Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Indian Premier League 2020, Match 3
Date & Time: 21 September, 2020 at 7:30PM IST
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE
After a thrilling super over finish between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab, the Dubai International cricket stadium will host the star-studded match between the southern rivals Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday. Both teams look well balanced on paper, with very few weaknesses. SRH has always had an edge over the RCB, and that is more or less expected to continue. That being said Virat Kohli and co. can upset the SRH if they can take some early wickets, by packing out SRH’s top-3 cheaply. Considering the consistency of SRH’s top order, the chances of that happening are quite less, so bet on SRH to win this match.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Bet365: SRH- 1.72, RCB- 2.10
Betway: SRH- 1.72, RCB- 2.05
SRH to win the match
Head to Head (overall)
Head to Head (in UAE)
After the tournament opener between MI and CSK, this high voltage clash between RCB and SRH is one of the most anticipated matches of week 1. Both the teams have made some smart buys in the auction ahead of this year’s IPL, and hence on paper, both teams looks evenly matched. With the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, and Aaron Finch set to take the field, a high scoring encounter is expected, unlike the first two matches of IPL 2020.
If captain Kohli’s words are to be believed RCB has left behind the past baggage and is looking to start afresh for this season. For that reason they have boosted their batting line-up with young exciting Devdutt Padikkal and Australian captain Aaron Finch, to provide the much-needed assistance to Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Like last year Umesh Yadhav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzuvendra Chahal, and Washington Sundar complete their domestic bowling line up. All-rounder Dube will be slotted in as the floater with Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, and Dale Steyn fighting it out for the remaining two overseas spots. Considering how the match between DC and KXIP went, the South African pace bowling duo of Steyn and Morris are expected to get the first nod ahead of Ali owing to the extra grass in the pitch. RCB’s chances in this match depend heavily on the ability of their pace bowlers to take early wickets in the powerplay.
SRH on the other hand have a very similar squad compared to last year. The opening duo of Warner and Bairstow picks themselves with Pandey and Vijay Shankar to follow. Either of Nabi or Fabian Allen is expected to play the role of the finisher. Like last year Bhuvi, Rashid, Khaleel, Kaul, and Sandeep Sharma makes up their bowling line-up. The extra bit of grass in the Dubai surface and the ground dimensions will suit the SRH pacers, whose strength lies in swing and variations. The only change in their line-up will be in the middle order, where the new recruits like Abdul Samad and Virat Singh will replace the oldies Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda. Their former captain Kane Williamson is most likely to be benched
RCB Playing 11- Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli(c), AB De Villiers (wk), Shivam Dube, Chris Morris/ Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini
SRH Playing 11- David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow. (wk), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Virat Singh/Priyam Garg, Mohammad Nabi/Fabian Allen, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddharth Kaul/Sandeep Sharma.
Expert free tip
Ideally, the Dubai pitches behave on the slower side. But as visible from the last match played here between DC and KXIP, the pitch has even covering of grass which assists both the fast bowlers and spinners equally. Seamers should be able to extract a little bit of movement early on in the innings. Considering the nature of the pitch and the batting line-ups of both the teams, any score below 170 would be pretty easy to chase down.
Predicted first innings score
If Royal Challengers Bangalore bats first: 160-170
If Sunrisers Hyderabad bat first: 150-160
Players who are expected to perform well as per Dream11 Prediction.
RCB- Virat Kohli
King Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the IPL. Adding to that, he is returning back to action after a long gap of 6 months. He will be hungry for runs much more than ever. As for cricket betting tips, he is a sure shot candidate to bet your money on.
SRH- David Warner
Warner is the most consistent batsman in the history of the IPL. He has never had an off-season. The three orange caps that he has to his name are a proof for the same. With the ball coming on nicely to the bat in the Dubai pitch, Warner is expected to create a nightmare for RCB bowlers.
Other Prominent options: Jonny Bairstow, Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers
RCB- Yuzvendra Chahal
Chahal is probably the only consistent bowler that RCB has had in the thirteen-year history of the tournament. With large grounds and expected slowness in the pitch as the match goes on, he is sure to exploit these favourable conditions.
SRH- Rashid Khan
The spin magician needs no introduction. He has been troubling the batsmen all around the world for so long. Not much change to that expected in the UAE IPL.
Other Prominent options: Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed
RCB- AB de Villiers/ Aaron Finch
If Finch can hang in there for more than 7-8 overs, then he should top this list. If else ABD is the man sure enough to hit more maximums.
SRH- David Warner
For SRH David Warner is expected to bat longer and hence he is the ideal choice to hit more maximums. Bet on him to hit the most number of sixes.
Man of the Match
Power game, ability to anchor the innings and sheer consistency. Warner has all those attributes that you would associate with a proper T20 batsman. With favourable conditions at hand, he is the most probable candidate for this category.