Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad will play their opening games of Vivo IPL 2016 when they come up against each other in Match 4 on Tuesday.
One of the more popular sides in the IPL, RCB have finished the league season in the top four teams in four of the eight seasons so far. They made it to the Playoffs in IPL 2015 too, before being knocked out by the Chennai Super Kings. Virat Kohli?s side will not only be keen to make the playoffs again, but will be desperate to take home some silverware at the end of the season. Going by the team?s new slogan ? which is ?Play Bold?, one can expect plenty of exciting cricket from the RCB lads.
Sunrisers Hyderabad were one win away from a berth in the Playoffs last season. A win in the final league match of the season would have earned them a place in the last four. But as things transpired, they lost that final league match to eventual champions Mumbai Indians and had to be content with a sixth place finish. The David Warner-led side would have learnt their lessons from last season and will want to nail down a playoff berth much earlier and not want to leave things to the last moment. SRH, who retained 13 of the players from their last season?s squad, bolstered their squad further and signed up ten more players at the cost of INR 21.75 Crore at the Vivo IPL Player Auction 2016. They will be without the services of Yuvraj Singh, but still have plenty of exciting talent in their ranks.