IPL 2020 RCB vs SRH Match 52: Preview, Playing XI predictions, weather report

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Published on: Oct 31, 2020

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With a play-offs berth still at stake, Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 52 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Sharjah on Saturday. CSK's last-ball triumph over Kolkata Knight Riders means the play-offs race for the other teams is very much alive with only Mumbai Indians assured of a berth so far.

RCB, who are on 14 points, need to win at least one of their two remaining matches to qualify. If they lose both their matches, they will need a lot of other things to go their way to make the play-offs. They also need to ensure that their run rate is superior to the others if multiple teams end on 14 points.

In contrast, SRH need to win both their remaining matches and pray all the other permutations and combinations fall into place. Hyderabad have 10 points from 12 matches, and will end on 14 points if they win both their remaining games. Even if SRH end on 14 points, at least one of RC, DC and KXIP must not reach 16 points for SRH to qualify. Even in that case, SRH will need their run rate to be superior to others.

RCB have suffered demoralising defeats against MI and CSK. Their batting has done well with Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers are doing well. Shivam Dube and Gurkeerat Mann need to do better. In the bowling department, Dale Steyn was expensive replacing the injured Navdeep Saini.

SRH go in having handed DC a 88-run thrashing. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been exceptional right through while Wriddhiman Saha, David Warner and Manish Pandey sizzled with the bat in the last game. T. Natarajan has been impressive with his pace as well.

Head-to-Head Record: SRH have a slender 8-7 lead over RCB

RCB Predicted XI: Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Phillippe, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (WK), Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh, Isuru Udana, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar and Mohammed Siraj

SRH Predicted XI: David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan and Sandeep Sharma

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The Sharjah surface has got slower. Runs scoring is not as easy. Totals are getting smaller.

Weather conditions

Being an evening game, temperature will be in the mid to high 20s.

--Renin Wilben

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