About the Match
Teams who have struggled to win the title so far will try to shift gears to start the tournament on a winning note and maintain the momentum; we will see Royal Challengers Bangalore take Sunrisers Hyderabad head on in the match scheduled to be held at Bangalore on 12th April. With the several political controversies surrounding the league, player forms, injuries and new teams coming into the foray, this season surely promises a lot of entertainment and a thrill factor that will keep the fans on the edge of their seats. The upcoming match will be no different and we can expect the hosts to come out all guns blazing in order to win their opening match at home.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
They have a star-studded team and they make all the right noises but the trophy has eluded them for the last eight seasons; this time around, with the help of in-form batsman and captain Virat Kohli, RCB desperately seeks the title here. The batting line-up has many greats like Chris Gayle, well known for his flamboyant batting style, AB de Villiers, who can put up stiff challenges to any bowling attack, Shane Watson the proven all-rounder and Kohli himself, who has been dubbed as the successor to the Little Master due to his recent heroics in the World T20.
They also have many youngsters who can contribute with both bat and ball; Stuart Binny, Mandeep Singh, Kane Richardson, David Wiese, Harshal Patel, Iqbal Abdulla and Sarfaraz Khan, all talented and determined to prove their abilities here.
The bowling squad consists of pacemen Varun Aaron, Abu Nechim, Sreenath Aravind and Adam Milne from New Zealand; the spin attack will see Parvez Rasool, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Samuel Badree combining together to outwit the opponents. Kohli has good resources at hand and if he can strategize well against Sunrisers, then surely RCB can get off to a winning start on Tuesday.
The opening combination of captain David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan has worked well for them in the past but both the players’ recent forms have put forth many questions on the structure of the batting line-up. With players like Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan in the squad, Sunrisers will have to think about a good strategy, especially with their latest addition Yuvraj Singh ruled out for two weeks due to injury.
Ben Cutting, Moises Henriques, Ashish Reddy, Bipul Sharma, Karn Sharma, Aditya Tare and T Suman bring their skills to the table but Warner will have to take a lead from the front if they want to put up a better performance this season. The bowling squad contains seamer Ashish Nehra, who is in superb form and can contribute with his experience on the field, Mustafizur Rahman, who has helped Bangladesh tremendously in crunch situations, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the Kiwi Trent Boult, who can be effective but hasn’t seen much action recently.
The spin attack will mainly depend on Williamson, Karn Sharma and Ricky Bhui; they lack a specialist in this area which could be an issue going forward. Overall, the experienced batsmen must shoulder the responsibilities well if they want the team to succeed here.
RCB not only has a power-packed batting line-up but they also have good variety and depth in the bowling attack; although Sunrisers are capable of challenging the hosts, we feel that the Challengers are better placed to emerge victorious here.