RCB Lose At Hyderabad, Making It Tough To Qualify For The Playoffs
On winning the toss against SRH, Virat Kohli elected to bat first and look to defend the total on a flat track. While RCB fielded an unchanged side, the home side made 2 changes by getting in Parvez Rasool and Venugopal Rao for Amit Mishra and Lokesh Rahul.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar proved why he is the leading wicket taker so far, setting Parthiv Patel up for a LBW in the first over of the match. Chris Gayle looked uncomfortable again and his misery ended when Karn Sharma struck with the first ball of his spell. At the end of 6 overs, RCB were 25/2 with Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh at the crease.
Yuvraj Singh got lucky not once but thrice as his slog shots did not quite reach the fielder on each occasion. He did play a few shots while Kohli got his eye in properly. Parvez Rasool got his first wicket in SRH colours when Yuvraj holed out straight to Dale Steyn. Kohli and new batsman AB de Villiers started hitting glorious stokes to up the momentum after the 11th over. After hitting 12 off the 15th over and 19 off the 16th over, 170 started looking like an easy target for RCB. By the end of 16 overs, RCB were starting to look dangerous at 124/3.
Virat Kohli was dismissed when he too hit one straight to Steyn off the bowling of Irfan Pathan. His first half century of this year’s IPL was instrumental in getting a decent score on the board. AB de Villiers’ stay at the crease ended when Bhuvneshwar Kumar uprooted his middle stump with the first ball of the 19th over. Sachin Rana improvised but could only score 8 runs in the last over from Steyn, helping RCB finish at a par total of 160/6.
SRH started their pursuit of the target in great style. David Warner was promoted back to the opening slot with Shikhar Dhawan and the ploy worked brilliantly. The 2 left handed openers took the attack straight to the bowlers by hitting boundaries on a regular basis and also rotating the strike well with their running between the wickets. RCB tried out 4 bowlers in the span of the initial 6 overs, at the end of which SRH were in a comfortable position at 51/0.
The next 4 overs were relatively quieter in terms of the runs being scored, but they still managed to keep all their wickets intact. The 11th and 12th over saw SRH accelerating with much more firepower still to come in. The first wicket finally fell in the 13th over as Yuvraj’s throw found Dhawan short of his crease just after he brought up his half century. RCB lost a bowling option when Abu Nechim who bowled the 16th over got in the way of a powerful blow from Warner and injured his bowling hand. He had to be taken off with Yuvraj left to finish off the over. Naman Ojha looked to forge a partnership with Warner and at the end of 16 overs, SRH were comfortably placed at 126/1.
The first ball of the 17th over saw David Warner smashing one straight to Yuvraj Singh at cover after scoring 59. Yuvraj then bowled a tight over giving away just 7 runs in the circumstances and leaving SRH to score 20 runs of the last 2 overs. Varun Aaron took the wicket of Naman Ojha in the next over but also conceded 16 runs. With just 4 runs to play with for Starc in the last over, SRH got over the line with ease in the end.