SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) fighting for survival in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) put on another all-out show as they beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by five wickets at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday to stay in the playoff race playoffs. In bowling, SRH limited Virat Kohli’s team to an under-par total of 120/7, then hit the target with just 14.1 overs. Jason Holder became the star of SRH with the stick and the ball. After an impressive bowling spell where he picked up 2/27 of his four overs, he called with a quick shot of 26 on just 10 balls, to take his side over the line. He finished things off in style by smashing a short delivery from Yuzvendra Chahal onto a long fence for maximum.
Chasing a modest total, SRH lost early skipper David Warner who fell to Washington Sundar in second. However, Wriddhiman Saha and Manish Pandey sewed a crucial half-century backing to give them some stability. RCB leg player Yuzvendra Chahal broke his partnership by removing Manish Pandey on his first stint.
Saha hit with great maturity and scored 39 of 32 balls. With SRH in firm control, RCB bowlers took three wickets in quick succession to give their team some hope. Holder showed great aggression and landed three sixes in his 10-ball stroke as SRH posted a comfortable win, moving from seventh place to the top half of the table.
Chahal and Isuru Udana cast economic spells to shoot things for RCB but they didn’t have enough points on the board to defend themselves. Chahal came back with 2/19 to 3.1 numbers, while Udana picked up a wicket conceding 20 points in her three overs.
In a must-see match, SRH skipper David Warner won the draw and chose to play on a slow track in Sharjah.
RCB lost his first game in cheap Devdutt Padikkal form as he was cleaned up by Sandeep Sharma for five points. RCB suffered another heavy blow inside Powerplay as it lost skipper Virat Kohli by just seven innings. He was taken for cover by Kane Williamson at Sandeep Bowling Alley.
AB de Villiers (24 of 24 balls) and Josh Phillipe (32 of 31 balls) added 43 crucial points to rebuild their innings. However, the two hitters came out in quick succession, leaving RCB in a state of deep turmoil.
Washington Sundar (21) and Gurkeerat Singh Mann (15) added a few crucial points in order, but RCB could be far from a tough total.
Aside from Holder, Sandeep Sharma was SRH’s peerless performer returning numbers of 2/20, while T Natarajan, Shahbaz Nadeem and Rashid Khan took three wickets among them.
RCB will face the Delhi Capitals in a virtual quarter-final at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on November 2, with the winner advancing to the playoffs.
With this victory, SRH climbed to fourth place in the IPL 2020 points table, thanks to its good net rate of progression. They are tied on points with three other franchises Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders who are still in the race for the playoffs.
SunRisers Hyderabad will face defending champions Mumbai Indians in their final league game of the season in Sharjah on November 3.
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