Sunrisers Hyderabad once again shows how to do the defence. It was the bowlers again who did the job for Sunrisers Hyderabad while batsmanship let Royal Challengers Bangalore down. In a low scoring chase, it was expected that Virat Kohli and Co will easily secure a victory but the stunning effort from Sunrisers’ bowlers yet again proved how strong they are and their calibre.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Williamson stands tall but RCB bowlers take the honours
Initially, it was Royal Challengers Bangalore who won the toss and asked the home side to start the scoring. Justifying the decision, Tim Southee and Mohammed Siraj gave the initial momentum to the visitors by sending Alex Hales and Dhawan in a quick succession respectively.
The million dollars buy, Manish Pandey yet again carried his bad batting from to not trouble the scoreboard. However, it is again Kane Williamson (56) who handed his magical knock to bring stability in the innings while Shakib (35) batted sensibly at the other end.
The fantastic piece of death bowling from RCB restricted Sunrisers to a below par 146 runs on the board. Apart from Kane and Shakib, none of the SRH batsmen came to the party.
Mohammed Siraj bowled with a renewed energy at his home venue by registering 3 wickets while Tim Southee bagged 3 as well. Umesh Yadav and Chahal chipped in with a wicket to stretch the SRH’s sorrows.
Royal’s chase – RCB batsmen started it well but SRH finished it
There is saying in the cricket which is going on time and time again. It’s not about how you start it but it is all about how you finish. Though SRH started their defence in a weaker manner, it was there beautiful death bowling did the trick coupled with spinner’s help in the middle overs.
In reply to a below par total of 146 runs on the board, Parthiv Patel started innings in a flash by smacking the boundaries often than not but failed to continue. Another opener, Manan Vohra could have ridden on his luck but unfortunately walked back when he played the ball onto his stumps.
However, Virat Kohli knocked the ball beautifully to keep RCB in the game but Shakib found a leading edge from Kohli’s willow which was caught by flying Yusuf Pathan with one hand. Then comes Rashid Khan to send dangerous AB de Villiers while Kaul saw Moeen Ali pegging back to the pavilion.
Colin de Grandhomme and Mandeep Singh tried to chase it down for the team but Mandeep Singh never found his feet moving thus being on the wrong side of the things. It was Bhuvneshwar Kumar who took the onus of defending in the final overs while Kaul bowled a crucial 19th over as well. All in all, it was another low scoring thriller where Sunrisers passed out with flying colours.
The win ensured Sunrisers Hyderabad strengthen their position at top of the table with 16 points in their kitty while Royal Challengers Bangalore are almost out of the tournament but technically they are in the tourney hoping for a magic.
SRH – 146/10; Kane Williamson – 56, Shakib 35; Siraj 3/25, Southee 3/30
RCB – 141/6; Virat Kohli 39, Colin 33; Shakib 2/36.