The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season is set to witness 2016 winners Sunrisers Hyderabad take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in match number six. The match is set to be held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Notably, the first match between Mumbai Indians and RCB was held at this venue. RCB got home with a last-ball thriller. SRH then lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in the same venue on Sunday. The Orange Army suffered a 10-run defeat. Having played in these conditions, both teams will want to get the better of the same.

David Warned-led SRH reached the playoffs in the IPL 2020 campaign. They finished third on 14 points and had a better NRR than RCB and KKR. The Orange Army won the IPL Eliminator before losing Qualifier 2 against Delhi Capitals. Warner has smashed 700 IPL runs against RCB (third-highest) and will be wanting to extend his run. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has scored 531 runs against RCB and is the second-highest scorer against them.

Kohli will want his side to do well and maintain the form shown in the last match. The other players around need to support him and AB de Villiers. Harshal Patel’s fifer stole the show against MI in the IPL opener and he will be an asset at the death. For SRH, they need to believe in themselves and produce a better effort than the one against KKR. SRH need to start well and lay the foundation.

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 Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. 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

SRH openers David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha failed to get going in the match against KKR and they have a chance to do well this time around. What the SRH could do is to promote the in-form Jonny Bairstow atop. Both he and Warner are a dream pair and their consistency has been witnessed before. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is unlikely to return to the playing XI as he hasn’t gained full match fitness. With the ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar may have been hit for runs in the match against KKR, but an experienced campaigner like him could return to the groove. The strength of RCB lies in two Afghan spin stars – Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi. Both can be highly influential in the middle overs. SRH won two of the three matches against RCB last season, including the Eliminator.

For the RCB, Devdutt Padikkal is set to return back to the side after missing the first game due to the coronavirus. His return will strengthen RCB drastically, Padikkal will open alongside Virat Kohli up front and the two can give RCB the desired start they will be aiming for. The strength also lies in the middle with international stars AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell present. Both stars had a good game against MI. RCB’s high-profile signing during the IPL 2021 Auction – Kyle Jamieson showed his prowess with the ball against MI. The tall NZ cricketer can be a force for the RCB once again. Yuzvendra Chahal has a fantastic record against SRH and he will be keen to extend his run. Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel can provide the quality needed in the pace department. RCB need to hold on to their catches, having missed three against MI.

Probable playing XIs: SRH vs RCB

SRH probable playing XI:

David Warner (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan

RCB probable playing XI:

Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (c), Washington Sundar, AB de Villiers (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Christian, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Dream11 team prediction (option 1)

Batsmen: David Warner (c), Virat Kohli (vc), Manish Pandey, Jonny Bairstow (wk)

All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Nabi, Washington Sundar

Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, T Natarajan

Dream11 team prediction (option 2)

Batsmen: AB de Villiers (wk), Virat Kohli (c) , David Warner (c), Abdul Samad

All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Christian

Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, T Natarajan

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

David Warner and Virat Kohli should be the top picks in the Dream11 Fantasy side. Both captains are massive for their respective teams and holds the cards of giving their sides a good start. They have an excellent record against each other’s teams in the IPL.

Glenn Maxwell impressed in the opening match for RCB and could be the game-changer once again. After a dismal IPL 2020 campaign, Maxwell will need to show his credentials as a Million Dollar man.

In the bowling department, Rashid Khan, Kyle Jamieson and T Natarajan are the three perfect candidates to be included in the Dream11 Fantasy side. They produce enormous value as players in the XI.

Dream11 fantasy: Captain Choices

David Warner: The Australian is a no brainer when it comes to captaincy choice in the side. He is an absolute run-machine and loves batting against RCB.

Virat Kohli: The Indian captain, like Warner, has enjoyed massive success. He will fancy himself to do well against a side he has always been so impressive.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain Choices

In terms of vice-captaincy, AB de Villiers and Jonny Bairstow are two crucial candidates. Both can win games in style and are a force to be reckoned with. Notably, both players fared well in their respective first matches.

Also, Rashid Khan and Kyle Jamieson can be useful customers as vice-captains. They are the match-winners and can contribute immensely.

Other choices: Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell.

Pitch report and weather conditions

The pitch will assist bowlers and bowling intelligently would be crucial. Pacers need to vary their lengths and bowl many cutters and slower balls. Batsmen will have their say too but need to look at their footwork and choice of shots.  As far as the conditions are concerned, the temperature is set to be between 32-28 degree Celsius. There is no chance of rainfall and humidity could play its factor.

MA Chidambaram stats

The average first innings score in the IPL has been 160. Teams have also gone on to chase bigger totals at this venue. So anything in the 175-180 mark can be at par.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have faced each other on 18 occasions. SRH have the edge in terms of wins (10) as RCB have clinched seven wins. One match didn’t have any result.

Match prediction

SRH started on a slower note but will be charged up against a side they have a better value against. It remains to be seen how the bowlers make themselves heard. Meanwhile, RCB are a threat and can bring the character needed to win. We go in with another RCB win here.

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