Royal Challengers Bangalore vs SunRisers Hyderabad: RCB beat SRH to win their first match of IPL 2020

RCB to bat first

SRH Captain David Warner wins the toss and elects to field first against RCB

SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will start their campaign in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at the iconic Dubai International Cricket Stadium in UAE on Monday.

While the SRH finished fourth in the 2019 IPL, RCB ended at the end of the table. Hyderabad franchise has twice won the title - once as Deccan Chargers in 2009 and then as SRH in 2016 -- the RCB are still seeking their maiden IPL title.

The Warner-led 'Orange Army' will miss the services of Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for two years.

The batters will be led by Jonny Bairstow and Warner who is the leading run scorer for SRH after accumulating 3,271 runs from 71 games, averaging 55.44. In the middle order, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey and Mitchell Marsh will support the SRH batting.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the bowling attack of SRH. He will be aided by Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi and Siddarth Kaul in pace department while Afghanistan leggie Rashid Khan will sharpen the attack with his spin.

Against SRH's balanced squad is Kohli-led RCB which has a strong batting with the skipper and AB de Villiers leading the lineup. Youngster Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch are likely to open the innings while Kohli, de Villiers, Moeen Ali and Shivam Dube will bat in the middle order.

South African Dale Steyn will lead the pace bowling attack and will have Navdeep Saini, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav for support. Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi, Adam Zampa and Washington Sundar will provide spin bowling option to the skipper.

The two teams look balanced on the paper with some of the best batters and bowlers in the world being part of the two squads.

It will also be interesting to see, as some Twitter users pointed out, how well David Warner has kept himself in shape with regular dancing videos on Telugu songs he kept posting during the lockdown.

May the best team win.


Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (Captain), Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Mitchell Marsh, Sandeep Bavanaka, Fabian Allen, Abdul Samad, Sanjay Yadav

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dubey, Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Adam Zampa, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Isuru Udana, Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahamad, Joshua Philippe, Pavan Deshpande

Playing XI Prediction:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (Captain), Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Chris Morris, Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore Dream XI:

Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch, Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed

SRH Squad

RCB vs SRH Squads

Sunrisers Hyderabad XI: D Warner, J Bairstow, M Pandey, P Garg, V Shankar, A Sharma, M Marsh, R Khan, B Kumar, S Sharma, T Natarajan

Royal Challengers Bangalore XI: A Finch, D Padikkal, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, J Philippe, W Sundar, S Dube, N Saini, U Yadav, D Steyn, Y Chahal

Devdutt Padikkal makes his IPL debut for RCB

Debutant Padikkal opens for RCB with Aaron Finch

Devdutt Padikkal has a fabulous T20 record and is known as a heavy hitter of the ball.

Left-right combination hence Padikkal gets to play right up

Bhuvi leads the attack for SRH

RCB at 2 at the end of first over

Good over from Bhuvi

Eighth franchise so far for Aaron Finch

First boundary of innings

Padikkal hits Sandeep Sharma for four. Moves around the crease and heaves it over midwicket

Second boundary of the over

Making good use of ball bitched outside off stump

Appeal for LBW

No review taken after halfhearted appeal

13 for RCB at the end of 2 overs

The kid needs to calm down a bit

Padikkal looks like in a mood for another boundary, fails to connect

Padikkal gets it across

Reaches for the widish delivery. Third boundary for the youngster

First connection by Finch

Uppish cut fetches two

20 without loss

Decent start from RCB. 20 in 3 overs.

Natarajan brought in

Another boundary for Padikkal

Cracking shot by Padikkal. That should settle the butterflies in his tummy

Second boundary in a row

Padikkal in no mood to stop after a boundary.

Third boundary in a over

Padikkal on fire. Just over the fingers of the midwicket

Outstanding 4 overs for RCB

32 without loss in 4 overs. Padikkal 29 (19)

Looks like Marsh hurt his ankle

Trying to walk it off. He has had three ankle operations before

Padikkal has arrived

One bounce over the bowler. Leg side looks his favourite area so far

Marsh still limping

Marsh looks injured. Is he walking off?

