Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) host Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in another IPL 2023 match that’s highly crucial for the latter’s survival in the league. Both teams are expected to display another intense performance at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on May 18.
Following their recent loss to Gujarat Titans, SRH head coach Brian Lara expressed disappointment with his team’s performance. Aiden Markram’s side is determined to finish strong and make a statement. There is buzz surrounding the inclusion of Umran Malik in Sunriser’s lineup, considering his limited opportunities.
As for Faf du Plessis’ RCB, they are fifth in the IPL 2023 points table. A win in this match would push them to fourth. Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell have made crucial contributions. While Mohammed Siraj has been exceptional with the ball. However, the other players will need to step up.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore preview
Sunrisers Hyderabad host Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 65th match of the IPL 2023 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday. SRH has won four out of their 12 games so far and are second last in the points table. RCB, on the other hand, have won six out of their 12 matches and are fifth in the standings. SRH are out of the playoffs race, but for RCB, they need to win their next two matches to secure a spot.
The Sunrisers lost their last two matches and are not having a great season. If they are to salvage any form of pride, they will need to up their game against Bangalore. Meanwhile, RCB enter this match following a masmmoth 112-run win over Rajasthan Royals.
RCB and SRH have faced each other 22 times in the IPL. The Royal Challengers have won nine times, while SRH have emerged victorious in 12 games. In their recent meetings, SRH have won three out of the last five matches.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match details
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
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SRH vs RCB pitch report
Lucknow’s Ekana Cricket Stadium is a spinners paradise thanks to its slow nature. This could result in an interesting IPL 2023 encounter, as runs could be quite difficult to get. Thus, one can expect it to be a low-scoring affair. A competitive total would be in the range of 165 to 185 runs. Based on the conditions on match day, the captain winning the toss would want to bowl first.
SRH vs RCB prediction
The pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium has hosted matches with some high scores this season. The captain winning the toss would likely choose to bowl first, with a target of around 190 being a competitive total for the team batting first in this season’s IPL 2023 encounter.
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