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Navdeep Saini split the webbing of his right hand while fielding off his own bowling against the Chennai Super Kings on October 25. He missed the Royal Challengers’ next match against the Mumbai Indians, then came back and bowled two expensive overs against the Sunrisers, and missed out again in their last league game against the Delhi Capitals. It’s not clear yet if he’s recovered fully from the injury.
Chris Morris only managed two overs in the game against the Capitals before leaving the field with a hamstring injury. His fitness status is also unclear, but the four-day gap between that game and the Eliminator might have given both him and Saini the time they needed to recover from their respective injuries.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 1 David Warner (capt), 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 3 Manish Pandey, 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Priyam Garg/Abhishek Sharma, 6 Jason Holder, 7 Abdul Samad, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Shahbaz Nadeem, 10 Sandeep Sharma, 11 T Natarajan.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1 Devdutt Padikkal, 2 Josh Philippe, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 AB de Villiers (wk), 5 Shivam Dube, 6 Chris Morris/Moeen Ali, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Shahbaz Ahmed/Navdeep Saini, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal.