The battle of bowlers went right down to the wire. Sunrisers Hyderabad held their nerve to win a cliff-hanger because that they had two mature heads within the middle, negotiating tricky conditions. Royal Challengers Bangalore valiantly tried to defend 131.
But an unbroken 65-run partnership between two international captains – New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and West Indies’ Jason Holder – secured a six-wicket win for SRH with two balls to spare. Hyderabad moved to Qualifier 2 on Sunday, where they’re going to face Delhi Capitals for an area within the final. RCB head home , but Virat Kohli and Co can pride oneself in their effort.
Kane, the able
In the context of the sport , the 17th over during SRH’s chase was crucial. Yuzvendra Chahal and Adam Zampa, the 2 frontline RCB spinners who conceded 36 runs in their eight overs for 2 wickets, were finished the sport and Kohli had to settle on between Washington Sundar, Moeen Ali and Shivam Dube. The RCB skipper chose medium pace and Dube by and enormous kept it tight, just making a gift of a boundary off the fifth ball of his only over.
Williamson, a category act, was approaching the victory target clinically. He played out the spin duo, kept calm even towards the top and targeted one boundary per over, because the asking rate hovered around nine. He picked the gaps to precision to stay unbeaten on 50 off 44 balls.
There was a heart-in-the-mouth moment for Sunrisers fans though, when batting on 37, Williamson flicked a full-toss from Navdeep Saini towards the deep-leg boundary. Devdutt Padikkal made an incredible attempt but his feet got stuck within the grass and rather than lobbing the ball upwards near the rope, he threw it ahead . Williamson survived. Fortune favoured the good .
Things began to get tight for SRH, when David Warner was given out caught behind off Mohammed Siraj on referral. The on-field umpire had negated the appeal, but the TV umpire relied on a spike on Ultra Edge despite replays being inconclusive. Manish Pandey couldn’t repose on an honest start, but SRH had Williamson, and also Holder, who hit consecutive fours within the final over to seal the deal.
Holder holds sway
RCB brought back Aaron Finch for Josh Philippe – one among four changes – for the Eliminator, but Virat Kohli opened the innings with Devdutt Padikkal. The RCB captain showed intent by taking strike and going full-stretch forward to barter Sandeep Sharma’s swing.
The Abu Dhabi pitch had a touch of grass cover and therefore the top surface looked pretty hard, which helped the 6ft-7in Jason Holder in extracting bounce. Kohli was wiped out by it; a good- length ball that rose inward and took the glove down leg-side to Shreevats Goswami behind the stumps. it had been an honest beginning for Goswami, replacing the injured Wriddhiman Saha and even a far better one for SRH and Holder.
The ball wasn’t approaching to the bat and therefore the SRH bowlers bowled to an idea – to not offer any room to the batsmen. Padikkal got frustrated, chose the incorrect ball to play a pull and was nicely taken at short mid-wicket by Priyam Garg. once more , Holder had made the ball bounce a touch more off a length and therefore the left-hander was in no position to play the shot. Holder set the tone for the remainder of the SRH bowling to follow.
As the match progressed, the pitch began to behave a tad up and down also , although it wasn’t offering any turn. The experienced Shahbaz Nadeem and Rashid Khan bowled wicket-to-wicket to stay Finch and AB de Villiers in restraint . RCB finished the Powerplay on 32/2. Nadeem had a spring in his step, as he looked to be enjoying teasing Finch.
The Aussie has been everywhere the place during this IPL. Sometimes he stayed deep within the crease and sometimes well outside it. All the while, he has struggled to seek out the proper rhythm. Finch was trying to form room, Nadeem was following him down the leg-side. Then, he intelligently bowled one a touch outside the off-stump. Finch’s trigger movement had already taken him outside leg. He reached bent clear the deep cover boundary, but hit it straight to Abdul Samad – excellent cricket from the left-arm spinner.
Under pressure, RCB even gave away a wicket off a free hit. Nadeem had bowled a no-ball but came back well to fireside during a yorker for the free hit. Moeen Ali hit it firmly to Rashid at extra cover and ran. an immediate hit dismissed him for a golden duck.
From that time onwards, RCB were reliant on de Villiers. The conditions were difficult enough to hinder even the good man’s natural game. He struggled to time the ball properly but still made a 43-ball 56. De Villiers had to require the sport deep, but when the time arrived to throw the sink , T Natarajan bowled him with a yorker that he are often pleased with .
The entire RCB innings had 10 fours and one six, which spoke volumes for the SRH bowling discipline.
Brief scores: RCB 131/7 in 20 overs (AB de Villiers 56, A Finch 32; J Holder 3/25, T Natarajan 2/33) lost to SRH 132/4 in 19.4 overs (K Williamson 50*, J Holder 24*, M Pandey 24; M Siraj 2/28) by six wickets
Qualifier 2: Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Sunday, 7.30pm