Sunrisers v Royal Challengers, IPL 2014, Hyderabad May 19, 2014

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Match facts

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Start time 1600 local (1030 GMT)

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With another 10-odd games left in the league stages of the IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders have their noses ahead by a proverbial inch but Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad are also in with a chance of finishing in the top four, although the latter will need a little help from the other teams.

With five wins from 11 games, Royal Challengers need to win all their remaining matches and hope that Sunrisers can beat Knight Riders in their next match to smoothen the route to the playoffs. For Sunrisers, a loss to Royal Challengers will draw the curtains on their chances of a playoff spot. If Sunrisers win, they need to keep that form going for the rest of their games and hope for other teams to fail in order to boost their chances.

The teams come to this contest on the back of contrasting form. Revived by Yuvraj Singh's form and AB de Villiers' knack for match-turning innings, Royal Challengers have turned a floundering campaign around with wins over Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings. The form of Sunrisers, on the other hand, seems to have tapered off with three successive losses. Unlike last season, where they had the art of defending small totals down pat, and had a strong home record, they have been pegged back this season by an indifferent bowling attack and a misfiring top order and, much like Delhi Daredevils, have failed to utilise the home advantage.

Form guide

Sunrisers Hyderabad: LLLWW (completed games only, most recent first)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: WWLLL

Where they stand

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Sixth with four wins from 11 games
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Fifth with five wins from 11 games

Previous encounter

An astounding onslaught from AB de Villiers downed Sunrisers Hyderabad the last time the two teams met in Bangalore. A fifty from David Warner had guided Sunrisers to 161 and Bangalore were floundering at 95 for 5 in the 15th over before de Villiers' 89 off 41 took them home in the last over. De Villiers struck eight sixes and took 24 runs off Dale Steyn in the penultimate over.

Watch out for

After an unbeaten fifty at the start of the tournament, Parthiv Patel's form has taken a dip. As the one steady opening batsman, Parthiv's busy style was expected to work as a foil for the more flamboyant Chris Gayle. The pair, however, have an average of 22 and just one fifty-plus stand. While Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers look to be carrying the team through, a strong opening partnership would help lift the team through the next few games.

Tuesday's game will also be a clash of captains, and the challenge before Darren Sammy is altogether tougher. He has been appointed captain for the rest of the season with the team barely hanging on to their chances of qualification. He is captain of a side he hasn't played for regularly this season, his own form has been a worry and outside of the IPL his cricketing career is going through an upheaval. Yet a captaincy change can sometimes also inspire a side, as was the case with Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers themselves, last year.

Stats and trivia

  • Royal Challengers have won two of their three matches against Sunrisers so far. The only loss came in a Super Over in IPL 2013
  • Royal Challengers have hit 76 sixes in IPL 2014, of which 48 have come off the bats of Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers.
  • Shikhar Dhawan and Aaron Finch are the best batting pair [in terms of runs scored] for Sunrisers this season. Together, they have scored 285 runs at an average of 25.9
  • Amit Mishra has conceded 21 sixes in this IPL and is joint leader on the list of bowlers to concede most sixes in one season of the IPL. The other bowler at the top is Piyush Chawla, who had given away 21 sixes in the first season

Quotes

"With guys like Yuvraj it's just about reminding them what they are capable of. And that doesn't have to happen in the nets. That can be over a coffee or taking a walk."
Trent Woodhill, the Royal Challengers batting coach, on how players like Yuvraj Singh find their way back to form

"If we do consider playing him, it would mean we would be playing with three specialist spinners, and we have to have the right conditions to consider that combination."
Tom Moody, the Sunrisers coach, on the team's plans around Parvez Rasool

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 20, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    gayle and abd must be make some fast runs if they want to win this game

  • on May 20, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    RCB need to win with a good margin today and KKR need to lose by a good margin. This will make our job easy. #RCBforlife

  • on May 20, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Time to ring in the below changes: (1)- Rasool for Mishra, (2)- Taylor for Finch, (3) Holder for Stein, & (4) Ishant for Irfan or prepare for another loss at home, this time they will be out of competition. Are Moody/Srikkanth/laxman listening???

