The third match of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) will see Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers take on each other in Dubai. The match will kickstart yet another season for RCB where they will be looking to end their long wait for the first-ever title.
The Bangalore-based outfit is the one of the only three franchises who are yet to lay their hands on the elusive trophy. They have made it to the final thrice but ended up on the wrong side of the result every time. Incidentally, the last time they made it to the final which was in 2016, they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad with the latter winning their first and so far only IPL title.
Since then, both the teams have had contrasting journeys in the IPL. While RCB have not made it to the playoffs since then, SRH have made it to the playoffs in all the seasons including appearing in the final in 2018.
Just like the previous seasons, RCB look like one of the teams to beat on paper once again with the likes of Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Morris and others stars in their ranks. On the other hand, SRH have the likes of David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan who can blow away any team on their day.
With both the teams full of star power, one can expect another cracking contest in IPL 2020.
Jonny Bairstow scored his maiden IPL ton against #RCB.
Will he go big against them tonight ?
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) September 21, 2020
SRH have won the toss and have decided to bowl first against SRH in the third match of IPL 2020.
Here is what the captains said:
“We will bowl. There is a bit of dew around. It was an interesting game last night. We know it’s going to get a bit tired towards the end. We have the balance in the side.”
“We have made a few changes, to the setup and the team as well. We feel relaxed and balanced. One idea was to create more leaders in the time. The guys have worked really hard during the lockdown period in whatever way they could. They have taken a lot of responsibility in these three weeks as well. Lot of batting happened in the last three wickets.”
David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg, Mitchell Marsh, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma.
Aaron Finch, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Josh Phillipe, Shivam Dube, Devdutt Padikkal, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal
More to follow….