A glamour side in its own, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have lost their first two matches of the Indian Premier League season 12. Up next is a trip to Hyderabad to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Virat Kohli’s men have lost on five of their six visits to the venue, so history is against them in this match. Sunrisers have just won a high-scoring thriller against Rajasthan Royals and will be confident of their chances.
Where was David Warner? The Australian superstar in exile has come back to IPL with a bang. Both the games saw Warner at his best and he will look to continue that momentum. Vijay Shankar has been pretty impressive too, so SRH have their batting bases covered.
The worry for now, is about their bowling, with both matches seeing them conceded 180 plus. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma have struggled to get their radars right. Only Rashid Khan has been keeping it tight and SRH would want a quick solution.
The usual troubles and over-reliance on Virat Kohli – AB de Villiers duo continues to haunt RCB. The middle-order looks brittle while Bangalore continue their musical chairs policy in quest of a settled XI.
For a change, though, their bowling looks a lot more relaxed. Yuzvendra Chahal (five wickets, ER 5.50) is showing the virtues of having an aggressive wrist spinner in the side. Nitini Saini’s pace and Umesh Yadav’s control have been pleasant surprises as well.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Virat Kohli looked in pristine form in his knock of 46 against Mumbai. The RCB captain enjoys a battle and will be looking to get a big one this time. Having him in your fantasy side will surely fetch you points.
David Warner is making up for his absence from IPL with aggressive starts. He already has a SR of 171.11 and his starts at the top will be crucial for Sunrisers.
Rashid Khan is a treasure for any side he plays. His passion for the game in contagious and lifts the side. Of course, with the ball – like his ER of 6.25 shows, Rashid is difficult to master.
SRH: 1 David Warner 2 Jonny Bairstow (WK) 3 Kane Williamson (C) 4 Vijay Shankar 5 Deepak Hooda 6 Yusuf Pathan 7 Rashid Khan 8 Shahbaz Nadeem 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10 Siddharth Kaul 11 Sandeep Sharma
RCB: 1 Parthiv Patel (WK) 2 Moeen Ali 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 AB de Villiers 5 Shimron Hetmyer 6 Shivam Dube 7 Colin de Grandhomme 8 Umesh Yadav 9 Yuzvendra Chahal 10 Navdeep Saini 11 Mohammed Siraj
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