Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have had pretty good seasons up to this point in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The two groups won seven out of their 14 matches in the league stage and will now battle in the Eliminator at the Sheik Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
In the league stage, the two groups beat each other once. The Challengers would be a touch low on certainty after the Delhi Capitals (DC) beat them by six wickets. Virat Kohli and Co had somewhat of a falter in the second half of the league stage.
As far as the Sunrisers Hyderabad is concerned, they should be overflowing with certainty after their 10-wicket victory over table-clinchers Mumbai Indians (MI). A cracker of a match is on the line for sure.
Pitch and playing conditions
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has been a decent one for batting. Playing shots on the up won’t be a hard errand for the batsmen. The pacers have had their state. The dew factor is destined to assume a monstrous job, particularly in the subsequent half.
Thus chasing ought to be the route forward for both the groups. The temperature will be around the 29 degrees Celsius mark with the moistness generally in the high-40s.
Playing combinations for both SRH and RCB
Sunrisers Hyderabad likely XI
David Warner (C), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, T Natarajan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma.
Royal Challengers Bangalore likely XI
Virat Kohli (C), Josh Philippe, Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers (WK), Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Likely top performers from both SRH and RCB
Manish Pandey – Sunrisers Hyderabad
Manish Pandey has been in phenomenal form and is one reason behind SRH’s fair show so far in IPL 2020. In 13 innings, the right-handed batsman scored 380 runs at an average and strike-rate of 34.54 and 127.51 separately.
He has been very solid for SRH in the middle overs.
Yuzvendra Chahal – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Yuzvendra Chahal is right now fourth in the race of Purple Cap holders with 20 wickets from 14 matches. Indeed, the leg-spinner is so far the best spinner in the competition.
In RCB’s first game against SRH, he likewise ended up being the Player of the Match, getting three wickets. Indeed, even in their next faceoff, he didn’t flatter to deceive the SRH batsmen. Another good spell would be anticipated from him.