Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will look to lock a berth in the IPL 2019 playoffs in this southern derby at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will play for pride on their home ground on Saturday night (May 4)
Bengaluru: In their last game of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) season, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will host Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium tonight (May 4).
While the Virat Kohli-led RCB will be playing for pride and look to sign off a dismal season on a winning note, SRH on the other hand are in a must-win situation as a victory in Bengaluru will keep them in the playoffs hunt. However, SRH can still make it to the last-four even if they lose tonight. But, for that they have to wait for other results to go their way.
SRH (12 points from 13 matches) have a good net run rate (+0.653) which is the best among all the eight teams. With Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Capitals (DC) and Mumbai Indians (MI) already in the playoffs, there is race between SRH, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for the remaining one spot.
RCB, who are already out of playoffs contention, are lying at the bottom of the table with just nine points from 13 games.
Bengaluru boy Manish Pandey, who almost won SRH the contest against MI in the previous game, will again be the key. SRH lost in the Super Over against MI despite Pandey’s heroics with the bat where he tied the game with a last-ball six off Hardik Pandya.
Pandey has been in good nick in the last few games. SRH are now without their prolific scorer David Warner, who is back in Australia to prepare for the World Cup. Warner’s opening partner Jonny Bairstow has also returned to England.
RCB will be without all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who has returned to Australia to prepare for World Cup. West Indian Shimron Hetmyer and Kiwi Colin de Grandhomme are likely to return to the playing XI.
Players to watch out for:
Virat Kohli: The RCB captain has scored 448 runs in 13 games, including a century and two fifties. He will be desperate to seal this season with a win, in what has been RCB’s least successful IPL campaign.
Manish Pandey: The Karnataka batsman has had good scores in the last four outings, making 71 not out, 36, 61 and 83 not out. Knowing the playing conditions at the Chinnaswamy Stadium will be advantageous for him to lead the way for SRH.
Here are the probable playing XIs
RCB: Virat Kohli (captain), Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Heinrich Klaasen, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal.
SRH: Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Rashid Khan.
Match starts at 8 pm IST
RCB: Virat Kohli (captain), Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), AB de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee.
SRH: Kane Williamson (captain), David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan.
Last Updated 4, May 2019, 11:48 AM IST