Bombay: Umran Malik’s raw pace and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s consistency will be put to the test against Dinesh Karthik’s explosive punch and Faf du Plessis’ finesse as Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, here on Saturday .
Malik has captured everyone’s attention this season with his fiery deliveries. His fast pace has even put established batters like Shreyas Iyer in trouble.
Along with senior teammate Bhuvneshwar, the 22-year-old formed a match-winning partnership to beat Punjab Kings by seven wickets in their previous outing.
Sunrisers, who are aiming for a top-4 position, also have Yorker specialist T Natarajan and South African Marco Jansen in their ranks. Jansen has also been able to tease batters with his angles and variations.
But the seasoned Du Plessis and Karthik have thrashed the best in the business.
The new RCB skipper roared back into form with a nice 96 as he anchored his team’s innings after the top order collapsed again against Lucknow Super Giants.
However, the veteran South African batter missed a well-deserved first IPL hundred in the 18-run win on Tuesday.
On the other hand, Karthik is experiencing one of his best seasons in the league. The wicketkeeper’s batter has played the leading role for RCB with his exploits.
With scores of 32 not out, 14 not out, 44 not out, 7 not out, 34, 66 not out and 13 not out in seven innings, Karthik seems to have been the top finisher this season.
But the duo aside, the RCB batters will struggle against Sunrisers, who have momentum on their side after winning four games at a trot.
All eyes will once again be on Virat Kohli, who would love to get out of the low scoring rut.
Opener Anuj Rawat, who, apart from a 66 against Mumbai Indians, failed to capitalize on the opportunity presented to him, S Prabhudessai and Glenn Maxwell will also hope to make a substantial contribution with the bat.
However, their bowling unit is their strong suit, which was not the case in previous seasons.
Josh Hazlewood has quickly become an irreplaceable piece in the RCB lineup. The Australian fast has managed to dominate opposing batters with his consistent line and lengths.
In Hazlewood, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj and Wanindu Hasarnaga, RCB has four match winners, while Maxwell and Shahbaz Ahmed have also played their part well.
They will face an SRH batting unit where each batter has taken the responsibility of choosing his side across the line.
Promoting Abhishek Sharma to the opener position has worked wonders for the youngster, who was fantastic at the top and gave SRH an aggressive start.
Skipper Kane Williamson is also back between runs, while Rahul Tripathi has shown he can also win games with the bat when he hit a 37-ball 71 against KKR.
And if the top order fails, the duo of South African Aiden Markaram and reckless Nicholas Pooran are there to finish matches or set huge goals.
A win for Sunrisers will take them to the top-4, while a win for RCB will help them take the top spot.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholos Pooran, Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg, Vishnu Vinod, Glenn Phillips, R Samarth, Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar, Romario Shepherd, Marco Jansen, J Suchith, Shreyas Gopal , Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sean Abbott, Kartik Tyagi, Saurabh Tiwary, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Umran Malik, T Natarajan.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj, Faf du Plessis, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Josh Hazlewood, Shahbaz Ahmed, Anuj Rawat, Akash Deep, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Shelfane Rutherford, Jason Behrendorff Suyash Prabhudesai, Chama Milind, Aneeshwar Gautam, Karn Sharma, David Willey, Rajat Patidar, Siddharth Kaul.
The match starts at 7:30 PM.
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