Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2013, Hyderabad April 6, 2013

Sunrisers could prove tricky for Royal Challengers

The Preview by Rachna Shetty

Match facts

Sunday, April 7, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

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Heading into their first away match of IPL 2013, Royal Challengers Bangalore may start favourites but Sunrisers Hyderabad, with a victory as well in their opening game, showed they can be tough and determined opponents.

How formidable the Sunrisers' challenge will be depends largely on their batting order. With the exception of Thisara Perera, nobody really managed to take charge of the innings after getting a start. Against Royal Challengers, they will be tested against a stronger bowling attack.

Chris Gayle is fit for Royal Challengers after limping through a good part of his match-winning innings in their first game. Gayle, again, had a huge influence on his team's fortunes, but he could have done with more support during his unbeaten 92. He and Virat Kohli added 25 before Royal Challengers slipped to 80 for 5. Only KB Arun Karthik gave him company of any significance. Getting Gayle early offers Sunrisers' bowlers a strong chance of containing Royal Challengers.

On Sunday, Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan will be up against Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma on a track that could likely play the way it did in the low-scorer between Sunrisers and Pune Warriors. Royal Challengers would have noted Steyn's dominance in his first spell but playing Perera and Amit Mishra could prove just as challenging.

Players to watch

Amit Mishra, the second-highest wicket-taker in the IPL, has bowled fairly consistently through the IPLs. Against Warriors, he brought out his variations to stifle the batsmen. Royal Challengers have good players of spin in Dilshan and Virat Kohli and as the lead spinner in the side, Mishra will have to shoulder the responsibility of keeping the opposition in check.

Tillakaratne Dilshan took the IPL by storm in 2009, scoring 418 runs for Delhi Daredevils. Since his shift to Royal Challengers, he's been an important member of the line-up, scoring more than 500 runs in 20 games. He would no doubt have rued the shot that got him out against Mumbai Indians, but with two centuries and a half-century in his last five innings, Dilshan will be eager to put that start behind him and get going in IPL 2013.

Stats and trivia

  • Royal Challengers have won just one out of their last four matches in Hyderabad. Their last victory in Hyderabad was in 2008.
  • With three wickets in the last match against Mumbai Indians, R Vinay Kumar became the first Royal Challengers bowler to get to 50 wickets. He now has 52 wickets from 49 matches at an average of 26.07 for his side. His overall tally in the IPL is 64 wickets in 62 matches, which puts him among the top 10 wicket-takers of the tournament.


"It was probably a more bowler-friendly wicket. It was not a free-flowing wicket. You could not just go there and play your shots. The ball was not quite coming onto the bat." Dale Steyn on the track in the Sunrisers' first game

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  • ttn on April 7, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    The Reason SRH fails in the batting order is the lack of indian free scoring batsmen. You need aggresive bats not test players like akshath ,dwaraka etc..

    Sanga needs to open not bat at no 3. de Kock's a good option but the lack of experience could be some problems and given he has never played in india and how he fares against spin.

    Someone like Martin Guptill ,would have been a good choice

  • Robin on April 7, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    why zak is not playing?i think he is fit.

  • GAURAV on April 7, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Chris gayle will only be considered great hitter if he can hit out dale steyn. On the virat kohli has already hit out lasith malinga many a times with proper cricketing shots. time for gayle to show that he can hit top bowlers and not uncapped 18 year old rookies. Also hope pitch must turn from bal 1, I like to see gayles technique against square turniong ball, Let me see how long he can slog.

  • Raviteja on April 7, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    I would love to know what will be going on in Ashish reddy's mind when he sees Gayle taking stance at the batting when has to bowl. His slower ones, will they be lolly-pops for the Gayle storm?

  • Abdul on April 7, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    well breaking news Ab De Villiers playing South African domestic today so will miss the match now my reformed xi

    Gayle,Dilshan,Kohli,Agarwal,Tiwary,Henriques,Arun Karthik,Vinay Kumar,Ravi Rampual,RP Singh,Murali Karthik

  • Abdul on April 7, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    my xi Gayle,AB,Kohli,Agarwal,Tiwary,Henriques,Arun Karthik,Vinay Kumar,Ravi Rampual,Rp Singh,,Murali Karthik

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    When will AB join the squad? Hope he replaces Dilshan and opens with Gayle. While Ravi Rampaul can replace dan christian/muralithran.

  • V.L on April 7, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    It was ridiculous that we played Dan Christian instead of Ravi Rampaul. Even worse we are playing Dilshan despite his repeated failings . AB in for Dilshan and Rampaul in for Christian. If AB can keep, then we as well give a chance to Tiwary or Zol instead of the ever-so-out-of-form Arun Karthik!

  • binu on April 7, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    The most unlucky player in India may be Abhinav Mukundu,he is a class player but not getting chance to play befor he was part of CSK now RCB Amitoz Sing,Jalaj Saxena,Rishi Dhawan,Biplab Samntray,Ali Murtaza,Shami Ahmad,Abu Nechim Ahmad,Pradeep Sangwan the all are unlucky but Mukundu is the most unlucky batsman in India

  • narbavi on April 7, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Its a no brainer that RCB should bring in Henriques for this game and make him bat at 4, he has been too good in this format and a handy bowler too, drop Christian, and it baffles me to know that 1.6 million man saurabh tiwary is on the bench, Dilshan will play only till Pujara gets fit