Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match number 39 of the Indian Premier League 2018 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Monday. The hosts stayed in decent condition with another hard-fought win over Delhi Daredevils. Bangalore, on the other hand, got into further trouble succumbing against Chennai Super Kings.
Hyderabad yet again got the better of Delhi Daredevils owing to their brilliant bowling. Rashid Khan, yet again, stood out taking the key wicket of Prithvi Shaw to upset Delhi’s momentum. The contest between Rashid and Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers will definitely be one to look forward to. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will also be in focus. He looked a bit rusty after returning from injury against Delhi.
Yet again, Hyderabad struggled in the batting department. While Alex Hales and Shikhar Dhawan began with a 76-run stand, the middle-order crumbled. It needed a quick cameo from Yusuf Pathan to take the team over the line. With Kane Williamson also in form, Hyderabad seem to be slowly getting their act together.
Bangalore’s problems became worse against Chennai. Parthiv Patel came up with a half-century in his first game, but the rest of the batting attack stuttered. They would again depend on skipper Kohli and de Villiers to make an impact. The likes of Brendon McCullum and Mandeep Singh need to come up with bigger efforts. If not for Tim Southee’s cameo, RCB would not have even crossed 100.
There were some positives for the ball with Bangalore. Umesh Yadav and Colin de Grandhomme both were extremely frugal and claimed key wickets as well. However, the experienced duo of Southee and Yuzvendra Chahal could not make much difference. The latter was smashed for three sixes by MS Dhoni to end the game. Unless they find their groove now, things might be too late.
Played 11. Hyderabad won 6, Bangalore won 4, Abandoned 1
Head-to-Head at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
Played 5. Hyderabad won 4, Bangalore won 1
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (C), Tanmay Agarwal, Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Carlos Brathwaite, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami, Alex Hales, Mehdi Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, T Natarajan, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Sachin Baby, Wriddhiman Saha (W), Sandeep Sharma, Shakib Al Hasan, Billy Stanlake
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Moeen Ali, Corey Anderson, Murugan Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Aniket Choudhary, Colin de Grandhomme, Quinton de Kock (W), Pavan Deshpande, AB de Villiers, Aniruddha Joshi, Sarfaraz Khan, Kulwant Khejroliya, Brendon McCullum, Mandeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Pawan Negi, Parthiv Patel, Navdeep Saini, Tim Southee, Manan Vohra, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav