SRH vs RCB: Match Preview: Former IPL champions Sunrisers Hyderabad will open their IPL 2020 campaign against the 3-time IPL runners-up Royal Challengers Bangalore in a rematch of the IPL 2016 final. Both the south Indian franchises will be keen to begin their campaign on a winning note as the momentum factor plays a major role in IPL.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are known to be slow starters. The fans feel that they are the top contenders to win the IPL, but eventually, their playoff qualification comes down to mathematical calculations. On the other side, Sunrisers Hyderabad has performed consistently in the last two seasons. The Orange Army finished runner-up in IPL 2018, while the Hyderabad-based franchise ended IPL 2019 at the fourth position.
David Warner is back as the team’s skipper, and the franchise has invested its funds in some new talents like Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, and Abdul Samad this year. All eyes will be on the opening pair of Warner and Jonny Bairstow as the duo had destroyed Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL last year.
Bangalore has roped in T20 specialists like Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, and Adam Zampa for IPL 2020. They already had some big names like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Moeen Ali in the squad. Devdutt Padikkal will be the player to watch out for from RCB because the opening batsman had a stellar domestic season last year.
SRH vs RCB match promises to entertain the fans, and here are the things that you should know before their match.
SRH vs RCB: HEAD-TO-HEAD
Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore have crossed paths 15 times in IPL. Hyderabad has won eight matches, while Bangalore has six wins. One match did not produce a result.
SRH vs RCB: Where to watch?
All games of the 13th edition of IPL, including Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, will air live on the Star Sports Network. The live streaming is available on Disney+Hotstar VIP and Jio TV.
SRH vs RCB: Predicted XI
David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, Abdul Samad, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed/Siddharth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Devdutt Padikkal, Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini
SRH vs RCB: MATCH PREDICTION
Royal Challengers Bangalore had beaten Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets in their last meeting. Since Bangalore has a much balanced squad in IPL 2020, the Bangalore-based franchise can be backed to record their second consecutive win over Hyderabad.