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

Crunch game for Royal Challengers, Sunrisers


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RCB need to take charge of middle overs

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


"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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  • Android on May 20, 2014, 9:58 GMT

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

  • Android 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

  • Dummy4 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???

  • Robert 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.

  • Daniel on May 20, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Whatever, a good battle upcoming.

  • Robert on May 20, 2014, 7:49 GMT

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

  • SHASHI 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....

  • Dummy4 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

  • Shaik Ali 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 batsmen want to carry on the innings...everyone gets 30 to 40 n throw his 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

  • Cricket 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.

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