31 Mar 2019

SRH Vs RCB: Captain Kane eyes sending Captain King down the slope

By cricinsane

Roll back the clock 5 years back and find the RCB winning with big contributions from Gayle, Virat and ABD or otherwise not able to clear the line. Wait, why did we roll the clock. Isn’t this the current day scenario as well? They find themselves in the same set of problems to address like they have been forever. Having shown continuity as a principal, Virat backed both Mo and CDG to play in the absence of Stoinis and NCN who may arrive next week on. But the death bowling problem still continue to loom large and despite Navdeep Saini promising a lot of good things, RCB need a Southee to strengthen their bowling unit. But on the cost of who? May be they can give Sundar or Negi a look-in. But don’t they really need a win under their belt especially after the heartbreak in Bangalore? They will kill for it. Sunrisers have made a reputation of defending 140’s in the past. But this season they haven’t been able to live upto that. They failed to defend 181 in the first match against KKR and conceded 190+ in the second encounter against Royals. The main reason behind their woeful performance with the ball is the form of their key bowler Bhuvi. But one bloke by the name of David Warner has negated most of the poor stuff of bowlers. He has made a phenomenal comeback and would look to prolong his tremendous form. The chinks that Parthiv Patel believes are ‘too early’ to be called out are in fact quintessentially RCB – from the errors in judgement to losing the plot at crucial points. The manner in which they lost the game that they should have won against MI only a few days ago was as classic of them as they found their perfectly balanced team crumble in the tournament opener against CSK, this time under pressure of the crusade that is Jasprit Bumrah. On paper, there is still no evident loophole. But deliverance has been their nemesis for quite some time now. What looks like a good collection of players, have rarely come together and fired consistently. And there is bound to be very little room for the kind of lapses they made in the first two games to be replicated in Hyderabad. Sunrisers have their tail up already, having registered their most successful run-chase on Friday. David Warner has shown no signs of rustiness, Jonny Bairstow has carried his England form to the IPL and Vijay Shankar has only improved his reputation as a hitter. An untested middle order remains to be found out and RCB would love them take the centre stage today.

However, with the death bowlers for SRH taking a severe beating in the first two games. For as strong as their Indian domestic pace stock is, it looks severely inadequate when Bhuvneshwar Kumar is unable to prove his mettle. Conceding 45 runs in his last 12 balls on his home ground against a rampaging and Samson has already propped questions over his current form, and whether his tricks with variations have been figured out.Even as neither team has ample reasons to make changes to their playing XI, irrespective of how the tournament has panned out for them so far, Sunrisers might be tempted to have an off spinner in their side to counter the four lefties in the top seven for RCB. But with Mohammad Nabi being the only option in that regard, the problem will be over which foreign player to drop to make room for the Afghan. RCB look completely helpless in their batting unit barring ABD and Kohli and with the resurgence of David Warner, SRH should take this game without difficulty. A combined team effort with the bat and bowl both may aid RCB but that looks highly unlikely with the combination they bear.

Probable XI:

RCB : Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dubey, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

SRH : David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul