It’s seldom that Sunrisers Hyderabad get their mix wrong, especially in their bowling line-up. The bowlers, as expected, again ticked most boxes against Royal Challengers Bangalore, only to see their batsmen falter as the team suffered its second defeat of the tournament, this time by six runs.
Considering the fact that the opposition had some of the biggest guns in the batting business, Sunrisers had to bring their ‘A’ game to the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, where there was generous help on offer for the spinners.
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Rashid Khan doesn’t need a second invitation to revel and his 2/18 along with back-in-the-fold Jason Holder‘s 3/30 restricted RCB to 149/8. That in the main was due to Glenn Maxwell’s (59; 41b, 4×5, 6×3), his first IPL half-century in five years. During the chase, SRH skipper David Warner, who for the second match put the opposition in, seemed back in business.
It was not a cruise, though. With Mohammed Siraj giving nothing away – his first 11 deliveries were dot balls – Sunrisers struggled. But once Warner sized him up after Wriddhiman Saha succumbed cheaply, RCB played catch-up during the 83-run second wicket partnership the skipper forged with Manish Pandey.
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The skipper essayed a brisk 54 (37b, 7×4, 1×6) but three wickets in the 17th over by Shahbaz Ahmed meant SRH were restricted to 143 for nine. That was after very little separated the teams after the 15 overs – RCB were 103/4 to SRH’s 108/2. But RCB’s spinners had the last word.
For the second successive match, a team choked in the chase and SRH, who were cruising at 96/1 after 13 overs, have only themselves to blame after it boiled down to eight runs from the last three deliveries.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore remarkably defended 149 runs successfully against Sunrisers Hyderabad and won their Indian Premier League contest by six runs on Wednesday. (PTI Photo for IPL)
The disappointment came after a fine effort by the SRH bowlers and a better show by their fielders. Holder, replacing Nabi, went for a few in his first and last overs but did well to get the prized scalp of Kohli.