IPL 2021: Records tumble as RCB pulls off thrilling win over SRH
This was Royal Challenger Bangalore's second win of 2021 Indian Premier League, as it has risen to the top spot, while Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered its second loss of the season and going down to the seventh spot. RCB is yet to win the title, while SRH won it in 2016.
In another thrilling game of the Indian Premier League 2021, former champion Sunrisers Hyderabad lost it from a winning position against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 6 at the MA Chidambaram (Chepauk) Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday. While Glenn Maxwell's late blitz of 59 aided RCB, spinner Shahbaz Ahmed's three-for in the 17th over inflicted severe damage to SRH. Meanwhile, some records did tumble tonight.
Maxwell ends an unwanted run
Maxwell's half-century came after 40 IPL innings. It is the fourth-longest wait between two IPL half-centuries by a batsman after Dwayne Bravo (44), Deepak Hooda (48) and Yusuf Pathan (49).
David Warner scripts a special one
Despite scoring a commendable 54, Warner ended up on the losing side. Nonetheless, his knock would remain special, as he scored his 834th run against RCB, which is the most by any batsman, going past MS Dhoni's 833.
RCB defends a lowest
The RCB bowlers did a fine job to restrict the SRH batsmen. As a result, it was the fourth-lowest total defended by RCB, of 149, while its lowest happens to be 126 against Chennai Super Kings in 2008.
Ahmed joins a unique list for 2021
It was Ahmed's three-for in the 17th over that turned the game around. Meanwhile, he became only the third bowler after Harshal Patel and Andre Russell to do so this season.
Electing to bowl, SRH managed to restrict RCB to 149/8, with Maxwell hitting 59 in the closing stages. In reply, Warner scored a praiseworthy 54, aided by Manish Pandey's 38. However, Ahmed's three-for in the 17th over opened the floodgates, as SRH succumbed to pressure and lost by six runs.
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.