Royal Challengers Bangalore are bidding to halt Sunrisers Hyderabad’s charge, and need to get back to winning ways themselves when the two teams meet in Hyderabad. Scheduled to start on May 7, the live action begins at 20:00 local time
SRH vs RCB: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Star Sports and Sky Sports
Live Streaming: ibetplus
We think the team winning the toss will bat first
Pitch and Conditions
The current weather forecast for match day in Hyderabad is excellent. There is no chance of rain and we should have no trouble in getting a full match in. The pitch at Hyderabad this season has been excellent for batting. It has been hard and allowed the bowlers to get some good bounce by outing some extra effort in as well.
Head to Head
Sunrisers Hyderabad won three in a row with scores of 207/4, 208/7 and 194/5, but Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match before that when they posted 227/4 from their 20 overs.
Alex Hales has started the last two matches – his first two games of this year’s tournament – and hit 45 in each of his two innings, and the England opener is set to continue against Royal Challengers Bangalore. That would mean Mohammad Nabi missing out again, with captain Kane Williamson, all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan and spinner Rashid Khan – man of the match against Delhi – their other overseas players. Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to the bowling attack for the win against Delhi, in place of Basil Thampi, and with Kumar fit again the team is likely to be unchanged.
Alex Hales has scored 45 runs in each of his first two innings, including sharing a 79-run partnership with Shikhar Dhawan against Delhi last time out. Captain Kane Williamson is their top scorer, however – his unbeaten 32 led Sunrisers Hyderabad home in the last match and took him to 354 runs in his nine innings so far this year. Economical bowling has been the key for Sunrisers Hyderabad this year and, though they started poorly against Delhi Daredevils, Rashid Khan’s four over spell, claiming 2-23, turned the match in their favour. The Afghani leg-spinner now has 12 wickets in this year’s tournament – the same as team-mate Siddarth Kaul.
Sunrisers Hyderabad started this year’s IPL with three wins before suffering back-to-back defeats. They have won now won their last four, however, to move top of the table. Alex Hales first two matches have coincided with them starting to score more heavily with the bat, having defended 151/7 to beat Rahasthan Royals by 11 runs and then, last time out, chased 164 to beat Delhi Daredevils with one ball to spare. Prior to that it was their bowlers on top as they defended 132/6 to beat Kings XI Punjab by 13 runs and bowled Mumbai Indians out for 87, defending just 118.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Predicted Playing 11
- Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Shakib-al-Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul
Royal Challengers Bangalore
After missing two games with a virus, AB de Villiers is back in the Royal Challengers Bangalore, with his return – combined with the form of Brendan McCullum in his absence – prompting RCB to drop Quinton de Kock. Parthiv Patel took the gloves, and the opening batting spot, and promptly his 53 in his first IPL appearance of the season. De Villiers’ return also meant Manon Vohra dropped out, with McCullum opening with Patel. Despite their heavy defeat in the Cauvery Derby, Royal Challengers Bangalore might stick with that line-up too, with the big-hitting top order of McCullum, Virat Kohli and De Villiers hoping to bounce back from their cheap dismissals.
Before his illness, AB de Villiers was in supreme form. The South African hit 90 from 39 balls against Delhi Daredevils and then bludgeoned 68 from 30 against Chennai Super Kings. Virat Kohli is Royal Challengers Bangalore’s leading batsman, however, with 357 runs so far – including 92* against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai. With the ball, Umesh Yadav is the leading wicket-taker in this year’s IPL and claimed 2/15 from his four overs in the defeat to Chennai Super Kings last time out, to follow his 2/29 against Mumbai Indians.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have won two of their last five matches, losing both Cauvery derbies to Chennai Super Kings in that time. They posted just 127/9 from their 20 overs last time out, but that defeat was preceded by a victory at home against Mumbai Indians – Tim Southee claiming 2/25 as Royal Challengers Bangalore defended 167/7 to win by 14 runs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Predicted Playing 11
- Parthiv Patel, Brendan McCullum, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Murugan Ashwin, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj