Only teams from southern side of India will lock horns in match 29th at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Paranormal events of Gardens will still be haunting Garden city. Languishing already at bottom in the points table, the collapse against KKR can act as a disintegration catalyst for RCB. Was their campaign done there? Cricket is a game of great uncertainties. Ask Mumbai Indians who are enjoying a dream run this year but are no aliens to such adverse situations, lifting the title twice. RCB need not go far to take inspirations than just their last year heroics where they lifted themselves in the 2nd half and almost went on to lift that elusive silverware.
If Virat Kohli was phenomenal a year before, he needs to be matching those highest bars yet again to make a meal out of it. Unfair to him but best in business relishes such challenges. Talking about best, AB de villiers is not far away. Though not in best of touch, he still is better than most. Universe Boss, the name self-proclaimed by Chris Gayle, barring one 50 against GL, has done more harm than good to the team with his abysmal strike rates and strike rotations, a mere image of his ruthless self. Likes of Kedar Jadhav has contributed but RCB would require his recent national heroics. Overall batting hasn’t clicked in unison, forcing RCB to be at a do or die situation so early.
RCB bowling has been surprisingly better. Chahal is consistent as he always has been. Samuel Badree has been revelation with Tymal Mills and S Aravind scratching their way through the death overs. Bowlers would like to continue their services or even better to compensate fringe forms of their batsmen.
Sunrisers will be pretty satisfied with the proceedings as they are placed 3rd in table having won 4 out of their 7 tussles but still have some ardent issues to be addressed. Then which team doesn’t have problems??
David Warner’s stat of 282 runs in 7 innings looks far more compelling than actually it is. His uncharacteristic slow innings in last 3 4 outings are hurting Hyderabad. Williamson showed why he is a class act, a modern day great and an error to leave him at bench. While Warner and Dhawan were struggling to middle, Willaimson was just caressing ball to places where he wants it to with precision. Shikhar Dhawan is playing second fiddle to an already slow David Warner which is not helping the cause either.
Moises Henriques has been delivering and more, the go-to-man this season for SRH. Rashid Khan announced himself and since then has been steady with 10 wickets, not bad for an 18 year old coming from an associate nation. SRH is predominantly a bowling team so fittingly purple cap lies with them. Bhuvneswar Kumar with 16 wickets has taken almost what GL has claimed this whole season.
Yuvraj Singh was seen having some hits at practise session and Ashish Nehra was spotted bowling on match eve. Both should be part of playing XI bolstering SRH strength.
RCB- Virat(c), Gayle, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav(wk), Pawan Negi, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Tymal Mills, Yuzvendra Chahal, S Aravind, Mandeep Singh/Sachin Baby
SRH- Warner(c), Dhawan, Williamson, Yuvraj, Henriques, D Hooda, N Ojha(wk), Rashid Khan, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneswar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Mohammed Siraj
Match Highlight – Chinnaswamy has been slow this year with scores as modest as 160 have been defended. It’s RCB batting versus SRH bowling, though SRH doesn’t have an attack as pacy as one KKR possess but a potent one nonetheless. A loss for Hyderabad will hurt their campaign but a win will almost knock RCB out. RCB, on other hand, will look forward to their world famous trio to deliver and Virat’s pep talks and captaincy will play pivotal role along with his bat.
Battles within battle – Bhuvneswar Kumar vs RCB top order.
Yuvraj Singh vs Yujvendra Chahal. Southpaw will fancy his chances against leg spinner
SRH opening southpaws vs Samuel Badree. Warner/Dhawan would like to upset Badree by emulating a Narine
Match Prediction – Team winning toss should chase, given dew factor and small boundaries.
Expect an evenly contested match with slight advantage to RCB keeping in mind home condition and crowd support.
1st innings prediction of 160-170 runs. Chasing team wins.
History – SRH holds an advantage over RCB having beaten them in 2 recent clashes, one being to lift IPL16 trophy