IPL 2020 Eliminator – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore taking place? Friday 6th November, 2020 – 14:00 (UK)

Where is Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore taking place? Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

What is the expected weather for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore? 32c sunny

Where can I get tickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore? IPL 2020 matches will be played without spectators to begin with but the official IPL website will update fans if this situation changes

What channel is Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore on? Sky Sports will be televising this match

Where can I stream Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore? Sky Sports subscribers will be able to stream the match live vis the Sky Go website or app

THE TEAM NEWS

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad were looking unlikely to make the knockout phase of the tournament at one stage but three wins to finish the group phase against the top three teams saw them clinch a spot and they are arguably the team with most momentum coming in.
  • Their batting has been the catalyst for their revival since they dropped Jonny Bairstow from the side as David Warner has found top form and Wriddhiman Saha has joined him as opener and is playing exceptionally well as they showed last time out when they chased Mumbai Indians 149/8 down without losing a wicket.
  • The likelihood is that they name the same team once again for this game given how well they are playing and they will look to the in-form Rashid Khan and Shahbaz Nadeem to cause RCB more problems in the middle overs.

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore will have to flip the form book upside down here if they are to reach the second qualifier as they have lost their last four matches and it is surprisingly their batting which is letting them down.
  • They are simply not scoring quickly enough in the middle overs especially so the onus is on Kohli and De Villiers, while they could also do with Josh Philippe finding some form at the top of the order alongside Devdutt Padikkal who is anchoring the innings extremely well.
  • They have injury concerns over Chris Morris and Navdeep Saini coming into this game but they will hope the four days’ rest between matches will benefit them and allow them to recover suitably to play here as Moeen Ali and Shahbaz Ahmed are on standby.

THE PREDICTION

This crunch eliminator has everything riding on it and the clash between Sunrisers and RCB will be incredibly tense. As is so often the case with these games, it could well come down to which side handles the pressure best. Batting first may actually be the way forward here to get runs on the board without the pressure of a chase and with both teams possessing good bowling units that can apply pressure in the power play and in the middle overs, batting first may relieve a fraction of the pressure. It is the Sunrisers who have all the form and momentum coming into this game with both their batting and bowling units in excellent form. The same cannot be said for RCB who have enough holes in their game right now to make it hard to have confidence in them. The form book is clearly with the Sunrisers and barring some AB de Villiers magic, David Warner’s men are favoured to progress here.

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