The left-handed SRH skipper departed after playing a knock of 54 runs in the 14th over of the clash. Kyle Jamieson sent him packing and handed SRH a second blow. In the next over, skipper Virat Kohli introduced left-arm spinner Ahmed as Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow, both right-handers, were at the crease. Ahmed gave six runs in that over and returned back for the 17th over.
SRH were 115/2 before the start of the 17th over. But Ahmed scalped three wickets in that over and turned the tide in favour of RCB. He bagged Jonny Bairstow (12), Manish Pandey (38) and Abdul Samad (0).
After the 17th over, SRH’s score read 116/5 and the side managed to reach 143/9 in their allotted 20 overs but failed to cross the line.
In pics, game-changer: ‘Super’ Shahbaz sinks SRH ship
Shahbaz Ahmed was the big game changer in Wednesday’s IPL match. He claimed three wickets to help RCB defend 149 vs SRH and register their second consecutive win of IPL 2021. Virat Kohli’s team won the match by six runs. (Photo credit: RCB/IPL/BCCI)
Shahbaz returned with the figures of 3-7 in his two overs while pacer Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel bagged two scalps each.
“It was a nervous situation, Warner played so long that’s why I got the 17th over but the wicket was helping as it was offering grip and the captain knew that. Those two overs changed the game for us. I’m happy to contribute to my team’s victory,” Ahmed said in a video posted by RCB’s official Twitter handle.
.@myntra Stylish Player of #SRHvRCB: Shahbaz AhmedGame changing 17th over, and an opportunity to bat at No.3 earl… https://t.co/hTpK77M9RM
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) 1618477534000
Opening game hero and Purple Cap holder Harshal Patel also shared his experience and said, “I was very clear about my plans. I knew what I wanted to do. I was confident that I will be able to execute it. It was just one of those errors that happened and luckily we got out of the other side of the game.
“Every time you bag those two points you get the satisfaction. We have made some errors in this game as well but it’s all about getting better and focusing on the next clash now,” he added.
Director of Cricket Mike Hesson said Harshal’s first over gave them the idea that which lengths are going to work on the wicket.
“Harshal’s first over went for four and it just showed that if you take the pace off the ball, you hit those good lengths that we are still in the game. We needed an over like that just to know we could crunch it down and then we just started to squeeze, squeeze and squeeze,” Hesson said.
RCB will next lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday.