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

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore face each other in match number 54 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Sunday. SRH are placed 6th, having won 5 and lost 5. RCB are 4th, having won six and lost 5. 

This is a massive game for both sides as they seek two valuable points and make their presence on the table. Here we present a complete analysis.

Analysis of SRH

After sealing five successive wins, they have suffered 3 losses on the road. SRH will need to bounce back now and keep themselves in the hunt for a playoff place. Kane Williamson hasn’t been at his best. Rahul Tripathi has gone missing as well. A lot is riding on Nicholas Pooran, who has scored 2 successive 50s. He needs aid from elsewhere as well. SRH have to produce quality against a good RCB side.

SRH will need to improve their bowling as well. Umran Malik has done well but has been hit for runs also. He needs control and patience. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been a good watch under pressure. T Natarajan holds the key as well. A complete show is all that’s needed.

Analysis of RCB

Since beating LSG, the Challengers tasted defeat in three successive games. They lost against SRH, RR, and GT. However, they overcame CSK next to bounce back. They have an opportunity now to overcome SRH and build on it. All eyes will be on Virat Kohli, who finally is scoring some runs. He will be keen to make amends once again. RCB also need runs from skipper Faf du Plessis and Aussie star Glenn Maxwell. The versatile Dinesh Karthik has a crucial job in hand.

Bowling-wise, RCB will depend heavily on Wanindu Hasaranga, who has 16 scalps from 11 games. Harshal Patel has done a reasonable job as well. Aussie pacer Josh Hazlewood has been laudable. He has a key role on offer.

Head-to-head record

Both teams have faced each other on 21 occasions in the IPL. SRH have pocketed a win on 8 occasions, while RCB have won 12 times (NR 1). SRH had a 2-1 record versus RCB in the last edition of IPL.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

SRH predicted playing XI: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Makram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar, Sean Abbott, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan

RCB predicted playing XI: Faf du Plessis (captain), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood.

Which team is the predicted winner?

We feel SRH can bounce back here. They have what it takes to beat RCB. In a close affair, SRH could be more ominous.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

Wankhede will host this game. It has been a good batting wicket, boasting an average first innings total of close to 175 (last five matches). Pacers have found considerable success than spinners. Out of 13 games, sides batting second have won 7. 

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 3:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

For SRH, Abhishek Sharma (331) and Aiden Markram (305) have scored in excess of 300 runs. Kohli has 6,499 runs and is one shy of 6,500. Faf has smashed 296 IPL fours and is 4 shy of 300. 

The major bowling stats on offer

T Natarajan has 17 scalps at 17.82. Malik has 15 scalps in IPL 2022. He has already bowled the fastest ball this season (156.9KPH). Hasaranga has 16 wickets for RCB (highest). Hasrhal has 91 IPL scalps and can surpass Shane Watson and Mohit Sharma (92 each).

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Nicholas Pooran, Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson, D Karthik, Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis

All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Aiden Markram

Bowlers: T Natarajan, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Nicholas Pooran, Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson, D Karthik, Virat Kohli

All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Aiden Markram, S Ahmed

Bowlers: T Natarajan, Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain choices

Virat Kohli: Kohli has been scoring some runs of late, and he will be aiming to make things work. He is due a match-winning knock.

Nicholas Pooran: The West Indian is getting to his groove, and a good show can be on offer once again. He has been bashing lately.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

T Natarajan: The pacer has 17 wickets so far and is back to his best. Expect him to trouble the RCB batters. He will be expected to dish out accuracy.

Josh Hazlewood: With 11 scalps already this season, Hazlewood is the best asset for RCB. He can test the mettle of the SRH batters. Hazlewood’s offerings can be immense.

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