Last night's match would suggest that there would be help for the fast bowlers in the early part of the innings. If batsmen can get themselves in, it won't be too big an ask to post 180 or even 200 on the board. Spinners need to bowl slower through the air to make the most of the Dubai track.
According to weather experts, the players will be welcomed by hot and humid weather, with temperatures set to hover around 35 degrees celsius. There's no prediction for rain, and we will be treated to a full 40-over contest.
RCB's perennial shortcoming has been their bowling attack. While Yuzvendra Chahal can stem the flow of runs in the middle overs, RCB leak a lot of runs in the powerplay and, especially at the death. Umesh Yadav will probably bowl three of the first six overs, and if he can make early inroads and expose SRH's comparatively inexperienced middle order, RCB would have an upper hand going into the death. RCB have roped in Aaron Finch. In order to flourish with the bat, Finch needs to get going, coupling with finishing touch from Chris Morris. SRH's Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar knows the importance of getting rid of RCB's big guns.
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Both teams are synonymous for firepower. While there is IPL's leading run-getter on one side, SRH boast the best opening combination in David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. However, the middle order is their soft under-belly. If RCB's bowlers can capitalise on that, Virat Kohli can begin IPL 2020 on a winning note.