Sunrisers Hyderabad would look to enter the top four with a victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020 at Sharjah on Saturday.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 league stage is nearing its conclusion, with as many as 6 teams presently in contention for the remaining 3 spots in the playoffs. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are both chasing wins in a bid to boost their respective cases. They face each other in the 52nd match of the T20 league which takes place at the Sharjah Stadium.
The Sunrisers received a huge boost in their hopes of a top-four finish after the recent defeats suffered by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) who both looked stronger contenders for the playoffs than David Warner’s men. A healthy Net Run Rate of +0.396 puts SRH ahead of in the playoffs race when compared to the teams in the bottom four but they first have to cross the RCB hurdle.
IPL 2020: RCB v SRH Match Prediction
Where the Royal Challengers seem to have stumbled in their last two games, SRH may just have rediscovered their mojo in the thumping 88-run defeat of the Delhi Capitals. And strangely enough, it was Wriddhiman Saha who walked away with all the plaudits in that win.
After being dropped for a slow strike rate in the game against the Kolkata Knight Riders earlier in the season, 36-year-old Saha made a triumphant return to the playing XI, scoring an impressive 45-ball 87, as his team set the Capitals a 220-run target that proved to be too big a mountain to climb.
Dale Steyn’s erratic lines and lengths, coupled with the fact that Shivam Dube did not have an impact in the previous game, could see the Moeen Ali-Navdeep Saini duo return to the fold. However, the entire RCB team would have to step up to the plate, if they are to beat a team that mauled a team that looked like runaway leaders in the league at one point of time.
That said, there is no reason to believe that the Virat Kohli-led outfit will not turn up for a game as big as this, given how they have performed throughout the season.
Prediction: RCB to win today’s match.
RCB vs SRH Head to Head
Played- 16 |RCB won- 7 | SRH won- 8 | N/R- 1
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 1 | RCB won- 1 | SRH won- 0 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 186 (10 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 5 | Lost- 5
Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.
Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.
SRH, on the other hand, have found it tough to produce back-to-back wins this season. They defeated Delhi Capitals in the previous outing to remain alive in the playoffs race. When it comes to facing RCB SRH were beaten by Virat Kohli’s men in the reverse fixture this season by 10 runs
The Sunrisers took the bold call of dropping Jonny Bairstow in the previous match as Kane Williamson earned a place in the playing XI at the cost of the England wicket-keeper batsman. Wriddhiman Saha opened the innings in Bairstow’s absence and produced a match-winning performance. Whether Saha will be able to perform at the same level or not, remains to be seen.
The prediction is for Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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