IPL 2018: Can RCB leap SRH hurdle at Chinnaswamy?
It’s southern derby tonight! The intent-filled Royal Challengers Bangalore set to host the table toppers, Sunrisers Hyderabad in a must-win clash. One team will go into the game to fight tooth and nail while the other team has got nothing to lose out.
Royal Challengers Bangalore – Looks to carry-on momentum
One good game will fetch you the other. Likewise, Royal Challengers Bangalore got to the back to back wins to announce themselves in a grand fashion. However, the real fight lies against Hyderabad for RCB who already tasted a sour result in their previous outing.
The batting department looks quite solid with all their big guns coming into their own. Parthiv Patel showed his incredible calibre of finding the fence often than not while Virat Kohli is stepping up to the occasion whenever it mattered the most.
AB de Villiers is quite confident of RCB’s chances while the likes of Mandeep Singh and Colin de Grandhomme should find consistency as far as middle-order is concerned. Moeen Ali has been impressive with the ball but very poor with his willow.
The bowling department struck that sweet line and lengths in their previous encounter and would be licking their lips to run a riot of SRH’s inexperienced middle-order. However, they need to vary of Shikhar and Kane Williamson.
Sunrisers Hyderabad – A perfect chance to rest regulars and test bench strength
As they are already qualified for the playoff and confirmed to play for qualifier-1, this would be the great chance for Sunrisers Hyderabad to give the much-needed rest for the regular players and use those guys who are warming the bench from a long time.
It is the high time for Manish Pandey to get back his form with the bat. Being the home lad, Manish Pandey would love to enjoy his game in the conditions which have been a bread and butter for him. Alex Hales too seems like hitting the downside bar who needs to pull up his socks.
As ever, Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan should once again take the pillar role in avoiding the in-form RCB line-up. The middle-order department should be varied from Umesh Yadav who is delivering those magical deliveries while Deepak Hooda should show his charm by all means.
The bowling department took serious tonking from Rayudu and Co in their previous game and one can expect a wholesome change in the bowling department as they have got the luxury of having a lot of young bowlers in their ranks. If management likes to rest regulars, the uncapped youngsters should deal with the star-studded RCB line-up.
All in all, yet another bat vs ball contest is going to make its way tonight at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
Possible Playing XI:
RCB: Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
SRH: Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Hales, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Shreevats Goswami, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
Pitch Report – Off late, Chinnaswamy has become a bit unpredictable. So far, spinners got a great assistance but batsman would enjoy short boundaries.
Weather Report – Cloudy skies but thankfully, no rain is in the forecast.
Date & Time – 17th May 2018, 20:00 IST
Venue – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Live Telecast – Star Sports Network, Jio and Hotstar Premium Customers.
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