IPL 2020 Match 52 Preview: RCB vs SRH - Hyderabad seek fearless approach in do-or-die game against Kohli's men
Royal Challengers Bangalore need just one more victory to all but ensure their qualification to the playoffs.
Bangalore started on a great note but have looked out of sorts in the last couple of matches. They are coming on the back of back to back defeats and will want to seal it here and now and not take it to last match of the group stage, where anything is possible.
Philippe keeps his place, Steyn out
Royal Challengers Bangalore made a few changes to their playing XI the last match, bringing in wicket-keeper batsman Josh Philippe in place of Aaron Finch. Philippe looked good during his 24-ball stay at the crease, in which he scored 33 runs at a strike rate of 137.
Dale Steyn was also brought into the playing XI but he proved to be expensive and conceded runs at over 10 RPO. RCB are likely to bring back Isuru Udana as it provides a left-arm option in their bowling attack. Navdeep Saini suffered a split webbing against Chennai Super Kings and is unlikely to make the playing XI.
Hyderabad's qualification out of their hands
Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, will need to win both their matches and then expect at least one of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals or Kings XI Punjab to not reach 16 points.
Opening with Saha a masterstroke
Hurting from their batting collapse in the last game, Sunrisers Hyderabad came out all guns blazing in their encounter against Delhi Capitals. The team made a bold move of dropping Jonny Bairstow. Kane Williamson, who came in his place was slotted number 4 with wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha opening the batting alongside Warner.
The move turned out to be a masterstroke as Saha smashed 87 off just 45 deliveries with 12 fours and 2 sixes, batting at a strike rate of over 190. He added 107 runs with David Warner. Manish Pandey also did his job with a 31-ball 44 to take Sunrise Hyderabad to 219.
Rashid Khan then produced out of this world numbers of 4-0-7-3 to kill the chase. Sandeep Sharma and T Natarajan also picked up two wickets each to assist him brilliantly.
SRH's injury scares
Hyderabad though had a couple of injury concerns in the last match with Saha picking up a groin niggle which is why he did not keep. The wicket-keeper batsman is expected to be fit for this game.
Vijay Shankar could not complete his second over due to a hamstring strain and walked out of the ground. Hyderabad are not likely to take any chances with a hamstring injury which can be very sensitive. They have the option of bringing in Abhishek Sharma in Shankar's place who will also provide them with a spin bowling option.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe(wk), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): David Warner(c), Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Manish Pandey, Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
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