Royal Challengers Bangalore host Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League on Thursday, another must win game for RCB in their late bid for a play off place.
RCB kept their play off hopes alive with a 10 wicket demolition of the Kings XI at Indore on Monday. They bowled KXP out for just 88 and crashed off the chase in double quick time to boost their net run rate, a criteria that could well be a factor in determining which sides make the play offs.
RCB now have a record of 5 wins and 7 defeats, they can reach a maximum of 14 points which could be enough to take them through although it will depend on how other results go. At the time of writing a total of 12 points could possibly be enough to qualify but it would need an unlikely series of results elsewhere for RCB to go through from that mark.
This will be RCB’s final home game before they finish up away at the Royals and their record in Bangalore so far comprises of 3 wins and 3 defeats.
Kohli has 514 runs in 12 knocks for RCB and Umesh Yadav is leading wicket taker with 17 in his 12 outings.
The Sunrisers were beaten for just the third time this season when they went down away to the Super Kings by 8 wickets last weekend. They come into this game top of the log, 2 points clear of CSK with both sides having 2 remaining matches to settle the argument for top spot.
In the earlier meeting with RCB this season the Sunrisers won by 5 runs, defending a total of 146 where Kane Williamson top scored with 56.
Skipper Kane Williamson is top run scorer with 544 in 12 innings whilst Siddarth Kaul and Rashid Khan have both taken 13 wickets in 12 outings.
Head to Head
Matches 11, Sunrisers wins 6, Royal Challengers wins 4 plus 1 tie
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Royal Challengers Bangalore 8/10
Sunrisers Hyderabad even money
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
Although the Sunrisers would revel in eliminating a powerful side RCB have the greater incentive here and they are backed to handle the pressure to remain in the hunt for a play off spot.
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