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IPL-2024: Sunrisers Hyderabad to take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Hyderabad: RCB opt to bat

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In IPL Cricket, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Hyderabad at 7:30 pm this evening. Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and have opted to bat.

Hyderabad has won its last four matches and will be looking to strengthen their position in the points table by winning another match.

The team has won five out of seven matches so far, and is at third position with 10 points. Whereas, the RCB led by Faf Du Plessis is in a do or die situation. It is very important for RCB to win this match to remain in the race for the playoffs.

RCB has lost seven out of eight matches and is at the bottom 10th position in the table. It has only two points in his account and faced defeat in six consecutive matches. 

RCB have suffered six defeats on the trot now in IPL 2024. All six would have hurt without a doubt. But the most recent one, against Kolkata Knight Riders, would have stung a bit more. A stunning run chase saw them almost gun down 223, only to fall one run short. For a team that badly needed a win, this was a dagger straight to the heart, almost like a final blow.

In such a scenario, the last team one would want to run into in this year’s edition of the IPL is Sunrisers Hyderabad. But here we are, less than ten days after that never-seen-before carnage at the Chinnaswamy. Records were broken left, right and center and the RCB bowlers know that a repeat cannot be ruled out given what has transpired so far. If they do manage to stop Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma, they will still have to contend with Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen and Nitish Reddy. Even Shahbaz Ahmed slammed a quickfire fifty in the last game.

One thing RCB can take solace from is the fact that the SRH bowling attack has also leaked plenty. They haven’t been able to breathe easy after posting 277, 287 and most recently 266. But first thing’s first, the focus will once again be on that SRH opening pair. If RCB can find a way to get rid of them both in the powerplay, it will be a big step towards ending their miserable streak of results.

Squads:

Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis(c), Will Jacks, Rajat Patidar, Cameron Green, Dinesh Karthik(w), Mahipal Lomror, Karn Sharma, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Siraj, Suyash Prabhudessai, Anuj Rawat, Himanshu Sharma, Swapnil Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Reece Topley, Tom Curran, Vijaykumar Vyshak, Mayank Dagar, Alzarri Joseph, Manoj Bhandage, Akash Deep, Saurav Chauhan, Rajan Kumar

Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad: Travis Head, Abhishek Sharma, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Nitish Reddy, Shahbaz Ahmed, Abdul Samad, Pat Cummins(c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mayank Markande, T Natarajan, Washington Sundar, Umran Malik, Anmolpreet Singh, Akash Maharaj Singh, Glenn Phillips, Mayank Agarwal, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Tripathi, Upendra Yadav, Jhatavedh Subramanyan, Sanvir Singh, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Marco Jansen

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