IPL: Rashid Khan stands in AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli’s way

The first match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last edition of IPL brought Devdutt Padikkal into prominence. This edition saw RCB’s Harshal Patel enhance his credentials.
His death-overs masterclass denied Mumbai in the opening night’s thriller and it is something Sunrisers Hyderabad will be wary of in their second match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Like in their opening match last year, SRH lost their first match of the season by 10 runs against KKR and they will look to set things right quickly.
The spin department will hold plenty of hope for Sunrisers for the superb manner in which leggie Rashid Khan found his rhythm. While the rest of the SRH attack struggled to find the right areas, Rashid was spot on.
The Afghan leggie relishes a challenge and it doesn’t get any bigger than Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Glenn Maxwell gave a glimpse of the damage he can do and Padikkal’s availability is a big boost for RCB.

Hyderabad’s middle order once again failed to take them across the finish line following the cheap dismissal of the openers against KKR. This been a recurrent theme for Sunrisers and nothing hurts them like an off-colour skipper David Warner.
With ‘Mr Reliable’ Kane Williamson still not fully match-fit after an elbow injury, the onus is on the skipper and an in-form Jonny Bairstow to deliver.
Sunrisers would have watched the game between KKR and Mumbai Indians with interest because it would have helped them decide whether to go in with Jason Holder or another spinner.

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