Royal Challengers v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Bangalore May 3, 2014

Bangalore beckons batting giants

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Match facts

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)

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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.

David Warner's sprightly 65 aside, one of the biggest gains for Sunrisers in their win against Mumbai Indians was the innings played by KL Rahul. One of the highest run-getters in the Ranji season, his growing ease in the IPL allows Sunrisers the comfort of an anchor. The form of their captain Shikhar Dhawan and their frontline bowler, Amit Mishra, remains a worry for the side.

Form guide (most recent first)

Royal Challengers Bangalore: LLLWW
Sunrisers Hyderabad: WLWLL

Players to watch

Shikhar Dhawan has gone 13 innings without a fifty-plus score in T20s, his last one coming in the Champions League T20 in September last year. There have been a couple of 30s in this IPL, but against one of the most powerful batting sides in the IPL, he needs to make runs upfront to boost Sunrisers chances of overhauling the hosts.

A stat of 73 runs off 76 balls faced in five games is hardly something you'd associate with AB de Villiers in the IPL. Chris Lynn's spectacular catch aside, his dismissals against Royals and Kings XI Punjab have come through bad shots and Royal Challengers will be hoping a change of form ensues a change of scene.

Stats and trivia

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore are third on the list of teams with most 100+ partnerships with 13 stands. Only Chennai Super Kings (17) and Kings XI Punjab (15) are ahead of them.
  • Despite being the leading wicket-taker for Sunrisers, Amit Mishra has had two of his worst bowling performances for the side in this IPL - against Mumbai, he conceded 54 without a wicket, while he gave away 56 runs for 2 wickets against Kings XI.

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • espncricinfomobile on May 4, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    go rcb....come on gayle....

  • apusumit on May 4, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    160+ and some good bowling will ensure SRH win. ABD may be best of the lot ;but yest to be consistent in IPL so does Virat.The form Virat carries for India in ODI has yet to be shown for RCB.Early wicket of Gayle & Virat will ensure SRH victory.Similarly early wicket of 2 Aussies will give easy win for RCB.Hope to have a cracker tonight

  • android_user on May 4, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Come on SRH, but Dhawan shud play down the order at number 5 or 4 . Gayle is still not 100%fit

  • dummy4fb on May 4, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    SRH is a very good T20 team but they r being wasted.... Finch and Warner should be openers.....Sammy must be the captain.....Dhawan can be in the middle order or rested for while as experiment.

  • jee1 on May 4, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Go RCB!!

  • android_user on May 4, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    well said munegowda koralur...rcb lost their local fans club...my fv kkr( karnataka knight raliders) m against rcb..

  • dummy4fb on May 4, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Good to see local players coming to the fore and playing a hand! Very impressed with the way KL Rahul has been performing for the SRH! Disappointed to see Bangalore sticking to their big names and not giving chances for their local players!

  • abhiyog on May 4, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Come on Rahul, True Bangaloreans are with u smash the the so called RCB in this game. great to see karnataka players doing well in IPL.I am at chinaswamy to cheer against RCB sorry need to remove B from it.

  • android_user on May 4, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    one of the main purpose of IPL was to give an opportunity to uncapped players to perform in international standard match (in this case IPL.) after winning all the cups for the year 13-14 by karnataka team none had a place in RCB team. I am a kannadiga and it did hurt me to so much as no kannadigas were a part of team RCB. I stopped supporting RCB and I am interested to watch matches of KKR and RR and other teams in which karnataka players are doing fantastic. shame to you mallya, shame to the team management. if you don't value the minds of local cricket fans and only winning is all you wanted then race course will be a better option. please don't repeat the mistake in future IPL seasons. you could have at least won the heart of kannidigas by supporting local players.

  • Machu.mac on May 4, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    INSHA ALLAH today My Favourite Player VIRAT KOHLI will Score 50 or 100....Best of Luck RCB and KOHLi....

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