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Indian T20 League 2023: HYD vs BLR, Match 65 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Team Hyderabad vs Team Bangalore, (HYD vs BLR, Match 65)

Date: May 18, 2023 – 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad

The 65th match of the Indian T20 League 2023 will witness Team Hyderabad and Team Bangalore taking on each other at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday, May 18. Hyderabad are eliminated from the playoffs race but this is a crucial game for Bangalore. 

Team Hyderabad have had a terrible campaign, courtesy of bad management and poor form of some players. They only managed to win four games and have lost eight. Most recently they suffered a season-ending loss at the hands of Gujarat by 34 runs. 

Shubman Gill smashed Hyderabad bowlers for a superb century before they pulled things back. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bagged 5 for 30 as they picked 8 for 41 in the last six overs. Chasing 189, Hyderabad had an awful start with their top four getting dismissed inside the powerplay. Heinrich Klaasen scored a fighting 64 off 44 but did not get any support. 

Team Bangalore have 12 points to their credit with two games to go. Two more wins will put them in a very good position to reach the playoffs. They kept themselves alive and improved the net run-rate to 0.166 when they hammered Rajasthan by 112 runs in the previous game. 

Faf du Plessis registered his seventh fifty of the season while Glenn Maxwell produced an outstanding knock of 54 in 33 balls on a slow pitch. Anuj Rawat struck 29* off 11 to help them get 171. Rajasthan went too hard in the run-chase and were bowled out for just 59. Wayne Parnell picked 3 for 10 while Michael Bracewell and Karn Sharma bagged two scalps each.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for HYD vs BLR, Match 65

The pitches at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium have provided something for both bowlers and batters. A total of six games have been hosted here, with the average batting first score reading 172. Four of those have been won by the team batting first. 

The Hyderabad weather is expected to be clear on Thursday evening. There’s no rain threat with the temperature hovering around 30 degrees. 

Team Hyderabad – Expected XI and Team News 

Team Hyderabad have struggled to find the right balance throughout the tournament. In the previous game, they left out Glenn Phillips for Marco Jansen. You can expect them to swap those two for this game. Aiden Markram batted at number three in the previous game, increasing his fantasy potential.

Probable XI – Abhishek Sharma, Anmolpreet Singh, Aiden Markram (c), Rahul Tripathi, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Glenn Phillips, Abdul Samad, Mayank Markande, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Fazalhaq Farooqi, T Natarajan 

Team Bangalore – Expected XI and Team News 

Bangalore made a couple of changes in their previous fixture. Wanindu Hasaranga was dropped after a series of bad outings, with Michael Bracewell coming in and he did well. Josh Hazlewood had a minor niggle and so was replaced by Wayne Parnell. Hazlewood could be back for this game.

Probable XI – Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Anuj Rawat, Michael Bracewell, Karn Sharma, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj

Head to Head record of HYD vs BLR 

Total Encounters – 21

Team Hyderabad won – 12

Team Bangalore won – 9

Hyderabad lead the last five encounters by 3-2.

Best Captaincy Picks for the HYD vs BLR match

Faf du Plessis: Batter, Team Bangalore 

Faf du Plessis is the leading run-scorer in the ongoing season. He has amassed 631 runs from 12 innings at an average of 57 while striking at 154. Du Plessis has registered seven fifties in the competition. With such form on his side, he is a top captaincy pick. 

Glenn Maxwell: All-rounder, Team Bangalore 

Glenn Maxwell has been outstanding for Bangalore in the middle order. He has smashed 384 runs in the season at an average of 35 while striking at a ridiculous 183. Maxwell has recorded five half centuries in the tournament. He will be one of the top C/VC options for this game.

Virat Kohli: Batter, Team Bangalore  

Virat Kohli has had a pretty good season for his franchise this year. He is averaging nearly 40 with 438 runs to his name and striking at 131. Kohli has scored six half centuries in the competition. He remains a solid C/VC option for this fixture.

Top Differential Picks 

Mayank Markande: Bowler, Team Hyderabad

Not much has troubled Bangalore’s top order but spin can. Mayank Markande has had a very good season, with 12 wickets at an economy of 7.89. He is owned by 39% of the fantasy players and can be a good differential pick.

Karn Sharma: Bowler, Team Bangalore  

Hyderabad have struggled against left arm spin and leg spin. Karn Sharma has been superb this season, picking 10 wickets from just six games. Selected by only 23% of the MPL teams, he could be a good differential.

MPL Fantasy XI 

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

Star Sports Network has acquired the television rights of the Indian T20 League 2023 while Viacom 18 have bagged the digital rights. You can watch the matches on Star Sports channels or stream online on Jio Cinema. 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

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