Date: May 18 2023
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
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The race for the playoffs heats up with Royal Challengers Bangalore taking on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the penultimate fixture at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. This fixture will be crucial for Bangalore as they hope to win the remaining games and seal their spot in the top 4. While for Hyderabad, the season has been pretty much wrapped up with losing against Gujarat Titans and suffering elimination.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad have been one of the most disappointing teams in the tournament as they have failed to manage the high expectations set ahead of the season. The SRH batting has failed to string up consistent performances with no individual batter scoring 200+ runs. Whereas with the ball, Hyderabad has had decent performances, with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mayank Markande emerging as top players.
On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore have seemingly rediscovered their form from the earlier part of the season. Their bowling has looked incredible barring a few games with Mohammed Siraj tormenting top-order batters. But their batting once again seems top-heavy with Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell scoring the bulk of runs. Hence a few performances from other batters and the spin attack could give RCB the required boot to make the playoff push.
Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Abdul Samad, Sanvir Singh, Mayank Markande, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Fazalhaq Farooqi, T Natarajan
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Michael Bracewell, Wayne Parnell, Karn Sharma, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj
Grand League team
Batters: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi,
Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mohammed Siraj, Wayne Parnell
Wicket-keepers: Heinrich Klaasen, Anuj Rawat
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Michael Bracewell, Marco Jansen, Aiden Markram
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