IPL 2018 Preview: RCB on slippery ground against Sunrisers Hyderabad


An easy win for RCB Virat Kohli promoted himself to open the innings and led from the front to give his team a much-needed win.

The hosts are overtly dependant on Kohli and South African swashbuckler A B De Villiers.

While bowlers leaked runs in the earlier matches, yesterday's encounter saw them producing good performance to bundle out KXIP for mere 88 runs.

RCB knew that had to make quick work out of their run chase since they had a ideal opportunity to gain some ground with the net run rate as openers Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli reached their target in less than nine overs.

While Kings XI slumped to their third successive loss, RCB improved upon their net run rate by sealing the victory in 8.1 overs. They kept their playoff hopes alive by beating DD and KXIP in their last two games.

But in Hyderabad, RCB have an opponent that has prevailed with utter dominance through most stages of the ongoing tournament, claiming nine wins from 12 games and collecting 18 points in the process. While Anushka has always come out in support of her better half, this time she couldn't physically make it there.

The entire episode took place in the 13th over of the match bowled by Umesh Yadav. While Parthiv Patel and Mandeep Singh have delivered more often than not, a lot will be expected from the likes of Sarfaraz Khan and Manan Vohra. With two games left to play for a team that suddenly might have an actual chance to qualify for the IPL playoffs, Virat Kohli's men will know that they can not slip up at the very end of the group stages.

A defeat on the morrow against Sunrisers will reduce the final game of RCB against Rajasthan at Jaipur to nearly an academic affair. Brilliant bowling by RCB RCB had a brilliant start.

While Dhawan's return to form will be heartening, SRH will be concerned about the lack of runs from Alex Hales, who has 111 runs in five innings at 22.20, and Manish Pandey, who has a mere 189 runs from 10 innings.