Thrown in last overs; Bangalore beat Hyderabad

IPL 2021-RCB vs SRH: Shahbaz Ahmed took three wickets in one over. Only seven runs were conceded in two overs

IPL 2021-RCB vs SRH: Chennai: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by six runs in the IPL match here today. Chasing RCB’s 150, Hyderabad were bowled out for 143 for nine in the allotted 20 overs.

Captain David Warner scored a half-century for Hyderabad. He scored 54 off 37 balls, including seven fours and a six. One of the openers, Wriddhiman Saha, lost his wicket early on. Saha, who scored just one run, was dismissed in 2.2 overs when he was caught by Maxwell off Siraj.

Manish Pandey was dismissed for 38 off 39 balls. Johnny Bairstow was out for 12 off 13 balls. Abdul Rashid was unbeaten on 19 while Vijay Shankar was unbeaten on three and Jason Holder on four. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was unbeaten on two runs.

In the last four overs, Hyderabad lost seven of their nine wickets. Shahbaz Ahmed took three wickets for just seven runs in two overs. In the 16th over, Shahbaz took the wickets of Bairstow, Manish Pandey and Abdul Samad in succession. Mohammad Siraj and Herschelle Patel took two wickets each for Hyderabad. Jamieson took one wicket.

Batting first, RCB scored 149 for eight in the allotted 20 overs. Glenn Maxwell is RCB’s top scorer. Maxwell hit 59 off 41 balls, including three sixes and five fours. In the opening over, skipper Virat Kohli was dismissed for 33 off 29 balls. Devdutt Padikkal scored 11 runs and Shahbaz Ahmed 14 runs.

AB de Villiers was dismissed for just one run off five balls. Washington Sunder scored eight runs, Dan Christian one and Kyle Jameson 12.

Jason Holder took three wickets for Hyderabad. Rashid Khan took two wickets for just 18 runs in four overs. Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shahbaz Nadeem took one wicket each.

Hyderabad won the toss and elected to field.

Devadath Padikkal, who was undergoing treatment for Kovid, returned to the team for the match. Padikkal went down to the opening with Kohli. Malayalee player Mohammad Azruddin was expected to get a chance but could not find a place in the playing XI.

The Sunrisers, who lost to Kolkata in the first match, missed out on a place in the points table. The loss of openers David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha against Kolkata was a setback for Hyderabad. But it was the brilliance of Johnny Bairstow and Manish Panda in the midfield that saved the team from falling apart.