Royal Challengers Bangalore RCB will be looking for a top-two finish against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Virat Kohli’s side will win the two remaining games against Delhi Capitals, taking it to 20 points. If Chennai Super Kings loses at Punjab Kings in its final game, then second place and two chances of qualifying for the final can be taken by RCB.
You can’t help but wonder about its possibilities
RCB is optimistic based on current form. With contributions from almost every member of its playing XI, it has won three matches in a row. The brightest among them were Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, who each had three consecutive half-centuries.
One thing RCB could improve upon is its scoring rate right after PowerPlay. Devdutt and Kohli, who are both excellent otherwise, tend to slow down during the middle overs. Running at a fast pace can reap greater rewards.
Mohammed Siraj only claimed one wicket in five matches at the UAE leg. However, the overall strength of the bowling unit has been impressive.
SRH is out of the tournament and has little to lose. Kane Williamson is only looking for green shoots in the next season.
Umran Malik is a temporary replacement for T. Natarajan. Jammu & Kashmir’s 21-year-old cricketer was a revelation against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Everyone was stunned. These matches will prove to be very instructive.