Vishal Mehra ∙ May 17 2023, 8:00 PM | 4 Min Read

IPL 2023 | Predicted Playing XIs for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 

image-lhrsdgrlSRH are already knocked out of IPL 2023 [Source: Twitter]

The race for a place in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 playoffs is spicing up, with only three positions up for grabs, and as many as seven teams eying coveted spots. Match 65 of IPL 2023, will witness Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium tomorrow.

This will be the first time this season, that these two South Indian franchises clash against each other, with SRH being already out of contention, while RCB has a shot at making it into the final four. Overall, Hyderabad holds an edge over Bangalore with 12 wins out of 22, since 2013.

SRH will want to spoil RCB's party and notch up a win in their final home game this season. RCB, on the other hand, will hope to sweep past SRH and keep their hopes of playoff intact. 

Keeping all permutations and combinations in mind, let’s take a look at the predicted playing XI of both sides.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)


Abhishek Sharma and Rahul Tripathi

Abhishek Sharma has been a shining light in SRH's dark season, however, his lack of consistency has been his downfall. Sharma on most occasions has been guilty of getting starts and throwing his wicket away. 

On the flip side, Rahul Tripathi has failed to make it big despite scoring quickly. Tripathi has often found himself struggling to find a partner on the other end, which wickets tumbling from the get-go.

Both Sharma and Tripathi will be eager to ride off the season on a high personally. 


Anmolpreet Singh, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Abdul Samad

Apart from Heinrich Klaasen and Abdul Samad, no other middle-order has been able to make an impact in the middle. Head coach Brian Lara has been quite vocal about the lack of awareness shown by SRH's batting unit, which has been a let-down with players like Aiden Markam at the helm of affairs.

Klaasen has been in belligerent form off-late, smashing 326 runs for the side, while Samad has hit peak form quite late in the season, making 169 runs at an average of 42.25.


Mayank Markande, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Fazalhaq Farooqi, and T Natarajan

Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the new ball has struck more often than not, with Mayank Markande playing the perfect foil as the leading spinner. Both players combined have taken 26 wickets, whereas the other bowlers not contributing much.

Marco Jansen will want to exploit RCB's glaring weakness against left-arm pacers.

T Natarajan has been economical at the death overs but has not been among the wickets. The inclusion of Fazalhaq Farooqi adds more depth to the attack. The Sharma experiment has been tough and goes for SRH, something they might continue to employ against RCB. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad Predicted XI: Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Anmolpreet Singh, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Abdul Samad, Mayank Markande, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Fazalhaq Farooqi, and T Natarajan.

Impact Players: Sanvir Singh, Glenn Phillips, Akeal Hosein, Mayank Dagar, Nitish Reddy

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)


Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis

Why break, that is already fixed. The Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli partnership at the top for RCB has been the highlight of the season for the franchise. While du Plessis is the leading run-getter of the tournament, Kohli sees a drop in form in the last few games.

Kohli and du Plessis play the role of both the anchor and aggressor, depending on the situation of the team. Both will want to start with caution against SRH, who have a left-arm opening bowler in their ranks.


Glenn Maxwell, Anuj Rawat, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik, Michael Bracewell

Maxwell has been the club's third-most consistent batter, who is regarded as being the most inconsistent. The all-rounder has looked more confident this season, with his role being well-defined, making 384 runs at a staggering strike rate of 182.85. 

Anuj Rawat's return to form is very timely, given RCB's issue with middle-and-late orders. Rawat and Mahipal Lomror will be expected to play around the established batter, with Dinesh Karthik acting as a finisher.

Karthik has struggled and is still being backed by the management due to experience. Michael Bracewell adds power down the order.


Wayne Parnell, Karn Sharma, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj

Mohammed Siraj has spearheaded the attack quite efficiently, knocking over wickets in the powerplay for his side. Siraj with 16 wickets is the leading wicket-taker this season for the franchise, with the second-best being Harshal Patel (12), who has been erratic, to say the least.

Wayne Parnell rocked Rajasthan Royals' batting in his comeback match on Sunday and will hope to keep his momentum going against an underperforming SRH batting lineup.

In the limited chances, Karn Sharma has impressed all with his leg spin and will be eager to showcase his might against his former IPL franchise. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore Predicted Playing XI: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Michael Bracewell, Wayne Parnell, Karn Sharma, Harshal Patel, and Mohammed Siraj.

Impact Players: Vijaykumar Vyshak, Finn Allen, Shahbaz Ahmed, Himanshu Sharma, Suyash Prabhudessai