The ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League is the 14th season of the productive Twenty20 tournament. Sunrisers Hyderabad is a one-time champion, having won the title in 2016. Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore is yet to win the title to date.
In what was a similar batting collapse by Sunrisers Hyderabad like Tuesday's Kolkata Knight Riders, the former fell short to Royal Challengers Bangalore by six runs in Match 6 of the 2021 Indian Premier League at the MA Chidambaram (Chepauk) Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday. Spinner Shahbaz Ahmed's three-for in an over just broke apart SRH.
Winning the toss, SRH skipper David Warner elected to bowl first, as he made a couple over overseas changes. Meanwhile, RCB skipper Virat Kohli made a change, bringing in Devdutt Paddikal for Rajat Patidar.
However, RCB was off to a rocky start, losing Padikkal for just 11 in the third over with 19 runs on the board, as seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar made him caught off Shahbaaz Nadeem. It was followed by a 28-run stand between Kohli and Shahbaz Ahmed before the latter departed for 14 after being caught by Rashid Khan off-spinner Ahmed in the seventh over.
The pair of Kohli and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell took some charge of the innings, contributing to a 44-run stand for the third wicket. At 91, the skipper fell for 33 off pacer Jason Holder after being caught by Vijay Shankar in the 13th over.
Three runs later, wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers departed for a mere single to spinner Rashid after being caught by Warner in the following over. As the SRH bowlers continued to create pressure on RCB batsmen on a seemingly slow track, it lost a couple of more wickets by 109 in the 17th overs (Washington Sundar- 8 & Daniel Christian- 1).
However, Maxwell then ensured that he struck his seventh IPL half-century before getting dismissed for 59 in the final delivery off Holder, caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha. More than himself, he needed the knock for RCB, as the side managed to set a target of 150 for SRH, which was although average, but something to fight for.
As for the SRH bowlers, just five of them were utilised. While it was a combined effort, Holder was the most successful, with Rashid being the most economical.
With SRH coming out for the chase, it was off to a nervous start and lost Saha for just a single in the third over with 13 runs on the bard, as Maxwell caught him off pacer Mohammed Siraj. Nevertheless, the pair of fellow opener Warner and Manish Pandey took the fight to the RCB bowlers, contributing to an 83-run stand for the second wicket.
It was during this phase when Warner scored his 49th IPL 50. However, four runs later, he fell prey to pacer Kyle Jamieson after being caught by Christian in the 14th over.
As Jonny Bairstow came in, he was a favourite to see the game through along with Pandey. However, 19 runs later, in the 17th over, Ahmed delivered three breakthroughs in the over (Bairstow- 12, Pandey- 38 and Abdul Samad- 0) to bring SRH firmly back into the game, with the score reading 116/5.
Seven runs later, in the next over, pacer Harshal got rid of all-rounder Vijay Shankar for just three, as skipper Kohli caught him at deep mid-wicket. It was just a total collapse thereon, as the RCB bowlers pressed too hard and it was too tricky for the SRH batsmen to handle, eventually losing nine wickets and falling short of the target by seven runs.
For RCB, seven bowlers were used in the attack. It was Ahmed who nailed it, gaining the most success and being the most economical as well.
Brief scores: RCB 149/8 (Kohli- 33, Maxwell- 59; Holder- 3/30) beat SRH 143/9 (Warner- 54, Pandey- 38, Ahmed- 3/7) by six runs.
Last Updated Apr 14, 2021, 11:23 PM IST