Sunrisers Hyderabad opened their account for the 2019 IPL campaign on Friday when they chased down 198 against Rajasthan Royals at Hyderabad. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow put on a 110-run opening wicket stand to chase down the target with ease.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, lost the home game against Mumbai Indians in a controversial manner. With two defeats in as many games this season, RCB cannot afford to lose any more games, especially very early in the season.
If SRH bat first:
David Warner is back with a bang for SRH with two fifties in two games. Jonny Bairstow too played a couple of handy knocks at the top. Williamson's return has strengthened their batting lineup.
With Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, and Pathan in the middle order, SRH are a force to reckon with this season. With so much firepower in the squad, always expect a score of 180+ whenever SRH bats first.
If RCB bat first:
Royal Challengers Bangalore need other batsmen to support Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers and cannot expect these two to win games every time. Shimron Hetmyer has a huge role to play in the middle order and if he comes good, RCB can post a huge total on the board.
Parthiv, Moeen and Grandhomme need to step up with the bat. If they bat first, expect a score of around 170 from RCB.
Who will win?
Sunrisers are a balanced unit and pretty much settled at the moment. They have great depth in the batting and bowling department, which makes them a clear favourite to win the game on Saturday against RCB.
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