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IPL 2018: RCB Vs SRH - Five players to watch out for

17 May 2018

They now have 10 points and are still placed second from bottom.

Even before Umesh got rid of the openers with short deliveries in the fifth over, he and Tim Southee swung the new ball with precision and didn't offer the batsmen any room to restrict them to 14 for 0 in the first three overs. With MI having a NRR of +0.384, RCB need to register another big win to climb up to the 4th position.

With one team trying its best to find a place in the playoffs and the other using it as a practice match before playoffs, let's take a look at five players who can make an impact in this game.

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Kohli (48) and Parthiv Patel (40) ensured there were no jitters in RCB's chase as they reached the target in 8.1 overs.

The "Universal boss" had received a reprieve off the "ball of the night" though, dropped behind the stumps by Parthiv Patel off Umesh. However, Umesh then banged it in short and straight and got Rahul to pull, but the extra pace was just enough for the shot to be mistimed to land into the hands of deep square-leg.

What is the worst thing you can do as captain when your team is reeling at 78/6? The two have combined to score almost half of RCB's total runs this season but the side needs bigger contributions from the likes of Moeen Ali and Corey Anderson.

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What was worse for Kings XI was that two other batsmen made a decision to follow their captain's example and ran themselves out as the hosts were bowled out for 88. "Talented, determined, tough and competitive, they will present a massive challenge at the M.Chinnaswamy stadium but, as CSK demonstrated, they are also beatable", De Villiers, mentioned. The dew factor is likely to play a part and the toss will be important from both team's point of view.

RCB on slippery ground against Sunrisers Hyderabad "There are no ifs or buts: we need to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bengaluru on Thursday or else the sun will finally set on our hopes of winning the 2018 IPL title". It could all come down to that.

Kohli has led from the front with 514 runs in 12 games. If RCB manage to pull off a win, they will become the fourth team to have 12 points in 13 games. "We are one of those sides that punched way above its weight in the first half of the competition", Ashwin said.

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Siraj immediately joined the party with the wicket of No.3 Karun Nair (1) brilliantly caught by skipper Kohli at slip before Australians Aaron Finch (26) and Marcus Stonis (2) joined forces.

IPL 2018: RCB Vs SRH - Five players to watch out for