IPL 2020 Eliminator Preview: SRH vs RCB - With momentum on their side, Hyderabad can upstage Kohli's men
While Royal Challengers Bangalore are coming on the back of four consecutive defeats, Hyderabad have won each of their last three encounters.
RCB go off track
Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore have lost some of their steam towards the business end of the tournament. The team has suffered defeats in each of their last four matches, including one against Eliminator opponents Sunrisers Hyderabad.
In their last match against Delhi Capitals, the Royal Challengers Bangalore batting could not live up to expectations. Josh Philippe, who has been brought in place of Aaron Finch, has looked good in two matches but hasn't been able to convert his starts.
Padikkal fine, but Kohli needs to step up
Devdutt Padikkal has been scoring consistently and has now overtaken Virat Kohli to become the top run scorer for the franchise but his strike rate has come under the scanner. Padikkal scored his fifth half-century of the tournament in the last game, but at a strike rate of just over 120.
With Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers not managing to pull off anything special, the Bangalore batting has struggled of late. However, with Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana and Shahbaz Ahmed in their batting order, they bat quite deep. Only if they show some more intent and go harder against the bowlers, they can fare better.
Saini to return
Navdeep Saini was rested in the last match due to split webbing injury but he is expected to return for this game. One of Mohammed Siraj or Shahbaz Ahmed will have to sit out. Given that RCB already have two gun spinners in Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal, Siraj might make the cut.
SRH peaking at perfect time
Sunrisers Hyderabad have been on an absolute roll and are peaking at the right time. They reached home in a canter in their last group match against Mumbai Indians to seal their playoff berth in style.
Hyderabad identify best XI
In Sandeep Sharma, Jason Holder, Shahbaz Nadeem, T Natarajan and Rashid Khan, Hyderabad have found their five best bowlers and will most certainly stick with them. Sandeep Sharma has been sensational in the powerplay while T Natarajan has done the job in the the death.
Rashid Khan has dried up the runs in the middle overs. The inclusion of all-rounder Jason Holder and spinner Shahbaz Nadeem has provided balance to the team.
David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha will continue to open the batting for Hyderabad with Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson in the middle order. If momentum is anything to go by, Hyderabad start favourites.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Josh Philippe, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed/Mohammed Siraj, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): David Warner(c), Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
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