Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 06 April 2013 - 06:30pm IST
Preview Match 7 – SRH v RCB
RCB, SRH will look to consolidate
The two southern neighbours Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore go head to head in Match 7 of Pepsi IPL 2013.
Both teams have begun their IPL VI campaigns with wins and will be keen to carry forward that early momentum. While the Sunrisers Hyderabad successfully defended a low total against Pune Warriors India, RCB held their nerves to pull off a two-run victory against the Mumbai Indians.
Sunday, April 7, 2013, 8 p.m
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
With not too much firepower in their batting line-up, Sunrisers Hyderabad will expect all their batsmen to chip in with runs and hope the likes of Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra can mount the pressure on the opposition batsmen. Steyn was, as always, breathing fire in the match against PWI, while the wily Mishra showed he had plenty of tricks in his repertoire to outfox batsmen even in this batsmen-friendly format.
Don’t look beyond Chris Gayle when talking about Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Jamaican took very little time in making his presence felt, scoring an unbeaten 92 in his team’s season opener. The 33-year old southpaw isn’t just going hammer and tongs from the word go; he has shown the willingness to spend time in the middle and sizing up the condition and the opponents before opening his shoulders.
With the threat of law of averages catching up with the Jamaican looming, RCB will also hope for contributions from skipper Virat Kohli and the likes of Karun Nair and Mayank Agarwal, both of who have been in fabulous form in the domestic season gone by.
These two teams will be meeting for the first time. However, the Hyderabad franchise have a 6-5 win-loss record over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in previous seasons.
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Chris Gayle has hit the most sixes in the IPL; he’s hit 134 sixes in 43 appearances in the league. He also holds the record for winning the most Man of the Match awards in the competition.
RP Singh, who is now part of RCB, was part of the Hyderabad franchise earlier and even won the Purple Cap when Hyderabad won the IPL title in 2009.
Both teams will be seen in action next at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on April 9 when they square-off in RCB’s home fixture.