Seeking to consolidate their position after the start of a win, Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore will cut their task with a determined Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. While RCB began their campaign with a morale-boosting win over defending champions Mumbai Indians, a five-time winner at the same venue, David Warner-led SRH lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in their tournament opener. After a good performance in the first game, RCB will be further strengthened when the highly talented Devdutt Padikkal teams up after his recovery from COVID-19.
Padikkal has said that he is now fully ready to play his role in the IPL and is confident of mimicking his superb home form in the ongoing league. He contracted the deadly virus on 22 March and was in isolation, but has since fully recovered and resumed with his RCB teammates.
In this event, the pedicel is unable to return for Wednesday’s game, clinging to the opening pair of RCB Kohli and Washington Sundar.
RCB may prefer Mohammad Azharuddin and Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa in the upcoming matches. Kohli and the incomparable AB de Villiers will again be key men for RCB in batting, with Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell expected to make invaluable contributions along with Willow.
He looked good in the first game in RCB jersey, and supported the team management including captain Kohli. RCB look slim in batting and therefore Paddikkal’s presence at the top is important to them, restricting the trio of Kohli, de Villiers and Maxwell. The 20-year-old left-handed batsman from Karnataka was RCB’s highest run-scorer in IPL 2020 with 473 runs in 15 matches, including five half-centuries in his debut season.
In the final Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (218 runs at an average of 43.60 from six matches) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (737 runs from seven matches), the pedicals continued to prosper. After their failure in the opener, Rajat Patidat and Washington want to make amends against SRH.
Almost all the RCB bowlers were economical against MI’s tremendous batting and medium pacer Harshal Patel gave a stunning 5/27. They will definitely look for an encore. As far as SRH is concerned, both their openers Wriddhiman Saha and Warner failed to go against KKR in the first match and they will go into this match against RCB.
Swabbling Warner has 600 against RCB and will aim to join that impressive tally. At the opening, SRH have the option of playing Warner again alongside Johnny Bairstow, who scored a half-century while batting in the middle-order against KKR with Manish Pandey, who scored 61 off 44 balls.
Kane Williamson is unlikely to return on Wednesday as coach Trevor Bellis said the Kiwis would need some more time to regain full match fitness. Bhuvneshwar Kumar went for a run against KKR, but the experienced seamer is hopeful that his rhythm will return soon.
The likes of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi can also be questioned by their banging bowling.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Finn Allen (wk), AB de Villiers (wk), Pavan Deshpande, Washington Sundar, Daniel Symes, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Jampa, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kane Richardson, Harsh Patel , Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Christian, Suyesh Prabhudesai, KS India
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Kane Williamson, Johnny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Srivats Goswami (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Virat Singh, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Holder , Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, T. Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Khalil Ahmed, Siddartha Kaul, Basil Thampi, Jagdish Suth, Kedar Jadhav, Mujib-ur-Rehman.
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