Indian Premier League 2020: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match No. 3

Match predictions

Winners Prediction: Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad will face off to open the IPL 2020 season. Both teams have a top-heavy batting line-up with the likes of Finch, Kohli, AB DE (for RCB) & Warner, Bairstow, Williamson (For SRH). Both teams have a well-rounded bowling attack with very little separate them and we expect a cracking contest between these two teams. We expect Royal Challengers Bangalore to win this match owing to the presence of a strong spin department (Chahal, Sundar, Moeen Ali, & Negi) than Sunrisers Hyderabad (Nabi & Rashid). 

Score Prediction: Dubai will be a tough pitch for the batsmen with slow track and uneven bounce playing a big factor. The average score at this venue is 144 runs. Spinners will play a huge role and pacers will work on their variations big time. 

Toss Prediction: Chasing is the best option in this venue and dew expected to play a huge role in the second half of the match. 

Predicted Playing XI

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: Virat Kohli (C), Parthiv Patel (Wk), Aaron Finch, AB De Villiers, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Yuzi Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: David Warner (C), Johnny Bairstow (Wk), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Rashid Khan, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Virat Singh

MATCH FACTS

  • Both teams failed to reach the play-offs in the last season (IPL2019). 
  • SRH has an 8-6 win-loss record over RCB in the IPL history.  
  • Virat Kohli (RCB) & David Warner (SRH) were the prolific run-scorers for their respective teams in the last couple of years.  

Players to Bet on

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

  1. Virat Kohli – Kohli is a must have player in any team and his consistency in any format over anywhere in the last 4-5 years in mind boggling. He will become the top run-scorer in the IPL in this season. 
  2. Yuzi Chahal – Chahal will lead the spin attack for the team and he is their biggest match winner for the team in the bowling department.   
  3. Aaron Finch – Finch is one of the latest additions to the team in the recent auction and he will play a big role in the top order with the likes of Kohli & AB to follow. 

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

  1. David Warner – Warner was the team`s highest run scorer in the last two seasons he played (2017 & 2019). He will look to lead the team from the front in this season too.    
  2. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar – Kumar returns to playing competitive cricket after a long injury layoff and will look to get back to rhythm straightaway in this match. He will open the bowling and bowl in the death overs for the team. 
  3. Rashid Khan – Rashid Khan is the No.1 bowler in the T20I rankings and he has been off-color in the recent league matches. We expect him to make a superb comeback in the IPL 2020 with his performances. 

DREAM XI Picks

Wicket-Keeper: Johnny Bairstow (SRH)

Batsmen: Virat Kohli (RCB), David Warner (SRH), Aaron Finch (RCB), Manish Pandey (SRH)

All-rounders: Moeen Ali (RCB), Washington Sundar (RCB)

Bowlers: Rashid Khan (SRH), Yuzi Chahal (RCB), Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (SRH), Navdeep Saini (RCB)

Captain: Virat Kohli (RCB) or David Warner (SRH)

Vice-Captain: Rashid Khan (SRH) or Moeen Ali (RCB)

RCB – Royal Challengers Bangalore

SRH – Sunrisers Hyderabad

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