SRH vs RCB Predictions and Betting :
SRH are looking unstoppable right now with 3 wins in a row thereby sealing the last spot in the playoffs of Indian Premier League IPL 2020. They are set to face RCB on Friday in what will be an interesting showdown between two quality teams.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are going into this eliminator carrying so much confidence whereas the Bangalore franchise have a lot to ponder about after consecutive losses in the second half.
This looks like RCB’s batting order versus the impeccable Hyderabad bowling attack and the one who keeps the other at bay will play the Qualifier 2 on Sunday at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
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SRH vs RCB Predictions and Betting : Recent form and head-to-head
If someone were to claim that SRH would reach playoffs after so many injuries and that collapse against KXIP when chasing 126, they would have termed the person crazy. But the fact is that they became the 4th team to reach the playoffs after a 10-wicket win against MI which speaks volumes of the character and the positive atmosphere in the team.
They had won 3 games in the first half and were unlucky to lose against KXIP and KKR in the second half. This meant that they needed the remaining games to go their way and guess what, they were up to the task of defeating top three teams to make it to the next stage. This also implies that they are very much in their 2nd IPL title hunt.
RCB looked like they had the previous 3 seasons behind after scintillating display in the first half with 5 wins in 7 games. They also managed to secure victories against RR and KKR but looked like they ran out of fuel from then on.
When they needed just 1 victory in the last 4 games, they went on to lose all the games but managed to qualify to the next stage thanks to a superior run rate. It is important for the batting line up to fire from all cylinders and are desperately looking to break the shackles for them to stay alive in the tournament.
SRH vs RCB Eliminator predictions and betting analysis: Squad Comparison
Top Order: SRH > RCB
SRH’s top order has literally carried the team to playoffs after back to back strong performances at the top. The skipper David Warner has led from the front scoring 529 runs in 14 innings at a strike rate of 136.69 whereas his partner Wriddhiman Saha has been a valid replacement for Jonny Bairstow as the Bengal wicket keeper has 214 runs in just 4 innings at a strike rate of 139.86.
Manish Pandey will have a bigger role to play in the coming games as the Karnataka batsman has to score at a better rate. He has so far accumulated 380 runs in 13 innings.
For RCB, Devdutt Padikkal has been an exceptional young talent at the top of the order with 472 runs in 14 innings at a strike rate of 126.54. The skipper Virat Kohli needs to show some intent in the middle overs if they have to go on to get a big score. His strike rate of 122.01 has been counter-productive for the side in the recent game.
Josh Phillippe can play the big shots but he will have to extend his range given his weakness in the offside. The RCB management might be looking to bring back Aaron Finch into the side in a big game like this.
Middle order and All-rounders: SRH = RCB
The middle conundrum has continued to trouble both the sides in the IPL. For SRH, Kane Williamson is the one who has to carry the middle order in case the top order fails to deliver.
The Kiwi skipper has 200 runs in 9 innings at 135.13 whereas Jason Holder who will be slotted as the finisher has striked at 172.22 but the West Indies captain will have to play more responsibly.
The likes of Abdul Samad, Abhsihek Sharma have shown glimpses of their potential but a larger effort will be needed from their side to win the trophy.
On the other hand, AB de Villiers is RCB’s savior in the middle order as the rest of the lineup looks vulnerable to a good bowling attack.
AB has 398 runs at 163.78 whereas Shivam Dube strikes at 131.52 but the youngster will have to get more runs under his belt for the team to post a big score. The likes of Morris or Sundar playing at 6 hasn’t been helpful with a likely chance of Moeen Ali returning on Friday.
Bowling lineup: SRH > RCB
There is little doubt that SRH’s bowling is their biggest plus point despite facing so many injury concerns. Rashid Khan has been their X factor who has 19 wickets at an economy of 5.28 and can win matches single handedly for the side.
He has been heavily supported by Shahbaz Nadeem who has bowled exceptionally at an economy of 7.14 and has kept the pressure on the other end. The pace duo of Sandeep Sharma and T Natarajan are underrated as they silently go on to give important breakthroughs with the new ball and in the death.
While Sandeep Sharma has 13 wickets at 7.34 runs per over, Natarajan who can bowl 6 yorkers in an over has 14 wickets. Jason Holder has also been of great help with 10 wickets in just 5 games at a strike rate of 12.00.
As far as RCB is concerned, Yuzvendra Chahal is still their best bowler who has 20 wickets in 14 games whereas Washington Sundar has still gone for under 6 along with 8 scalps in 14 games.
The pace attack has been a bit of concern with Morris suffering from an injury while there are question marks over Navdeep Saini’s recovery.
Isuru Udana has been very expensive and has done little impact in the 10 games he has been part of. On the other hand, Mohammed Siraj who has taken wickets regularly has to be mindful of his lines and lengths which is costing him so many runs.
Shahbaz Ahmed has looked accurate and the plan of going with 3 spinners and 2 pacers looks better for the side in the eliminator.
SRH vs RCB Eliminator predictions and betting analysis: Schedule and pitch report
The eliminator between SRH and RCB is scheduled in the Sheikh Zayed stadium on 6th November at 7.30pm IST. While SRH are carrying great momentum into this game, RCB needs an all-round performance after an unexpected slump.
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has favored the batsman with a little assist to the quicks early in the innings. The team that wins the toss would like to chase with a par score of 170 on this deck to defend.
Oddschecker known for providing the best odds are expecting SRH to go ahead with everything going their way so far. Despite a narrow margin, RCB needs a big effort on Friday.
Betway have also placed their money on SRH after that dominating second half for the side whereas RCB having 2.00 odds would be looking to overturn this.
Another platform Bettingexpert, are expecting SRH to win this comfortably and have given lower odds for Kohli men which means a special performance is expected from their side with the odds stacked against them.