Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 08 April 2013 - 07:46pm IST
Preview : Match 9 – RCB vs SRH
Double or quits for SRH
After Sunday’s thrilling tie – which was decided by means of the Super Over – the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore will be locking horns once again.
After the two teams couldn’t be separated in 40 overs of the regular contest, it took two massive sixes from Cameron White and a testing over from Dale Steyn to guide SRH to their second win of the season. The Hyderabad franchise will be all charged up from that nail-biting win and will be looking forward to make it two in two against RCB this season.
RCB though are a very formidable opponent while playing at home. Their energy almost multiplies several times over when in the charged atmosphere created by their home fans. They fought valiantly through their bowlers and fielders in their defense of a low total in the previous match and will be keen to get even with the Sunrisers.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 4 p.m
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Dale Steyn won round one of his much-looked forward to battle against Chris Gayle after denying the six that would have taken RCB to victory in the Super Over. The Jamaican, who averages an incredible 57.54 and scores his runs at a mind boggling strike-rate of 174.38 in matches at Bengaluru, will be keen to settle scores.
Virat Kohli and Moises Henriques played crucial parts in resurrecting RCB’s innings in the previous match. But the arrival of AB de Villiers, which will be a huge boost to the team’s middle order, means the team will have to change their combination to fit in the South African. On the bowling front too, RCB have been boosted by the confirmation that Zaheer Khan is fit and available for selection.
It took a gem of an innings from the young Hanuma Vihari to steer the team to safety in the home fixture against RCB. The team will expect the established international players – Cameron White and Kumar Sangakkara – to hold their own and allow the younger players to express themselves. On the bowling front, keep an eye on Dale Steyn and Amit Mishra, both of who have been very difficult to get away.
As Deccan Chargers, the Hyderabad franchise had won 6 off their 11 matches against RCB. Following Sunrisers Hyderabad’s win in Sunday night’s thrilling Super Over, the balance has tilted further towards the Hyderabad franchise in their contests against the Royal Challengers Bangalore; the head-to-head now stands at 7-5 in favour of the Hyderabad franchise.
In 13 IPL matches at Bengaluru, Chris Gayle has hit a total of 48 sixes.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will play their third home fixture of the season when they square off against the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders on April 11. Sunrisers Hyderabad meanwhile head out to the National capital to take on the Delhi Daredevils on April 12.