Umesh Yadav brings nine years of IPL experience with him and has the ability to bowl at speeds greater than 140 kmph. Brendon McCullum got out for a duck in his last outing and if all four manage to click then it could mean curtains for RR. He bolwed de Kock and produced an edge off Sarfraz Khan to derail RCB's chase. 9 runs conceded by the Indian pacer.
The 30-year-old, who has taken five wickets in RCB's first two matches, says his success in IPL 2018 has been essentially down to keeping things simple, bowling fast and straight.
The New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson is likely to get the nod ahead of Chris Woakes taking into account that the Kiwi will add punch down the order on the flat track and the small ground. We won only one of seven matches at home, losing to MI, RPS, GL, KXIP and KKR with the Sunrisers match being abandoned.
Former Royal Challengers crowd-favourite Chris Gayle will be in the opposing dugout come Friday.
With competition from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, Umesh has played only 71 ODIs since his debut in 2011 - the last in September 2017 - to go with his 36 Tests.
Bangalore win the toss and elect to field. "This was slow (pitch); at Kolkata, back of a length (delivery) was kicking up". Aaron Finch may get a chance to play in this match as he was unavailable for the last one against Delhi Daredevils. "There was a lot of dew but good bowlers are always good bowlers", he said.
Rahul, like Gayle, is all geared up to prove a point against the home side.
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On the other hand, coming on the back of a disappointing batting performance, hosts Punjab will be looking reverse the performance in this match. "Initially my plan was to bowl the first deliveries on a good length, then bowl a bouncer and then bowl on a length again", Umesh said. KXIP have been boosted by the arrival of Aaron Finch, who has joined up the team after his wedding.
With Virat Kohli, Ab de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock and Chris Woakes, RCB's batting line-up is top class but their bowling, as usual, is not the strongest.
With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.