Head to Head: SRH 6-5 RCB
SRH vs RCB Preview
RCB would be seething coming into this match especially after they lost their last game against Mumbai under such controversial circumstances. It would have been a much-needed win to bring some momentum into their campaign but due to an umpiring howler, they ended up on the losing side. There were still many positives to take from that game, AB’s form, Chahal’s wicket-taking ability among others. But there will be concerns surrounding how they could put Shimron Hetmyer to use because he’s not really kicked on so far in the tournament.
SRH, on the other hand, put together another clinical performance with both David Warner and Vijay Shankar turning out to be their knights in the shining armor. SRH themselves would be slightly by their bowling effort because twice in two games now they’ve just let the opposition run away with the game in the end overs. Neither Bhuvneshwar Kumar nor Sandeep Sharma have looked potent enough to stop the onslaught from the opposition.
Looking at the lineups it’s going to be a matchup of the power hitters for both sides and could ultimately turn into a battle of who is able to make the most impact.
Despite having a loss against their name, the Sunrisers have been pretty clinical in their approach and have done a commendable job in both their matches. If there is one area where they would be looking to bring the changes could be the death overs bowling because they’ve seemed to struggle in that department in both matches. Bringing in Billy Stanlake is an option but for this game, Hyderabad could opt for stability over too much experimentation.
The player under the spotlight
Vijay Shankar has really been a revelation for the Hyderabad team. He’s been promoted up the order, over Manish Pandey and he’s been destructive to say the least. He comes in, smashes the ball around and makes pretty useful contributions. With the No.4 slot still up for grabs Vijay is doing no harm to himself by hammering in those runs.
Probable XI: David Warner, Johnny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul
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The team that played against Mumbai was probably one of the more balanced units put forth by RCB. The opening combination is good and so is the middle order. What RCB needs is a contribution from Colin De Grandhomme and Shimron Hetmyer because currently, these are the two final missing pieces for the team.
The player under the spotlight
Shimron Hetmyer has the potential to be one of the most feared strikers in world cricket. He has the power, the talent, the self-confidence and a bit of flair to add to it. What he lacks, for now, is a stable head that tells him when to do what. The world cricket has already seen what Hetmyer can do, the spotlight will be on him to show what he’s capable of in IPL 2019.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali, AB De Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Colin De Grandhomme, Shivam Dube, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
Both teams will square up at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on a pitch that looked flat and pretty conducive to stroke-play. Scores in the region of 180 would be par in such conditions.
IPL 2019 SRH vs RCB Preview and Prediction
Comparing the two teams gives the impression that SRH has more depth in both their bowling and batting while RCB is still pretty dependent on the contribution of AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli. Unless there are sizeable contributions from the two stalwarts, RCB might struggle to put up a fight.
We pick SRH to continue the momentum and put in another clinical performance.
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