IPL 2021: RCB vs SRH – Match 51 : Preview, Playing XI, Pitch Report & Updates

RCB is hunting for the second spot in the points table

David Warner, AB de Villiers
David Warner, AB de Villiers ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will lock horns in Match 52 of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The former posted a target of 165 for Punjab Kings in their previous game. Initially, in the chase, PBKS looked well in control. But the Virat Kohli-led side exuded some great character to defend the total and win the match by six runs.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, had another poor outing. The team’s batting lineup yet again experienced a collapse as SRH could manage only 115 runs against Kolkata in their previous encounter. KKR chased down the low total and registered victory by six wickets.

This game will be important for RCB to get those two crucial points and strengthen their chances of making it to the top two. For SRH, they will look to secure a win and end their campaign on a positive note. 

Pitch Report:

Batters have found it difficult to score quick runs on this surface of Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Chasing should be the way going ahead.

Playing XI:


Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Dan Christian, Srikar Bharat (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal


Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, Siddarth Kaul

Key Players:

Yuzvendra Chahal

The leg spinner has been impressive for RCB in the second half of the tournament. In the last match against Punjab Kings, he scalped three crucial wickets and put the team in the driver’s seat. In the tournament so far, he has picked up 14 wickets. He will be determined to continue his good form for the team.

Jason Holder

Holder has been an asset for SRH with his all-rounder abilities. In the previous game against KKR, he struck with two important wickets for the team. He also comes in pretty handy with the bat and possesses the repertoire to play quickfire cameos to strengthen the team’s position. 

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