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Tuesday , May 20 , 2014
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RCB aim to go for the kill

Hyderabad: After a hard-fought win over Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) would look to brighten their prospects of earning a play-off berth with a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SH) in the Indian Premier League here on Tuesday.

Sunrisers are virtually out of the race following their seven-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders here on Sunday. But they would like to achieve a win over RCB and salvage some pride.

The Bangalore side have been erratic, but A B de Villiers’ 14-ball 28 cameo and Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle’s decent outings is good news for the team.

RCB’s cause would get a boost if skipper Virat Kohli piles up a big score against SH. In the bowling department, RCB’s pacer Mitchell Starc and the seasoned Muttiah Muralidharan have been delivering the goods and they would be called upon to rise to the occasion again.

SH have been inconsistent this season and are having a poor run on their home ground, losing all the three matches in a row so far.

SH scored a massive 204 against table-toppers Kings XI Punjab on May 14, but could notch up a less challenging 142 runs against KKR on Sunday.

The team lost wickets at regular intervals as the Kolkata bowlers got the better of them and a determined effort by their bowlers was not enough.

In batting, Shikhar Dhawan, Aaron Finch, Naman Ojha and KL Rahul need to come up with a sterling show on Tuesday to make it tough for the rivals.

Much is also expected from Dale Steyn, Bhuveneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra and Darren Sammy.

RCB are currently fifth in the points table, just above SH, but trailing KKR by two points. They need to win all their remaining games, if they harbour any hopes of making it to the play-offs.

RCB will be buoyed by the recent form of their players. While Yuvraj Singh has played three important innings in as many games, AB de Villiers has backed him up fully on each occasion. In their all-important clash against CSK, Chris Gayle battled through spinning conditions to post a very uncharacteristic 50-ball 46, an innings that ultimately proved vital in the RCB chase.

With only Kohli’s form a cause for concern, the Royal Challengers will be feeling good about their chances against Hyderabad. (Agencies)