IPL 2018 | Match 51 | RCB vs SRH: Royal Challengers Bangalore face the top-of-the-table Sunrisers Hyderabad in their final home game tonight at 20:00 IST.

After 15 days of traveling, RCB has managed two wins of the four games they’ve played and still have a mathematical probability of making the playoffs if they win the remaining two. The team is egged on by their desperation to not let their fans down and bring alive the slogan of “Ee Saala Cup Namde“.

“I suppose we approach it like the last three games. We know the scenario and the only way we can give ourselves that opportunity is having the desperation. I think the way that it appears to me visually is the way Virat bats. He plays unencumbered and he plays aggressive, particularly in that Powerplay. We have seen in the last two games versus Delhi and obviously in the last one versus Kings XI that he is prepared to take bowlers on and take a lot of risks. When he does that, that has a way of flowing through the rest of the team, and particularly with our batting,” RCB head coach Daniel Vettori was stated as saying.

Desperation, however, may not be enough to secure a win tonight against the very successful team. SRH has had a famously consistent bowling record with all the big names like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan and many more. However, Chennai Super Kings managed to breach their fortress in their last match and although it did not have an effect on their position, there are a few holes SRH may have to patch up.

Chinnaswamy Stadium has been known for being batsmen-friendly with its high altitude and short boundaries. History also shows that it been good for pacers with the luxury of space available to them.

As usual, Bangalore boasts of its pleasant weather during the summers. The weather forecasts cloudy skies and a temperature that may reach a maximum of 28 degrees. No rain was recorded on the eve of the match.

RCB has greatly improved with respect to its bowling with pacer Umesh Yadav leading the cause. The third contender for the purple cap, he has taken 17 wickets so far in the tournament, 13 of which were during the powerplay.  The team is also highly dependent on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers who has contributed to almost 50% of the runs scored. Brendon McCullum has not performed and neither has Washington Sundar. Their replacements, Parthiv Patel and Moeen Ali, however, seemed promising. They may or may not make a comeback to the batting lineup for tonight.

SRH, on the other hand, has Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan leading the batting front along with Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, and Manish Pandey. Both Yusuf Pathan and Wriddhiman Saha were out injured for the last few games but were seen practicing, hence, they may make be included tonight.

SRH has more probability of emerging as the winning side with their finesse in both batting and bowling, however, RCB’s nothing-to-lose attitude should not be taken lightly. Also, the last time they clashed, SRH did win but RCB put up a good fight. With proper coordination and luck, RCB has a good chance of making it through tonight. SRH’s position in the tournament will not be affected by a win or a loss tonight but they will look to come back to their winning ways to keep up their reputation of being unbeatable.

RCB has clashed with SRH eleven times with SRH emerging victorious seven of those times. SRH has had four consecutive wins against the opponent including the 2016 finals. Out of RCB’s four wins, three were in Chinnaswamy Stadium.

It will be a nail-biting match for dedicated RCB fans as Chinnaswamy Stadium will be filled for the final home game this year. Will SRH find its match tonight or will RCB lose out on its last chance? Watch tonight to find out.

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