In order to keep themselves alive in the ongoing IPL 2023, the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad will be extremely crucial for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The two southern India teams will clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, on May 18, and ahead of that, both these franchises are some tremendous pressure.
After their last defeat at the hands of Gujarat Titans, SRH head coach Brian Lara expressed his disappointment with the team and thus, the Aiden Markram-led side will be gunning to finish well and prove a point. Players will also be extra motivated as the retention next year will very much depend on they go in the final two matches of the league. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see if SRH brings Umran Malik into the mix, who barely got any opportunity to prove himself in the middle.
When it comes to RCB, the Faf du Plessis-led side is currently fifth on the IPL points table and a win can help them move to number four. Meanwhile, speaking of the individual performances so far, the skipper led by example while Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell chipped in well from time to time. Mohammed Siraj meanwhile did remarkably well with the ball but others will have to improve at the business end of the tournament.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match 65, IPL 2023
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Date & Time: Monday, May 18, 7:30 PM IST
Telecast & Streaming Details: Star Sports Network and JioCinema
The surface at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium has provided high-scoring affairs in the ongoing season. Bowling first will be ideal in these conditions and anything above 190 runs will be a good total for the team batting first.
SRH vs RCB Probable Playing XIs
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH):
Anmolpreet Singh, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen, Abdul Samad, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mayank Markande, Umran Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB):
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
SRH vs RCB Probable Best Performers
Probable best batter
Faf du Plessis:
The RCB opener, Faf du Plessis, is in remarkable form in the ongoing season. In 12 matches so far, the 38-year-old has scored 631 runs and with that, he is the current holder of the IPL Orange Cap. Notably, in a pitch which will suit the batters to dominate, Faf can once again make it count.
Probable best bowler
The veteran pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is arguably one of the best Indian pacers to play in the IPL. In the last match, he picked up a brilliant five-for and with that, he now has 14 wickets to his name in 12 matches. SRH will definitely look forward to seeing him reign supreme once again.