In the first eliminator which will begin shortly, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore. The winner goes through to the Qualifier 2 to play Delhi Capitals while the campaign of either of the team will end with a loss. Both the teams have had contrasting progressions in this year’s IPL.
While RCB started the tournament with wins and then lost 4 consecutive games but they were in good enough position to qualify, SRH didn’t have any flow in the first half of the tournament but they came back stronger to qualify for the playoffs. SRH have beaten all three other teams who are remaining in the competition and that should give them lot of confidence going forward to this game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Journey
Royal Challengers Bangalore looked too good in the first half, they started their 2020 journey with a win against SRH and although they lost the next game to KXIP, they recovered quickly to have 7 wins in 10 matches. They defeated teams like KKR, MI, RR and CSK by some ease up until that point but then wheels started to come off.
The dependence on AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli started to show as the middle order started to crumble under pressure. They got unlucky in the matter of tosses too as they had to bowl second in most of the games and we all know how difficult it is to bowl under dew but that doesn’t take anything away from how badly they have batted in last four games. Net Run rate came to their rescue as they had little superior net run rate over KKR to qualify as the 3rd team in the playoffs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Journey
Sunrisers, on the other hand have had no real luxury as such because they started the season on a low. They hit another low when they failed to chase even 126 against KXIP and they looked out of sorts back then but it was their mental strength and the experience of doing the same thing in the past which kept them motivated for next 3 games which were strong opponents. They won all 3 of those and then with some luck and due to the strong net run rate, they managed to qualify for this stage.
AB de Villiers vs Jason Holder
AB de Villiers vs Jason Holder is a very popular rivalry not because it has been a fierce and intense one but because it has been largely dominated by AB and it’s because of those two innings de Villiers played in 2015. These two haven’t played each other much in IPL but in ODI cricket, de Villiers has scored 143 runs in just 59 balls against him. It is an insane record and it was created when AB scored the fastest 100 and fastest 150 in ODI cricket in 2015. In T20s though, AB has just played 5 balls of Holder and he has scored 7 runs. To have an encounter against Holder, AB will have to get through the challenge of spin bowling first.