Series: Indian Premier League 2022
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: Apr 23, 07:30 PM LOCAL
The matches of the Indian T20 League are coming in thick and fast and with all teams putting up a great fight, things are only getting intense. We are now into match number 36 where Bangalore will lock horns with Hyderabad at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. Both teams are look‐ ing in sublime form, and are looking unstoppable at the moment.
Hyderabad have had a spectacular turnaround, after losing their first two games they have fought back and have won four games on the trot. They are playing as a unit and giving their opposition a tough time. In their 4 previous games, they have restricted the opposition to a par score and have chased down the target with ease. Not to forget, they are putting up a show with the ball without their main spinner Washington Sundar.
He has missed the previous two games and they will be hoping he returns to the squad sooner later than later to help them to continue their merry way. But they have found a new matchwinner in their squad, Umran Malik, he is leaving everyone bamboozled with his raw pace and accu‐ racy.
Their batting has been equally phenomenal. It’s their top-4 batters that have got the job done on most of the occasions. Kane Williamson and Abhishek Sharma do provide a positive start, Rahul Tripathi plays a fiery knock in the middle and Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran make sure their team crosses the line with ease. It’s been a complete team performance and they will want to repli‐ cate the same going forward.
Bangalore, on the other hand, have won 5 out of 7 games and are sit‐ ting comfortably at the top half of the table. They are coming into this game after defeating Lucknow in their previous game. Their captain, Faf du Plessis who was not at his best earlier seemed to have found his form at the right time. He scored 96 in his previous game and guided his team to a healthy total.
The form of Faf is surely a positive factor, however, Virat Kohli has still not been able to find his groove, and he will want to step up and get some runs under his belt. Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Dinesh Karthik are the players who have been the pillars of Bangalore.
Maxwell has played with some aggression, Shahbaz Ahmed has always bailed them out of trouble and Karthik has been the perfect finisher. Their bowling unit also looks strong now, after the addition of Josh Hazlewood, he picked up 4 wickets in his previous games and will be coming into this contest high on confidence.
So, fasten your seat belts folks, two in-form teams, will be up against each other in a high-scoring venue. We are in for an intriguing battle.
One of the oldest stadiums of India, it was established in 1937, this stadium seems to have lost its splendour now except for an occasional first class match that is played here. This ground is not as big as compared to other grounds in Mumbai with a capacity of 20000.
The stadium was built on a piece of land which Lord Brabourne, the then Governor of Bombay, presented to the Cricket Club of India after being tempted with an offer of immortality in the bargain. It was officially opened on December 7 1937 and hosted its first test from December 9-13, 1948 between India and the West Indies. Designed by Neville de Mello, he wanted this ground to be the Lords of India.
One day cricket was brought to this ground in 1989 when Australia played Pakistan. After it was built, the Pentangular shifted here from the Bombay Gymkhana in 1937-38 and it was here that Vijay Merchant – Vijay Hazare rivalry was played out. When Wankhede was built, this ground completely lost its charm, until India played Australia in a T20 match in 2007.
What to expect: The forecast humidity is set to be high tomorrow (79 per cent in the night) and that could result in some dew. Even though sprays and the super-sopper have been used to manage the dew factor. Just like the recent trend, the team that wins the toss is set to field first.
With the Brabourne stadium being relatively smaller in size, alongside good strips for batting, it could turn out to be a high-scoring game. Having said that, the pitch offered some assistance for the spinners in the last game that was played at this ground between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings.
Head to head: RCB have won 8 and lost 11 versus SRH. Since 2018, it is 4 wins against 5 losses.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Tactics & Matchups: Mohammed Siraj has dismissed Rahul Tripathi and Kane Williamson a few times in the IPL. His ability to use the 3/4 ball could come in handy with the new ball. Hazlewood has taken three scalps each in the Powerplay and end overs so far, and his presence has helped RCB to find the nuts and bolts for their problems in the slog overs.
Probable XI: Anuj Rawat, Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj
Tactics & Matchups: SRH have tended to employ Umran as the enforcer in the middle overs. He also seemed to hit the deck harder in SRH’s previous game. So Umran or Jansen could be used against Maxwell. The right-hander likes to play the switch hit and reverse sweep. It has brought him a lot of success. However, it also gives a small window of opportunity for a finger spinner who bowls quicker through the air to pick up a scalp.
Another interesting matchup would be Kohli versus SRH’s pacemen up front, as the former RCB skipper has tried to force the pace in the Powerplay. Even though it hasn’t worked out well for him so far.
Probable XI: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Shashank Singh, J Suchith/Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan.
Did you know?
– SRH have used the fewest overs of spin in the middle overs (7-15) this season and their two wickets for this phase is the second lowest behind Gujarat Titans spinners’ two wickets.
– SRH have the best middle order (3-6) in this season’s IPL, averaging 58.89. The Tripathi-Markram-Pooran axis has proved to be a success.
What they said:
“Before the last two games, it (death bowling) was a concern as we were getting hit in areas we shouldn’t have been. But in the last two games, we’ve got hit to where we’ve wanted to,” Du Plessis at the post match presentation – LSG versus RCB.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad: Faf du Plessis(c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik(w), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj, Siddarth Kaul, Karn Sharma, David Willey, Jason Behrendorff, Chama V Milind, Rajat Patidar, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Sherfane Rutherford, Akash Deep, Aneeshwar Gautam
Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson(c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran(w), Shashank Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen, Umran Malik, T Natarajan, Sean Abbott, Ravikumar Samarth, Washington Sundar, Shreyas Gopal, Glenn Phillips, Vishnu Vinod, Priyam Garg, Kartik Tyagi, Romario Shepherd, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Samad, Saurabh Dubey