Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
The Royal Challengers Bangalore would be hoping to continue their late revival when they take on the table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
WHEN: May 17, 8:00 pm
WHERE: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
The wicket at the Chinnaswamy is a bit dry and it helps the spinners. Although it also favours batsmen, bowlers can also expect some assistance from the pitch here.
It is going to be a warm evening with the temperature hovering over 30-35 degrees Celsius.
HEAD TO HEAD:
RCB’s hopes of making it to the play-offs are still hanging by a thread and they would be eyeing another win when they meet the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
RCB are still languishing at the seventh spot on the table and they would look forward to crawl up for securing a place in the play-offs.
Virat Kolhi-led RCB aren’t having a fairytale run but they would want a magical turnaround and make it to the top four.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad are on a roll this season, they have won nine matches out of their twelve matches and have already made it to the playoffs.
SRH boasts of a strong bowling attack and they depend on the blitzkriegs of skipper Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan on the batting front.
Their bowlers had no answers for the brilliance of Rayudu and Shane Watson in their last clash against CSK, and they would like to take a note from there.
- Moeen Ali would be flying back to England, thus either de Kock or McCullum might be taken into contention
- A part of this, RCB is expected to field the same playing XI.
Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Brendon McCullum/Quinton de Kock, Sarfaraz Khan, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
- Manish Pandey has disappointed in last outing, thus Yusuf Pathan might get a chance to play.
- There are no reports of injuries in the squad.
Shreevats Goswami, Yusuf Pathan, Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey (doubt), Kane Williamson, Alex Hales, Shakib Al Hasan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
- Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are the cardinal batsmen for the side.
- Umesh Yadav is the stand-out bowler for the side.
- Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson have contributed significantly with the bat for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
- Rashid, Kaul and Shakib have contributed with the ball.
SRH are coming off a defeat and RCB are riding high on confidence after their consecutive wins over DD and KXIP.
Although the table toppers are a force to reckon, the hosts walk-in as favourites today.