  • Robtyson on May 20, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Rasool should be given a chance instead of Mishra. And Sammy should come ahead of Rahul in the batting order. I also feel steyn can be rested as he needs a break big time.

  • Sandeep.M.J.D on May 20, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Whatever, a good battle upcoming.

  • Robtyson on May 20, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    SRH will be made to win today to keep the IPL alive and more interesting.

  • shashi_dhoni on May 20, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    RCB should play with 7 + 4 line up and use yuvi some overs ... bcoz sunrisers dont have depth in batting so u can get four overs from part timers easily... and also it will make RCB batsman more attacking if they have seven batsmen in their line up....

  • on May 20, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    gayle,patel abd,virat,yuvi,tanmay,starc,ravi,aron,chahal,rana/shabad....u can give some overs to yuvi and rana shabad

  • sam6e on May 20, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    As a SRH fan i dont want them to qualify...coz going close and loosing is more painful than being knocked out early stage...SRH was a good team coming into the league but they failed miserably except some good performances...there is no team work seen...no batsmen want to carry on the innings...everyone gets 30 to 40 n throw his wicket...in 11 matches i can guess hardly there are a couple of 70-80 scores once by finch n once by ojha...Mishra failed consistently n still you persist with him for what ?? if other spinners selected in auction n not good enough then why select them..I hope if they get a chance in dead rubbers too ?? same with other batsmen warming benches...Pathan has become a liability...just get rid of him n play a batsmen instead...pity to see sunil narian, other KKR spinners bowling well where as home ground spinners carted...Major changes n get good fortune which is not going to happen..poor SRH fans

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 20, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    @Dinoj Suresh First of all, it was just a suggestion. Secondly, I suggested dropping Gayle not just based on his form, but also because he has injury concerns. His back has been troubling him all tournament and is one of the reasons he hasn't fired. Resting him before the playoffs (if they make it) can be beneficial since he will have time to recuperate and come into the playoffs completely fit. Besides, he is not the "best ever hitter in the world". Yes, he is a fantastic T20 player, and most teams would probably never bench him, but his injury is something to be wary off and needs to be treated wisely. Ahmed had a good match...on a slow pitch which favored his bowling. The match before, he got hammered by a struggling Delhi. This is also the first time Murali has performed and he is getting too old to work his magic. Rampaul is a better bowler than Ahmed, and Jakati can do a similar job to Murali which is why that switch would benefit RCB as a whole.

  • on May 20, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    gayle and abd must be make some fast runs if they want to win this game

  • on May 20, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    RCB need to win with a good margin today and KKR need to lose by a good margin. This will make our job easy. #RCBforlife

  • on May 20, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Time to ring in the below changes: (1)- Rasool for Mishra, (2)- Taylor for Finch, (3) Holder for Stein, & (4) Ishant for Irfan or prepare for another loss at home, this time they will be out of competition. Are Moody/Srikkanth/laxman listening???

  • Robtyson on May 20, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Rasool should be given a chance instead of Mishra. And Sammy should come ahead of Rahul in the batting order. I also feel steyn can be rested as he needs a break big time.

  • Sandeep.M.J.D on May 20, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Whatever, a good battle upcoming.

  • Robtyson on May 20, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    SRH will be made to win today to keep the IPL alive and more interesting.

  • shashi_dhoni on May 20, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    RCB should play with 7 + 4 line up and use yuvi some overs ... bcoz sunrisers dont have depth in batting so u can get four overs from part timers easily... and also it will make RCB batsman more attacking if they have seven batsmen in their line up....

