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IPL 2019: Match 54, RCB vs SRH, Preview: Playoffs spot on cards for the Orange Army as they enter the Garden City

SRH currently are the team under severe pressure, which might work well in the hosts' favour. 

Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey. (Photo: IANS)

The Chinnaswamy Stadium precisely has not been a happy hunting ground for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, having won just twice since their inception in that ground. The Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are currently out of the tournament, will be keen to spoil the party of the Orange Army, who can pretty much seal a berth in the playoffs with a win here.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad will be deeply indebted to Jonny Bairstow and David Warner, who are the biggest reasons behind their brilliant net run-rate this season. That will surely come in handy as a win against RCB will put them in the fourth position with 14 points and a sensational net run-rate, which is pretty difficult for the likes of KKR and KXIP to catch up as it stands.

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On the other side, RCB has failed to reach the knockouts for the third season running. After a heroic season in 2016, the franchise has failed to make its mark on the tournament and in the process, they also lost some very important players. As it stands, they have nothing to play for but pride, which should ease their nerves a bit. SRH currently is the team under severe pressure, which might work well in the hosts’ favour.

Team Combinations

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Abhishek Sharma didn’t get to bowl and didn’t have a great outing with the bat, which means he might make way for Deepak Hooda to strengthen their batting a bit. Khaleel Ahmed continues to be among the wickets with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan completely restricting the flow of runs, which ensures their bowling is no longer a problem. Manish Pandey is the only batter who is chipping in regularly and the likes of Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Vijay Shankar will have a daunting test.

Predicted XI

Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (C), Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Basil Thampi, Khaleel Ahmed.

Also Read: IPL 2019, Match 54 – RCB vs SRH: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Royal Challengers Bangalore

While Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have registered over 400 runs, Parthiv Patel too has done a reasonable job. With Marcus Stoinis leaving, they might play just three foreigners in the XI, with Shimron Hetmyer coming back. Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal have been sensational this season despite their side’s poor run. Umesh Yadav and Kulwant Khejroliya are the other bowling options for the skipper.

Predicted XI

Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Gurkeerat Mann, Shivam Dubey, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Yuzvendra Chahal,

Focus will be on

AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Last time these two sides met at the Chinnaswamy, AB de Villiers wreaked havoc. His pyrotechnics helped RCB register a humongous total, which they eventually defended by the skin of their teeth. He is no stranger to pulling out a rabbit from his hat when the opposition is Hyderabad, as history suggests. If he can get another one of such knocks on Saturday, he pretty surely will knock the Orange Army out.

Manish Pandey (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

After all those heroics at the Wankhede, who else could it be? Manish Pandey has found some great rhythm to his batting and he couldn’t have done it at a better time. He carried the burden of their batting single-handedly against Mumbai and almost got them over the line. He will be in his hometown Bangalore for this encounter and will be well aware of the playing conditions, which could work in his favour.

Head-to-Head

Matches – 14 | Sunrisers Hyderabad won – 8 | Royal Challengers Bangalore won – 5 | NR – 1

Stat Attack

5 – Manish Pandey scored six half-centuries for SRH, out of which five came on losing causes.

422 – Last time these two sides met at the Chinnaswamy, 422 runs were scored on aggregate.

Broadcast details

TV: Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD

Live Streaming: Hotstar

Match Timings: 20:00 IST.

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