Despite just a few matches remaining in the league stages of IPL 2015, the top-four playoff teams are still to be finalised. The eighth edition of the tournament has been been very closely fought amongst the IPL teams.
At present, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) might be in the sixth position of the standings table, but they have a chance to rocket up to third if they defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday.
Meanwhile, SRH have a good chance of making it to the playoffs if they win today's game, but they are required to win both their games in IPL 2015 to avoid any complications (net run rate and mathematical calculations). They must have their tails up with three victories in a row, and both their bowlers and batsmen have come to the party of late, which makes them a dangerous unit.
Here is a look at some players, who can make this game between SRH and RCB an interesting one.
David Warner – With some fine batting displays at the top of the order for SRH, Warner deservedly is the 'Orange Cap' holder. He has amassed 504 runs in the tournament. Warner has attacked bowlers when the field restrictions are on and more often than not, the Australian has given some great starts to his team. The SRH skipper has been severe on anything that has been bowled short to him, unleashing his favourite pull shot to good effect time and again.
Eoin Morgan – The English ODI skipper has not been in great form this IPL 2015 with just 167 runs But, the batsman has started to score of late at a quick pace, which is a positive sign for SRH. His experience in the middle order will prove to be handy for SRH, and if Morgan can make full use of the start provided by the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Warner, big scores will follow for the team. Morgan has a full array of shots to unsettle the RCB bowlers at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday.
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AB de Villiers – The South African holds the key to the RCB batting lineup. De Villiers has scored an outstanding 446 runs in IPL 2015, at a brilliant strike rate of 177.68. He has destroyed bowlers in the competition with his clean-hitting skills, with some of his shots leaving most in awe. De Villiers' ability to clear the fence with utmost ease against the spinners, as well as the seamers, makes him a formidable batsman.
Mitchell Starc – The Australian has proved us wrong - T20 is not all about batting. If bowlers bowls in the right areas with pace and swing, they can have an edge over the batsmen as well. Starc has taken 17 wickets so far with an average of 10.64. RCB needs Starc to fire on all cylinders in their last two league games.