With momentum on their side, a confident Sunrisers Hyderabad would look for another complete performance to continue their forward march in the IPL when they face a struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator here on Friday.
Pushed to the wall after a slow start to the tournament, SRH produced a lion-hearted effort in the second leg and peaked at the right time to qualify for the playoffs by finishing third in the league standings, just ahead of RCB.
It has been contrasting results for the two teams in the business end of the tournament. While RCB suffered four consecutive defeats to finish the league stage at the fourth spot, SRH registered a hat-trick of wins to edge past Virat Kohli’s men in the standings.
SRH made a remarkable turnaround in their final three games — defeating Delhi Capitals, RCB and table-toppers Mumbai Indians to book their last-fourth berth.
Meanwhile, coming into the match with four consecutive losses, RCB’s confidence would be rock-bottom. But skipper Kohli understands it is not the time to think about past results and what matters from here on is three wins on the trot to lift the IPL title.
But it would be easier said than done as RCB seem to have lost some of their steam.
In their last match against DC, RCB’s batting-heavy top-order failed to live up to expectations.
SRH vs RCB Head-to-Head
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad have met 17 times in IPL history. SRH have a narrow advantage as they have won nine games. One encounter, meanwhile, did not have any result as the match was abandoned.
|Played||Won by SRH||Won by RCB||Tie||No Result|
|7 April 2013||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Super Over||Hyderabad|
|9 April 2013||Royal Challengers Bangalore||7 Wickets||Bengaluru|
|4 May 2014||Royal Challengers Bangalore||4 Wickets||Bengaluru|
|20 May 2014||Sunrisers Hyderabad||7 Wickets||Hyderabad|
|13 April 2015||Sunrisers Hyderabad||8 Wickets||Bengaluru|
|15 May 2015||Royal Challengers Bangalore||6 Wickets||Hyderabad|
|12 Apil 2016||Royal Challengers Bangalore||45 Runs||Bengaluru|
|30 April 2016||Sunrisers Hyderabad||15 Runs||Hyderabad|
|29 May 2016||Sunrisers Hyderabad||8 Runs||Bengaluru|
|5 April 2017||Sunrisers Hyderabad||35 Runs||Hyderabad|
|25 April 2017||Abandoned||Abandoned||Bengaluru|
|7 May 2018||Sunrisers Hyderabad||5 Runs||Hyderabad|
|17 May 2018||Royal Challengers Bangalore||14 Runs||Bengaluru|
|31 March 2019||Sunrisers Hyderabad||118 Runs||Hyderabad|
|4 May 2019||Royal Challengers Bangalore||4 Wickets||Bengaluru|
|21 September 2020||Royal Challengers Bangalore||10 runs||Dubai|
|31 October 2020||Sunrisers Hyderabad||5 Wickets||Sharjah|
SRH vs RCB LIVE will broadcast on Star Sports Networks. The Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore LIVE Streaming will be available on Disney+Hotstar. You can also follow all the live updates on InsideSport.co.