Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have knocked out Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) from the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 as the two of their international captains, Kane Williamson and Jason Holder took the team home. RCB made every move possible to defend a low scored of 131, but SRH was too good with the ball as they registered their fourth win in a row.
Earlier RCB lost their new opener in skipper Virat Kohli after being asked to bat first off the bowling of Jason Holder. Devdutt Padikkal also tried to force the pace and was caught at the mid-wicket off the same bowler. Bangalore was reeling at 15/2 in the fourth over, AB de Villiers left no stone unturned in rebuilding the innings. Aaron Finch was also batting well as he added 41 runs for the third wicket. However, Finch got out to Shahbaz Nadeem in the 11th over while attempting to up the ante.
Of all ways to get out, Moeen Ali got run-out at a golden duck on free-hit while it seemed as if Shivam Dube never belonged to the middle. AB de Villiers, however, somehow managed to score some quick runs with no support at the other end and slammed a well-deserved half-century. But he got a snorter of a yorker from T Natarajan which pegged back his middle stump. Eventually, he only managed to reach 131 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their 20 overs.
The chase was tricky given the dry pitch on offer and as a result, Shreevats Goswami was dismissed by Mohammed Siraj in the first over itself. However, Manish Pandey and Warner started cautiously as they added 41 runs in five overs. Warner eventually perished in the sixth over off Siraj.
After Warner’s dismiss, Virat Kohli introduced the spinners as Adam Zampa and Yuzvendra Chahal bowled with guile and accuracy not giving an inch to the opposition. Run-scoring came down suddenly and losing Pandey and Priyam Garg made things extremely tough for SRH. At 67/4 in the 12th over and then Williamson took control of the chase.
Williamson and Jason Holder kept on manoeuvering the ball well and churned out boundaries at the perfect time when the required run-rate went up. Equation came down to SRH needing 35 off the last four overs abut, Williamson and Holder were smart enough to pick 10 runs in the 18th over. It turned out to be the unbeaten match-winning partnership at the end of 65 runs as two international captains brought all their experience to take SRH over the line with a couple of balls to spare.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) November 6, 2020
Kane Williamson is just amazing. Doesn’t matter which format he is playing. He is just so good.👏
— Sandeep Lamichhane (@Sandeep25) November 6, 2020
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 6, 2020
Kane Williamson is so good! Any role, any format 🔥
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) November 6, 2020
Agle Saal Cup Namde.
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) November 6, 2020
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) November 6, 2020
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) November 6, 2020
— Vinod Kambli (@vinodkambli349) November 6, 2020
They say Cricket is a batsman's game. But there is one team who keep letting their game do the talking, make every ball count and prove it otherwise. Doesn't matter if it's world's best batsman who are on the other side.
— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) November 6, 2020
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) November 6, 2020
RCB in #IPL2020
First 10 matches – 7 wins
Last 5 matches – 5 losses #RCBvsSRH
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) November 6, 2020
— Candice Warner (@CandiceWarner31) November 6, 2020
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) November 6, 2020
The kind of game a playoff should be.. thrilling, competitive and super quality cricket.. although the target was quite low @RCBTweets tried to defend it pretty well.. Hard luck guys.. well done #KaneWilliamson & @SunRisers Good luck going forward..
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 6, 2020