RCB v SRH. Preview: Paddikal may return to open for RCB

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The RCB v SRH game at Chennai will be an intense one with SRH hoping to set few areas right after their first match loss and RCB hoping to carry their first match winning momentum.

On slowish Chennai pitch both teams will go with bowlers who can thrive in these conditions.

RCB bowling managed to find the right formula in their match against MI with Harshal Patel bowling superbly using these conditions and taking a fifer. Their bowlers maintained great lengths to choke the Mumbai batting who were rusty in their first match. The only wish for RCB with be to see that their ace spinner Yazuvendra Chahal gets back into his form as he has been struggling of late.

No big issues in batting as all the three big guns Kohli, De villiers and Maxwell has fired in game one. They well be further bolstered by the return of Devdutt. Paddikal at the top of the order.

Probable XI

Paddikal, Kohli, Parihar/ Azharuddeen , Maxwell, De Villiers, Sundar, Harshal, Christan, Jamieson, Siraj, Chahal

SRH will look to improve their lower middle-order batting which has been their issue for many seasons. Kane Wiliamson is still recovering from an injury niggle and so his return to the XI will take longer. Remains to be seen whether Jonny Bairstow returns to the top to open the batting or if they again persist with Saha. It’s also possible that spin allrounder Abhishek Sharma is brought in the XI. They might look at Jason Holder’s return after Nabi had a subdued first match. The bowling needs to improve overall after their flat performance in 1st game

Probable XI

Warner, Bairstow, Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Saha/ Abhishek, Samad, Holder/Nabi, Rashid, Bhubaneswar, Sandeep, Natarajan

With the match in Chennai, it promises to be an intriguing contest with not a very high scoring game.

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