With a playoffs spot at stake, Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to shrug off the disappointment of back-to-back defeats when they face Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Sharjah on Saturday.
Virat Kohli and Co will have their work cut out as SRH will be confident after their crushing win over Delhi Capitals.
Chennai Super Kings, who are the only ones to be out of reckoning, have spiced up the playoff race with their last-ball win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday night.
Going by the current standings, RCB are better-placed at number two and they need to win one of their remaining two games – against SRH or DC – to make the cut. And even if RCB lose both their matches and stay on 14 points, they can still qualify. But for that they need favourable results from other games.
But RCB can ill afford to lose both their last two games as it will affect their NRR.
SRH, on the other hand,are in do-or-die territory. Sitting on the sixth spot with 10 points from 12 games, the Hyderabad outfit need to win their remaining two matches – against RCB and MI – to reach 14 points to stay in the reckoning.
If that happens, SRH’s progress to the playoffs is all but assured because of a superior NRR than all the teams which can finish on 14 points. RCB need to regroup as their confidence definitely took a beating after crushing defeats at the hands of MI and CSK.
RCB results in IPL 2020
|Match||Day/Date/Time||Venue||Result||Total points for season|
|SRH vs RCB||21 Sep, Mon (1930)||Dubai||RCB won by 10 runs||2|
|KXIP vs RCB||24 Sep, Thu (1930)||Dubai||RCB lost by 97 runs||2|
|RCB vs MI||28 Sep, Mon (1930)||Dubai||RCB won Super Over after a tied match||4|
|RCB vs RR||3 Oct, Sat (1530)||Abu Dhabi||RCB won by 8 wickets||6|
|RCB vs DC||5 Oct, Mon (1930)||Dubai||RCB lost by 59 runs||6|
|CSK vs RCB||10 Oct, Sat (1930)||Dubai||RCB won by 37 runs||8|
|RCB vs KKR||12 Oct, Mon (1930)||Sharjah||RCB won by 82 runs||10|
|RCB vs KXIP||15 Oct, Thu (1930)||Sharjah||RCB lost by 8 wickets||10|
|RR vs RCB||17 Oct, Sat (1530)||Dubai||RCB won by 7 wickets||12|
|KKR vs RCB||21 Oct, Wed (1930)||Abu Dhabi||RCB won by 8 wickets||14|
|RCB vs CSK||25 Oct, Sun (1530)||Dubai||RCB lost by 8 wickets||14|
|MI vs RCB||28 Oct, Wed (1930)||Abu Dhabi||RCB lost by 5 wickets||14|
SRH results in IPL 2020
|SRH vs RCB||21 Sep, Mon (1930)||Dubai||SRH lost by 10 runs||0|
|KKR vs SRH||26 Sep, Sat (1930)||Abu Dhabi||SRH lost by 7 wickets||0|
|DC vs SRH||29 Sep, Tue (1930)||Abu Dhabi||SRH won by 15 runs||2|
|CSK vs SRH||2 Oct, Fri (1930)||Dubai||SRH won by 7 runs||4|
|MI vs SRH||4 Oct, Sun (1530)||Sharjah||SRH lost by 34 runs||4|
|SRH vs KXIP||8 Oct, Thu (1930)||Dubai||SRH won by 69 runs||6|
|SRH vs RR||11 Oct, Sun (1530)||Dubai||SRH lost by 5 wickets||6|
|SRH vs CSK||13 Oct, Tue (1930)||Dubai||SRH lost by 20 runs||6|
|SRH vs KKR||18 Oct, Sun (1530)||Abu Dhabi||SRH lost Super Over||6|
|RR vs SRH||22 Oct, Thu (1930)||Dubai||SRH won by 8 wickets||8|
|KXIP vs SRH||24 Oct, Sat (1930)||Dubai||SRH lost by 12 runs||8|
|SRH vs DC||27 Oct, Tue (1930)||Dubai||SRH won by 88 runs||10|
While CSK defeated Kohli’s men by eight wickets in Dubai, MI beat RCB by five wickets in their last tie in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday night for their second defeat on the trot.
For RCB, batting has been their strength with the likes of Kohli, in-form opener Devdutt Padikkal, and AB de Villiers doing the job. Strike rates have been an issue for players not named de Villiers
Young Josh Philippe, who replaced Finch in the last match, scored a handy 33 up front but the team’s lower middle-order, which has the likes of Shivam Dube, Chris Morris and Gurkeerat Singh Mann, needs to take more responsibility.
Their biggest challenge will be to counter star Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who remains an unsolved mystery for batsmen in the 2020 IPL season. The pressure he builds with dot balls has helped SRH consistently.
On the bowling front, RCB have been hit by a split webbing suffered by Navdeep Saini, who missed their last game. Dale Steyn, who replaced him, was rusty and leaked runs and is likely to be replaced by Isuru Udana.
SRH, on the hand, were clinical in their 88-run win over DC and would look to continue in the same vein.
Skipper David Warner (66) and Wridddhiman Saha (87), were a treat to watch in their 107-run opening partnership against DC, while Manish Pandey (44 not out) has found form in the middle order
Defending a mammoth 219/2, Rashid (3/7) led the SRH bowling unit as they dished out an impressive show to dismiss DC for 131. Besides Rashid, Sandeep Sharma and T Natarajan were impressive as well.
|Mat||RCB wins||SRH wins||RCB win%||SRH win%|
|RCB vs SRH||15||7||8||47||53|
|Virat Kohli||Yuzvendra Chahal||Moeen Ali||Parthiv Patel|
|AB de Villiers||Mohammed Siraj||Pawan Negi||Shahbaz Ahmed|
|Gurkeerat Mann||Umesh Yadav||Shivam Dube||Joshua Philippe|
|Devdutt Padikkal||Navdeep Saini||Washington Sundar|
|Aaron Finch||Adam Zampa||Christopher Morris|
|Dale Steyn||Isuru Udana|
|Kane Williamson||Rashid Khan||Vijay Shankar||Jonny Bairstow|
|David Warner||Bhuvneshwar Kumar||Mohammad Nabi||Wriddhiman Saha|
|Manish Pandey||Khaleel Ahmed||Abhishek Sharma||Shreevats Goswami|
|Priyam Garg||Sandeep Sharma||Abdul Samad|
|Virat Singh||Siddarth Kaul||Fabian Allen|
|Billy Stanlake||Sandeep Bavanaka|
|T Natarajan||Sanjay Yadav|
Match starts at 7.30 pm IST and will be broadcast on the Star Sports network and Disney+Hotstar
With PTI inputs