In latest news from the ground, the rain has stopped and the play might start as per schedule without any interruptions if there is no further rain seen at the Chinnaswamy ground in Bangalore.
As per the reports in The Asian Age, the clash between RCB and SRH at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru was under rain threat and there were high possibilities that it might turn out to be a wash-out.
It had been drizzling in Bengaluru since last evening and if the weather reports were to be believed, thunderstorms were expected spoil the much anticipated clash between the two favourites to win the IPL 8.
Both RCB and SRH have played one match till now where the former defeated KKR at Eden Gardens and the latter lost to CSK at Chepauk. Chris Gayle was the hero of Royal Challengers Bangalore against Kolkata Knight Riders as his magnificient innings of 96 off just 56 balls sealed the deal for his team by 3 wickets with an over to spare. Yuzvendra Chahal, RCB’s stand-out bowler last season, started well this year too and finished with impressive figures of 1-28 in 4 overs. All in all, their team looks good but whether skipper Virat Kohli continues to open along Gayle remains to seen.
As far as Sunrisers Hyderabad are concerned, nothing went right for them against Chennai Super Kings and their bowlers especially Ishant Sharma and Karn Sharma leaked a lot of runs against the likes of Brendon McCullum and MS Dhoni respectively. In batting, Shikhar Dhawan failed to make his good start count and none of the other batsmen supported the skipper David Warner, who top-scored with 53 and as a result, SRH lost the match by 45 runs.
Both sides and especially the fans will desperately hope for some clear weather to see some crackling performances from their stars, both the established and new ones.