Sunrisers Hyderabad ended Bangalore’s hopes of making the playoffs, defending a modest total of just 146 runs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) once again reminded everyone that there’s no total too small for them to defend as they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in match 39 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday. The win extended Sunrisers lead at the top of the table to 16 points from just 10 games, while ending Bangalore’s hopes of making playoffs this season.
Chasing a modest total of just 146, RCB for the first time this season, faced the full brunt of the brutal SRH bowling attack. It was Shakib Al Hasan who struck first, dismissing Parthiv Patel after the keeper had hit him for back to back boundaries. Virat Kohli and Manan Vohra then steadied the innings before Sandeep Sharma returned in the eight over to bowl out Vohra. Kohli survived a scare in the very next over when he was dropped by Williamson. However, his second life was cut short when Shakib came back to bowl the 10th over and Yusuf Pathan extended every muscle of his body to take a stunning catch at the edge of the circle and dismiss the RCB skipper. AB de Villiers was next to go when Rashid Khan left him bamboozled, knocking off his stumps in the very next over and Kaul made sure SRH get three wickets in three consecutive overs by scalping Moeen Ali in the 12th. Following that Mandeep Singh and Colin de Grandhomme gave RCB some hope of victory with a 57-run stand but it wasn’t enough as two excellent overs right at the death, first from Kaul and then from Bhuvneshwar helped SRH across the finish line with 5 runs to spare.
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Earlier in the day, Kohli won the toss and sent in the Sunrisers to bat first. Captain Williamson (56) and Shakib (35) were the highest run getters for Hyderabad as their batting line up was left undone by the RCB pace attack. Both Southee and Siraj terrorized the batsmen picking up three wickets each. Umesh Yadav picked up the important wicket of Williamson in the 16th over, which also took him to the top of the leading wicket takers list.
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The turning point of the game were the two excellent death overs bowled by Kaul and Bhuvneshwar. RCB needed just 19 off the last two overs when Kaul came in to bowl. He gave away just seven runs in it leaving Bhuvneshwar with 12 runs to defend in the final over. Bhuvneshwar then took over, assaulting the RCB men with yorkers which they just couldn’t pick. They were left needing six runs off the very last ball when Bhuvneshwar finally bowled out Grandhomme with another lethal Yorker capping off an excellent display of some world class death bowling.
The best dismissal was when Yusuf Pathan stretched every muscle in his body as he leapt high at the edge of the circle and plucked the ball out of the air with just one arm to dismiss the dangerous Virat Kohli in the 10th over. Kohli who looked to be taking the game away from SRH conceded a big leading edge off Shakib Al Hasan’s delivery and Yusuf’s stunning catch made sure SRH remained in the game.
Batsman of the Match
Kane Williamson who has gone about amassing 410 runs almost unnoticed is the ‘Batsman of the Match’ for his match winning 56 off just 39 deliveries. He was the highest run scorer among both teams and is now just 13 runs behind Ambati Rayudu who is the current highest scorer this season.
Bowler of the Match
While there are many candidates for the ‘Bowler of the Match’, our pick is the young Mohammad Siraj who picked up the important wickets of both Shikhar Dhawan and Yusuf Pathan. He ended the night with figures of 3/25 and an economy rate of just 6.25 after four overs.
Kane Williamson (SRH captain), “We were aiming for 150, so knew we were in the game. I feel we could have been a bit more clinical, but it was nice to come away with the win. That was a world class over from Bhuvi. He and Kaul have done it for a very long period of time. We're trying to adapt to the surfaces as best as we can. It was definitely hard work initially with the bat. It was a tough surface to get momentum. Key partnerships got us a competitive total. It wasn't our best fielding performance, but that's cricket. The guys held their nerves at key moments. It's about improving as a unit. Still plenty to work with.”
Virat Kohli (RCB captain), “That's how this game goes. Not good enough. We deserve to lose this game. We didn't show application. de Grandhomme and Mandeep showed that if you put a partnership together, a win was possible. I thought this was a tough wicket. We couldn't capitalize on the start the bowlers gave us. If you have strong characters in this team, you're always going to do well. Sunrisers are a good team and they understand their strength. Bowling wise, they are the number one team.”
Sunrisers Hyderabad travel to Delhi for their next fixture where they will take on the Delhi Daredevils on Thursday. RCB too will travel to Delhi to face the Daredevils in their next game which take place on Saturday.
Points tableThe win extended SRH’s lead at the top of the table to 14 points from 10 games. RCB remain in sixth position with just 6 points. Check out the updated points table here.Are you happy with your current monthly income? Do you know you can double it without working extra hours or asking for a raise? Rahul Shah, one of the India's leading expert on wealth building, has created a strategy which makes it possible... in just a short few years. You can know his secrets in his FREE video series airing between 12th to 17th December. You can reserve your free seat here.