After securing their place in the playoffs, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look to register a big win against the ravaged Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday to keep their hopes of breaking into the top two alive. .
If RCB wins both their matches, they will be on 20 points and have a chance to break into the top two. After losing to Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai at the start of the second leg, RCB made a good comeback and made it to the playoffs after winning three consecutive matches. The Virat Kohli-led side will look to continue their winning campaign.
Kohli has not been able to score big so far but he seems to be in good form. Young opener Devdutt Padikkal has also played a good role with him. But all-rounder Glenn Maxwell’s performance has been excellent. He scored his third consecutive fifty in the last match. Maxwell made 57 off 33 balls as RCB posted a score of 164 for seven which was easily defended by their bowlers.
AB de Villiers hasn’t got many chances this season which shows how well his top order is performing. RCB bowlers have also done well. Mohammad Siraj, George Garten and Harshal Patel are doing a good job in the fast bowling department while Yuzvendra Chahal in the spin department.
Sunrisers on the other hand would not want to miss this season either. His team is already out of the race for the playoffs due to consecutive defeats. They have won only two out of 12 matches and are at the last position in the table. In the second leg, they have registered only one win in five matches against Rajasthan Royals.
In such a situation, Sunrisers will try to end the season on a positive note by winning both the remaining matches. Batting has emerged as Sunrisers’ weak side. Jonny Bairstow’s absence has made his batting more vulnerable. Jason Holder has played his part well in the bowling, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddharth Kaul have disappointed.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Navdeep Saini, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Rajat Patidar, Dushmantha Chamira, Pawan Deshpande, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Baby, Vanindu Hasranga, George Garten, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal , Kyle Jamieson, Suyash Prabhudesai, KS Bharat, Tim David, Akash Deep, AB de Villiers.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (capt), David Warner, Manish Pandey, Sherfane Rutherford, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Urman Malik, Basil Thampi, Sandeep Sharma , Shahbaz Nadeem, Abdul Samad, J Suchit, Jason Holder, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, Jason Roy.