IPL 2019, Match 54, RCB vs SRH: Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details
It is a must-win game for SRH to qualify for the playoffs.
Published - May 3, 2019 8:00 pm | Updated - May 3, 2019 8:00 pm
The final set of matches will take place on the weekend as the league stage of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 is coming to an end. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have been already knocked out of the tournament but they have a big-time chance of spoiling the party for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The Orange Army lost the thrilling game against the Mumbai Indians in the super over and are now left with a must-win scenario in order to go through to the playoffs.
For RCB, their previous game against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) was washed out. It was a five-over shoot-out and the rain spoiled an exciting match which knocked them out of the season. Virat Kohli has always spoken about ‘enjoying and expressing’ in the middle and the hosts will come out on the field with the same mantra. No wonder, they will be looking to bow out on a high.
SRH are certainly looking brittle at the top ever since Jonny Bairstow and then David Warner have left. Martin Guptill is no mug though and he will like batting on a flat Chinnaswamy surface. Kane Williamson is clearly not looking in good nick and he will also want to make amends.
The Chinnaswamy is known to dish out flat decks and the trend is likely to continue for this game as well. It is the last game for RCB and the curator might have definitely taken into consideration, the entertainment factor. Defending is near impossible here and the team winning the toss should opt to chase with dew also expected to come into the picture.
It will remain cloudy in Bengaluru during the game and that will help the teams as the dew will be less in that case. The temperature will hover around 26-28 degrees Celsius while there is no rain in the forecast.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB have lost Marcus Stoinis for the final game who has flown back home to join the national training camp ahead of the World Cup. Heinrich Klaasen hasn’t done much in a couple of matches and it is very much likely that Shimron Hetmyer will get his last chance to make an attempt. Shivam Dube might also play this game while Kulwant Khejroliya will get another chance.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer/Heinrich Klaasen, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Yuzvendra Chahal.
With Abhishek Sharma not making use of the opportunities, SRH should strengthen their batting by including Deepak Hooda or Yusuf Pathan in the XI. They missed a powerful hitter in the previous game and these two could be a solution for the same. Mohammad Nabi has been exceptional so far executing his role to perfection while Shankar and Williamson have been below par and need to step up.
Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (C), Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi.
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Probable Top Performers
Virat Kohli – RCB
Virat Kohli likes to make a statement and he will definitely want to bow out on a high by scoring big in this game. Playing at home is an advantage for RCB and literally, without any pressure, he can go after the bowling. So far, the RCB skipper has amassed 448 runs in 13 outings and the 500-run mark could be breached on the super Saturday.
Kane Williamson – SRH
If his counterpart is shining, then how can Kane remain too far behind. The time has come for him to show his class. He has somehow been extremely below par this season and not opening the innings has certainly affected his mojo with the bat it seems. A top-notch outing for him will help SRH conquer the fourth position in the points table.
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Match Timings – 20:00 IST
The prediction is for the team batting second to have an advantage.
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