SRH vs RCB: Match preview, head-to-head and Fantasy XI
Sunrisers Hyderabad will welcome Virat Kohli's struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore to the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium for match number 39 of 2018 IPL. Sitting comfortably atop of the IPL table, Sunrisers have the liberty to rotate their squad tonight while it's a must win for Kohli and his men if they have to keep their campaign alive. Here's the match preview.
History favors Sunrisers Hyderabad
The two sides have locked horns on 10 occasions with the Sunrisers Hyderabad winning 6 encounters while the Royal Challengers walked away victorious 4 times. At the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad, the record completely favors the Sunrises. Williamson and boys have won 4 of the 5 matches, they have played against RCB at this venue.
How to pick the winning Fantasy XI?
Parthiv Patel (wicket-keeper), Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson (captain) AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Tim Southee, Murugan Ashwin, Rashid Khan and Siddarth Kaul.
Will Sandeep Sharma get the better of Kohli again?
Sandeep Sharma has been Virat Kohli's biggest nemesis. The RCB captain has been dismissed 5 times by Sandeep in 31 balls. However, Kohli has managed to score at a strike rate of 174.19 against Sandeep. Another key battle would be Vohra vs Rashid. Manan Vohra has scored 37 runs off 14 balls bowled by Rashid Khan, without being dismissed.
Bowler friendly wicket
The pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad has historically favoured the bowlers. The wicket has been a little sticky this season making it difficult to score runs on this track. Sunrisers boast a formidable bowling attack and this surely is not going to be an easy task for Virat Kohli and his boys. We expect a low scoring thriller.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Probable Playing XI
Alex Hales, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (captain), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Probable Playing XI
Parthiv Patel (wicket-keeper), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Murugan Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal.