DK will look to carry on the momentum against SRH. T Natarajan is getting close to becoming the famed yorker king again.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will meet the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in game 36 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. This match will be the second game of the double-header. Both RCB and SRH are in impressive form. Bangalore find themselves in the Top 3 of the points table, having registered five wins in seven matches. Speaking of Hyderabad, they began with two losses but have since hit a four-match winning streak. In their last game, RCB defeated the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by 16 runs. SRH, on the other hand, hammered the Punjab Kings (PBKS) by seven wickets. They were excellent with both bat and ball. Here are five player battles to watch out for in RCB vs SRH clash.

1. Faf du Plessis vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar: RCB skipper Faf du Plessis seemed to have lost his touch after his 88 in the team’s opening match. However, he roared back in stunning fashion against LSG. His 96 off 64 balls emphasized that there is still quite a bit of fight left in him. Faf would want to carry on in the same vein now. He will be up against the wily Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the start of the innings. After a poor start, the experienced SRH has found his rhythm back. He is getting the ball to move and is accurate with his line and length as well. Kumar will be looking to produce that perfectly pitched delivery at the start of the innings to stun Faf.

2. Kane Williamson vs Josh Hazlewood: This promises to be one amazing contest. SRH skipper Kane Williamson might not have built on the form he found a few matches ago with an impressive fifty. However, he will be keen to stand up and make an impact against a strong RCB bowling. Josh Hazlewood has been absolutely unbelievable with his bowling ever since he has been part of the playing XI. His hard lengths have been next to impossible to get away. Can Kane find a way past Josh?

3. Glenn Maxwell vs Umran Malik: This will be the fire meets fire battle. Glenn Maxwell has come in and thrown his bat at almost everything this season and has been rewarded accordingly. He might not have the big scores, but has clearly given momentum to RCB’s innings. He will look to play in the same vein. Umran Malik has been breathing fire with the ball, and will be looking forward to the massive challenge against the Big Show. Neither of the players believe in holding back, so this could be one fiery contest.

4. Rahul Tripathi vs Wanindu Hasaranga: Rahul Tripathi has been in wonderful form with the bat for SRH. He has not looked to hold himself back and has been at his aggressive best. He followed his blazing 71 against KKR with a quickfire 34 in the win over Punjab in the last game. RCB could look to tackle Tripathi with Wanindu Hasaranga’s variations. The RCB leggie can try and force a poor shot out of the in-form SRH batter. In the past, the batter has fallen for similar baits. But, Tripathi is a different player now. Will Hasaranga be able to break his resistance? 

5. Dinesh Karthik vs T Natarajan: DK has been in unbelievable form for RCB. Jos Buttler may be the Orange Cap holder. However, if there was one cap for finishers, Karthik would be wearing it for sure. He has come in and absolutely murdered bowlers with his killer strokeplay. DK will look to carry on the momentum against SRH. T Natarajan is getting close to becoming the famed yorker king again. He has found his bowling rhythm in a rather impressive fashion. Karthik would know what Natarajan would be trying against him. Will he come up with a cheeky repartee? 

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