IPL 2015 RCB vs SRH Match Preview
IPL Prediction for RCB vs SRH
Sunrisers Look for a Turnaround
Match No 8: RCB v SRH
Date and Venue: 13th April 2015, Chinnaswamy Stadium
Head to Head: Played: 4 RCB: 2 SRH: 2
The first weekend of the IPL 2015 is over and we have had seven fantastic games as all the teams have been on the ground once. The eighth match of the tournament is between the batting heavy Royal Challengers Bangalore and the bits and pieces Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Having revamped the squad after last year’s disastrous performance Sunrisers Hyderabad did no different with an overhauled squad in their first game against the Chennai Super Kings. Bowling, which is believed to be the strong point of their XI, was under the hammer when Brendon McCullum and Co smashed them right from the start of the innings.
Earlier in the day Sunrisers made a bold decision of leaving out Dale Steyn for the left arm New Zealand pacer, Trent Boult. However, in the absence of Steyn, Ishant Sharma was expected to lead the bowling attack but he went for 46 runs in the 3 overs he bowled. The condition of bowling can be gauged from the fact they managed to price out only one wicket (rest were run outs) in the match.
However, there are no qualms about the fact that their bowling line up is one of the best in IPL 2015 with Ishant Sharma, Buvaneshwar Kumar and Trent Boult.
Their batting has some big names like Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner, Kane Williamson and Ravi Bopara but like previous year are unable to bat as a unit and there is always a case of an individual brilliance which is insufficient to take the team over the line. Apart from these batsmen they have a talented pool of domestic Indian batsmen too with the likes of Naman Ojha (averaging 39 in the last season) and KL Rahul. If we look on paper they have the team which has covered all the bases but needs to sort out the bowling and batting order.
In the bowling line up they need to find a place for Dale Steyn as he is the kind of bowler who can easily put his team in front early with 2-3 overs. In the batting line up they need to find one down spot for Kane Williamson as he is the kind around whom the batting could revolve. Apart from this they have brilliant T20 player, Eoin Morgan, sitting on the bench. They have options and players to make this year different for them.
Royal Challengers Bangalore won their match against reigning champions Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens in a closely fought match. Chasing an above par total of 178 on a turning Eden Gardens pitch RCB stuttered after losing Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Mandeep Singh and AB Devilliers for a team total of 93. To their relief it was the indolent Chris Gayle who played a beautifully constructed inning of 96 runs as he alone won the game for RCB. In the batting department they hardly have anything to worry as we saw in that game but it is their bowling which is worrisome and more so in the absence of world cup hero Mitchell Starc. Lacking a death bowler is a serious issue for them as more often than not they will end up conceding a total in excess of 170 or 180. However, Yuzvendra Chahal, Haryana leggie, was smart in his bowling as he ended up with figures of 4-0-28-1.
Their batting has been the shining star for them but unless their bowling comes good it will be difficult for their batting to bail them out every time.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore had the best XI they could choose in the absence of Mitchell Starc. They are expected to stick with the same XI but batting order might change for them.
RCB (probable): Probable XI: Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mandeep Singh, AB de Villiers, Darren Sammy, Sean Abbott, Harshal Patel, Abu Nechim, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Aaron
Sunrisers on the other hand might not play two spinners and which could mean Parvez Rasool might make way for Laxmi Ratan Shukla. The probable XI is
Sunrisers Hyderabad (probable XI): David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Naman Ojha (wk), Ravi Bopara, Lokesh Rahul, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Karn Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult
Match is to be played at Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore and as we know it is batting paradise and the small boundaries make it more skewed towards the batting. In six matches last season the average first innings total is 180 with scores of 155-198-190-186-154-199. It is not expected to be any different in the game between RCB and SRH.
RCB, on the back of their batting, is 1.70 to win the game and we will respect their batting and not lay them at these odds and wait for them to go sub 1.40 and then back Sunrisers. Given a huge lacunae in their bowling we are backing SRH to win this encounter and thus complete their first win.
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