Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their last league clash of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, here on Saturday.
The hosts have made three changes. Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar and Shimron Hetmyer has replaced Marcus Stoinis, Pawan Negi and Henrich Klaasen. In the Hyderabad playing XI, Yusuf Pathan came in for Abhishek Sharma.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (Captain), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed and Basil Thampi.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel (wicket-keeper), Virat Kohli (Captain), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya and Yuzvendra Chahal.
The narrow Super Over defeat to Mumbai Indians shouldn’t mask Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) teething troubles with its top-order batting as it takes on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in its final match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday.
A win against bottom-placed RCB will put SRH (12 points) in pole position to make the playoffs. With a healthy Net Run Rate of 0.653, it already has a head-start. But in the absence of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, who have made nearly two-thirds of all the runs SRH has scored this season, it is easier said than done. Skipper Kane Williamson’s wretched form (58 runs from seven matches) hasn’t helped either.