawat, Luvnith Sisodia, Aneeshwar Gautam, David Willey, Jason Behrendoff
Matches Played: 21 | Royal Challengers Bangalore: 8 | SunRisers Hyderabad: 13
Last 5 games: Royal Challengers Bangalore: 2 | SunRisers Hyderabad: 3
Batter to watch out for: Abhishek Sharma
Though Abhishek Sharma did not score enough runs to look back fondly on the previous fixture, his performances for the SunRisers this season have been crucial. The starts that he provides for the team are extremely important, as he manages to stabilise their batting order. His team will be looking forward to another good knock from him.
Bowler to watch out for: Josh Hazlewood
Josh Hazlewood has been the most consistent bowler for the RCB bowling department. Given the economical bowling, wicket-taking ability, and the stability he provides, the RCB will be expecting a brilliant bowling performance from him in order to stop the SRH batting order from scoring big.
Nicholas Pooran, Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Kane Williamson, Abhishek Sharma (vc), Glenn Maxwell (c), Aiden Markram, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Josh Hazelwood, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga
If one considers the history between the two teams, the SRH definitely look like the favourites. However, considering the form the two teams have shown this campaign, I expect the RCB to edge past the SRH at the end of a close contest.