  • on May 20, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    gayle,patel abd,virat,yuvi,tanmay,starc,ravi,aron,chahal,rana/shabad....u can give some overs to yuvi and rana shabad

  • sam6e on May 20, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    As a SRH fan i dont want them to qualify...coz going close and loosing is more painful than being knocked out early stage...SRH was a good team coming into the league but they failed miserably except some good performances...there is no team work seen...no batsmen want to carry on the innings...everyone gets 30 to 40 n throw his wicket...in 11 matches i can guess hardly there are a couple of 70-80 scores once by finch n once by ojha...Mishra failed consistently n still you persist with him for what ?? if other spinners selected in auction n not good enough then why select them..I hope if they get a chance in dead rubbers too ?? same with other batsmen warming benches...Pathan has become a liability...just get rid of him n play a batsmen instead...pity to see sunil narian, other KKR spinners bowling well where as home ground spinners carted...Major changes n get good fortune which is not going to happen..poor SRH fans

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 20, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    @Dinoj Suresh First of all, it was just a suggestion. Secondly, I suggested dropping Gayle not just based on his form, but also because he has injury concerns. His back has been troubling him all tournament and is one of the reasons he hasn't fired. Resting him before the playoffs (if they make it) can be beneficial since he will have time to recuperate and come into the playoffs completely fit. Besides, he is not the "best ever hitter in the world". Yes, he is a fantastic T20 player, and most teams would probably never bench him, but his injury is something to be wary off and needs to be treated wisely. Ahmed had a good match...on a slow pitch which favored his bowling. The match before, he got hammered by a struggling Delhi. This is also the first time Murali has performed and he is getting too old to work his magic. Rampaul is a better bowler than Ahmed, and Jakati can do a similar job to Murali which is why that switch would benefit RCB as a whole.

  • on May 20, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Rcb win.Good balanced squad gayle and virat show your talents

  • on May 20, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    mr.cricket...yes u a correct about SRH strategy... but about ur strategy for RCB..such rubbish...gayle is the best ever hitter in the world and no team will like to bench him in respect of few bad knows... on his day he can win matches single handedly..and done it many times for the RCB...murali had bad outing at UAE but against CSK he was superb..and about replacing Ahmed for jakati..mate r u kidding?saw the RCB CSK match?he was wicket taking as well as economical..his last overs against in form raina was crucial (w/o conceeding a boundary).dropping him will do nothing for RCB rather than losing his morale

  • on May 20, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    RCB should think of bowling unit changes , Rampaul is to be given a chance, need to have 2 good spinners. Gayle, ABD, M.Star and Rampaul to be considered from overseas side. Kohli, Yuvi and Parhiv should take more responsibilities on their shoulders, istead of relying on bowlers to come and bat.

  • on May 20, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Go SUNRISERS Go. Last Chance, DO OR DIE.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on May 20, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    SRH: Finch really isn't doing much at the top and has kept Warner from his natural habitat (opening). Bring Taylor in for Finch and move Warner to open. He was in blistering form coming into the tournament, but he's been moved around a lot and even so, he has done reasonably well. Taylor can shore up the middle order with KL and Naman with Sammy coming in to finish things off. Mishra needs to be dropped for Rasool. Karn has done better (not by much) but SRH need that variety in their attack anyway. Pathan vs Ishant can also be considered.

    RCB: Pretty settled as far as their XI go. Gayle could be swapped out for Roussow but I don't think that's happening. Murali could be dropped for Rampaul and Jakati could come in for Ahmed or Aaron.

  • on May 20, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    this game is virtually affecting CSK too...if SRH wins this match then its CSK who go through to the play offs even before their match against KKR,so that they can play with out any risks and they can do some experiments before play offs.They will get 3 games to shuffle their chance and to test unused bench strength such as baba,hastings,ronit,and henry

  • on May 20, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    RCB should replace murali with rampaul and varun with jakati.

