IPL 2021: Sunrisers Hyderabad choke in death against Royal Challengers Bangalore
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) managed to grope another pursuit in the dead to suffer a loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). They managed to score just 143 points in response to RCB’s total of 149 points. RCB managed to deepen the game and trigger a collapse of SRH’s batting unit, dropping from 115/3 to 130/7 in just over two rounds to death.
The pursuit for SRH did not start well as Wriddhiman Saha was fired for a race. After his dismissal, David Warner and Manish Pandey sewed an 83-race partnership. The Australian batsman has reached his half-century, but he was caught long after reaching the milestone.
After Warner’s sacking, Shahbaz Ahmed sparked a collapse by taking three wickets in the 17e plus, which included the big wickets of Pandey and Jonny Bairstow. From there, SRH couldn’t get back into the game and RCB took a six-point victory. Ahmed picked up three wickets for RCB, while Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj ended up with two wickets.
The struggles for the first batting team at the MA Chidambaram Stadium continued when RCB was batted by the Hyderabad Sunrisers after winning the toss. Devdutt Padikkal struggled to time in the first two overs and eventually perished playing a draw. Shahbaz Ahmed and Virat Kohli saw the power play at a slightly lower pace at eight points per over.
Ahmed couldn’t start after the power play and slammed him into the deep at the start of the seventh. Kohli stayed for a while, but his stay was painful as he managed to score 33 points from 29 balls. Rashid Khan was a game-changer for SRH by firing Low Cost AB de Villiers and sending Washington Sundar back to the clubhouse for eight races. Dan Christian didn’t bother the scorers either, as T. Natarajan sent him off for a race.
At the other end, Glenn Maxwell continued to score points to ensure RCB hit a competitive total. The Australian batsman has reached his first half-century in IPL since 2019, helping RCB register a score of 149 races at the expense of eight wickets. His sleeves ultimately turned out to be a difference between the two sides. Rashid Khan and Jason Holder were key bowlers for SRH as they ended up with two and three wickets, respectively.
The Chennai field in the first four games of the 2021 IPL showed that 150 is a very competitive score for fast batting teams. It’s hard for batsmen to score points right away. Apart from AB de Villiers and Suryakumar Yadav, no one has hit the ground commonly. Teams will look to strike first whenever they win the toss on that surface. Thanks to this victory, RCB rose to the top of the standings with two wins, while SRH has yet to open its account in IPL 2021.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 149/8 (Glenn Maxwell 59 (41), Virat Kohli 33 (29), Jason Holder (3/30), Rashid Khan (2/18))
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 143/9 (David Warner 54 (37), Manish Pandey 38 (39), Shahbaz Ahmed (3/7), Mohammed Siraj (2/25), Harshal Patel (2/25))