With campaigns that coughed and spluttered about in the UAE, both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad will have one big target from Sunday's game: a momentum-granting win. Both teams are in the bottom half of the points table with similar figures of two wins in five games, although Royal Challengers are ahead on better net run rate.
At this point, Royal Challengers are also the team with more concerns when compared to Sunrisers. The headliners in their batting line-up have not fired as expected and their last two innings - where they were restricted to 70 and 124 - did not allow a competent bowling attack much room.
Royal Challengers also have the problem of their overseas options not firing, with Chris Gayle admittedly not yet 100% and Albie Morkel's lack of impact with the bat and ball. Unless he's injured, Ravi Rampaul may be a better pick in place of Morkel and given the batting-friendly tracks in India, it may not be a bad idea to give the talented Vijay Zol a chance.
What our expert think about the game? Read on...
Royal Challangers have won the toss and decided to field first. RCB batting is not in a great shape at the moment especially while batting first and today they have opted to field. That's big of surprise but then seems like Kohli does have trust on their batsmen and confident enough.
Sunrisers batsmen have shined in the last two matches and expecting the same run in this match too. Banglore ground is small, outfield is fast and pitch is good for batting. If Sunrisers have to win this game, they need to 175+ on this board.
As far as winning team is concern, Our experts have decided to go with RCB in this match.
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24th match - Royal Challenger Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad, 4 May, 2014
- Sunrisers Hyderabad (29% Votes)
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (71% Votes)