Indian Premier League 2020: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match No. 3
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Dhinesh is a cricket article writer with a good-understanding and love towards the game. He is aspiring to become a cricket journalist and column writer in the future. His favorite teams are the Indian Cricket team & Chennai Super Kings. He is an ardent fan of MS Dhoni and Dale Steyn.
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