IPL 2021: Hyderabad seal a narrow four-run win over Bangalore
Abu Dhabi, October 6, 2021
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) sealed a narrow four-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Match 52 of the IPL 2021 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Wednesday.
Hyderabad defended 142 against a Bangalore batting line-up which threatened briefly to chase down the target.
Bangalore were given an early jolt with Bhuvneshwar Kumar trapping Virat Kohli in front with an incoming delivery in the first over. Daniel Christian's promotion to three backfired as he chipped a catch to mid-off off Siddarth Kaul. KS Bharat slammed two boundaries before falling to gloving behind off Umran Malik in the seventh over.
Rashid Khan's first ball to Glenn Maxwell was hoicked over deep mid-wicket in the eighth over. When Khan returned for his next over, Maxwell took on him again, slog-sweeping over long-on for a six followed by a wristy sweep through deep mid-wicket. In between, Malik was beating Maxwell for pace.
Maxwell's partnership of 54 with Devdutt Padikkal ended in the 15th over as a direct hit from a sliding Kane Williamson at cover caught the right-hander short of his crease while taking a quick single. Padikkal's painstaking struggle to break free ended when he holed out to deep mid-wicket off Khan in the 17th over.
Shahbaz Ahmed took eleven off Malik in the 18th over, including two boundaries, to bring the equation to 18 runs in the last two overs. Ahmed was dropped by Kumar at long-on in the start of the 19th over but pulled straight to mid-wicket on the fourth ball off Jason Holder.
With 13 needed off the final over, AB de Villiers slammed a six straight down the ground off Kumar. But Kumar conceded just one run off the final ball to give Hyderabad a slim win.
Earlier, Harshal Patel headlined a fine bowling show for RCB as they restricted SRH to 141/7 in their 20 overs.
Apart from Patel's 3/33, Daniel Christian was instrumental with his 2/14. Hyderabad, who were 105/2 in 14 overs, could score only 36 runs in their next six overs, losing five wickets.
Inserted into batting first, Hyderabad were off to a flying start with Abhishek Sharma hitting George Garton for a four and a six in the second over. Sharma was dropped at deep backward square leg by Mohammed Siraj. But Garton dismissed him on the very next ball, chipping a catch off the leading edge to mid-on.
Kane Williamson got going with two boundaries against Siraj in the next over, creaming the drive through cover followed by a backfoot pull through square leg. He and Jason Roy cashed upon anything loose to take Hyderabad to 50/1 at the end of power-play. From there, Bangalore enforced a slowdown with Yuzvendra Chahal and Shahbaz Ahmed bowling in tandem.
Harshal Patel broke the 70-run partnership in the 12th over, getting Williamson bowled with an off-cutter. Three overs later, Priyam Garg's bid to go big ended in pulling to deep mid-wicket off Daniel Christian. One brought two for Christian as Roy's middling stay at the crease ended with the bowler completing a quick return catch on follow-through.
Hyderabad's troubles increased as Yuzvendra Chahal trapped Abdul Samad lbw in a successful review on the first ball of the 16th over. Two overs later, Wriddhiman Saha miscued loft to long-off on an off-cutter from Patel. Patel had his third wicket of the match as Jason Holder holed out to long-on on the final ball of the innings.
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 141/7 in 20 overs (Jason Roy 44, Kane Williamson 31, Harshal Patel 3/33, Daniel Christian 2/14) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 137/6 in 20 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 41, Glenn Maxwell 40, Umran Malik 1/21, Siddarth Kaul 1/24) by four runs.