Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore face each other in match number 54 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Sunday.

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad face each other in match number 36 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday. It is the second of the double-header. The match is being held at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Both teams have been superb in the ongoing season, and there is not much to separate them. RCB are placed second with five wins under their belt. SRH have won four on the bounce from six.

This is a crucial game for both sides as they seek two valuable points.

Analysis of RCB

RCB are getting things done, and this is what matters. In terms of batting, Anuj Rawat and Virat Kohli have question marks over them, but the others are stepping in. Faf du Plessis scored a crunch 96 in the previous game versus LSG. Glenn Maxwell has been pretty consistent. Full marks go to Dinesh Karthik for his exploits as a finisher. He has rekindled his selection in the Indian cricket team for the T20 World Cup this year. Also, Shahbaz Ahmed needs to be praised for his efforts.

In terms of bowling, Josh Hazlewood has been the star for RCB since coming on. He claimed four wickets versus LSG and will hope to continue in the same vein. Harshal Patel has continued to take wickets, which will please the management. Shahbaz and Wanindu Hasaranga have done an able job so far as the spin twins. Mohammed Siraj has improved of late.

Analysis of SRH

Four wins from four for the 2016 champions see them in a position of promise and comfort. SRH have chased down the target in all these four wins on a comfortable basis. However, if they are asked to bat first, things can be interesting. The onus is on SRH’s middle-order, and things have been working. Aiden Markram has been a pillar of strength. Not to forget the contributions of Rahul Tripathi. Nicholas Pooran is finding his feet as well. At the top, Abhishek Sharma has found his feet. 

However, their main strength is the world-class bowling attack. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has stepped up and recently went past the 150-wicket mark in IPL. He has stepped up at the death. Umran Malik’s pace is something that can terrorise batters. He has been amongst the wickets too. In T Natarajan and Marco Jansen, SRH have control and composure. It is a solid line-up of bowlers who can test the RCB batters and keep them under the wraps. 

Head-to-head record

SRH have won 11 compared to RCB’s 8, with one match having no result. Since 2020, SRH have a 3-2 record over the Challengers.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

RCB predicted playing XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj, Marco Jansen

SRH predicted playing XI: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Shashank Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith/Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen, Umran Malik, T Natarajan.

Which team is the predicted winner?

With what we have seen in terms of performance, both sides will have a shout in terms of a win here. Things are expected to be close in what can be a stern contest. However, looking at the complete scenario, we feel RCB may pull this one. They are playing confidently, and the experience of players like DK and Maxwell is proving to be important. By chance, if SRH bat first, they can be asked questions. 

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The Brabourne Stadium will host this much-coveted encounter. So far this season, five of the nine matches played at Brabourne have witnessed the chasing side pocket the match. Batters have fared well at Brabourne, while pacers can be crucial with their offerings.

The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Dinesh Karthik is averaging 210.00 this season. He has 210 runs so far. Faf du Plessis has got the most runs for RCB. He has scored 250 runs with two fifties on offer. Faf (3,185) can surpass Yusuf Pathan (3,205) in terms of runs. Williamson (2,012) can surpass JP Duminy (2,029).

The major bowling stats on offer

Hasaranga has 11 wickets for RCB this season at 19.54. Hazlewood has also done well, taking eight scalps from three games. Harshal also has 8 scalps. Bhuvi, who has 150 scalps, has taken 16 wickets versus RCB.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Dinesh Karthik, Faf du Plessis, Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Aiden Markram

All-rounders: Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell

Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood, Harshal Patel, T Natarajan, Umran Malik

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Nicholas Pooran, Dinesh Karthik, Kane Williamson, Faf du Plessis, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram

All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed

Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood, Harshal Patel, T Natarajan.

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Aiden Markram: The South African player has settled well in this SRH side. He has taken over the mantle in terms of scoring useful runs. Markram plays as per the situation, and that is laudable.

Dinesh Karthik: A sheer versatile player, Karthik has been brilliant so far, being the perfect match-winner. He came in and struck the ball all over the park. This could be another game where he enjoys himself and brings value. He has a strike rate of over 200.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Umran Malik: The fast bowler has been terrific in the last few games for SRH, taking wickets and bowling real quick. He deserves a shout as a vice-captain candidate.

Glenn Maxwell: The Aussie international can have maximum impact and be the desired match-winner. He brings so much to the side, and his experience will be vital. Maxwell can power RCB to good totals.

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