IPL 2019 – Match 11: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – RCB Predicted Playing XI
A lot will depend on the RCB bowlers in the upcoming match.
Published - Mar 30, 2019 6:21 pm | Updated - Mar 30, 2019 6:21 pm
After watching the game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be the happiest team. The side from Bengaluru is yet to open their account in the tournament this year. They will be playing their next game against Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
The pitch, which seems to be a batting paradise, would have brought a lot of joy in the RCB camp. Their team relies a lot on their batsmen and these kind of tracks are apt for them. However, there isn’t any point if their bowlers can’t assist the batsmen and they’d still end up losing games. Thus, RCB will look to strengthen its bowling attack heading into this match.
Here is the Predicted Playing XI for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB):
Openers (Parthiv Patel (wk), Moeen Ali)
No matter how the other batsmen play, Parthiv Patel is someone who always guarantees you at least 30 runs in every game. He was a part of the SRH team earlier and knows the ground pretty well. On his day, he can march on and get a big score. The left-hander will enjoy the ball coming onto the bat.
Moeen Ali will continue to open the innings for his team. He was unfortunate to have got run out in the last match and will look to unleash his full potential in the next game. As Marcus Stoinis will come back in soon, his place in the eleven is under threat and he has got to secure it with a good show.
Middle Order (Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer)
Just like many of the other seasons, RCB seems to be over-reliant on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers yet again. With the kind of form he is in at the moment, Kohli will score runs at any batting position. Also, he has got AB de Villiers backing him up and thus can play with a lot of freedom. The South African, on the other hand, looked slightly rusty in the last game.
Yet, he played a confidence-boosting knock which is a great sign for the team. He will want to be at his destructive best against SRH. Shimron Hetmyer hasn’t yet lived up to the expectations and was outwitted by Jasprit Bumrah in the last game. At the moment, RCB doesn’t want to tinker around much with the eleven and thus Hetmyer might get another chance. But he has got to back it up with some good performances. Otherwise, he would be out of the playing eleven even before he realises.
All Rounders (Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar)
Shivam Dube is yet another curious case in the RCB line-up. He has shown glimpses of his capabilities in the last game. Even though he failed to finish the game for his team, he was hitting the ball long and hard. Both his batting and bowling are yet to be tested in full capacity. The RCB will have a lot of expectations on him going forward.
RCB might not field Colin de Grandhomme in this game. This creates a void in their batting line-up and thus they might pick Washington Sundar to replace him. Sundar can open the bowling and also is a handy batsman. He is likely to get a lot more chances this season considering RCB’s combinations.
Bowlers (Tim Southee, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj)
Colin de Grandhomme isn’t someone whom you can back completely, at least while playing in India. He could be replaced by Tim Southee as RCB needs strength in its bowling department. Southee can also be useful with the bat down the order. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj will be the other pacers in the line-up. Navdeep Saini will have to miss out keeping the team combinations in mind.
Siraj will be playing at his home ground in Hyderabad while Umesh has done well in the last match. RCB’s biggest strength in this game will be Yuzvendra Chahal as he will enjoy bowling with the longer boundaries. The leg-spinner accounted for four wickets in the last game and will look the upset SRH batsmen’s rhythm in this game as well.