Mitchell Marsh walks off. Vijay Shankar takes over

No ball from Shankar

Finch gets a six on free hit. But Shankar bowls another ball.

Finch caught on No ball

Goes up in the air and taken but not out since it's a free hit

48 without lossMitch Marsh looks out of bowling for sure

48 in 5 overs without loss. Good fifth over for RCB

Mitch Marsh looks out of bowling for sure

Good sixth over  from Sharma

Sharma changing the line has helped. Padikkal not getting enough room to play his shots

53 for no loss in 6 overs

Rashid Khan in attack

Rashid vs Padikkal on

Let's see who comes on top. Padikkal has played both deliveries confidently so far

Ball a run from Rashid

59 without loss in 7 overs

Natarajan back in attack

Padikkal outperforms Finch

Padikkal 41 off 30 and Finch 15 off 16. That tells the story

Finch looks out of touch

Again, Finch runs for the single. He will do this till he is confident he can throw his bat around

64 for now loss

Single on last ball. 64 in 8 overs without loss

Finch gets a six

Finch gets his touch back, lofts Rashid

75 for no loss

Good 9 overs for RCB. Finch also looks confident now after six on Rashid

Is the debut fifty playing on Padikkal's mind?

Palikkal on 43.

Here was a chance for out and Rashid Khan misses

50 for Padikkal

86 for no loss after 10 overs

50 for Padikkal. Finch back to tapping and running

Another miss from SRH players

Two fielders clash as Padikkal takes a risk with a lofted shot. Fabian Allen and Abhishek

What's Finch's strategy

Finch has decided he will drop anchor today

Padikkal departs for 56

90 for 1 in 11 overs

Finch follows Paidkkal

Two new bastmen on crease

AB and Virat together for the nth time

Most runs as partners. 2850 runs together

Rashid vs Kohli finally

Kohli looks in good nick

Sandeep Sharma back in attack

Kohli in good touch

He has middled every single delivery. That's the sign he is already in the zone. And that running between the wickets is so brilliant

Rashid Khan with his last over

RCB will have 5 overs after this to reach its target score

Great running b/w the wickets

AB and VK convert ones into twos

116 for two

15 overs done, 116 for two

And the first boundary comes finally for AB

Natarajan gets rid of Kohli for 14

And Kohli is gone! Did he target the longest boundary? Rashid gets the catch not the wicket. It was outside the off, slower delivery. Kohli decided to go aerial for the first time and caught at long on

124 for 4 in 16 overs

ABD changing gears?

ABD gets four

What score RCB are targeting? Only 18 balls left

141 for 3 in 18 overs

6 from ABD

Second six. Same area

One more six from ABD

155 for 3 in 19 overs

Last 6 balls remaining in RCB innings

Bhuvi to bowl last over

And four

It was a good yorker from Bhuvi but ABD digs it

50 for ABD

ABD gets to 50 in 29 balls

ABD departs for 50. Still 3 balls to go

And it's innings end. RCB set a target of 164 for SRH

Dot ball and run out on last ball

RCB 163 for 4 in 20 overs

RCB could never punch it after Padikkal was gone. 51 off just 30 for ABD and it never looked he hit those many. But other batsmen could not keep the pace up, including King Kohli. He looked tired after running all those singles and twos.

Between Padikkal and ABD they played 72 deliveries and got 107 runs. Others played 48 and got only 56

Warner and Bairstow open for SRH

Warner and Bairstow open for SRH as they chase a target of 164. Warner on strike. Steyn on attack

Warner opens his account with a four 

Beauty from Steyn, beats Warner

6 for no loss

Lots of comments on Dale Steyn's looks

Two wides from Umesh Yadav

Four from Bairstow, followed by a six

Bairstow in sublime form

Warner departs. Most unfortunate way to get out

Bairstow hits straight, Yadav barely flicks it and hits stumps

SRH 25 for 1 in 3 overs

SRH 30 for 1 in 4 overs

Good start for SRH

40 for 1 in 5 overs. Bairshtow looks set

Pandey hits it beautifully for 4 of Washington Sundar

He is a damn good player of spin. It will be good to see how he handles Chahal and Sundar

Chahal is the key here

Beautiful dip and deceived the bat.

SRH 59 for 1 in 8 overs

Both Pandey and Bairshtow look set

Umesh Yadav is back

Bairstow taps a single Pandey strikes neat for a single Slower one deceives BairstowUmesh Yadav is back

And a six 

Scoops it for a six!

Another six 

And now a French cut

SRH is 72 for 1 in 9 overs

The only success has been that of a freak dismissal At this stage RCB was 75 for no loss So not too far away.

After Chahal's quiet over, the burst in Yadav's over helped SRH to keep the asking rate in check. Long conference between Chahal, Kohli and ABD during strategic time out

Great game of cat and mouse between Chahal and Bairstow

Bairstow gives it a charge only to push defensively. Chahal is too clever. Reading batsman's mind

Saini is back

Dugout is discussing lack of bounce in the wicket. Saini is bowling full length

Bairstow dropped

Aaron Finch drops Bairstow in the covers. It was straight coming at him

Good over from Saini

11 overs gone! 83 for 1

Bairstow looks under pressure now

It's the same stage when RCB started slowing down. Pressure building up. Chahal is in to exploit. Something is got to give now

Bairstow is looking anxious. Reverse sweep goes straight to fielder


Appeal for caught behind. Kohli takes DRS. Dugout had predicted wicket this over

Very close!

Review lost

Pandey gone!

Pandey holes it out in the long off. He is disappointed

Chahal bowls widish off side delivery and lures him in

Shivam Dube comes in to bowl

Priyam Garg comes on to bat. Under-19 captain

Asking rate over 9, getting near 10

Garg is nervous, Bairstow anxious as required run rate goes up

Bairstow needs to take charge of the chase now

94 for 2 in 13 overs

Bairstow lofts it!

Up in the air, Steyn drops it on the boundary. Steyn just loses the sight in the lights, two lives for Bairstow so far

What a shot!

Dugout calls it shot of the match. Pulled it like a slap. Fifty for Bairstow

50 for Bairstow

52 of 38 for Bairstow

Slight hold up in the play

. Bairstow wants a new pair of gloves. Very humid out t

108 for 2 in 14 overs

Umesh Yadav gives away 14 runs in the over

Steyn is back


Clever opening of the bat face by Bairstow. Boundary

Four for Garg

11 runs of Steyn's over. Garg really dragged it. Steyn is angry. Two more deliveries to go

SRH need 43 in the 30 balls

Bairstow leading the charge with Garg

Bairstow gone!

Chahal bowls out Bairstow. Bairstow loses his cool and loses his stump

Chahal on hat-trick

Vijay Shankar gone for duck. chahal on hat-trick

Chahal gets two back to back wickets

No hat-trick but what an over. Brings back RCB into game. Finishes with 3 for 18

129 for 5

Rashid Khan comes in to bat

Rashid Khan comes in and slaps a boundary. Gets a wide ball and Rashid pounces on it. Will he win it with his bat?

Collision there

Another wicket for RCB. Rashid Khan is hurt. Two batsmen collided during the running between the wickets. Concussion test will come in now?

Rashid Khan to stay

Looks like Rashid is going to stay and try to guide his team through

5 runs on wide

Saini gives away five runs on a wide. Wicketkeeper misses the ball and its goes to the thirdman boundary

Saini gets two wickets in a over

Bhuvi was bamboozled. Sandeep Sharma comes in. Marsh is not coming in to bat. Looks like his injury is too bad Bowled again! Too fast for Rashid. Rattled his off stump

Marsh caught on the boundary

Limps back to the dressing room

Looks all over for SRH now

Need 21 off 9 with one wicket in hand

18 runs required off last over

Dale Steyn to bowl the last over

15 off 4 needed

Game over for SRH?

RCB win!

Caught nicely! SRH all oout.

First time they have won the first game after 2016.

SRH missed batsman Marsh. And bowler Rashid. That collision came at the wrong time. But credit to Chahal who had spun the game out of SRH's grasp. Only Bairstow and Pandey showed some spunk. Everyone else just came and left

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