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
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
First boundary of innings
Padikkal hits Sandeep Sharma for four. Moves around the crease and heaves it over midwicket
The kid needs to calm down a bit
Padikkal looks like in a mood for another boundary, fails to connect
Another boundary for Padikkal
Cracking shot by Padikkal. That should settle the butterflies in his tummy
48 without lossMitch Marsh looks out of bowling for sure
48 in 5 overs without loss. Good fifth over for RCB
Good sixth over from Sharma
Sharma changing the line has helped. Padikkal not getting enough room to play his shots
Rashid vs Padikkal ..game on
Let's see who comes on top. Padikkal has played both deliveries confidently so far
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
Another miss from SRH players
Two fielders clash as Padikkal takes a risk with a lofted shot. Fabian Allen and Abhishek
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
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
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 departs. Most unfortunate way to get out
Bairstow hits straight, Yadav barely flicks it and hits stumps
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
Umesh Yadav is back
Bairstow taps a single Pandey strikes neat for a single Slower one deceives BairstowUmesh Yadav is back
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
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
Pandey holes it out in the long off. He is disappointed
Chahal bowls widish off side delivery and lures him in
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
Four for Garg
11 runs of Steyn's over. Garg really dragged it. Steyn is angry. Two more deliveries to go
Chahal gets two back to back wickets
No hat-trick but what an over. Brings back RCB into game. Finishes with 3 for 18
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?
Another wicket for RCB. Rashid Khan is hurt. Two batsmen collided during the running between the wickets. Concussion test will come in now?
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
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