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Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 1st Match 2017


Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 1st Match 2017


Series: Indian Premier League, 2017

 Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

 Date & Time: Apr 05,  08:00 PM  LOCAL




Whether you're the defending champion or a wooden spoon holder, there couldn't have been a better time to square off against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. While two out of the top-three run-getters from the last season will have to contend with just watching RCB begin a fresh campaign in search of their elusive silverware, SRH will have the third of the trio leading them. The two sides played out a memorable final at the Chinnaswamy Stadium less than a year ago, and opened the doors for a possible long-term on-field rivalry, but as they square off again, the complexion of the contest has severely dimmed.

The absence of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers threatens to give the milestone tenth edition a very lopsided and diluted beginning, even if coaches and team management assure you otherwise. Given the squad sizes in the IPL, an injury or two can always be countered with opportunity for the second-choice contingent, but how does one begin to fill a void (rather crater) left behind by the absence of the duo that aggregated 1,660 runs last season. And that's not even taking into account their presence and impact on the field.

Sunrisers too, are not fully equipped. RCB's wounds may be much deeper, but the absence of Mustafizur Rahman, SRH's most potent weapon in a title-winning season, opens up grey areas for the holders. Such was their stringent planning last season, that Mustafizur was religiously deputised only for an over in the powerplay and the rest at the death. The subtlety of his variations got the better of most oppositions, giving SRH a winning formula early in the season. SRH duly strengthened their bowling unit, but their fate lies in how well they pick a worthy replacement for the opening fixture.

If the spate of injuries weren't enough to sully the start of what should be heralded as a truly landmark season of the IPL, Hyderabad's weather decided to add to the woes. An unexpected downpour around 6 PM IST denied the defending champions the chance to get some practice on the eve of the game.

History: If there's anything that can steer the tournament opener clear of all the dampeners, it is the history between the two teams. Since 2013, when Sunrisers Hyderabad came into being, the two teams have faced each other nine times. Sunrisers have an edge over their opponents, with five wins, which includes an one-over eliminator victory and a triumph in last season's title clash.

When: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, April 5, 08:00 PM IST

Where: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

Team News :---

Sunrisers Hyderabad
Finding balance and their best four foreign players could be the first massive task facing Sunrisers. Besides David Warner, Moises Henriques's resourcefulness, as a batsman in a shaky top-order and a vital bowler outside of the powerplay, should help him retain his spot. For the next two foreign slots, SRH could look at bringing in spinning all-rounder Mohammad Nabi in place of Mustafizur, hold onto Ben Cutting, the unlikely hero of the final last season, and play a second spinner in Bipul Sharma.

Alternatively, Cutting could make way for leg-spinner Rashid Khan while Barinder Sran or even Mohammad Siraj can play in place of Bipul Sharma, to beef up the fast-bowling department spearheaded by Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

The absence of Kohli and Rahul opens a window of opportunity for Shane Watson to play in a preferred top-order position. The idea of an opening combination of Chris Gayle and Shane Watson could be tempting, but the flimsiness of the rest of the batting order could stop Watson in his tracks. If a change of heart prompts him to stay in the middle order, promising youngster Mandeep Singh could walk out with Gayle at the top. The current state of the side also gives Travis Head a chance to make good on a T20 strike rate of 141.67.

While the batting sorts itself out, it will be imperative for new signing Tymal Mills to hit the ground running straightaway to give the team the sort of balance that champions are made of.


What they said:

"T20 cricket is a pretty level playing field, regardless of teams suffering with injury blows. We certainly have got huge amount of respect for, not only RCB, but everyone in this competition. And we know that tomorrow night's going to be a difficult match for us, regardless of the fact that we beat them in the final, regardless of the fact that they've got a number of injuries and that we're playing at home,"

- SRH coach Tom Moody is not taking, what many would view as a favourable situation, for granted.

Did you know?

- RCB have won their first match in each of the six editions starting from 2011 while SRH started on the wrong foot on each of their last three seasons.

- David Warner has scored a fifty in each of his seven games for SRH against RCB in IPL. His scores read 61, 59, 57, 52 not out, 58, 92 and 69.

- RCB will be without the services of Virat Kohli for the first time since the inaugural season. He has appeared in 139 of the 140 matches played by RCB in IPL.

- Chris Gayle is 63 short of becoming the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in 20-over cricket.

Teams:

Sunrisers Hyderabad (From): Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner(c), Moises Henriques, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha(w), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Rashid Khan, Barinder Sran, Ricky Bhui, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting, Abhimanyu Mithun, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Eklavya Dwivedi, Pravin Tambe, Ben Laughlin, Tanmay Agarwal, Mohammed Siraj, Chris Jordan
Royal Challengers Bangalore (From): Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Shane Watson(c), Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Tymal Mills, Sreenath Aravind, Aniket Choudhary, Harshal Patel, Adam Milne, Iqbal Abdulla, Samuel Badree, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers

RCB vs SRH Head to Head Records IPL - 2017

SRH has been the David Warner team till today; the great team has the popularity of being the most struggling team which finally managed to won the final of 2016 IPL against the big team of RCB. The coach Tom Moody had worked really hard to put up the confidence of players and the consistent fight made them the winner of IPL. RCB is also the most famous team of IPL which keep up its struggle and suffering from regular changes may cause their victory graph towards down. In March 2009 the Vijay Mallya launched that the Rahul Dravid left captaincy and the new captain would be Kevin Pietersen.

RCB vs SRH Head to Head Records IPL



First Team
Second Team
Winner
Margin
Ground
Date
Sunrisers
RCB
tied
Hyderabad (Deccan)
Apr 7, 2013
RCB
Sunrisers
RCB
7 wickets
Bangalore
Apr 9, 2013
RCB
Sunrisers
RCB
4 wickets
Bangalore
May 4, 2014
Sunrisers
RCB
Sunrisers
7 wickets
Hyderabad (Deccan)
May 20, 2014
RCB
Sunrisers
Sunrisers
8 wickets
Bangalore
Apr 13, 2015
Sunrisers
RCB
RCB
6 wickets
Hyderabad (Deccan)
May 15, 2015
RCB
Sunrisers
RCB
45 runs
Bangalore
Apr 12, 2016
Sunrisers
RCB
Sunrisers
15 runs
Hyderabad (Deccan)
Apr 30, 2016
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