When: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, April 25, 2017 – 20:00 IST
Where: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
What to expect: A warm summer’s evening in Bengaluru. There is a 15% chance of showers hitting the city late in the night but they are unlikely to cause any major disruptions. The Chinnaswamy surface this season has been somewhat of an oddity given the usual bat-v-bat contests that have played out in the past with Rising Pune Supergiant’s 161, the highest achieved score in the ground this season.
History: The second leg of RCB-SRH clashes in recent seasons have had qualification riders. But in 2017, the two South Indian sides will play out both their fixtures much before the qualification equations begin to surface. Practically, it is still a must-win for Bangalore so old memories will be rekindled. Sunrisers hold a statistical edge over their rivals, havi
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Seven games into the season and RCB still don’t know what their best eleven is. And therein lies an accurate summary of how the season has transpired so far. It may seem ludicrous given how the last game panned out, but the XI that played in Kolkata was by far the most balanced side that RCB have put out this season. The bowling, their perennial bug-bear, has done okay. Chahal has been excellent once again with Mills and Badree finding their feet immediately after some niggles. If the result of the previous game does enforce a change, the team management could look at hard-hitting all-rounder Harpreet Singh Bhatia, who struck at over 140 in a fine Syed Mushtaq Ali performance.
Probable XI: Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Mandeep Singh, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Samuel Badree, Tymal Mills, Sreenath Arvind, Yuzvendra Chahal
SRH appear to have received boosts from fitness issues. Yuvraj Singh sat out the game in Pune with illness but struck the ball authoritatively in the nets on the match eve. With Henriques in good batting form, Yuvraj’s return could push Williamson back to the bench and force a toss up between Mohammad Nabi and Ben Cutting. Ashish Nehra is another first-team regular who actively participated in the pre-game session and could find his way back into the eleven. Bipul Sharma has had the wood over AB de Villiers and given his match-turning performance in last year’s final, could edge out the other Indian pacers – Siddharth Kaul and Mohammed Siraj from the eleven.
Probable XI: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting/Mohammad Nabi, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha (wk), Bipul Sharma/Md. Siraj, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra.
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