Royal Challengers Bangalore have added depth to the second phase of the IPL. Yes, without Washington Sundar, they would have lost a spinner who could have bowled in the powerplace, but the absence of Adam Zampa could also be a factor. But the franchise has brought a smart replacement in Vanindu Hasaranga. George Gorton is in excellent form with the bat and ball in the Blast semifinals, playing for Sussex against Kent. The left arm fast bowler would be a good addition to move the RCB forward. And Kyle Jamieson took it as a duck for the tournament. (KKR Playing XI)
RCB captain Virat Kohli is not burdened with his batting form, but the decision to leave it may liberate him.
RCB’s problem is death bowling, the lack of someone who can bowl yorkers for fun. The first phase of the IPL in India has shown that Herschelle Patel is working on it. Also, the Indian team’s revelation made Mohammad Siraj a well-rounded fast bowler. Again, RCB chances are largely dependent on their openers, followed by AB de Villiers. Glenn Maxwell’s striking form moves between stunning and confusing. His team hopes the looter will turn around.
Probably XI: Virat Kohli, Devdat Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamison, Shahbaz Ahmed, Vanindu Hasaranga, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hershel Patel, Mohammad Siraj