Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will face off in the sixth match of IPL 2021 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday. This will be the second match for both teams in the tournament.
Mumbai Indians will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening encounter of IPL 2021 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday. Having won the last two editions, Mumbai will be seeking to complete a hat-trick of IPL titles. MI have one of the strongest and most settled batting line ups in the competition. Led by Rohit Sharma, they have the likes of Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, and the Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal.
Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) Director of Cricket Mike Hesson has confirmed captain Virat Kohli will open the batting for the franchise in IPL 2021. Kohli had opened the batting in the fifth T20I against England and had smashed 80 from 52. After the game, he revealed that he would open the innings in the IPL as well.
The target in sight for SRH was just 132, but RCB made a close game out of it with their leg spinners bowling tight lines. However, the experienced duo of Williamson and Holder carried them home, and booked a ticket in the qualifier-2 with the Delhi Capitals.
With Mumbai Indians having sealed their place in the IPL 2020 final, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to stay alive in the competition when they face each other in the Eliminator at Abu Dhabi. While the loser of Friday’s contest will go home, the winner will battle it out with Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 for a place in the final.
Ajinkya Rahane’s classy 60(45) made sure that Delhi will play Mumbai in the first qualifier and will get two shots at reaching the final. The target in sight was just 153, and Delhi cruised to it with an over to spare.
Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore will have to give it all they have in match number 55 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Monday. Both DC and RCB are stuck on 14 points from 13 matches with four and three consecutive losses respectively. Whoever wins the contest will finish second on the points table while the losing side will have to battle it out with multiple sides stuck on 14, with the net run rate coming into the equation.
RCB, much like their fellow DC team, made a meal of yet another chance to have a secure spot in the playoffs. They could post only 120, and with dew on offer it was never going to be enough as SRH batsmen got to the target in quick time, though losing quite a few wickets in the process.
With a play-offs berth still at stake, Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 52 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Sharjah on Saturday. CSK's last-ball triumph over Kolkata Knight Riders means the play-offs race for the other teams is very much alive with only Mumbai Indians assured of a berth so far.