After Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore became the third team to qualify for the playoffs in this edition. They have a good chance of finishing in the top two if they win their next two games, but they may still have to rely on the Chennai Super Kings’ result. With 16 points, they are currently in third place in the rankings. Three wins in a row have given them a huge boost in confidence, and they’d like to keep that momentum going in the remaining games.
Match – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – 52nd match
Venue – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
In the most recent encounter between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, 379 runs were scored. The hitters had an absolute field day on this track, scoring runs at will. For this match, we may expect a similar playing surface.
Avg first innings score: 149 (6 matches in the IPL 2021 at Abu Dhabi)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 1, Tied – 0
The weather forecasters have forecasted that the weather in Abu Dhabi would remain clear. The temperature is expected to be between 32 and 35 degrees Celsius, with no risk of rain throughout the match, according to the prediction.
Played – 19 | Royal Challengers Bangalore– 8 | Sunrisers Hyderabad– 10 | N/R – 1
Played – 2 | Royal Challengers Bangalore– 1 | Sunrisers Hyderabad– 1 | N/R – 0
Virat Kohli (c) , Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Garton, Harshal Patel, M Siraj, Yuzi Chahal, D Padikkal, Kona Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers
Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk) , Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Umran Malik, Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg
Glenn Maxwell— Royal Challengers Bangalore
Glenn Maxwell has made it obvious that his goal is to frighten opposing bowlers. In this season of the IPL, he has been extremely effective in doing so for RCB. For his 57 runs from 33 deliveries against Punjab Kings on Sunday, Maxwell was named player of the match.
Jason Holder—Sunrisers Hyderabad
For Sunrisers Hyderabad, Jason Holder is their best all-rounder. He has a knack for collecting up wickets for his team. Holder has taken 11 wickets in six matches and made 68 runs with the bat thus far in this season.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
In their last encounter, Royal Challengers Bangalore showed bravery by batting first on a sluggish pitch and defeating Punjab Kings to extinguish their playoff qualifying aspirations. Virat Kohli’s team has already qualified for the playoffs this season, and he now wants to finish in the top two spots on the points table.
Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s season has deteriorated to the point that all they can do now is play for dignity against their 2016 final opponents. With David Warner out, Jason Roy fared well in his debut match for Sunrisers Hyderabad this season, but their batting performance since then has been nothing short of dismal. However, in their most recent encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders, they discovered a fresh potential in Umran Malik, and Kane Williamson would want to make greater use of the raw speed that the young bowler from Jammu and Kashmir creates.
With eight victories from 12 games, RCB is in the third position in the table, with 16 points. SRH, on the other hand, is on track to finish last, having won just two games out of a possible 12 and amassing only four points. In the remaining matches, SRH will be trying to become party spoilers for the other teams. And the twist in the situation is that the Royal Challengers Bangalore are just one win away from reaching the century mark in the Indian Premier League. So definitely, the Royal Challengers will give their best for this match and have more chances to grab the win.
Today’s match prediction: Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the match.