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Friday, 16 November, 2018

Bhuvneshwar can baffle Bangalore batsmen

Hyderabad to deepen Kohli gloom

Hyderabad bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar
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Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers have broken plenty of batting records between them but the superstar trio set an unwanted landmark on Sunday as Bangalore Royal Challengers were bowled out for 49 – the lowest total in IPL history.

The 82-run rout against Kolkata was the latest and most spectacular setback for the ante-post title favourites, who are bottom of the table after five defeats in seven games.

Kohli‘s men are edging market leadership for a home win over Hyderabad Sunrisers, the team who beat them in last season‘s final, but they have lost two of their three games in Bangalore.

For so long a batting paradise, the M Chinnaswamy Stadium has proved trickier for the big hitters this year and Bangalore have mustered 157-8, 142-5 and 134-9 in three innings on their own patch.

Their out-of-nick batsmen should face a testing examination from Hyderabad bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a master craftsman in Twenty20 cricket.

Bhuvi has had a couple of quiet games but he took 15 wickets in his first five outings this term, claiming 2-27 in the reverse fixture against Bangalore.

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The rout in Kolkata was the latest and most spectacular setback for the ante-post favourites, who are bottom of the table after five defeats in seven
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