David Warner and AB de Villiers
David Warner (L) and AB de Villiers (Agencies)

Game 11 of the ongoing Indian T20 League presents Bangalore a tough challenge against Hyderabad as they target their first win of the season. (READ: Winless Bangalore set for daunting Hyderabad test)

With all teams having played at least two matches each, Bangalore and Rajasthan remain the only one yet to register a win. Will Virat Kohli’s men open their account against Hyderabad? Or Will Kane Williamson’s Orange Army keep them winless?

Ahead of their clash today, we take a look at the major talking points:

Warner’s sensational run

David Warner has made a sparkling return to the Indian T20 League having missed it last year on account of his ball-tampering ban. In the opening match, he scored 85 against Kolkata as he scored his 37th fifty the most by any batsmen in the league’s history. Although his team lost the match, his form was good news for Hyderabad. In a high-scoring chase, Warner belted 69 off 37 against Rajasthan to set base for his team’s first win of the season on Friday night. He would be looking to extend his excellent start against Bangalore too.

Death-overs concern

While Hyderabad built a reputation of defending low totals last season, this year, they have been conceding runs in plenty, especially in the death-overs. Regarded as one of the better bowlers in the late stages of an innings, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s image has taken some beating in the first two matches. Against Kolkata, they needed to defend 68 in the final five overs. The hosts ended up overhauling that with two deliveries to spare. Bhvi bowled two of those overs, leaking 27 runs in them. Against Rajasthan they fared worse as they were clubbed for 76 runs off the final 30 deliveries. Again, Bhuvi bowled 12 deliveries in that period and was mauled for 45 runs.

Looking beyond Kohli and ABD

Bangalore have produced two contrasting performances with the bat in their first two matches. In the league opener against defending champions Chennai, they were shot out for 70. Then again Mumbai, they almost chased down 188, falling short by six runs. However, only three batsmen have made substantial contributions in those matches. Parthiv Patel (29) was their only player to record score in double-digits in Chennai humiliation and again got the start at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, hitting 31 off 22 in a solid start. The other two have been captain Kohli (6 & 46) and AB de Villiers (9 & 70). Other specialists who have got the chance to bat like Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Colin de Grandhomme and Shivam Dube have managed a combined 44 runs between them in two innings. Clearly, the batting cannot rely on a couple of players.

Chahal vs Rashid

This one will be one keenly watched contest. Both are at the top of their crafts. Rashid Khan not only has the knack of taking wickets but also makes it difficult for the batsmen to score off him. On the other hand, Yuzvendra Chahal is a quick learner who does take wickets but also proves to be expensive at times. Against Chennai, his four overs resulted in just six runs and a wicket too. Then against Mumbai, he took 4/38. Rashid has been economical in both his outings, allowing 50 runs in his eight overs for two wickets.