The twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League is almost into its climax, and in the fifty-fourth encounter we will be seeing the Royal Challengers Bangalore clashing against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore has been perennially poor performers in the IPL, though it has finished second in three occasions.
They boast of a squad with rich depth and variety in the batting department, thanks to a pool of enviable foreign talent.
With inexperienced local T20 specialists in their squad, the Virat Kohli-led outfit has already seen itself bow out of the glitzy tournament.
On the other hand, the Hyderabad side led by New Zealander Kane Williamson is one that has dished out consistent performances in the IPL with a winner’s trophy to their credit (incidentally beating RCB).
They possess a potent blend of foreign and Indian talent, that has proven itself time and again. It is almost a must-win game for SRH, as a win would see them sweat less if it were to head to the playoffs.
RCB have lost 8 out of its 13 games (1 No Result), while the Sunrisers have managed 12 points from 13 games, winning six and losing seven.
Their last loss was particularly painful as the Orange Army lost out in a Super Over against the Mumbai Indians.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Probable XI): Virat Kohli (C), Parthiv Patel (WK), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Heinrich Klaasen, Shivam Dube, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Probable XI): Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed.
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AB de Villiers vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar
AB de Villers has been a rock-solid presence in the RCB, and has stitched many scintillating partnerships with Virat Kohli. The ex-Proteas legend has more than 4000 runs in IPL matches.
He has been a definite contributor towards RCB in this edition, and his experience and runs will definitely be vital if Bangalore were to stand a chance of upsetting the Nizam’s troops.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been very effective with the ball and has demonstrated his innate ability to take wickets at regular intervals.
He has taken on the mantle of being the new-ball bowler for SRH, and has thus far not given a selection headache to his captain as far as his place in the team is concerned.
Whether he gets to move the ball at the start of the innings, will be key in a place like Bangalore, that has traditionally offered scant help to the seamers.
Yuzvendra Chahal vs Manish Pandey
Yuzvendra Chahal is arguably one of the best spinners in the world circuit, and possesses many bowling varieties.
The wrist-spinner from Haryana is extremely wily and induces false attacking shots from the opposition batsmen often, due to which he is a potent force to reckon with. He is the leading wicket-taker for RCB too.
Manish Pandey has a proven track record in the IPL and the ex-RCB player is a ferocious hitter of the ball and an enterprising cricketer with a vast array of attacking shots.
His ability to attack from the word go, makes him a very crucial player and a tough competitor. If the Karnataka man gets going, Virat Kohli’s men will have a massive task cut out for themselves.
Taking into consideration the experience of the Sunrisers team, coupled with the must-win nature of the game, Team CricWizz predicts that the Sunrisers Hyderabad would win its match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
But Bangalore have pride to play for, and they can most definitely not be written off.
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