For the first time, Hyderabad is going to host the curtain raiser 0f IPL. Defending Champions will take on Runners of last year on April 05. This year’s IPL is affected by injuries. Many star players are not available for the complete season. Some are ruled out for at least some matches. Let us look into the preview of first match. IPl will last for 48 days. Eight teams will be part of this IPL.
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Watson to lead…?
RCB is seriously affected with injuries. A BD Villiers was expected to lead the side in the initial matches, for which regular skipper virat Kohli is unavailable. Unfortunately, ABD is also ruled for the upcoming match as he is not in full fitness. So , Aussie all-rounder, Shane Watson will lead the side . Shane Watson is a successful captain when he lead Rajahasthan Royals. He might open with Chris Gayle. Let’s wait and how effective watson would be after retiring from international cricket Sachin Baby, Mandeep Singh and Travis head will play a pivotal role in RCB’s chances. Tymal Mills might play his first IPL match. Spin department in completely dependent on young Yuzvendra Chahal.
Most daunting task for Hyderabad would be find balance in picking foreign players. They too are affected by injuries or unavailability of Players. Mustafizur Rehaman will not play initial matches as he is on national duty. Srilanka are currently hosting Bangladesh. IPL 09 final hero, Ben cutting, might sacrifice his place to provide right balance. Most concerning issue is skipper David Warner’s form. He has failed to score in a single inings in entire India’s tour. But still critics feel he is one innings away for regaining form.
RCB to win
David Warner to top score
Shane watson to win man of the match