Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad will face each other in a do or die sort of encounter today at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium , Hyderabad. A loss in this game will definitely shatter the hopes of the semi finals but a win here may not gurantee a berth in the knock outs as it will depend on the results of the other matches.
Hyderabad have not been playing at home , the way they played last time around. Much of it goes to the pitch which has been prepared this time. The pitch is a lot batting friendly and this is where the local team has suffered. I wonder who regulates the nature of the pitch , but anyways it won’t please Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Strong points: RCB’s batting has started to click and Yuvraj’s exploits just makes them a dangerous side. Virat showed some good signs in the previous encounter against Chennai and Chris Gayle too played a sensible innings. This pitch will support their kind of batting and run flow can be expected here.
SunRisers on the other hand depends on their bowling. Defending low totals have been their strength . In the last match Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a rough day and it is bound to happen, but overall they are a formidable bowling unit.
Weak points: RCB is still not settled as a bowling unit and have performed in patches , but now when their batting is showing glimpses of their ability, this won’t matter much to them.
On the other hand, Sunrisers have a lot to think about. Darren Sammy has been appointed as captain and this is perhaps not a sensible move. Their batsman have got starts but have not been able to convert those starts into big ones. Amit Mishra has looked out of sorts and he has been a weak link in the lineup. Also, their 5th bowlers are a weak link and batsman will surely target them.
Team news: After Darren Sammy has been appointed as captain of the side, it doesn’t look that Sunrisers will have any change in their lineup and will be going with the same playing 11.
Bangalore , on the other hand may make a batting change , but that also seems very unlikely.
Expected result: It should be a walk in the cake for the Royal Challengers Bangalore , considering that they have improved after their batting has started to click. Unless, Sunrisers pile up a good score or get the opposition out at a decent score, this must be a Bangalore’s match.
Fans must be waiting for another Devilliers –Steyn battle . Both the teams have played some very close encounters and may well repeat it this time.
The match will start at 4pm local time at Rajiv Gandhi stadium, Hyderabad.