RCB Take On SRH At Fortress Chinnaswamy
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Time: 8 PM IST
M Chinnaswamy Stadium is the stronghold of RCB, and they play all their home matches here. It is a high scoring ground because of the good bounce on offer which makes it easy for stroke play and big hitting. With the short boundaries, it is much easier for batsmen to take the aerial route and get full value for their shots. RCB’s record at this stadium has been brilliant in the previous season - winning 7 of the 8 games played there.
Head To Head:
The 2 sides have squared off against each other only twice in the past. The results are even, with both the teams winning once - both at their home venues. Both the teams played their first ever Super Over in their first face-off in Hyderabad. SRH won that encounter, but Virat Kohli dominated the return leg in Bangalore to ensure that RCB coasted to a win.
The highlight of their encounters came the year before that though when SRH were still the Deccan Chargers and AB de Villiers took down Dale Steyn in a terrific one-on-one contest to give RCB a thrilling win at the Chinnaswamy.
RCB showed signs of improvement but were far from their best against Kings XI Punjab. Yuvraj hung in and showed responsibility but the batting was poor as a unit. The bowlers gave the in-form KXIP batting unit a few nervy moments which was one of the positives from the game.
SRH blew hot and cold against Mumbai before Warner’s timely knock helped the team post a healthy total. It seemed that the bowling got stuck at Pollard after running through MI’s top order before Irfan Pathan rescued them at the end.
Preview Of The Teams:
RCB begin a gruelling stretch with this match which will include 5 games in 10 days. The team needs to hit the ground running and has little room for error after a 3 loss streak.
The batsmen clearly need to step up after their last two outings. The task will be especially tough against a well balanced Sunrisers attack.
The Sunrisers bowling will be headed by Dale Steyn with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Amit Mishra which is strong on paper even if they haven’t been consistent this year. Virat Kohli had single handedly broken the SRH attack in their previous encounter here and will be expected to rally his team once again this year.
Albie Morkel’s contribution as an allrounder has not been consistent but he will be given a chance to regain his form in India. Ravi Rampaul would be the better option to replace him, it would lengthen the tail but would add strength to an already impressive bowling unit.
The bowling showed it was quite capable against even the hard hitting KXIP line up if they were given bigger totals to defend but will face the problem of the much shorter boundaries at M Chinnaswamy. Some of those stunning boundary catches from the UAE would be in the first row here.
The Sunrisers have a dangerous top order with Warner and Finch playing well while Dhawan threatens to break into form. Darren Sammy and the tail can hit a long ball too and can be dangerous as they showed against MI.
Having delivered a statement of intent in his 7 ball 20 against KXIP, the man to watch out for is Chris Gayle. All the batsmen have to show responsibility and Gayle is expected to provide the turbo boost for them to build around.
KL Rahul has grown in confidence with every passing knock and knows the Chinnaswamy intimately as a Karnataka batsman making him a dangerous link in the SRH line up. SRH’s bowling with Dale Steyn & Bhuvneshwar Kumar can be expected to give RCB’s batting another thorough examination.