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by Alastair Symondson & IPL Media
At this stage of the tournament every game is a must win. This is doubly so for Royal Challengers Bangalore today as Sunrisers Hyderabad have already qualified for the play-offs.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad
May 17, 2018
20:00 hours IST
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Royal Challengers Bangalore – WWLLW
Sunrisers Hyderabad - LWWWW
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Now let’s see what the expert has to say.
Our IPL Match Analyst Mayukh Bhattacharya takes a look at both teams in today’s encounter:
“ With a clinical performance in all three departments in their last game, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) seem to have finally got a hang of things in the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL). They might have arrived a little late, with just two matches left, but all is not lost for them. Victory in their last two games could still see them go through, provided Kolkata lose their last game, as their net run rate has sky rocketed after the thrashing they meted out to Punjab in their last game.”
Mayukh continues: “On the other hand, the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have had a bit of a break and are still sitting comfortably at the top of the table. Guaranteed of a top two finish, they can be proud of the way their season has panned out so far. However, they will be wary of RCB as Virat Kohli has spoken about how they could be party spoilers for other teams, given that they have nothing to lose.
SRH’s bowling has been their strong point in the tournament although they have gone for totals of 187 and 180 in their last two games. While they did end up on the wrong side in their previous game, their batting was able to do the job in the other. After two scores of 45 in his first two matches, Alex Hales has hit a bit of a rough patch and has only managed 21 runs from his next three outings. There is no doubt that Umesh Yadav will come hard at him and Shikhar Dhawan but one will be expecting Hales to get into some form before the crucial matches come their way!”
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So, on balance, Royal Challengers Bangalore have to ‘win it to be in it’ so I’m going for an RCB win and no room for any mistakes as Sunrisers are clinical in their defence of small totals!
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