Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are reeling at the bottom of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 points table. Scope for errors - zero. We have already come halfway through the tournament and Virat Kohli knows the importance of each and every single game from now onwards. 

RCB will square off against the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Match no. 29 on Tuesday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. This is the reverse fixture and Kohli and co.has no choice but to be at the top of their game against David Warner's side. 

The Sunrisers are placed third on the points table and they have very little to lose. Warner's side was undone by a special knock from a very special man - MS Dhoni in their last game. They will look to bounce back to winning ways against a low-on-morale RCB side. 

However, one needs to look into strange statistics before the game kicks off at the Chinnaswamy Stadium:

  • Before this edition of the IPL, this stadium had the highest run rate (8.61) among all the other grounds across India. But in IPL 2017, Chinnaswamy has the lowest run rate of 7.41.

  • Quite shockingly, Bengaluru is the only place where none of the teams has managed to go past the 180-run mark in IPL 2017. 

  • The Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch has favoured the bowlers in this season as a wicket tends to fall after every 20 runs almost. 

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad have lost all their away matches in IPL 2017.


Likely XIs:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Mandeep Singh, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Samuel Badree, Tymal Mills, Sreenath Arvind, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha (wk), Bipul Sharma/Md. Siraj, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra.