AB De Villiers Sets The Sun On Hyderabad’s Hopes
RCB won the toss and decided to field first trusting their star-studded batting order to chase in front of the home crowd in their first game at the M Chinnaswamy this season. RCB made two changes to their line up from the previous game with Nic Maddinson’s replacement Rilee Rossouw coming in for Albie Morkel and Yogesh Takawale making way for Harshal Patel.
Mitchell Starc then stepped up and dismissed the dangerous Aaron Finch who edged a well aimed bouncer to Parthiv Patel. Ashok Dinda shared the new ball with the Australian quickie and he too picked up a wicket early in his spell to dismiss Lokesh Rahul who was pushed up the order. At the end of the power play SRH had managed to get to 47-2 with Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner at the crease.
The two smashing southpaws steadied the boat for the Hyderabad side stitching up a neat 62 run partnership at a healthy run rate. Varun Aaron then broke the stand before too much damage was done after Dhawan mistimed a pull shot into the hands of AB de Villiers in the deep. Darren Sammy followed Dhawan falling to a similar looking dismissal as Harshal Patel added a wicket to his tally. SRH scored 115 for the loss of 4 wickets at the end of 16 overs.
Naman Ojha joined David Warner at the crease and the pair took turns clearing the fence in the last 4 overs of the innings. Varun Aaron then picked up the wicket of the young wicket keeper in the penultimate over of the innings. In a superb last over, Starc got his second wicket, that of a well set David Warner and kept SRH to 155/6. RCB gave away 40 runs in the last 4 overs of the innings but given their explosive batting line up they had an excellent chance of chasing it down.
The team did not get off to the best of starts though with Bhuvneshwar Kumar striking twice in the power play overs with the wickets of Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli. Chris Gayle then smashed to big sixes towards the end of powerplay to make it 36 at the loss of 2 wickets.
Karn Sharma bowled the first over after powerplay and the leggie reaped the big wicket of Chris Gayle who holed out to Darren Sammy at mid-wicket. The new man in the side, Rilee Rossouw was finding it tough out in the middle and was not able to score runs freely. He was eventually dismissed by by Karn Sharma again in the 11th over for a scratchy 14(23). Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers started taking the attack to the bowlers with some splendidly struck boundaries. Yuvraj was dismissed when he looked to smash Karn Sharma out of the ground, only to be caught at deep square leg, hence giving the leg spinner his 3rd wicket of the match, At the end of 15 overs, RCB were stuck at 97/5 with 59 needed from 30 balls.
In the end everyone was treated to the ABD show. Mr 360 took the bowlers to the cleaners single-handedly by hitting some exquisite shots - both conventional and unconventional. With 28 needed from 2 overs, de Villiers faced the dangerous Dale Steyn and repeated history. He smashed 24 off the over with the best shot of the lot being a scoop from way outside off over the fine leg boundary for a massive six. With just 4 needed of the last over, de Villiers finished in style to take RCB across the line for a 4-wicket win.