Thursday 29 October 2020

RCB vs SRH: Kohli begins campaign for maiden title

RCB have reached three finals, and have lost them all. The last one coming in 2016, when Kohli had a stand out year as he slammed more than 1000 runs to take his team to the summit clash

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The first South Indian derby of IPL 2020 is on the cards as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 21 September. Virat Kohli will begin his quest for an elusive IPL title with Royal Challengers Bangalore as they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening IPL encounter in Dubai on 21 September.

Both teams possess dangerous batsmen who can single-handedly take the game away from the opposition. At the helm of both sides are Australians, SRH have appointed Trevor Baylis, who guided England to their maiden ODI World Cup title last year, as a coach, RCB has placed its faith in Simon Katich to lead them.

SRH had finished fourth the last time around but will be eager to go one step ahead and make it to the finals. On papers, SRH look quite strong with the batting line-up of David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, and Kane Williamson, and the bowling line-up of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, and Rashid Khan.

RCB have reached three finals, and have lost them all. The last one coming in 2016, when Kohli had a stand out year as he slammed more than 1000 runs to take his team to the summit clash. But in the final they were outdone by Sunrisers Hyderabad and it is the same team against whom they start their campaign.

One of the major reasons why Kohli’s team faces so much scrutiny is that they have had big names in their ranks over the years. But most of those big names have been batting superstars, which includes AB de Villiers and the likes of Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh, Shane Watson and many others.

The team’s main worry has been their weak bowling attack and that is something they have failed to fix over the years. As another season beckons, the question mark over their bowling arsenal continues to hover.

Apart from Yuzvendra Chahal, who has been a great performer for RCB, the team lacks depth in the bowling attack and that is something which was outlined by former England captain and IPL superstar Kevin Pietersen.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Squad

David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Manish Pandey, Virat Singh, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Williamson, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bavanaka Sandeep, Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Sanjay Yadav, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Squad

Aaron Finch, Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Isuru Udana, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Adam Zampa, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Siraj, Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe, Shahbaz Ahmed

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Siddharth Raghuvanshi
Siddharth Raghuvanshi
Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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