RCB to keep marching on
It has been another strong campaign for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and they will be hoping to take some momentum in to the final phase of the Indian Premier League, with a win over the heavily disappointing Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday. They might have already secured a place in the playoffs, but RCB will be keen to finish as high up the table as possible, with a win in their last match.
It was polar opposites for the two Australian batsmen in the RCB side on Sunday when they took on the Punjab Kings. The experienced Dan Christian found himself trudging back to the pavilion for a golden duck, before an explosive 57 from Glenn Maxwell, helped the Royal Challengers reach a competitive 164.
With the ball, Sussex left arm quick George Garton bowled well at the start of the innings, before three wickets from Yuzvendra Chahal helped to keep RCB on top throughout the innings. In the end it was only a six run win, but was enough to ensure that the team lead by Virat Kohli could still be lifting the golden trophy on the 15th October.
A season to forget
There haven’t been many positives to come out of Hyderabad across both parts of the IPL this year. They needed a really strong restart if they were going to have a sniff at qualification, and they is exactly what didn’t happen as they have only claimed two victories all season, and are firmly rock bottom of the table.
Their performance last time out against the Kolkata Knight Riders really sums up their campaign this year. Batting first they were disappointing, they got off to a poor start losing Wriddhiman Saha for a golden duck, and Jason Roy for just 10. Kane Williamson and Priyam Garg tried to resurrect batted slowly in a bid to solidify the innings, but in the end they only limped to 115-8.
It was never going to be enough, especially with a bowling attack that is lacking in confidence. And whilst it they took it to deep in to the final over, KKR never looked like losing this one.
The Royal Challengers have a lot more to play for than the Sunrisers, whose fate has already been determined. They will be looking to ensure that they don’t finish fourth in the table.
I am backing the Royal Challengers Bangalore to beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad at 1.53 with Casumo.