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IPL 2013: RCB, Sunrisers meet again after thrilling tie

Sahil Malhotra

Posted: Apr 09, 2013 at 1620 hrs IST
      

New Delhi: After a dream start to the tournament, Kumar Sangakkara and Co. will look to extend their winning run. It will be a test of consistency for the Sunrisers when they take on a revenge-seeking RCB unit. 

There was little separating the two sides in the previous fixture and it was Cameron White's short cameo which saw them over the line. Sunrisers' inconsistent batting remains a worry as the only positive from their last fixture was the reselience exhibited by the young Hanuma Vihari. Only 19, Vihari showed a lot of maturity against an attack led by Muttiah Muralitharan. 

The right-hander would have been disappointed on not finishing the job for his team but did enough to avoid defeat. In the end, it was White's heroics with the bat sealed the game for them.

Looking ahead

RCB will look to share some responsibility with the bat as their batting unit seems heavily dependant on the services of Chris Gayle. The bowlers are doing a good job and should look to carry on with the good work. Tillakaratne Dilshan's scratchy form remains a worry but with AB de Villiers available for selection, the team might go for a toss today.

The Sunrisers on the other hand have a lot to worry about. Their failure as a batting unit is evident from the scores they have managed in the first two matches. It is time that Kumar  Sangakkara and Cameron White shoulder the responsibility of getting enough for the side today.

Form check

For the RCB, Gayle's form is a huge advantage going into this game. Apart from Gayle, Vinay Kumar's bowling in the death has been impressive in the tournament so far. Moises Henriques put a good show with both bat and ball against the Sunriseres. His utility quotient can well be the difference between the two sides.

As far as the Sunrisers are concerned, the only plus for them is their bowling department. If Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma keep it tight upfront, Amit Mishra has enough variation to outclass any batsman. 

Game changer

Chris Gayle: With the form he is in, Gayle can turn the game on his head today. The aggressive southpaw, with a see the initial overs type of knock in the firsrt game, made it clear that he can stick around too. If the Sunrisers manage to contain this beast, half the battle is won.

Dale Steyn: The South African speedster is in superb rhythm and is hitting the right spots in the IPL 2013 so far. Steyn's effort to contain Gayle and Virat Kohli in the super over speaks volumes about his control on the ball. With an out of touch batting unit of the Sunrisers, Steyn will relish the chance of bowling on a strip conducive to pace and movement.

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Tom Moody

Match day against @RCBTweets, 1st of 4 matches on the road, @SunRisers will need to bring its A game #RCB will come hard at us! #SRH

Sid Mallya

Best of luck lads..time to avenge Sundays defeat!!.Am sure the Bangalore crowd will be as supportive and vocal as ever! #RedBlueandGold

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