The second half of the double header of action in the Indian Premier League on Saturday sees the Royal Challengers Bangalore taking on the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Chinnaswamy with the attention very much on the visitors.
The Royal Challengers know that whatever happens here their season ends after this match but the Sunrisers are in control of their own destiny and know that victory will see them into the play-offs and with a chance to regain the title.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
We all know by now that it has been a wretched campaign for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and we all know why. I’ve mentioned it regularly throughout the season and it is so obvious I barely needed to do so. They don’t have enough quality with the ball and they are way too reliant on two key batsmen. It is a terrible combination for franchise cricket it has to be said.
The one good thing from a terrible campaign is that they get to showcase their talents with no pressure on them here. I would be disappointed in them if they don’t look to play to their full potential here whether they are good enough or not. Their campaign has been so poor that is the very least that they owe their followers as something of a payback mechanism.
Despite losing players throughout the competition either due to international duty or injuries, the Sunrisers Hyderabad are still on course to get back into the final for a third season in succession. That would be a remarkable achievement at the best of times let alone in this up and down campaign, and especially when they have had to encounter a couple of weaknesses along the way.
Given that many of their international stars have departed to prepare for the World Cup, it is now imperative that their home grown players stand up and are counted if they are to get the win here that will secure their place among the top four when the real stuff begins next week. If they bat well they will have every chance here.
Marcus Stoinis has now departed for Australia duty so Royal Challengers Bangalore will be forced into one change. Shimron Hetmyer and Colin de Grandhomme would appear to be battling it out for his spot in the side.
Although they were beaten last time out the Sunrisers Hyderabad are running short of options to make positive changes to their without dramatically affecting the whole set up so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see them unchanged here.
I’ve said it all season and I’m going to say it one last time, this is not the ground to be betting on the match outcome and in truth I’m not sure I would want to be taking on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers who are playing with nothing to lose anyway although I’m fully aware that backing a side who don’t need to win isn’t always the most profitable strategy in the world.
With that in mind I’m going to finish off the Bangalore home season with a bet on the sixes where the 14.5 line looks achievable. Much has been made by myself and others about the Sunrisers Hyderabad batting line up but despite that they still have a couple of hitters in their ranks and even the touch players can clear these boundaries. Bangalore have licence to swing from the hips here so I’m expecting this line to be covered.
WON – Back Over 14.5 sixes for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with Bet365