In a fierce battle between the IPL’s strong batting line-up and strong bowling attack at the Chinnaswamy stadium, world’s best finisher AB de Villiers proved to be the difference. David Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad to post a decent 155 on the board. After losing some early wickets, AB de Villiers remained defiant as he scored a match winning innings of 89 and took Royal Challengers Bangalore home. Here are the turning points of the match.
Mitchell Starc’s Spell
Once again Sunrisers lost their opener early. This time it was Aaron Finch who edged a Mitchell Starc delivery straight into the gloves of Parthiv Patel. He was spot on with his line and length with the new ball and retuned to finish his quota in the slog overs. In the final over of the innings, Starc was brilliant as he kept a certain David Warner at bay before castling him in the fourth ball of the over. Adding to his bowling, he also notched up two sensational catches to restrict the Sunrisers for 155.
Defending a modest 155 at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium against RCB, you need to bowl out of your skins to win the game. After a decent first over from Steyn, Kumar removed Parthiv Patel off his first delivery with a beauty and also accounted for Virat Kohli later in the over. With his first three overs which yielded just 8, he brought Sunrisers back into the game. In the death overs, he came back and bowled his final over in which even the destructive AD de Villiers was kept at bay by Bhuvneshwar who finished with a match figures of 4-0-16-2.
Karn Sharma’s Brilliance
After Bhuneshwar Kumar’s fine spell in the field restriction overs, it was left to the lone spinner in the team Karn Sharma. Karn didn’t disappoint his captain and team management who had kept their faith in him as he finished with a figures of 4-0-17-3. Being a leggie, he accounted for the wickets of Chris Gayle, Rille Rossouw and Yuvraj Singh and kept the Royal Challengers at bay in the middle overs.
Brutal Carnage- The word that simply explains the innings played by Abraham Benjamin de Villiers against a strong Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling attack. Walked in after the fall of Chris Gayle, AB wasted no time as he started to trash the bowlers to all parts of the ground. Inspite of wickets tumbling at the other end, AB reached his fifty off 23 and provided some hope for RCB. When 28 needed from the last two overs, he took the attack to the world’s best bowler Dale Steyn. He dispatched Steyn to all parts of the ground and scored 24 of his single over and took his side home with an innings of 89 off just 41 balls.
Steyn’s Six Balls
After just conceding just 15 runs in his first three overs, Dale Steyn returned to bowl his final over with 28 runs left to defend in the final two overs. Bowling against AB de Villiers, this is how the 19th over of the Sunrisers innings turned out:
18.1: to AB- Six over Deep Square Leg
18.2: to AB- Six over the bowlers head
18.3: to AB- 1 Leg Bye
18.4: to Starc- single
18.5: to AB- Four over Mid-Off
18.6: to AB: Six over Fine-Leg