IPL 2020 SRH vs RCB Eliminator: 4 SRH vs RCB key battles which can set Abu Dhabi on fire

IPL 2020 SRH vs RCB Eliminator: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will eye to continue its winning run when it faces Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Eliminator at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Come Friday, when the two sides meet, they will be well-rested and will give their all, as it is a do-or-die game. There will also be key rivalries which fans should keep an eye on.

One of the most talked rivalry will be between Sandeep Sharma and Virat Kohli. The RCB skipper has most-times given his wicket to his SRH counter-part. It would be interesting to see how Kohli tackles the Sharma express in Abu Dhabi.

Just like this, there are many more battles which will ensue in the eliminator. Check 5 key battles which will set Sheikh Zayed Stadium on fire.

1) Devdutt Padikkal vs Wriddhiman Saha

Devdutt Padikkal has been the find of the season. He continued to impress with the bat throughout the league stage and even BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly acknowledges it. He is the highest run-getter for Royal Challengers with 472 runs in 14 games. Once again, Virat Kohli would want their in-form opener to deliver in his debut IPL 2020 eliminator.

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While Warner has breathtaking with the bat, Wriddhiman Saha, brought back into the side, has dished out an explosive performance with the bat. The right-hander’s 45-ball 87-run blitz in his first game of the season has cemented his place in the team. SRH will be hoping that he has an encore of league match performance on Friday.

2) Sandeep Sharma vs Virat Kohli

Sandeep has dismissed Kohli for seven which played no small part in SRH’s five-wicket win over RCB in their IPL match. This was the seventh time he dismissed Kohli. With this, he equalled Zaheer Khan’s record of joint-highest in the IPL for a bowler getting a batsman out. Khan had got the better of Mahendra Singh Dhoni seven times too. The rivalry would once again get fresh when they come face-to-face tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Kohli has hit a rough patch and would want to return to his “Run Machine” mode — something his team needs in abundance. Despite the poor run, he has scored 460 runs and is amongst the top 5 run-getters this season.

3) Yuzvendra Chahal vs Rashid Khan

Yuzvendra Chahal, who scalped three wickets in the opening game, he had become a fan favourite. With 20 wickets to his name, the leg-spinner is currently his side’s leading wicket-taker this season and as he will once again be someone that RCB skipper Virat Kohli will turn to against SRH.

Rashid Khan bowled as many as 17 dot balls and scalped three wickets, conceding just 7 runs in his four overs and went on to register the best bowling figures of the season as SRH beat DC, probably the best bowling display of the season. The leg-spinner currently has the best economy rate (5.00) amongst the top ten wicket-takers of the season and he will be pivotal to SRH’s success when they take on the likes of Kohli, AB de Villiers, Padikkal amongst others.

4) AB de Villiers vs David Warner

By his own lofty standards, AB de Villiers did not score many in his last two outings for RCB. He will be itching to change that and go big as RCB seek a return to winning ways in Abu Dhabi. Mr 360 will be looking to make amends and if he comes out all guns blazing, it will bolster RCB’s chances to beat SRH.

David Warner, on the other hand, has been running riots with his bat. He is the only captain, besides KXIP’s KL Rahul, to have scored more than 500 runs. The left-hander slammed 85 off 58 balls at the top of the innings, and played the captain’s knock to lead SRH into the playoffs. Warner will be eager to continue in the same vein against RCB.