RCB will aim to push for a top-two finish when they take on bottom-placed SRH in match number 52 of the IPL 2021 season on Wednesday.

Royal Challengers Bangalore will aim to push for a top-two finish when they take on bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 52 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season on Wednesday. RCB are placed third in the standings after having claimed 16 points from 12 matches, winning eight and losing four. They have a NRR of -0.157. Meanwhile, the Sunrisers have fared miserably this season, having lost 10 of the 12 games played. They have a NRR of -0.475.

The upcoming clash between the two teams is a crucial one for RCB, who will hope to win a fourth straight game. They are in the reckoning for a top-two finish and need to win the last two games by a big margin and hope some results go their way. As far as SRH are concerned, they will be playing for pride. They have nothing to lose and one would expect some fireworks. 

The RCB have done relatively well across the last three games, winning comfortably and showing their authority. What bodes well for RCB is the form of Glenn Maxwell in the middle-order. His contributions have been telling. With the ball, Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal have continued to produce the goods. For SRH, their batting continues to be a cause of concern and you wonder how they can come out from difficult situations. However, their bowling looks sharp and Umran Malik, who was a net bowler earlier, is a surprise package with his sheer pace. He is expected to get another game.

Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through. 

Key details of the match

The match is set to be held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). 

Here’s the preview

RCB are a side instilled with confidence at the moment. Skipper Virat Kohli has handled his team well and the captaincy has been a hallmark after several poor seasons. This RR team looks hungry for more and that is a fresh view. RCB are not just dependent on Kohli and AB de Villiers and it’s good to see several other players stepping up. RCB may opt to bring back Kyle Jamieson in place of the misfiring Dan Christian. The rest of the side looks solid. Harshal, who has 26 scalps, has grown as a cricketer. Meanwhile, Chahal has been firing on all cylinders, not letting the T20 World Cup snub impact him in any form or shape. 

SRH are a mess with the bat and despite dropping David Warner, there has been no luck whatsoever. SRH need inspiration from somewhere and at this stage if they don’t perform with the bat, then it’s another loss awaiting them. Very rarely do we see a side fare so poorly game after game and there is nobody taking the initiative with the bat. In terms of bowling, Jason Holder has looked able and is amongst the wickets. Rashid Khan has continued to bring substance, besides being economical. Siddarth Kaul’s entry has been a pleasant watch. One should look out for Malik, who can spark a difference after clocking over 150 km/h speeds.

Probable playing XIs: RCB vs SRH

RCB probable playing XI:

Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson, Kyle Jamieson, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

SRH probable playing XI:

Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, Siddarth Kaul

Dream11 team prediction (option 1)

Batsmen: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, W Saha, KS Bharat

All-rounders: Jason Holder, Glenn Maxwell

Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Y Chahal, S Kaul, Rashid Khan

Dream11 team prediction (option 2)

Batsmen: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, W Saha

All-rounders: Jason Holder, Glenn Maxwell

Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Y Chahal, S Kaul, Rashid Khan, Umran Malik

Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?

When it comes to batting and one needs to pick the top guns, RCB captain Kohli and SRH skipper Williamson come to mind. Kohli has 350-plus runs this season and is an excellent fielder. Likewise, Williamson is the most dangerous asset for SRH and he rarely puts down catches.

Maxwell and Holder are the two all-rounders who are a must. Maxi has 400-plus runs this season and is holding the RCB middle-order with style. His aggression and match-winning abilities have helped him. Meanwhile, Holder has continued to claim wickets. He is substantial in the middle overs. With the bat, his lustful blows may be handy,

Bowling wise, Harshal is a no brainer. He can derive the maximum points for any side. His attributes and ideas have made a telling difference. Kaul has been doing well over the last two games and has hardly set a foot wrong. The confidence may keep him going,

Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices

Glenn Maxwell: With 407 runs from 12 matches, Maxwell can add more to his five fifties this season. He has hit 36 fours and 19 sixes and is a man in form. He is RCB’s strength in the middle-order given ABD has failed to live up to expectations. 

Rashid Khan: With 15 scalps from 12 matches, Rashid guarantees you a wicket every game. He has bowled well at an economy rate of just 6.16. The Afghan spinner has 10 scalps against RCB in nine matches so far.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

In terms of vice-captaincy, Harshal is an ideal option. The right-arm pacer is a top dog at the death, giving nothing away and picking up wickets. He has played a huge role in RCB’s success this season. Holder can be the other pick as well. He has been one of SRH’s best assets since last season and is a true fighter on the field. Holder has 11 wickets from just six games this season at 15.27. He can be the game-changer.

Pitch report and conditions

The pitch in Abu Dhabi has seen teams batting second winning five out of six matches this season. It’s a good track for batting and a definite score is unpredictable given CSK lost the other night despite managing 189. The start will be crucial for both sides here. Pacers will need to offer variety and slower balls can work. Spinners will be effective too. One expects another warm evening with humid conditions.

What happened in the previous meeting between the two?

The previous meeting between the two sides this season saw RCB win by six runs. 

Head-to-head record

Out of 19 meetings between the two teams, SRH have won 10. RCB have managed 8 wins as one match ended with no result.

Match prediction

RCB are expected to win the fourth game on the trot and get to 18 points. With a shabby batting unit that SRH possess, you expect them to bite the dust.

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