- Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by four runs
- Hyderabad scored 141 runs for seven wickets in 20 overs.
- RCB could only manage 137 runs for 6 wickets.
- 6 runs were needed off the last ball, but ABD could not do wonders
Sunrisers Hyderabad won the battle of honor in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. Bhuvneshwar Kumar wrote the victory story of his victory against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, captained by Virat Kohli. Bangalore needed 13 runs to win in the last over, while 6 runs off the last ball. There was AB de Villiers on the field, but he could not make a charismatic shot off Bhuvneshwar and Hyderabad won by 4 runs. In the match, Hyderabad scored 141 runs for 7 wickets, while Bangalore could only manage 137 runs for 6 wickets. With this, RCB’s dream of reaching the top-2 in the table was also shattered.
For the team, opener Devdutt Padikkal top-scored with 41 while Glenn Maxwell scored 40. Sunrisers’ team scored 141 for seven in front of the effective bowling of Harshal Patel (3 for 33), Dan Christian (2 for 14) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1 for 27). Shahbaz Ahmed and Mohammad Siraj also bowled economical, giving 21 and 17 runs in four and three overs respectively but they did not get any wickets.
Apart from Jason Roy (44) and captain Kane Williamson (31), no batsman could play for Hyderabad. Both also shared a 70-run partnership for the second wicket. The Hyderabad batsmen could only add 50 runs in the last eight overs. Chasing the target, RCB had a poor start. Captain Virat Kohli (05) went leg before Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first over while Siddharth Kaul caught Christian (01) at mid-off at the hands of Williamson to make RCB 18 for two.
Opener Devdutt Padikkal hit two fours off Jason Holder while Srikar Bharat hit a six and a four off Kaul’s successive deliveries. RCB scored 37 for two in the power play. Umran Malik got Bharat caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. He scored 12 runs. Glenn Maxwell, who was in good form, opened the account with a six on Rashid Khan and then hit sixes and fours in the next over of the legendary leg-spinner. RCB’s half-century was completed in the ninth over.
Padikkal meanwhile did not take any risk and preferred to just rotate the strike. RCB then suffered a major setback when Maxwell was run out on an accurate throw from Williamson in an attempt to take an unnecessary run. He faced 25 balls and hit three fours and two sixes. RCB needed 44 runs in the last five overs. The team’s 100 runs were completed in the 16th over. Rashid got Padikkal caught by Abdul Samad. He hit four fours while facing 52 balls. De Villiers hit one off Rashid while Shahbaz Ahmed hit two fours on Umran Malik.
RCB needed 18 runs to win in the last two overs. Holder got Shahbaz caught by Williamson who scored 14 runs. Only five runs were scored in this over. Bhuvneshwar had to stop RCB from scoring 13 runs in the last over. Only one run was scored in the first three balls but de Villiers hit a six on the fourth ball. The fifth ball again went blank and only one run was scored off the last ball, which led Sunrisers to victory.
Earlier, Kohli won the toss and invited the Hyderabad team to bat. Abhishek Sharma (13) hit a four and a six off successive deliveries from George Garten in the second over. On the fourth ball, Siraj dropped his catch at fine leg but on the next ball he was caught at mid-on by Glenn Maxwell. Williamson started his innings with two fours on Siraj. Opener Roy also hit a four on Garten. Hyderabad team scored 50 runs in one wicket in the power play. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz and leg-spinner Chahal put an end to the run-rate.
Roy and Williamson played some good shots in the middle. Williamson, however, failed to capitalize on a good start and was bowled by Harshal. He hit four fours while facing 29 balls. Priyam Garg (15) completed the team’s century in the 14th over by hitting a six on Chahal. In the same over, the umpire gave Roy a catch behind the wicket but the decision went in favor of the batsman on taking DRS. Christian gave a double blow to Sunrisers in the 15th over by dismissing Garg and Roy.
Garg gave a catch to AB de Villiers at deep midwicket while Roy returned to the pavilion with a catch back to the bowler. Roy faced 38 balls and hit five fours. Chahal lbw Abdul Samad (01) to make Sunrisers 117 for five. Wriddhiman Saha too, after scoring 10 runs in eight balls, was caught by de Villiers off Harshal. Jason Holder meanwhile tries to increase the run rate with fours on Christian and Herschel. He returned to the pavilion on the last ball after scoring 16 runs.
RCB vs SRH Highlights: De Villiers could not hit a six off the last ball, Bhuvneshwar helped Hyderabad win the honor