Royal Challengers Bangalore is going to face Sunrisers Hyderabad in the sixth match of the IPL 2021 at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday. Both the teams have played one game each but their results have been contrasting.
Bangalore managed to win a tight first game against defending champions Mumbai Indians at the same venue last Friday. Meanwhile, SRH lost their first match to KKR due to a poorly planned run-chase on Sunday. SRH has enjoyed a superior head-to-head record against RCB, but Bangalore comes into this game on the back of a morale-boosting win.
There is some good news for RCB as their explosive opener Devdutt Padikkal will be returning after testing positive for COVID -19. He will a big boost for the top order for RCB. Other teams are reportedly unhappy that the 20-year-old has been given direct entry into the team space without the player having to undergo the mandatory seven-day quarantine in the hotel.
On the other hand, SRH has their full squad to pick from but there is a small chance that David Warner makes any changes. Jason Holder is out of quarantine, while Jason Roy is still in quarantine. Kane Williamson might sit out another game as Trevor Bayliss recently confirmed that he will need time to make a complete recovery.
Rajat Patidar is likely to make way for Devdutt Padikkal on Wednesday. Washington Sundar will bat down the order after opening the innings in the absence of Padikkal against Mumbai. SRH is likely to stick with the same team since Williamson will need some time to get complete match fitness.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha, Manish Pandey, Jonny Bairstow, Abdul Samad, Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Buhvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Washington Sundar, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj
Key Battle to Watch Out
David Warner had a poor start to the season as he was dismissed for a low score against KKR. He will be looking to bat long on Wednesday, so it will be intriguing to see what plans Harshal Patel will have for him. Patel is going bowl in death for RCB after taking five wickets against Mumbai in the first game.