IPL 2021 – Match 52 (RCB vs SRH) – 3 players battles to watch out
By Shivam Sharma - Oct 6, 2021 9:48 am
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Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)  will lock horns with the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) team in match number 52 of the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The journey of both the teams started on a good note but the Sunrisers Hyderabad team (who’s the first team to be out of the playoffs race) was completely shattered after the second leg of the tournament. Royal Challengers Bangalore has won their last match, along with Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings, the third team to make it to the Playoffs for one more time.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

Although where the match will not make much difference on the equation of teams, still the batsmen will have a chance to score big. Royal Challengers Bangalore have already qualified for the playoffs but they will have a chance to finish in the top two by winning their remaining matches. Having said that, Let us take a look at three players’ battles to watch out for.

  • Virat Kohli vs Rashid Khan 

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Rashid Khan

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has scored 357 runs in 12 matches in the current season. But according to his potential, Virat Kohli has not performed so far and now that the team has qualified, then Virat Kohli has a chance to play some fireworks before Playoffs matches.

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The tournament has gone well for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s most successful bowler Rashid Khan with 15 wickets in 12 matches. As a fine spinner, Rashid Khan is capable of taking wickets at crucial times. With the SRH team has been almost out of the tournament already, Rashid Khan would like to end on a high note and this clash will be an exciting one to watch out.

  • Kane Williamson vs Harshal Patel

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Kane Williamson

Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson has been questioned a lot after his team has been ruled out of the tournament for his choices. Will Kane Williamson answer this with his own batting in the remaining season?  Nothing has gone good for the team and Kane Williamson would not like to end on the poor note as the season went for them.

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If Royal Challengers Bangalore have qualified this time in the Plyophus, then Harshal Patel has a huge contribution in that. With 26 wickets in 12 matches, Purple Cap holder Harshal Patel has been impressive throughout the tournament. Royal Challengers Bangalore will hope that Harshal Patel maintains his form in the coming matches so that team gets closer to the IPL 2021 trophy.

  • Glenn Maxwell vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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Glen Maxwell

After Harshal Patel, if there is anyone that has made Royal Challengers Bangalore enter their playoffs, it is Glenn Maxwell who has scored 407 runs in 12 matches of the tournament. Glenn Maxwell, who bats in the middle order, knows how to bat dangerously at the times team needs him to and with knockout games coming up it is expected to see some big knocks from his bat.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014, after which he was also the Purple Cap winner in 2016 and 2017. As the specialist bowler, the pacer has great line and length to trouble the opposition and provide breakthroughs to the team but this year season hasn’t been a good one for the team. In IPL history, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has taken more than 130 wickets would like to end things on the better side of the tournament.