RCB and Sunrisers Hyderabad will target a winning start when they clash in Match 4 of IPL 2016 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. While the Royal Challengers Bangalore start this game in Bengaluru as the favourites, considering they have Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB De Villiers and Shane Watson in their lineup, SRH – with David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan in tow -- have the firepower to beat any side on their day.
But, SRH have quite a few days when they fail to live up to the expectations, which is why they failed to make it to the playoffs in the last couple of seasons. The Sunrisers have made a few astute buys in the auction this season, and the key for them will be getting that middle order up and running so that they stop being so over-reliant on David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan.
Inconsistency is something that can be used to describe RCB as well. A team that consist of Kohli, Gayle and De Villiers should have really won the IPL title by now. But, instead, the ultimate crown has eluded them, with RCB, yet again, tipped as one of the favourites to go all the way this season.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have added Watson to their ranks for this season, buying the Australian for the highest fee in the Player Auction, and the all-rounder could prove to be the difference between another disappointing season and a title run.
The majority of matches at the Chinnaswamy ends up being high-scorers, and while runs haven't exactly been the order of the day in IPL 2016 so far, expect this match, what with the likes of Kohli, Gayle, De Villiers, Watson, Warner and Dhawan in the lineup, to be filled with runs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody also believes playing the last of the first round of matches of IPL 2016 will give his team, and RCB, an advantage, in the fact that the squad would have had more time to settle and assess the conditions.
"We have had a slight advantage given that we are starting our tournament (a little later)," Moody was quoted as saying by IPL's official website. "We have had a chance to watch a couple of matches unfold and that has given a little time to our international players who were involved in the World Twenty20 to freshen up mentally and physically.
"It has also given us a chance as a group to familiarise ourselves with each other personally and with their games. I am pretty comfortable with the preparations leading up to the game."
Where to Watch Live
Match 4 of IPL 2016 is scheduled for an 8 p.m. IST (3.30 p.m. BST, 10.30 a.m. ET) start. Live coverage of the match on TV will be on Sony Max, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD. Hotstar and Starsports.com will provide the online live streaming options for the match between RCB and SRH.
OSN Sports Cricket is the place to be to watch the IPL 2016 match live in the Middle East and North Africa, while the match can also be live streamed on OSN Cricket Play.Supersport and Supersport Live Video will give the TV and online live streaming options for audience in South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa.
Viewers from across the world can also watch RCB vs SRH by live streaming online on Cricketgateway.