Virat Kohli will lead RCB against SRH and will hope to to carry on the winning momentum into the next game © IANS
Virat Kohli will lead RCB against SRH and will hope to to carry on the winning momentum into the next game © IANS

In another southern Indian derby, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Match 8 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 edition on Monday. Both the teams will be playing their second game in IPL 8 at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. While RCB registered a sensational three-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), piling on Chris Gayle’s impressive knock of 96, SRH on the other hand suffered a hefty 45-run defeat in their opening game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on the same day. Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2015 Match 5 Full Video

Concentrating on RCB’s performance in the last game, the bowling has been somewhat mixed in the form of few experienced and uncapped players. However, it was the uncapped players, who impressed with the ball, claiming a wicket each. Yuzvendra Chahal and Abu Nechim were the most inspiring performers with the ball. The only Indian capped bowler, Varun Aaron, picked up a sole wicket of Yusuf Pathan, giving away 38 runs. Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2015, Match 5 at Kolkata

However, the batting excelled, especially with opener Chris Gayle playing a cool and sumptuous knock of 96 off 56 balls. South Africa skipper AB de Villiers played a short and fiery innings of 28 from 13 balls. However, the main concern for RCB will be majority of their famed batsmen failing to click, especially in the likes of Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik and Darren Sammy. Chris Gayle’s match winning knock against KKR is his mother’s ‘Birthday Gift’

Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, had a poor record with the ball in their first IPL 8 game against Chennai Super Kings. Trent Boult, who had a magnificent ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 campaign, flopped, picking up only one wicket.  Bhuveneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Karn Sharma, Ravi Bopara and Parvez Rasool slipped and floundered in front of Brendon McCullum’s awe-inspiring innings. Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2015: Highlights

SRH’s batting looked a little comforting than their bowling. While skipper David Warner scored 42-ball 53, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravi Bopara and Kane Williamson also contributed briefly with the bat. However, apart from Warner’s knock, none were able to contain and form a big partnership to steer SRH to a victory. CSK vs SRH IPL 2015: Trent Boult, Kane Williamson will get better as IPL 8 progressess, says Brendon McCullum

Focussing on the game at Bangalore, the two teams are surely to battle it out to finish on high. With a flat batting track at the Chinnaswamy stadium and home conditions supporting them, RCB will be enter the match as the favourites. However, it would be futile to write off SRH completely, with the likes of Warner, Dhawan, and Williamson in their line-up. CSK vs SRH IPL 2015: Nice to get the nod ahead of Dale Steyn, says Trent Boult

RCB are most likely to go in with an unchanged squad, following the close three-wicket win over KKR. A change or two would not be surprising, if RCB decide to bring on young Sarfaraz Khan or Subramanium Bradinath in place of Mandeep Singh. Also, RCB could get in Adam Milne in place of Sean Abbott, who went costly in the match against KKR. PHOTOS: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2015, Match 4 at Chennai

On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad is sure to make a change or two, especially in the bowling department that could see Ravi Bopara being possibly replaced by the Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques or bringing the South African, spear gun, Dale Steyn back to the frame. Overall, it surely expects to be an interesting encounter, but with the overall history between both the teams and an interesting head to head record, RCB have the upper edge, especially with the game being played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.


Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Darren Sammy, Mitchell Starc, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Subramaniam Badrinath, Sean Abbott, Adam Milne, Nic Maddinson, Ashok Dinda, Manvinder Bisla, Varun Aaron, Vijay Zol, Sarfaraz Khan, Jalaj Saxena, Shishir Bhavane, Iqbal Abdullah, David Wiese, Rilee Rossouw, Abu Nechim, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sandeep Warrier, Yogesh Takawale, Jalaj Saxena.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Dale Steyn, Karn Sharma, KL Rahul, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult, Kane Williamson, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Naman Ojha, Praveen Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Ashish Reddy, Parvez Rasool, Moises Henriques, Ravi Bopara, Ricky Bhui, Chama Milind, Eoin Morgan, Prasanth Padmanabhan, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Hanuma Vihari.

Time: 20.00 IST

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)