Royal Challengers Bangalore will be hosting Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening game of Indian Premier league Season 9 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Tuesday. Though the Kohli-led sides with the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villeirs and Shane Watson look strong on papers, Sunrisers too have hard-hitting David Warner and experienced Yuvraj Singh to counter the challenge.
Let’s take a look on the players who can make a difference in the match:
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Virat Kohli: Kohli single handily carried India to the semi-finals of the WT20. He has been in excellent form for the last few years and has always performed well for RCB. The only trophy missing from his cabinet is the IPL and this year he will definitely try his best to finally get his hands on it.
Chris Gayle: Gayle needs no introduction. He has been the highest run getter in two seasons and even has the highest score of 175 in the IPL by his name.
Ab de Villiers: Known as the 360 degree man, . de Villiers can hit the ball in every corner of the ground. Has the ability to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and had even smashed his own countrymen Dale Steyn for 28runs in an over in one of the previous seasons.
David Warner: Warner had a poor WT20, going by his standards but in the IPL he would be back to opening the innings which is where he is more destructive than coming down the order. SunRisers would be hoping that he can carry on from where he left in the previous season.
Yuvraj Singh: He was the costliest Indian player in this year’s auction, going for 7 cr. He is vastly experienced, having played for India all those years along with all the otherIPL teams. He will bolster the middle order of SRH and provide an additional spin option for his captain
Kane Williamson: This New Zealander is arguable the most technically gifted player from his country. He has been in excellent form in the last few years and played well in the World T20 campaign. He may open with Warner this season that perhaps has the potential to be a deadly combination.