Sunrisers Hyderabad had a tumbling start to the Indian Premier League as they went down to Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs. However, that shouldn’t worry them much. They have compiled a decent team and results should come their way pretty soon.
They’ll be tempted to play Kane Williamson on a sluggish Chennai wicket but Trevor Bayliss has already made it clear that they want Williamson to be completely fit before they play him. Even if he is fit, getting him into the team will not be easy, especially after the knock that Bairstow played in the last game. Manish Pandey did get a fifty but was far from his best.
Also, SRH would like to improve on their hitting power in the middle order as Nabi and Vijay Shankar can’t play those blinders. However, Abdul Samad has shown enough promise and can be promoted up the order. As a bowling unit, SRH had an off day but all their bowlers are pretty experienced and should bounce back strongly.
Royal Challengers Bangalore started their IPL campaign with a win but they must have had their heart in their mouth. After dominating the game for most part, they messed it up and had AB de Villiers not played a blinder, they could have lost the match.
RCB will be very pleased with the performance of Kyle Jamieson and Glenn Maxwell, who justified their price tag. The Bangalore based franchise look a much balanced unit now. Kyle Jamieson and Harshal Patel add a lot of depth to the team without compromising the quality of bowling.
Also, players like Washington Sundar, Glenn Maxwell and Daniel Christian give them plenty of extra bowling options. On paper, we don’t see any weakness in RCB but they always surprise us with some strange cricket. Overall, they're one of the teams to beat and it will take a colossal effort to get past them if they play to their potential.
Hyderabad might drop Mohammed Nabi, who didn’t had a great game and play Williamson, who can also roll his arm like the Afghanistan all-rounder. They may also play Jason Holder in place of the Nabi.
David Warner - Warner missed out in the last game but he won’t take long before putting on a show. The destructive batsman is coming back from some decent performances in the Marsh Cup. He looked in great touch before being dismissed on a peach of a delivery. A big inning shouldn’t be too far away.
Probable XI: David Warner (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Holder/Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem/Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Pitch Report - The pitch is expected to be in favour of the batsmen. In the two matches played here in the tournament, the average score is 170 so brace yourself for another run feast.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Devdutt Padikkal is all set to make a comeback for the next game and is most likely to come in place of Shahbaz Ahmed
AB de Villiers
De Villiers got off to a blazing start in the IPL and helped RCB clinch a thriller in their tournament opener. This is what he brings to the table. If he’s on song, he will win matches from the most hopeless situations.
Probable XI: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal