BLR vs SRH Dream11: A South Indian Derby at Sharjah amidst the race towards the playoffs in IPL 2020.
Cricket pundits at the start of the season rated Sunrisers Hyderabad over the perennial underachievers Royal Challengers Bangalore mainly due to the conditions that were on offer in the UAE. But Royal Challengers Bangalore have established themselves as a different unit with a revamped coaching set-up and a bowling unit which seems to have found its foot. They're currently placed at the second spot with 14 points from 12 matches, but they're going through a mini-slump with back to back losses against CSK and MI. With a positive NRR, they're more likely to qualify for the playoffs even if they endure more losses but they will want to win their remaining fixtures to secure the advantage of a first two finish. Sunrisers Hyderabad who were primed to succeed in UAE haven't really set the straps on fire and have only managed 10 points from 12 games. The one advantage they have over other playoff contenders is the second-best NRR in the competition they've achieved which is enough for them to qualify if they win their next two games. The last time these two teams faced each other, Y Chahal bowled a terrific spell which induced a batting collapse for SRH losing the match by 10 runs after being in a comfortable position of 121/2 in a chase of 164 at Dubai.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Indian Premier League 2020
31 October 2020 at 7:30 pm IST
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Last result at the venue: Kings XI Punjab – 150/2 (18.5 overs) beat Kolkata Knight Riders – 149/9 (20 overs) by 8 wickets on 26th October 2020
Points table Standings:
SRH: No. 6
RCB: No. 2
RCB Team News
N Saini missed the last game after he split the webbing in his bowling hand. With no official news on his injury status and the fact that the split has been on his bowling hand, he's more likely to miss this contest.
Royal Challengers Bangalore went with an extra bowler in their last game at Sharjah, but considering Saini's injury and the form of their backups they're more likely to go with the same combination as the last game. The one change they could make is to drop D Steyn who hasn't performed well this season and bring back I Udana in place of him in BLR vs SRH Dream11 Team Prediction.
RCB Playing 11
J Philippe, D Padikkal, V Kohli (C), AB De Villiers (WK), GS Mann, S Dube, W Sundar, C Morris, I Udana, M Siraj, Y Chahal
Sunrisers Hyderabad Team News
Sunrisers Hyderabad had injury scares with W Saha and V Shankar last game. The latter went off the field with a hamstring niggle while the former didn't keep last match citing groin injury after a match-winning performance with the bat. Going by SRH's training/group session videos, both seemed to have recovered well.
They did some sweeping changes last game by dropping Bairstow to bring in the in-form K Williamson and opened the batting with Saha who responded with a brilliant knock of 87 against DC. With the short boundaries at Sharjah, SRH will more likely bring Khaleel or one of the other Indian pacers in place of S Nadeem.
SRH Playing 11
D Warner (C), W Saha (WK), M Pandey, K Williamson, V Shankar, J Holder, A Samad, R Khan, S Sharma, T Natarajan, K Ahmad
BLR vs SRH Today Match Prediction
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be the firm favourites going into this contest due to the presence of in-form batsmen in Padikkal, Kohli and AB De Villiers pitted against the medium pacers of SRH who are ill-suited to the conditions at Sharjah. The only way SRH could take down RCB at Sharjah will be to hope that one of their top 3 scores big like they did against DC and try to defend it with Rashid Khan in their ranks in BLR vs SRH Today Match Prediction.
RCB vs SRH Prediction Captain, Differential Picks
Captaincy Picks –
J Philippe – After some initial failures with the bat, Philippe displayed his skills with a 24 ball 33 against MI last game. There aren't many threats in the SRH bowling attack for the young Australian opener who has a great record against R Khan and a Steve Smith type of technique to combat any swing/seam on offer.
J Phillipe BBL Career Record: Runs – 798, Average – 33.25
J Phillipe against R Khan in T20s: Runs – 35, Balls – 19, Outs – 0
D Warner – Short boundaries at Sharjah, positive match-ups against all RCB bowlers and current form, everything is in favour of a typical Warner knock. All he needs to do is to turn up on the day and show his face.
D Warner against RCB: Runs – 675, Average – 48.21, Strike-Rate – 164.23
D Warner in last 5 matches: Runs – 161, Average – 40.25
AB De Villiers – He's a no-brainer pick for this game with the kind of form he's in. The only negative match-up for him this match is against Rashid Khan and if he manages to see him off as he did in their previous encounter, he can feast on SRH's medium pacers.
AB De Villiers in last 5 matches: Runs – 111, Average – 37
AB De Villiers against Pace this season: Runs – 250, Average – 50, Strike-Rate – 208.33
Vice-Captaincy Picks –
R Khan – Except for Philippe, he's a direct match-up against all RCB batsmen with both Kohli and AB De Villiers vulnerable against him. He can beat the batsmen even in defence and if RCB bats second, he has high chances of picking wickets.
R Khan against AB De Villiers in IPL: Runs – 50, Balls – 39, Outs – 2
R Khan against V Kohli in IPL: Runs – 18, Balls – 19, Outs – 1
M Pandey – He has been one of the fastest run-scorers in PowerPlay but slows down considerably to become one of the slowest in the middle-overs. He can get into trouble against the spin duo of Chahal and Sundar, but the short boundaries should work in his favour.
M Pandey in last 5 matches: Runs – 152, Average – 50.67
M Pandey against RCB: Runs – 247, Average – 22.45
D Padikkal – The left-handed youngster from Karnataka has been enjoying a dream debut season so far and played his best innings in IPL last game scoring 74 runs from 45 balls against MI. He does have a weakness against balls pitched outside off but only Holder is capable of exploiting this particular weakness among SRH pacers. He's also a safe pick considering he has failed to register a double-digit score only twice this tournament.
D Padikkal in last 5 matches – Runs – 174, Average – 34.8
Differential Picks –
K Williamson – If you get an opportunity to pick K Williamson as a differential especially against RCB in Sharjah, you close your eyes and pick him. He is one of the best players of spin this season and his natural timing should be enough to clear the boundaries at Sharjah. The only reason he's placed low in the fantasy order is due to his No.4 position.
K Williamson against RCB: Runs – 262, Average – 62.5
K Williamson in last 5 matches: Runs – 139, Average – 46.33
S Dube – RCB could promote Dube up the order to shield AB De Villiers against Rashid Khan, which provides him enough game-time to score some runs in BLR vs SRH Dream11 Prediction.
S Dube batting numbers in IPL 2020: Runs – 104, Average – 20.80