The 54th match of the IPL 2022 will see the return clash of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Royal Challengers Bangalore. This match will be played on May 8, 2022, at the Wankhede Stadium and will be a day match, the first of a double-header.
RCB had been humiliated by SRH earlier in the tournament as they were bowled out for 68 runs. However, since then, things have turned around, as SRH have lost 3 straight matches after their 5-match winning streak, while RCB defeated CSK to end their 3-match losing streak.
SRH have 5 wins from 10 matches, while RCB have 6 wins from 11 matches. None of the teams can afford a loss anymore if they wish to remain in contention for the playoffs.
Keeping that in mind, here is the Team COC predicted playing XIs for the SRH v RCB match.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) fortunes have taken a turn for the worst as after their five-match winning streak, the Kane Williamson-led side has lost three straight matches and now are in a position where they have to win all of their remaining matches for playoffs contention.
While Abhishek Sharma has been trying to up the ante at the start, Kane Williamson has struggled badly to score at more than a run-a-ball. This has hampered SRH as they have not been able to build momentum from the start.
Therefore, it is possible that they might open with Rahul Tripathi, who loves to go aerial in the powerplay and has done it for Rising Pune Supergiants previously. Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran have tried their best to offset the slow start at the top.
Washington Sundar is expected to return and it remains to be seen whether he replaces Shreyas Gopal or Shashank Singh in the XI.
Sean Abbott and Kartik Tyagi were excellent in their support of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, though Umran Malik is breaking new speed records, he has given 100 runs in his last 8 overs. But it is just a byproduct of the speed he possesses.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be donning the green jersey in their match against SRH at the Wankhede Stadium and will hope to continue winning. They defeated CSK in their last match, which came after they lost three matches in a row.
They only have 3 matches left in the kitty and need to win all three to have a foot in the playoffs.
For them, the issue has been batting. While Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, and now Mahipal Lomror and Rajat Patidar have taken the onus of scoring runs and scoring them quickly, Virat Kohli’s struggles with form have pegged them back as his strike rate is not one of the best.
Dinesh Karthik has also gone off the boil with the bat after a whirlwind start to the IPL 2022. Bowling-wise, Wanindu Hasaranga is their main wicket-taker with Shahbaz Ahmed and Josh Hazlewood keeping the scoring down. Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj have specific roles to play and they are doing it well.
SRH COC Predicted Playing XI:
Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (C), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar, Sean Abbott, Kartik Tyagi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik
RCB COC Predicted Playing XI:
Faf du Plessis (C), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Rajat Patidar, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood