IPL 2017, SRHvsRCB: Match Preview
Hyderabad: With Virat Kohli sitting out of the opening clash, it will be a battle between two Australian skippers when last year runner-up Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horns with defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the opener of Indian Premiere League- 10 (IPL 10) here on Wednesday.
The very first game of the cash-rich league will be hosted by Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium which saw home side lifting the IPL trophy in the ninth season of the league.
The star studded RCB will miss the services of two maverick batsmen Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers owing to their shoulder and back injuries respectively. SRH will leave no stone unturned to get apt advantage of RCB's batting shortage.
The core responsibility will be shifted to the destroyer Chris Gayle and the interim skipper Shane Watson following the ouster of KL Rahul from the league.
Kedar Jadhav and Mandeep Singh are the other names who can add some fireworks in RCB batting.
In the absence of Mitchell Starc, weak bowling of RCB will majorly revolve around Yuzvendra Chahal.
David Warner and Mustafizur Rahman were the SRH men behind team's spectacular performance in the previous season. The side will expect the same from these two gems and will also look for Shikhar Dhawan's much awaited show with the bat.
When it comes to bowling department, SRH's claims are vehement with Mustafizur, Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar leading the pace section.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Nabi, Eklavya Dwivedi, Rashid Khan, Pravin Tambe, Ben Laughlin, Tanmay Agarwal, Mohammed Siraj
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Praveen Dubey, Aniket Choudhary, Billy Stanlake