We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Pitch Report for Bangalore vs Hyderabad Match
It’s been a batting paradise at the Brabourne Stadium. It’s also been even stevens as far as chasing or defending is concerned. Given the smaller boundaries, six-hitting too hasn’t been much of a challenge.
Bangalore vs Hyderabad Probable Playing XIs
Probable XI for Bangalore: Faf du Plessis* (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell*, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga*, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood*, Mohammed Siraj
Probable XI for Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson* (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram*, Nicholas Pooran* (wk), Shashank Singh/Washington Sundar, Jagadeesha Suchith, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen/Sean Abbott*, Umran Malik, T Natarajan
Power Players for Bangalore vs Hyderabad Match
With 8 wickets in only 3 games, Josh Hazlewood is living up to his reputation of striking early with the new ball. His immaculate line often forces the batters into playing a false stroke.
Faf du Plessis walked away with the Player of the Match award for his magnificent 96 against Lucknow. He plays the role of a sheet anchor for Bangalore.
T Natarajan has been the best death bowler on show thus far. He has bagged 12 wickets in 6 games. He is known for dismissing batters with his full-length balls (LBW and bowled), thereby adding bonus fantasy points.
Rahul Tripathi has been consistently getting runs at the No.3 position. He is the leading run-scorer (205 at 51) for his side.
Runs. Wickets. Catches. Glenn Maxwell is capable of generating fantasy points in every way possible. Given his all-round ability, he fits the bill as a fantasy cricket captain/vice-captain.
Smart Picks for Bangalore vs Hyderabad Match
Harshal Patel’s role with the ball cannot be ignored, especially at the death. He has taken 5 wickets in his last two outings against Hyderabad in 2021.
Before the game against Lucknow, Wanindu Hasaranga had not gone wicketless in this edition. Given wrist-spinners have done well at Brabourne, expect him to play a big role.
Shahbaz Ahmed is a fantasy gem. Besides getting valuable runs in the middle order, the youngster also adds bonus fantasy points by bowling economically.
Umran Malik has been hostile with his pace and bounce. He has the tendency to be wayward but has also been amongst the wickets (9).
Out of six innings in this edition, Aiden Markram has been dismissed only once. His scores read 41*, 68*, 12*, 12, and 57*. In addition to his consistent batting, he can also be called upon to break partnerships.
On current form and hitting ability, excluding Dinesh Karthik from fantasy points can prove to be a risky proposition. Bowlers are finding it hard to dislodge him.
Bangalore vs Hyderabad Match Preview
Both sides have met 20 times, out of which Hyderabad have won 11 and Bangalore 8. In 2021, though, it was all square between the two teams. As far as current form goes, Bangalore are sitting pretty at the No.2 position with 10 points. On the other hand, Hyderabad are on a four-match winning streak and will be high on confidence coming into this clash.
Time: 23 April, 7.30 PM IST