IPL 2013 Preview: Confident Sunrisers Hyderabad lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore

Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling looks organized. Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma (second fron left) combination might work well on a responsive Chinnaswamy track © IANS

By Sarang Bhalerao

Bangalore: Apr 8, 2013
 
Heading into their first away fixture of IPL 2013, Sunrisers Hyderabad will be confident after winning a humdinger against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Sunrisers’ batting unit has not really clicked. Parthiv Patel has failed to impress in the two outings so far while his opening partner Akshath Reddy has looked determined but needs to score consistently. The biggest plus for Sunrisers was the batting of Hanuma Vihari, who almost saw Hyderabad home against Bangalore. Expect Kumar Sangakkara to fire anytime soon as he is due for a big score.

Cameron White is an experienced player in this format and has been lynchpin of Hyderabad batting for the last couple of seasons. Thisara Perera is the big hitter who needs to see the side through. He played an irresponsible shot that brought about his downfall and gave Bangalore a sniff at victory.

Sunrisers bowling looks organized. Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma combination might work well on a responsive Chinnaswamy track. There was a lot of lateral movement available during the last game at Bangalore. If the track has some movement, expect a fiery spell from Steyn. Perera’s bowling is also important for Chargers, apart from his big hitting. In the last game his four overs were crucial in stemming the flow of runs, when Bangalore were on the lookout for big hits. Amit Mishra has been Hyderabad’s best bowler so far. His variations and control have been immaculate. Mishra’s bowling spells have made the difference in the final analysis against Pune and Bangalore.

For Challengers, the biggest challenge is for the middle-order to score runs consistently. They look a completely different team when Gayle fails to score. Against Sunrisers but for Kohli and Moises Henriques’ innings, no one really looked confident. Karun Nair and Mayank Agarwal have to start contributing regularly. Opener Dilshan has looked below-par. He played across the line against Mumbai and was bowled. Against Hyderabad he got a good delivery. Challengers would expect that his experience and run-scoring hunger comes to the fore. Never discount Gayle in this format. He has the propensity to win matches on his own.

Bangalore bowling has looked good. The Indian contingent has bowled well. Jayadev Unadkat has shown a lot of promise while Vinay Kumar has bowled wicket-to-wicket and his death bowling has been the biggest plus for the Challengers. The spin bowling department is quite seasoned. The two Muralis- Muttiah Muralitharan and Murali Kartik will be handy throughout the tournament. Henriques bowled well with the new ball against Sunrisers and if he comes good Challengers will pose a formidable challenge to Hyderabad on their home surface.

The teams look at par with each other. Expect another close encounter between the teams. Hyderabad would be determined to beat Challengers on their home ground while Challengers, bruised and battered, will be looking to exact revenge against Hyderabad.

Teams:

Sunrisers Hyderabad (probable): Kumar Sangakkara (c), Akshath Reddy, Parthiv Patel (wk), Cameron White, Thissara Perera, Hanuma Vihari, Ashish Reddy, Ankit Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (probable): Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mayank Agarwal, Moises Henriques, Karun Nair, Arun Karthik (wk), Murali Kartik, Jaydev Unadkat, R Vinay Kumar, Muttiah Muralitharan.
 
Time: 16.00 IST | 10.30 GMT
 
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