  • on May 19, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    Gayle 46 off 50 wasn't bad considering the low score CSK got last game, but if they are chasing big scores in excess of 160 then 46 off 50 isn't going to cut it. Gayle's injuries are holding him back from the performances that we expect and the sooner RCB realise this the better. Besides if they were to make the playoff wouldn't they want to rest Gayle so that he is fit and firing when it counts the most. Rilee Rossouw replacing him isn't going to cost RCB since ABD and Yuvraj have been doing most of the match winning with the bat and he might rotate the strike better up the top.

  • on May 19, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    In a hyderabad pitch where the ball spins good, be ready to see loads of sixes from Yuvraj and AB who can just put off most of the slower balls out of the ground.

    This is going go be interesting.

  • Nampally on May 19, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    SRH's last hope of playoff rest on winning the next 3 games. It is a very remote chance but as long as that chance exists, the are not out of Playoffs. If they lose the 2 of the 3 games, they may still claim the bottom spot. So it is entirely up o the team to decide what they want. They can play hard & win the rest of the matches left or go to the Golf courses early. There is not much choice in XI selection which has only one or 2 players who can be alternated. They have the 4 Foreign players more or less Fixed with Sammy assuming the Captaincy. But Sammy needs production both in batting & bowling. He needs to get at least 30 runs at a fast S/R of over 200. He has also got to get his batsmen & bowlers performing. It is a "Do or Die" time & hey face a formidable opponents in the next match-RCB. Each ball is important- Dot balls while bowling & Minimise giving Dot balls while batting. That is the formula for success + hold all your catches with smart ground fielding.

  • on May 19, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    try this team for today's match not a bad idea in a situation we are... taylor dhawan ojha warner sammy juneja pathan rasool karn/mishra steyn bhuvi ALL THE BEST RISERS.

  • BigINDFan on May 19, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    RCB are favorites since they have the momentum now. SRH needs to come really strong in their remaining chances to push for the 4th spot. Kohli needs to open with Gayle to give RCB the best start possible and push Parthiv to No. 5. RCB top 5 batting order should be Kohli, Gayle, ABD, Yuvi, Parthiv.

    For SRH the top 5 batting order should be Finch, Warner, Dhawan, Pathan and Sammy. Mishra should be dropped and bring back Ishant Sharma. Ishant should bowl non-stop from overs 7-15 along with Karn Sharma.

  • on May 19, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    SRH should forget the playoffs and play party spoilers. This way they will have less pressure.

    Drop Finch and Mishra and bring in Taylor and Parvez. They can also try someone new in place of Lokesh.

  • on May 19, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    if iam banglorean iam suporting hyderbad becouse of rahul is there he is our kannadigha...banglore dnt have any karnataka players...malya should think and next year bring back talents of karnataka..karun.and gopal.robin.and manish...

  • ad2810 on May 19, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Brendan Taylor for Aaron Finch doesnt seem like a bad idea or even parvez rasool entering for mishra or hell risk it and bring Ishant sharma in our chances are as theoretical as him bowling well and winning the game

  • Nampally on May 19, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    SRH need to replace one of the 2 leg spinners. The Hyderabad pitch is no longer spin friendly as it was last year. SRH need to go with an all rounder who is also an economical bowler. Rasool fits the bill being an off spinner & a good batsman. Sammy's batting in the match vs. KKR & his inability to score runs in the last 4 overs cost SRH at least 20 runs. Sammy was clearly rusty & needs to get back into the groove of hitting sixers. Another crucial objective is to have one of the top 3 batsmen- Dhawan, Finch or Warner- as the sheet anchor too & stay at one end in an otherwise weak SRH batting. The Captaincy in the match vs. KKR was good & had Kumar bowled his usual economical 20th over, SRH were still in a winning position. The 20th over is a choice between Steyn, Pathan & Kumar. So it needs to be sorted out. I would like to see these 3 bowling 18th, 19th & 20th overs as though each over is crucial. With SRH's weak batting, at least their bowling has to be outstanding to win.

