Match 3 of the IPL 2020 will see Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Virat Kohli and his men have a point to prove as RCB has heavily underperformed in the last few seasons. The new think tank of RCB will be looking to find the right combination of players from the first match itself.
Sunrisers, on the other hand, will look to repeat their 2016 IPL heroics and become champions again. The side this year will be led by David Warner who has a terrific record in the IPL. The underrated franchise will look to start with a bang and defeat the popular RCB.
Ahead of the big game like always, we bring to you all the cricket fantasy tips from the RCB and SRH match.
Match Timings and Venue
The match will be played on 21 September (Monday) at the Dubai International stadium under lights beginning from 7:30 IST.
Head To Head
So far SRH and RCB have played a total of 15 matches in IPL. Sunrisers has been the winner on 8 occasions whereas RCB has won 6 and one matches ended with a no result.
The Dubai weather is expected to remain hot and the players will be playing in exceedingly hot weather of the Arabian desert. Temperatures are expected to be between 35 to 40-degree Celcius when RCB play SRH.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad- Fantasy Tips
Firstly it is important to pick a balanced side as it will make your team stronger. Now that you can fix your team even after the toss, it makes your job easier.
All right, the key players for RCB that must be in your fantasy XI are captain Virat Kohli, Ab de Villiers, Aaron Finch and Chris Morris.
All eyes will on Virat Kohli as he from the first match itself will be looking to dominate and stamp his authority. The leading run-scorer in IPL history by his standard has been below par in the last few seasons which he will look to improve upon from his first match of IPL 2020.
Once again carrying the burden of RCB this year will be once again his partner in crime Ab de Villiers. The South African will be the mainstay of RCB’s batting and will be hoping to have another cracking season in the biggest T20 league in the world.
The Australian white-ball skipper Aaron Finch is a major addition to the RCB setup as he as a batsman and with leadership skills will have a massive role to play this season. The South African all-rounder Chris Morris will look to justify his price tag of Rs. 10 crores and perform with both bat and ball for his side in crunch situations.
As far as Sunrisers is concerned their explosive opening duo of David Warner and Johnny Bairstow should be a sure shot pick in your side. Both international players will be looking to find their form early and lead the charge for SRH this season.
However the most important player again for SRH this season will be genius from Afghanistan Rashid Khan. The mystery leg spinner will bamboozle even the top batsmen considering the slow surfaces in the UAE. On top of that he has also immensely improved his batting in the last few years and when he gets a change will be looking to give his side the late order impetus in the death overs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will also be a vital cog for SRH around whom the fast bowlers of the franchise will rotate throughout the IPL season.
SRH XI: Jonny Bairstow, David Warner, Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Siddharth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma.
RCB XI: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli ©, AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini.
Fantasy 11 picks
Captain –Virat Kohli, David Warner
Vice-Captain – Ab de Villiers, Rashid Khan
Batters – Virat Kohli (c), Warner (c), de Villiers (VC), Bristow
All-Rounders –Rashid Khan (VC), Moeen Ali
Bowlers –Navdeep Saini, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chahal, Morris.
Toss will play a significant role as the team batting second will have an advantage in the match. Plus before the match, it seems RCB has a better-balanced squad than SRH. Rashid Khan will have to fire for SRH along with Warner and Baristow if they want to win their opening clash.
Finally, RCB to come hard on SRH and dominate them courtesy of their top-order batsmen and quality all-rounders.