IPL 2019, RCB vs SRH : 5 player battles that could decide the outcome of the match
Sunrisers Hyderabad would look to complete the unfinished business and seal their place in the IPL Play-offs when they clash with laggards Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.
The defeat against Mumbai Indians via Super Over must be hurting but they need to shrug it off and add two points to take their tally to 14, good enough to stay in top-4. Despite their defeat against Mumbai on Thursday night, Hyderabad’s net run rate is +0.653, which is superior to others in contention for the Play-offs.
Even if Hyderabad lose their last match, they can still reach playoffs if Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab don’t win more than one of their last two matches. In the absence of their batting mainstay David Warner, young Manish Pandey (71 off 47 balls) shouldered the responsibility pretty well in the last match against
Bangalore will be playing for pride after their hopes of entering playoffs went up in smoke after their match against Rajasthan Royals was abandoned due to rain.
Here are five key player battles of the RCB vs SRH match in Bangalore.
Virat Kohli vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the new-ball against Virat Kohli is a dual that anybody would be interested in not just because it holds a lot of importance in the context of the match but also because it promises to be a classic. Kohli, orthodox even in T20s and Kumar still the believer of control and swing, it promises to be mouth-watering contest. The numbers are slightly in favour of Kumar. He has got Kohli out twice in IPL and the RCB captain has only scored at a strike rate of 115 against Kumar.
AB de Villiers vs Rashid Khan
That De Villiers has a few issues against the wrist spinners is nothing new. Shreyas Gopal has had his number in the last two seasons of IPL and SRH have one of the best spinners of T20s - Rashid Khan - in their side. Rashid too has give de Villiers a hard time. In the 9 balls he has bowled to de Villiers, he has got him out twice in IPL. The Afghan leggie would once again hope stop AB on his tracks during Saturday’s encounter.
Parthiv Patel vs Khaleel Ahmed
Parthiv has been in stellar form in this IPL. He has been scoring at a strike rate of 140.75 – the best ever in the 12 years of IPL. He will be up against SRH lef-arm medium pacer Khaleel Ahmed, who has done a good job with the new ball.
Manish Pandey vs Yuzvendra Chahal
Despite the Kohlis, de Villiers and Rashids, one would have to say the most important battle of the RCB vs SRH could turn to be between Manish Pandey and Yuzvendra Chahal. Ever since making a comeback into the side, Pandey has hit three half-centuries – two of them unbeaten – in 4 innings. He almost single-handedly took SRH’s last game against MI into Super Over with an unbeaten 71 off 47 balls. And there is no need to stress on the importance of Chahal in RCB’s bowling line-up. He has been the pillar of RCB’s bowling unit. Chahal has given Pandey a hard time in IPL, getting him out two times and has given away only 35 runs in the 33 deliveries he has bowled to him.
Kane Williamson vs Navdeep Saini
Saini has impressed with his raw pace and bounce and who better to face those than SRH captain Kane Williamson? This could turn out to be an interesting duel. Williamson has truckload of experience behind him and Saini has nothing to lose, he only knows one thing, that is to bowl fast.
(With agency inputs)