It is match one of the Indian Premier League on Wednesday as defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad host Royal Challengers Bangalore. The match will begin at the usual IPL time of 8 pm IST and will be telecast on the Sony Network. The online streaming rights though are with a different network. To catch the streaming, you need to access Hotstar.com. Talking about today’s match, Hyderabad should go in as favourites for a number of reasons. They should have an air of confidence being defending champions, the home advantage always plays a part and Bangalore are missing several key players for this game.Also Read - IPL Auction Highlights: RPSG Group Takes Lucknow with 7000 Crore Bid, CVC Capital Bags Ahmedabad
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan, all will be missing for Bangalore and it is fair to say that it is just way too much firepower to do without. On the other hand, Hyderabad will not have the services of Mustafizur Rahman. Comparatively, a lesser blow as far as their starting eleven for this match is concerned. Also check-Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Live Score Also Read - IPL New Team Auction: Twitterverse React to Ahmedabad and Lucknow Inclusion in the Cash-Rich League
The conditions in Hyderabad are superb for batting and both teams may want to chase, knowing they can pace the innings the way the match would present an opportunity. Also Read - IPL is Proving to be a Wonderful Instrument in Globalising Cricket, Sourav Ganguly Reacts as BCCI Announce Ahmedabad and Lucknow as Two New Teams
It is an important opening match for both teams since it will set the momentum in the opening stages of the tournament. Bangalore may be underdogs but if they can pull off an upset, it will put them on course for the entire month and a half as they are only expected to get better as their injury issues are expected to ease as the tournament progresses.
Here are the likely XIs of both the teams:
David Warner (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha (wicketkeeper), Ben Cutting, Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Travis Head, Shane Watson (captain), Kedar Jadhav (wicketkeeper), Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Tymal Mills, Aniket Choudhary