RCB vs SRH: The big picture
RCB vs SRH: Winning is a habit, as the expression goes, and it is heard every day in every sport. Both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad are sprinting up the points table in the IPL 2022, winning five and four games respectively after correcting a flaw or two in the engine room. A win over SRH might propel RCB to the top of the league, while Hyderabad must find a way out of the mid-table quagmire.
After recovering from a difficult situation to beat Lucknow Super Giants in their previous game, the RCB set-up will be full of confidence. Faf du Plessis’ return to form was one of the positives from the game against LSG. After a strong start against Punjab Kings, the RCB captain only managed 66 runs in his next five innings. Just that he returned to form with a critical hand of 96 in RCB’s sixth game. Meanwhile, Shahbaz Ahmed has brought some steel to RCB’s flair towards the bottom of the order. He was the supporting ally in a handful of important coalitions with Dinesh Karthik. He also played a significant role in Du Plessis’ match-winning stand.
With the tracks assisting the pacemen, SRH have opted for pace-heavy attacks, which have worked well for them, with T Natarajan, Umran Malik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and others all shining brilliantly at various times. Marco Jansen has added another string to the bow with his left-arm angle, bounce, and a hint of movement, albeit not taking many wickets in the IPL thus far.
RCB vs SRH: Match details
When: April 23, 19:30 IST, RCB against SRH
Where: Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium
What to anticipate: Tomorrow’s anticipated humidity is expected to be high (79 percent at night), which could result in some dew. Despite the use of sprays and the super-shopper to control the dew factor. The team that wins the toss will field first, as has been the case in prior years.
With the Brabourne stadium’s smaller dimensions and good batting strips, it might be a high-scoring affair. Having said that, in the most recent game played at this venue between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings, the pitch provided considerable help to the spinners.
Head to head: RCB has won 8 and lost 11 versus SRH. Since 2018, they had 4 wins against 5 losses.
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RCB vs SRH: Team-wise tactics and strategies
In the middle overs, SRH has tended to use Umran as the enforcer. In SRH’s prior game, he also seemed to strike the deck harder. As a result, Umran or Jansen might be utilized to counter Maxwell. The switch hit and reverse sweep are two of the right-favorite hander’s plays. He’s had a lot of success as a result of it. However, a finger spinner who bowls faster through the air has a small window of opportunity to pick up a scalp.
Kohli vs SRH’s pacemen upfront would be another intriguing clash, as the former RCB captain has sought to drive the speed in the Powerplay. Despite the fact that it hasn’t worked out for him thus far.
Probable XI: J Suchith/Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Shashank Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
In the IPL, Mohammed Siraj has dismissed Rahul Tripathi and Kane Williamson several times. With the new ball, his ability to use the 3/4 ball could come in helpful. So far, Hazlewood has three scalps in the Powerplay and end overs, and his presence has aided RCB in figuring out the nuts and bolts of their slog over troubles.
Probable XI: Dinesh Karthik, Anuj Rawat, Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj
RCB vs SRH: Trivia
– In the middle overs, SRH has employed the fewest spin overs (7-15) this season, and their two wickets are second lowest after Gujarat Titans spinners’ two wickets.
– With an average of 58.89, SRH has the best middle-order (3-6) in this season’s IPL. The axis of Tripathi-Markram-Pooran has shown to be successful.