Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, RCB vs SRH, IPL 2019, Indian Premier League
Despite their defeat against Mumbai on Thursday night, SRH’s net run-rate is +0.653, which is much superior as compared to others in contention for the playoffs. @ BCCI

The wounds of going down to Mumbai Indians in a thrilling Super Over encounter will be still fresh, but Sunrisers Hyderabad need to make a quick turnaround and take full advantage of an already knocked out Royal Challengers Bangalore when both teams square off in match 54 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.

Despite their defeat against Mumbai on Thursday night, SRH’s net run-rate is +0.653, which is much superior as compared to others in contention for the playoffs. A win against RCB, who are playing for pride after their hopes of entering playoffs went up in smoke following a washed out tie against Rajasthan Royals, will certainly seal Sunrisers Hyderabad’s playoffs berth.

Even if the Orange Army lose their last match, they can still qualify for the playoffs provided Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab don’t win more than one of their last two matches.

For SRH, Manish Pandey, who took the match against MI to the Super Over hitting Hardik Pandya for a last-ball six, has shouldered the responsibility well in absence of batting mainstays David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. But SRH would want Warner’s like for like replacement Martin Guptill – who scored just 15 runs against MI – to come out all guns blazing in addition to captain Kane Williamson, allrounder Vijay Shankar and comeback man Wriddhiman Saha. (ALSO READ: Kagiso Rabada ruled out of IPL 2019 due to back niggle)

RCB, who have had a dismal if not downright embarrassing season so far winning just four off the 13 matches, have nothing to lose. However, they will look to provide some sort of entertainment to their fans at home in what will be the last match at the Chinnaswamy this season. RCB’s famed batting line-up once again crumbled in the rain-truncated match against RR – their previous match – after they lost six wickets in a span of just three overs.

Can SRH capitalise on an already knocked out RCB or will Virat Kohli and Co. give something to cheer about to their fans? Let’s wait and watch!

What: Match 54, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

When: May 4 (Saturday)

Where: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Time: 8 pm IST

Weather: Cloudy with a maximum high of 34 degrees Celsius

On TV: Star Network (in India)

You can also follow LIVE coverage of the match on CricketCountry (Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: SCORECARD)

Teams

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Considering it’s their last match of the season, RCB will want to finish with a bang and will field their best XI. Gurkeerat Singh Mann may make way for allrounder Shivam Dube, while Washington Sundar may find himself back in the side in place of Kulwant Khejroliya, who made his debut in the previous match.

Probable XI: 1. Parthiv Patel (wk), 2. Virat Kohli (captain), 3. AB de Villiers, 4. Marcus Stoinis, 5. Shivam Dube/Gurkeerat Singh Mann, 6. Heinrich Klaasen, 7. Pawan Negi, 8. Washington Sundar, 9. Umesh Yadav, 10. Navdeep Saini, 11. Yuzvendra Chahal

Sunrisers Hyderabad

With their current playing XI almost grabbing the match against MI, SRH will not want to tinker much with their playing XI. However, they may opt to bring back Sandeep Sharma for Basil Thampi.

Probable XI: 1. Martin Guptill, 2. Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 3. Manish Pandey, 4. Kane Williamson (captain), 5. Vijay Shankar, 6. Abhishek Sharma, 7. Mohammad Nabi, 8. Rashid Khan, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Khaleel Ahmed, 11. Basil Thampi

Head-to-head record

Number of matches played: 14

RCB wins: 5

SRH wins: 8

No result: 1

Tie: 0

Quotes

“It is a shame for us that we ended up on the wrong side today (against MI). We have one game left and it is important that we approach that in a similar way.” Kane Williamson