Both teams are laden with star-studded players and equally celebrated personnel in the coaching hierarchy. Mike Hesson and Simon Katich were roped in by RCB to instil a fresh vibe and winning spirit in the squad, while SRH appointed Trevor Bayliss as the head coach of the team.
Virat Kohli is an astute leader who knows the art of leading from the front. But he has left a lot to be desired when it comes to IPL.
On the other hand, David Warner’s SRH is a former IPL champion (2016) and among the most consistent franchises in the league.
Warner, who lost his post to Kane Williamson in 2018, has been reinstated as the skipper for this season.
SRH vs RCB, Probable XI:
The highly destructive opening duo of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow poses a menacing threat to even the most disciplined bowling line-up.
Manish Pandey’s technical proficiency against spinners will come to fore on a slow and square-turner pitched of the UAE.
The likes of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi add three-dimensional attributes to the Sunrisers.
Probable XI: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Virat Singh, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul and Shahbaz Nadeem
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Like every season, RCB is brimming with some of the finest T20 players. Aaron Finch’s acquisition will be the icing on the cake as the Aussie skipper adds more firepower to RCB’s batting unit.
AB de Villiers’ form will be crucial for the Challengers.
Umesh Yadav will be spearheading the pace department comprising of Chris Morris and Navdeep Saini. Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar and Moeen Ali will be tasked to handle the spin attack.
Probable XI: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi/ Shivam Dube, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal and Umesh Yadav
Dubai International Cricket Stadium has always been a spinner paradise. The batsmen need to be a bit conservative in the powerplay as not losing wickets is key to pile up a decent total on this surface. Dew will definitely play its part as game proceeds.
Here are the IPL T20 fantasy suggestions:
Fantasy Suggestion #1:
Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch, Manish Pandey, Moeen Ali, Rashid Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Siddharth Kaul
Captain: Virat Kohli, Vice-Captain: Rashid Khan
Fantasy Suggestion #2:
David Warner, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers (wk), Manish Pandey, Chris Morris, Mohammad Nabi, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Captain: David Warner Vice-Captain: AB de Villiers
David Warner (c), 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, Abdul Samad, Fabian Allen, Mitchell Marsh, Priyam Garg, Sandeep Bavanaka, Sanjay Yadav, Virat Singh
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, Isuru Udana, Joshua Philippe, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahamad, Adam Zampa.