IPL 2019 – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore taking place? Sunday 31st March, 11:30 (UK)

Where is Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore taking place? Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium

What is the expected weather for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore? Temperatures as high as 41c expected

What channel is Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport ESPN

Where can I stream Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match on the BT Sport app

Where can I get tickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore? https://www.iplt20.com/schedule

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
Sunrisers Hyderabad W6, Royal Challengers Bangalore W5, No result 2
Last meeting: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

Coach: Tom Moody

Captain: Kane Williamson

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad bounced back from their opening win to pull off an outstanding chase against Rajasthan Royals on Friday as they surpassed the Royals’ impressive 198/2 with one over to spare thanks to impressive knocks by David Warner and Jonny Bairstow.

  • The batting performance was impressive but the team is somewhat imbalanced with the fifth bowler Nadeem and the part-time Shankar both struggling and they may have to address that weakness at some stage as the bowling is fragile.

  • In a carbon copy of the first match, Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded just 10 runs from his opening two overs but his next two were smashed for 45 runs and his confidence is extremely poor though he will surely keep his place and play through it.

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

Coach: Gary Kirsten

Captain: Virat Kohli

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore are under major pressure already after just two matches as they have lost both against Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians and they have been found wanting in both of those matches.

  • Colin de Grandhomme has been poor in both matches so far as he has taken no wickets and has just six runs from two innings but their options among their overseas players is limited until Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile arrive after the final ODI for Australia against Pakistan.

  • The bowling unit continues to be respectable but the reliance on AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli with the bat is far too great and they desperately need Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer and De Grandhomme to contribute more and turn their campaign around quickly.

THE PREDICTION

The pressure is firmly on Royal Challengers Bangalore after two defeats in their opening two matches and they schedule has thrown up another tough assignment here. Sunrisers Hyderabad were in excellent form on Friday as they beat Rajasthan Royals in emphatic fashion. They are formidable at home and RCB will desperately need some magic form De Villiers and Kohli. The skipper is under pressure and he will be keen to prove he can lead a team to IPL success but the start has not been ideal. The roster does not instil confidence right now and the Sunrisers have to be favoured again.