Virat Kohli Kane Williamson IPL 2019

Having missed a chance to enter playoffs in a close defeat to Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad will be leaving no stone unturned to make it a certainty when they face Royal Challengers Bangalore tonight.

But they will be cautious. RCB are out of playoff contention and therefore will be playing without pressure and a free-mind. Despite their poor show, RCB showed glimpses of what could have been in the latter stage of the season. Taking them for granted will be the last thing on SRH’s mind when they square-off at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

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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.

Likely XI: 1. Parthiv Patel (wk), 2. Virat Kohli (captain), 3. AB de Villiers, 4. Shimron Hetmyer/Colin de Grandhomme, 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.

Likely 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 (IPL Matches)

Matches played: 14

Won by RCB: 5

Won by SRH: 8

No Result: 1

Form Guide (most recent first)

RCB: NR L W W W

SRH: L W L L W

RCB vs SRH PREDICTION: SRH beat RCB the last time they met earlier in the season. However, since the departure of their premier batsmen in David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, their fragile batting has been exposed. RCB are also suffering from such absences of their own but will be less affected. They mainly rely on their batting which still looks threatening. SRH will be desperate, RCB will be calm. Looks like the home team has the edge and start favourites.