In IPL 2021, Royal Challengers Bangalore will face the bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad team at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. This match between the two teams will be the 52nd match of this season. The Virat Kohli-led Bangalore team has already qualified for the playoffs while the Kane Williamson-led Hyderabad team is out of the race for the playoffs. Of course, the match between the two teams is not important for the playoffs, but as captain, the clash between Williamson and Virat is going to be exciting.
Bangalore team is currently in third place with 16 points from 12 matches. At the same time, Delhi Capitals is on top with 20 points followed by Chennai Super Kings with 18 points. After the match against Hyderabad, Bangalore has to play their next match against Delhi. If the team wins both their matches, then it will get 20 points and will have a chance to reach the top-2. Kohli-led Bangalore team will not want to take the in-form Hyderabad lightly and can go into this match with their strong playing XI.
This is the second match between the two teams in the 14th season of IPL. Bangalore defeated Hyderabad in the first match. Although David Warner was the captain of Hyderabad at that time, he is now out of the playing XI. There doesn’t seem to be much change in the Bangalore team as the team’s batting and bowling are in a good rhythm. However, the team can give Sri Lanka all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga a chance in the playing XI in place of George Garten. At the same time, Hyderabad is already out of the race for the playoffs. The team has won only two out of the last 12 matches and is at the last position in the table. The team will now look to register a consolation win in their remaining matches. Hyderabad have got only one win from five matches in the UAE leg. Hyderabad can also make a change in their playing XI. Manish Pandey, who has been sitting on the bench for the last few matches, can return to the playing XI in this match.
Probable playing XI of both the teams:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (capt), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, George Garten/Wanindu Hasranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (capt), Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma/Manish Pandey, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, Siddharth Kaul.