SRH vs RCB IPL 2021 Preview: Can Bangalore reproduce bowling goods against compact Hyderabad?
Odds were stacked against RCB in the season opener as they took on Mumbai Indians but the team emerged victorious courtesy of a brilliant bowling effort from Harshal Patel.
Christian and Jamieson preferred over Richardson
Patel has been traded in from Delhi Capitals and it looks like Bangalore, after so many years, have finally found a bankable death bowler who will help close out the bowling innings for RCB alongside Dan Christian and Kyle Jamieson.
It is interesting that RCB have gone for two bowling all-rounders in their playing XI in Christian and Jamieson instead of showing faith in specialist death bowler Kane Richardson, but till the move continues to work, no one is complaining.
Padikkal to return
Rajat Patidar, after impressing in RCB's practice match, got a game in place of Devdutt Padikkal, who was medically advised to sit out one game and regain full fitness after recovering from COVID-19. Padikkal is likely to reclaim his opening spot. Other than that, Bangalore are not expected to make any changes.
It was heartening to see Royal Challengers Bangalore dish out an impressive bowling performance and finally get their act together. Siraj went at just 5.50 RPO from his 4 overs, Kyle Jamieson's economy rate was 6.80 and Harshal Patel conceded 25 runs while picking up 5 wickets to make for a complete bowling performance.
SRH bowlers leak plenty in opener
Sunrisers Hyderabad did well to run KKR close in their first match, but it was their bowling which cost them. On a sluggish surface at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, 187 runs were a bit too many.
Sandeep Sharma was particularly expensive, giving away 35 runs from his 3 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar also went for plenty.
SRH wait for Williamson to get 100% fit
SRH have had to play Jonny Bairstow ahead of Kane Williamson with the latter still not fully match-fit. Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow were the top scorers for SRH in their first match against KKR with 61 and 55 runs respectively, but perhaps needed to bat in imposing fashion to close out the game.
Wriddhiman Saha will continue to open the batting alongside David Warner. With Mohammad Nabi having taken 2 wickets, SRH are expected to go in with the same playing XI. Going ahead, they can replace Nabi with Shahbaz Nadeem and bring in Jason Holder to provide more balance to their side.
Top Batsman - Runs Scored - Jonny Bairstow (SRH), AB de Villiers (RCB)
Top Bowler - Wickets Taken - Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH), Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB)
Most Sixes - Wriddhiman Saha (SRH), Glenn Maxwell (RCB)
Here are the predicted playing XIs:
Sunrisers Hyderabad - David Warner (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Jonny Bairstow, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal
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