Royal Challengers Bangalore, one of the five teams in the race for the VIVO IPL 2018 playoffs, will lock horns with table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 51.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have blown hot and cold this season, but they’re getting things together right at the business end. Virat Kohli’s team hadn’t won two matches on the bounce in their first ten matches. But faced with a backs-to-the-wall situation, they’ve pulled off two convincing wins in their last two matches; first, they chased down 182 quite easily against the Delhi Daredevils, and most recently routed Kings XI Punjab. The match against KXIP was by far their best; the bowler’s bowled to a plan, the fielders supported their cause in the field, and the openers then knocked off the runs required. As a result of that huge win against KXIP, RCB’s net run rate improved significantly, and they now need to win their remaining two matches to progress beyond the league stage.
Sunrisers became the first team to secure a playoff berth and were shortly thereafter guaranteed a finish in the top two. In their most recent match, they lost to the Chennai Super Kings in Pune. The team management will be just a little concerned that their bowling attack – considered the best in the competition – has now been taken for 180 or more in the last couple of matches; DD scored 187-5, and CSK made 180-2.
SRH should look at those two defeats positively; a blip at this stage – which ended the team’s run of six consecutive wins – would have served as a wake-up call and shaken the players off complacent zones they may have slipped into.
RCB cannot afford to lose, while Sunrisers would want to once again get back to the winning habit. Who will prevail?
When: May 17, 08:00 PM IST
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Short boundaries and high altitude makes the Chinnaswamy track a heaven for batters in the limited-overs formats. Many big scores have been posted and chased down with immense ease. While it?s a batting paradise in the shorter format of the game, the track tends to help the pacers in Test cricket. One of the few Indian grounds to boast of a pitch with plenty of spice, many pacers have loved exhibiting their wares in the five-day version of the game.
Venue Stats IPL
|Matches won batting first||32|
|Matches won bowling first||31|
|Average 1st Inns scores||164|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||152|
|Highest total recorded||235/1 (20 Ov) by RCB vs MI|
|Lowest total recorded||67/10 (15.2 Ov) by KKR vs MI|
|Highest score chased||195/3 (20 Ov) by DD vs MI|
|Lowest score defended||135/6 (20 Ov) by DC vs MI|
Head to Head
|Total Matches Play||11|
|Won by Royal Challengers Bangalore||4|
|Won by Sunrisers Hyderabad||7|
Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: W W L L W
Sunrisers Hyderabad : L W W W W
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Not looking for any changes
Wriddhiman Saha is recovering from a shoulder injury and should slot back in
Royal Challengers Bangalore : Virat Kohli (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Quinton de Kock, Manan Vohra, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Corey Anderson, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande
Sunrisers Hyderabad : Kane Williamson (c), Shreevats Goswami (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Hales, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Ricky Bhui, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Tanmay Agarwal, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Hales, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha / Shreevats Goswami, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
AB de Villiers
Shakib Al Hasan
Player to watch
Stats that matter
- RCB have won three of the last five meetings between these two sides at this venue. And the players to have won it for them (no prizes for guessing): de Villiers twice and Kohli once.
- Since Sunrisers came into existence, RCB have never held a superior head-to-head record against them. While they were even in the first three seasons with one victory each, Sunrisers have bettered RCB in each of the last three seasons: 2-1 in 2016, and 1-0 in 2017 and 2018.
- De Villiers feasts on this Sunrisers bowling attack. None of Sunrisers’ main bowlers has a favourable record against de Villiers. Overall, he has plundered 380 runs off the 219 balls he has faced from them, averaging 42.2 and striking at 173.5.
- Several big names are approaching important milestones. Kohli needs 68 runs to notch up 5000 career IPL runs, while Shikhar Dhawan is 70 away from 4000 and Kane Williamson needs 45 to hit 1000.
Fantasy pick for Dream 11
Cap / Vc – Virat Kohli,Shakib Al Hasan, AB de Villiers, Alex Hales
If you want to take rish for grand league go with Mohammed Siraj & Shikhar Dhawan