The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is replete with runs provided teams show the intent to get big scores and put in a collective effort.
It will be important to have runs on board since chasing teams have won 3 out of the last 5 matches here.
The pacers will be expected to come good at the Wankhede Stadium since they have a wicket-share of 69.92% compared to the spin bowlers getting 30.08%.
The temperature level will not exceed 34°C on Sunday afternoon in Mumbai, where the players will have to grapple with humidity levels in excess of 60% for the entirety of the match.
HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD (overall):
Matches played: 21
Hyderabad won: 12
Bangalore won: 8
No result: 1
Top 3 players from Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Umran Malik, Aiden Markram
Top 3 players from Bangalore: V Kohlii, Josh Hazlewood, Mahipal Lomror
Top picks for H2H/WTA contest (top 5 players each):
Top 5 players from Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Umran Malik, Aiden Markram, Kane Williamson, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Top 5 players from Bangalore: V Kohlii, Josh Hazlewood, Mahipal Lomror, Faf du Plessis, Harshal Patel
Q & A:
Fantasy tips and tricks: Should I pick more bowlers, batsmen or all-rounders?
For the contest to be played at the Wankhede Stadium, it is imperative to have a batting-oriented team which is well-backed by at least 3-4 seam or fast bowling options and a spinner who can penetrate. The batsmen are expected to find their job easier here in terms of getting runs, but putting up big totals in excess of 170 has not been everyone’s cup of tea. Hyderabad scored more than 190 last time around here but they still lost, which means that fast bowlers will carry a great responsibility. The fantasy cricket playing XI should thus be selected keeping these points in mind.
Fantasy tips: From which team should I pick more players in my XI? Which team is stronger?
As per the points table for the Indian T20 Cricket League 2022, Bangalore are the stronger side for they have won 6 matches out of 11 and have suffered 5 defeats, whereas Hyderabad are lagging behind despite their 5-match winning run. Hyderabad have played 10 matches out of which they have 5 wins and 5 defeats. The only parameter wherein Hyderabad seem to have done well is their Net Run Rate (NRR), which is 0.325 for the Kane Williamson-led team while Bangalore have a poor NRR of -0.444. Additionally, Hyderabad have lost their last 3 matches on the trot whereas Bangalore have just finished their 3-match defeated run in the tournament. Bangalore seem to be the better side across departments and should have more players featuring in the fantasy cricket playing XI.
MORE INFORMATION: Hyderabad might have been dominating the bilateral affair with Bangalore but given the current form and standing in the tournament as well as in the points table, the Faf du Plessis-led team is expected to come out with flying colours unless Kane Williamson and Co. pull up their socks and put up a tough fight. It has been a season of extremes for Hyderabad who started off with a couple of defeats to recover and record 5 wins on the trot, but 3 consecutive losses in last as many matches have pegged them back.
PLAYERS’ FORM: Bangalore are still awaiting their big guns such as Faf du Plessis, V Kohlii and even Glenn Maxwell to hit their peak form. All three of these batsmen have shown the promise but have not delivered up to it, whereas on the other hand Hyderabad have their batting line-up doing a decent job so far in their campaign. Kane Williamson is due a big score and so is Rahul Tripathi, while the consistency shown from Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran with the bat is something that will give the 2016 title winners a lot of confidence going forward.
Changes in squad (if any): NO
HYDERABAD: Kane Williamson (c), Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, Sean Abbott, Shreyas Gopal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kartik Tyagi, Umran Malik.
BANGALORE: Faf du Plessis (c), V Kohlii, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood.
FANTASY XI: Abhishek Sharma, V Kohlii, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Umran Malik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.