Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore take on each other for the first time in the season tonight at the Dubai International Stadium Credit: IPL Twitter

As the much awaited Indian Premier Leagues is all underway, already with two involving contests in the opening two days of the tournament, the big two teams from the south, the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on each other for the first time in the season tonight at the Dubai International Stadium.

As Virat Kohli’s RCB is in all readiness to take on the David Warner-led SRH, we bring you some of the talking points ahead of the game.

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The IPL jinx for RCB
Every year as a new season of the IPL begins, the RCB have always looked like one of the teams to beat on paper, with a number of superstars in the team, but as the season progresses they have always managed to somehow disappoint their fans. The million dollar question ahead of their first game still remains, can Virat Kohli and his men break the IPL jinx this time?

Bowling department
The Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Royal Challenger Bangalore seems to be the top two bowling units in the tournament, atleast on paper. With the likes of Rashid Khan, and Mohammad Nabi the spin department looks solid for the SRH and the presence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandip Sharma, Siddharth Kaul and Khaleel Ahmed makes the pace attack very swing friendly.

The RCB pace attack just seems impeccable with the likes of Chris Morris, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini along with massively experienced Dale Steyn in the side. The spin department also seems good enough with the last minute landing Adam Zampa.

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Batting department
Both the teams have some of the best men in the business with the bat. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow at the top is one of the most intimidating top order, whereas the RCB has one of the strongest middle-order with the presence of Virat Kohli and AB de Villers in the side.

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Overall Head-to-Head: (15 matches- SRH 8 | RCB 6)
RCB and SRH have taken on each other 15 times in the IPL and the SRH slightly has a better record with a 8-6

Recent Head-to-Head: (Last 5 encounters)
The Sunrisers and the RCB have shared the honours in the recent past, winning two matches each, and one of the match getting abandoned due to rain at the Chinnaswamy in 2017

Last 5 encounters
RCB won by 4 wickets
SRH won by 118 runs
RCB won by 14 runs
SRH won by 5 runs
RCB vs SRH match abandoned

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TODAY’S MATCH – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Venue – Dubai International Stadium
Toss – 7pm IST
Match Time – 7:30pm IST

Match can be viewed on the Star Sports Network and the Disney + Hotstar VIP subscription

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 David Warner (capt), 2 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3 Manish Pandey, 4 Vijay Shankar, 5 Virat Singh, 6 Abdul Samad, 7 Mohammad Nabi, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Khaleel Ahmed, 11 Sandeep Sharma

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Devdutt Padikkal, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 AB de Villiers (wk), 5 Moeen Ali, 6 Shivam Dube, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Navdeep Saini, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

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