Hyderabad vs Bangalore : Match Prediction and Probable Playing XI

Hyderabad vs Bangalore : Match Prediction and Probable Playing XI

The third match of the ongoing 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is going to be played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Dubai International Cricket Statium in Dubai on Monday.

Head to Head Statistics

Total Matches Played : 15

Team Won Loss N/R
Hyderabad 8 6 1
Bangalore 6 8 1

Match Prediction

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has always been a strong side on paper but hasn't been able to succeed much often. The team looks solid this time too. However, their opponent Sunrisers Hyderabad are one of the balanced side in the tournament. It can be a tough call in between the two but I am placing bet on Hyderabad to win this one.

Also Read: IPL 2020 : Complete Squads of all teams

Sunrisers Hyderabad Probable Playing XI

David Warner (captain)
Jonny Bairstow (wk)
Manish Pandey
Priyam Garg
Vijay Shankar
Abshishek Sharma / Abdul Samad
Mohammad Nabi
Rashid Khan
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Khaleel Ahmed
Sandeep Sharma

Player to Watch : Jonny Bairstow and Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Royal Challengers Bangalore Probable Playing XI

Aaron Finch
Parthiv Patel (WK)
Virat Kohli (C)
AB de Villiers
Gurkeerat Singh
Shivam Dube
Washington Sundar
Chris Morris
Dale Steyn
Navdeep Saini
Yuzvendra Chahal

Player to Watch : Aaron Finch and Yuzvendra Chahal

The dangerous Warner-Baitstow pair will open the innings for Hyderabad. The top 3 looks pretty solid for the team with Manish Pandey coming in at 3. The real headache however will be the inexperienced middle order. I am not sure if you can depend a lot on guys like Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad. The two spinners from Afghanistan Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi will have a crucial role with the ball and both can be more than handy with the bat in lower order. The pace attack looks good with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma and Khaleel Ahmed.

Aaron Finch is most likely to open for RCB along with wicketkeeper batsman Parthiv Patel. Kohli will come at 3 and De Villiers at 4. RCB would want at least one of their openers to have a brilliant season. Over dependence on Kohli and AB has always been the major issue in RCB batting. When both Kohli and AB gets going, RCB simply blows away any opposition whereas if these guys fail, RCB themselves get blown away. But the inclusion of players like Finch and Chris Morris might reduce that over dependence on the two big guns for RCB.

It will be interesting to see RCB's foreign picks for playing XI. Aaron Finch and De Villiers are obvious picks. There might be a choice among Moeen Ali and Chris Morris for the allrounder slot. It seems the team management might go with Morris over Moeen. In case the team wants both Moeen and Morris, there may be chance that Steyn might have to miss out.

Overall, I am expecting a tough battle between these two teams. Based on head to head stats, I am backing Sunrisers Hyderabad to come out victorious.

The match prediction and teamselection done is purely personal opinion of the writer.

Ritesh Ghimire

Ritesh is a Computer Engineer, Web Developer and an active cricket follower. Being the founder of LetzCricket, he has been watching and analysing Nepali and International cricket and sharing his opinions through LetzCricket.