Today’s IPL opener sees the Royal Challengers Bangalore on the precipice of early elimination. It took until this point last year for the sleeping giant to wake, and this star studded line-up will be looking to click into gear against today’s hosts the Rising Pune Supergiant.
The RCB batting line-up has failed badly in recent weeks, with superstars Kohli, Gayle and de Villiers unable to halt an alarming slide. This allied to a weak bowling attack has left RCB deeply vulnerable.
Pune rely heavily on Imran Tahir to bamboozle opposing batsmen, whilst an experienced middle order of Smith, du Plessis and Dhoni are experts at pacing an innings and setting up a death charge in the closing overs.
We can’t trust the RCB batsmen, but the Pune batting offers attack at the start and the finish, which should offer up wicket potential for RCB bowlers operating at both ends of the innings. RCB have been missing star bowling asset Tymal Mills, but he looks to have recovered from injury, and this exciting quick bowler is a T20 specialist, with a focus on opening and closing overs.
This marries well with the Pune batting approach and Mills can be backed to pick up a decent haul and top the RCB bowling effort.
Recommendation: Tymal Mills, Top RCB bowler, 7/2 generally available
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