Unleashing the Battle: Highlights of SRH vs RCB IPL 2023 65th Match

On 18th May 2023, the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad hosted the 65th IPL match of 2023 between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The thrilling match saw RCB emerge victorious with a comfortable 8 wickets win over SRH.

by Mohit Tharwan
Unleashing the Battle: Highlights of SRH vs RCB IPL 2023 65th Match

The 65th match of IPL 2023 played between SRH vs RCB

Highlights from the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore

The 65th IPL 2023 match played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. RCB won the toss and elected to bowl first. SRH managed to score 186 runs in 20 overs while losing only five wickets during their batting innings. However, RCB chased down the target in 19.2 overs, losing only two wickets and clinched an impressive victory by eight wickets. RCB Virat Kohli named player of the match.

During the powerplay, Abhishek(11) and Rahul(15) were both dismissed and returned to the pavilion. The baton was then passed to Markram and Klaasen who took charge of the inning, leading the team to a score of 49 runs. While Markram contributed 18 runs before being dismissed, it was Klaasen who really shined by scoring a century. In fact, he scored an impressive 104 runs off just 51 balls which included an impressive eight boundaries and six sixers.

RCB's Michael Bracewell proved his mettle by taking two crucial wickets. However, it was Harshal Patel who displayed exceptional skills by taking the vital wicket of Klaasen, which had a significant impact on the outcome of the game.

Kohli and Plessis formed a remarkable partnership while chasing down a target of 187 runs. They scored an impressive 64 runs in the powerplay without losing any wickets. During their 17.5 overs together, they managed to add a staggering 172 runs to the team's score. Kohli was exceptional, scoring a century off just 63 balls, which included twelve boundaries and four sixes. Plessis also contributed significantly with his knock of 71 runs off 47 balls, comprising of seven boundaries and two sixes. Unfortunately, Kohli fell victim to SRH's Bhuvneshwar Kumar while T Natarajan bowled out Plessis.

Short account of the history of the SRH and RCB Teams
Founded in 2012, SRH is currently owned by Kalanithi Maran from the SUN Group. With their exceptional skills, they were crowned champions in 2016 and came second in 2018, making them a formidable team. On the other hand, RCB emerged as a subsidiary of United Spirits Limited and is part of the Diageo Group. Although RCB has been competing consistently in IPL, they are yet to win the championship. However, they have secured the position of runner-up thrice - in 2009, 2011, and 2016.

The present status of teams and a detailed analysis of players
Aiden Markram is currently leading Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing season. Unfortunately, despite playing twelve matches, SRH has only managed to win four matches so far. In their recent match against Gujarat Titans (GT), SRH lost by a margin of 34 runs. Despite the excellent performance by the bowlers who took nine wickets of the opponents, SRH was unable to chase down the high target set by GT. It's worth noting that Bhuvneshwar Kumar alone took five wickets in the last match, especially in the last few overs of the first innings played by GT.

The RCB team, led by Faf du Plessis, has emerged victorious in six out of the twelve matches played. In their recent win against RR, RCB put up a decent target of 171 runs, losing only five wickets. However, it was their impressive bowling performance that stole the show as they bowled out RR in just 10.3 overs and restricted them to a score of only 59 runs. The difference in scores was massive at 112 runs, with RCB emerging as clear winners. It is worth mentioning that in the last game, Wayne Parnell claimed three wickets while Michael Bracewell and Karn Sharma took two each. Overall, RCB scored exceptionally well and proved to be a dominant force in the match.

According to the current standings on the points table, RCB is occupying a mid-level position which is fifth, while SRH finds themselves at the bottom of the table.

The head-to-head record between SRH and RCB is worth noting
Over the course of their history in past IPL seasons, the two teams have faced off against each other in a total of 22 matches. SRH was able to claim victory in 12 of these contests, whereas RCB came out on top in 9 matches.

Here are the details about the upcoming SRH vs RCB game, the venue and pitch report
The upcoming SRH vs RCB game is scheduled to be held at the renowned Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The stadium's reputation precedes it, as it offers an excellent opportunity for batsmen to score big runs on an even pitch that is ripe for playing strokes. Moreover, the quick outfield conditions make it easier for players to hit boundaries and notch up runs. Winning the toss may work in favor of the team batting first, given the flat track on offer. However, fast bowlers have also had their fair share of success at this venue.

Predictions for the winner of SRH vs RCB and expectations from the game
In past IPL seasons, Bangalore seemed to be at a disadvantage compared to Hyderabad. But in the current season, RCB has been performing exceptionally well and is surpassing SRH. As a result, it's highly likely that RCB will emerge victorious in the upcoming match.

Playing XI's
SRH Playing XI: Aiden Markram(c), Heinrich Klaasen(wk), Glenn Philips, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Abdul Samad, Kartik Tyagi, Harry Brook, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mayank Dagar, Nitish Reddy
Impact Players: Mayank Markande, Akeal Hosein, Vivrant Sharma, Sanveer Singh, T Natarajan

RCB Playing XI: Faf du Plessis(c), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Anuj Rawat(wk), Mohammed Siraj, Mahipal Lormor, Harshal Patel, Michael Bracewell, Wayne Parnell, Karn Sharma,  Shahbaz Ahmed
Impact Players: Vijaykumar Vyshak, Suyash Prabhudesai, Kedar Jadhav, Himanshu Sharma, Dinesh Karthik

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