RCB 187-2, win by 8 wickets (and stay alive). They now stand fourth in the points table!
The juggernaut – this time, isn’t cut short
The Faf-Kohli show continues, and it is relentless. 150-0 after 15 overs, at a run-rate of 10 runs an over, and it looks like RCB have brought their clinical best to the business end of the tournament. Virat Kohli scored his 6th hundred in the IPL, drawing level with Chris Gayle, and it couldn’t have come at a better time with RCB in the rat-race for a play-offs spot. Both Faf and Kohli eventually fell, but not before securing another win for RCB, getting them closer to the top four. Could it just be the year for RCB?
Maiden wicket for Nitish Reddy? NO (Ball!)
Ah SRH just cannot catch a break tonight! Just when they thought they found a way to halt the Kohli-Faf juggernaut, a no-ball ruling has killed it. Nitish bowled one short and Faf pulled it towards deep square leg where Mayank Dagar took a sharp catch. BUT, it was the second bouncer of the over and the third umpire called it a no-ball.
Powerplay: 64-0 (6 overs)
Another flier for RCB, and this time, neither Kohli, nor du Plessis played the anchor. Chasing 187 to win, RCB ended the Powerplay scoring at almost 11 runs an over, needing just short of 9rpo to close out the game. Shots on the up, piercing the gaps with surgical precision, the two openers never let the SRH bowlers settle. This contingent looks like one that will stop at nothing in a bid to make it to the playoffs.
Death overs: 186-5 (20 overs)
53 runs in the final five, and it’s Heinrich Klaasen at it again, clubbing the bowlers indiscriminately, and getting to his maiden IPL hundred, with Harry Brook in the supporting act and finally amongst the runs in the middle of the order. Brook scored 26 runs in 19 balls, and Klaasen was finally dismissed by a slower yorker from Harshal Patel, and SRH landed up with a slightly under par (given the conditions AND the opposition) 186 on the board. Can RCB chase this down?
Middle overs: 133-3 (15 overs)
84 runs in 9 overs, and it was all about Heinrich Klaasen. The man took the match and turned it on its head, and Aiden Markram didn’t need to do anything other than just give his South Africa compatriot the strike. However, even at this point, the run-rate was short of 9rpo, meaning they were looking at a projected score of 180 – hardly enough against the star-studded batting line-up of the RCB. Can SRH close out the innings in style? They certainly have the wickets in hand…
Powerplay: SRH 49-2 (6 overs)
A slow start from the openers against the tight, miserly RCB bowlers, as Mohammed Siraj and Wayne Parnell kept the two inexperienced Indian openers on a tight leash. However, just as they gathered some momentum in Parnell’s second over, Michael Bracewell picked up the openers in his first over to put a halt to the scoring rate. However, it was the in-form Heinrich Klaasen, who came to the party and hammered Shahbaz Ahmed for 16 off his first over, as SRH ended the powerplay with a run-rate north of 8rpo.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram(c), Heinrich Klaasen(w), Harry Brook, Glenn Phillips, Abdul Samad, Kartik Tyagi, Mayank Dagar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Nitish Reddy
Sunrisers Hyderabad Subs: Mayank Markande, T Natarajan, Vivrant Sharma, Sanvir Singh, Akeal Hosein
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis(c), Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Anuj Rawat(w), Shahbaz Ahmed, Michael Bracewell, Wayne Parnell, Harshal Patel, Karn Sharma, Mohammed Siraj
Royal Challengers Bangalore Subs: Dinesh Karthik, Vijaykumar Vyshak, Himanshu Sharma, Suyash Prabhudessai, Kedar Jadhav
TOSS: RCB win the toss and opt to bowl first!
A chance to poop IPL’s biggest party
RCB has one of the most loyal fan-bases in the IPL – nay – world. And after yet another league stage where they have, by all intents and purposes, underperformed (given their star personnel), they’re playing catch-up at the business end once again, with two games to win and hope for the best. The Sunrisers, who now stand eliminated from the competition, will play for pride, and not go easy on RCB. There is something about having nothing to lose, though. No leverage, no shackles, a free reign, and men can perform miracles. Will SRH gate-crash and poop RCB’s party after RCB’s demolition job of RR last weekend? Stay tuned…
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