Sun Risers prevail in Super Over challenge
Royal Challengers Bangalore were beaten by the Sun Risers Hyderabad on Sunday night after a Super Over finish. Sun Risers’ youngsters helped their team level with RCB’s 130 run total to bring up the 2013 Pepsi IPL's first tied game before their imported pros sealed the game in the Super Over.
Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat first only to see Chris Gayle caught behind off the first ball he faced from Hanuma Vihari, a youngster known more for his batting exploits on the domestic circuit. Gayle was caught behind for 1, trying to cut the offspinner.
Walking in at no.3, Virat batted like a man possessed, lashing out with his drives, cuts and flicks while Tillakaratne Dilshan and Karun Nair perished at the other end. Virat's own dismissal nipped a reparative 43 run partnership between him and Moises Henriques for the fourth wicket. His innings was cut 4 short of a deserved half century on 46 (44b 5x4 1x6) when Ashish Reddy displayed brilliant awareness to collect a catch off his own bowling in his follow through. Amit Mishra put the brakes on RCB’s scoring, rushing through his quota to finish with an economical 1/15.
Henriques carried on to make 44 (40b 5x4), finding the boundaries while Mayank Agarwal threw away his wicket the same way he did against Mumbai, driving Dale Steyn right into the hands of mid-off. In the next over, Thisara Perera snared Arun Karthik the same way. Ishant Sharma finished with 2 wickets in his final over to end with figures of 3/27 as RCB were restricted to 130/8.
A small total but Hyderabad had defended lesser against a strong Pune line up at the same ground two days ago.
Moises Henriques (2/14) gave RCB a terrific start, getting Parthiv Patel and Cameron White early. Akshath Reddy and Hanuma Vihari were sluggish in adding 28 for the 3rd wicket before Muttiah Muralitharan struck to remove the former. Kumar Sangakkara was beginning to open up with a couple of boundaries against Dilshan and Muralitharan, rushing the Sun Risers to the target. Jaydev Unadkat’s persistent lines paid off though when Arun Karthik put in a wonderfully anticipated dive to catch the Sri Lankan skipper of Hyderabad. Thisara Perera too was greedy, pulling a slower one off Unadkat (2/24) to be caught at deep midwicket, reducing the Sun Risers score to 98/5.
Vinay Kumar recovered well enough after a fumble in the deep to fire in an accurate throw to catch Amit Mishra well short of the crease, Hyderabad sliding to 101/6. Hanuma Vihari had held on all this while and he added another twist in a 23 run partnership with Ashish Reddy for the 7th wicket, taking 14 off a Vinay over. Murali Kartik bowled a tight 19th over, giving away just 7 to leave Hyderabad to get 7 off the last over.
Bowling in the final over, Vinay (1/27) had Reddy out caught but couldn't follow up with enough dot balls. Frantic running from Dale Steyn and Vihari though saw Hyderabad need just 2 off the last ball. Steyn swung and missed and ran for the bye but Arun Karthik missed the stumps to set up a Super Over finish.
Vinay Kumar’s Super Over saw White smacking two huge sixes down the ground, taking the Sun Risers haul to 20 runs.
RCB had one boundary courtesy of Kohli in their Super Over after 4 balls. With 12 required off the last two balls to tie the Super Over, Gayle struck a huge six over the sight screen. Steyn wasn’t to be hit for a second six though, and kept Gayle to a single off the last ball. RCB had finished on 15 to SRH’s 20.
Hanuma Vihari received the Man of the Match award for his 1/5 and 44* (46b 2x4) which anchored the Sun Risers’s chase.