- Saiman Das
SRH vs RCB: The first south Indian derby of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League will witness Sunrisers Hyderabad taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore. This encounter will take place at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday.
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Date: 14th April 2021
Time: 07:30 PM
Sunrisers Hyderabad had a dismal start to their IPL 2021 campaign. They fell to a ten-run defeat in their opening game of the tournament against Kolkata Knight Riders. The Sunrisers are currently sitting at the penultimate position, having lost their only game played. David Warner & co will be hoping to pick up a win from this game and open their account in the IPL 2021.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, got off to a flying start to their IPL campaign. They registered a two-wicket victory over the defending champions Mumbai Indians in the opening match of the IPL 2021. The Royal Challengers are placed at the fourth position with a win from their only game played. The Virat Kohli-led side will be determined enough to win this game and further strengthen their position in the points table.
The skies will stay partly cloudy with zero chances of rain interruptions. The weather conditions will remain humid for the entire duration of the game. The temperature will hover around 29 degrees Celsius.
The track at the MA Chidambaram Stadium is a balanced one that has something to offer for both batsmen and bowlers. The batsmen will need to spend some time in the middle before attacking the bowlers for maximums, with the wickets in hand being crucial on this ground. The pacers are expected to get some swing early on with the new ball. While the spinners will also have a say as the game progresses. The chasing teams have won the majority of the games played on this ground. Hence, the captain winning the toss should look to bowl first. The average 1st innings score at this venue is 173 runs.
David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma.
Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel.
Virat Kohli: The chasing machine has got comfortably in the opener’s role, which was evident in the last game wherein he scored 33 runs. Kohli is one of the most reliable captaincy choices in this game.
Mohammad Nabi: The experienced Afghani all-rounder had a great outing in the last game wherein he scalped two wickets and scored 14 runs. Nabi’s all-round brilliance makes him a must-have pick in this game.
Devdutt Padikkal: After a rather ordinary show on his debut Patidar can make way for Padikkal. The left-handed batsman impressed everyone with his performance on his debut in the IPL 2020, wherein he scored 473 runs in 15 innings.
Wriddhiman Saha: The wicket-keeper batsman failed to impress the fantasy players in the last game. He is a quality batsman who can help you fetch healthy points in this game if he gets going. Saha has scored 1986 runs in 125 IPL outings.
AB de Villiers
Royal Challengers Bangalore are expected to win this game.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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