Date & Time: Thursday, August 22, 19:00 IST
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India
The Tigers and Bulls lock horns to go up the ladder
HT came back from bottom of the table, right up to the 4th spot with the thumping win last night. Their morale must be high and they look like a team that has found its feet. BIJ has lost just 1 out of their 3 games and even that was just a good day for the Tuskers. They are well placed at number 3 in the table and will look to consolidate that. HT has a lot of experience, skill, and variety in their bowling but their batting was letting them down. Last night, the Tigers showed what they can do if their batsmen fire. Now, they look like a strong team. BIJ are an extremely top-heavy team. They do not have great depth in batting but their top 3 are exceptional batsmen in excellent form.
Both teams are coming off big wins and should retain the same XI.
The wicket continues to play better when there is no rain around. Last night, it was 180+ match as the rain stayed away. Tonight should be no different.
The Tigers’ opening batsman took a couple of games to find his form but reminded us what he can do if he takes just those few overs to get in. Just like last night, he is capable of winning matches on his own.
The highest run-getter in the last season has also been super consistent this season. He has provided quick and solid starts for his side. He is also the second-highest run-getter so far, this season.
He can provide good starts with the bat as well as the ball. He has been in good touch picking up a wicket whenever he got to bowl. He also scored a fluent 45 last night.
The veteran all-rounder could prove to be the X factor given his prowess with the ball and powerful hitting lower down the order. He has had an off game but you would expect him to bounce back. He has already shown what he can do with the bat as well.