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  • Nampally on May 19, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    SRH need to replace one of the 2 leg spinners. The Hyderabad pitch is no longer spin friendly as it was last year. SRH need to go with an all rounder who is also an economical bowler. Rasool fits the bill being an off spinner & a good batsman. Sammy's batting in the match vs. KKR & his inability to score runs in the last 4 overs cost SRH at least 20 runs. Sammy was clearly rusty & needs to get back into the groove of hitting sixers. Another crucial objective is to have one of the top 3 batsmen- Dhawan, Finch or Warner- as the sheet anchor too & stay at one end in an otherwise weak SRH batting. The Captaincy in the match vs. KKR was good & had Kumar bowled his usual economical 20th over, SRH were still in a winning position. The 20th over is a choice between Steyn, Pathan & Kumar. So it needs to be sorted out. I would like to see these 3 bowling 18th, 19th & 20th overs as though each over is crucial. With SRH's weak batting, at least their bowling has to be outstanding to win.

  • ad2810 on May 19, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Brendan Taylor for Aaron Finch doesnt seem like a bad idea or even parvez rasool entering for mishra or hell risk it and bring Ishant sharma in our chances are as theoretical as him bowling well and winning the game

  • on May 19, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    if iam banglorean iam suporting hyderbad becouse of rahul is there he is our kannadigha...banglore dnt have any karnataka players...malya should think and next year bring back talents of karnataka..karun.and gopal.robin.and manish...

  • on May 19, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    SRH should forget the playoffs and play party spoilers. This way they will have less pressure.

    Drop Finch and Mishra and bring in Taylor and Parvez. They can also try someone new in place of Lokesh.

  • BigINDFan on May 19, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    RCB are favorites since they have the momentum now. SRH needs to come really strong in their remaining chances to push for the 4th spot. Kohli needs to open with Gayle to give RCB the best start possible and push Parthiv to No. 5. RCB top 5 batting order should be Kohli, Gayle, ABD, Yuvi, Parthiv.

    For SRH the top 5 batting order should be Finch, Warner, Dhawan, Pathan and Sammy. Mishra should be dropped and bring back Ishant Sharma. Ishant should bowl non-stop from overs 7-15 along with Karn Sharma.

  • on May 19, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    try this team for today's match not a bad idea in a situation we are... taylor dhawan ojha warner sammy juneja pathan rasool karn/mishra steyn bhuvi ALL THE BEST RISERS.

  • Nampally on May 19, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    SRH's last hope of playoff rest on winning the next 3 games. It is a very remote chance but as long as that chance exists, the are not out of Playoffs. If they lose the 2 of the 3 games, they may still claim the bottom spot. So it is entirely up o the team to decide what they want. They can play hard & win the rest of the matches left or go to the Golf courses early. There is not much choice in XI selection which has only one or 2 players who can be alternated. They have the 4 Foreign players more or less Fixed with Sammy assuming the Captaincy. But Sammy needs production both in batting & bowling. He needs to get at least 30 runs at a fast S/R of over 200. He has also got to get his batsmen & bowlers performing. It is a "Do or Die" time & hey face a formidable opponents in the next match-RCB. Each ball is important- Dot balls while bowling & Minimise giving Dot balls while batting. That is the formula for success + hold all your catches with smart ground fielding.

  • on May 19, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    In a hyderabad pitch where the ball spins good, be ready to see loads of sixes from Yuvraj and AB who can just put off most of the slower balls out of the ground.

    This is going go be interesting.

  • on May 19, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    Gayle 46 off 50 wasn't bad considering the low score CSK got last game, but if they are chasing big scores in excess of 160 then 46 off 50 isn't going to cut it. Gayle's injuries are holding him back from the performances that we expect and the sooner RCB realise this the better. Besides if they were to make the playoff wouldn't they want to rest Gayle so that he is fit and firing when it counts the most. Rilee Rossouw replacing him isn't going to cost RCB since ABD and Yuvraj have been doing most of the match winning with the bat and he might rotate the strike better up the top.

  • on May 20, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    RCB should replace murali with rampaul and varun with jakati.