Hyderabad - Australian Shane Watson will lead the Royal
Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League's opening match against the
defending champion Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Bangalore's first-choice captain Virat Kohli, the Indian
skipper, has already been ruled out of early stages of the tournament due to a
right shoulder injury.
And stand-in skipper AB de Villiers will be rested in
the opening match because of a back injury.
Coach Daniel Vettori said that de Villiers still has some
"minor discomfort," but hopes the South African will play in
Bangalore's next match against the Delhi Daredevils at Bangalore on Saturday.
The Challengers' 19-year-old batsman Sarfraz Ahmed could
also miss the entire tournament after he sustained a leg injury during a
The Sunrisers, led by Australia Test opener David Warner, do
not have any injury problems. But their key fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman will
miss at least the first two IPL matches because of Bangladesh's one-day series
against Sri Lanka.