SRH RCB: Although restricting the Orange Army to a low score, RCB came up short in a tight affair between the two. With this loss, Bangalore’s desire of sliding themselves in top-2 is diminished.
Harshal Patel is silently cementing his place of purple cap winner, with a superfluous performance of three wickets. Knocking over Kane Williamson while getting rid of Saha and Holder at the death.
Jason Roy majestic again to support their inconsistent batting unit. With support from the skipper in the middle gave their team a boost which they were lacking.
The underrated veteran all-rounder, Dan Christian, was very helpful with the ball taking a couple of scalps to this name. Especially Jason Roy’s wicket, who was looking to take control, was a plus point.
Batting was slightly below average from the Hyderabad team, which meant that RCB have done their job well. However, chasing was never going to be easy on a tricky surface that was slightly slower.
Getting out as usual Virat Kohli was back early, with Christian to follow soon enough. Hyderabad were gaining momentum with those early blows.
The opener, Devdutt Padikkal, held the innings in place and their team in contention for an imaginary win. However, his intent wore off as the innings progressed becoming very passive with his game. That might have just caused RCB the game.
The man in touch and to look forward in the T20world cup as well, Glenn Maxwell, thored it again. Making use of his power as well as the unusual scoring area he prefers. A quality effort in the field from the SRH skipper sent mighty Maxwell to the dugout.
Being the most expensive bowler, Rashid Khan, took the most vital wicket of Padikkal who was set to finish the innings or might have just anchored the innings to its destination.
The effort from the South African legend AB de Villiers, was defused by SRH holding themselves high in a battle that could have gone either way.
Nevertheless, a match of the highest quality and some positive to take forward such as Umran Malik’s spicy over consisting of 3 deliveries of 151 kmph, and also Shahbaz Ahmed’s all-round play was outstanding.
SRH skipper was awarded the man of the match with runs and a match-changing runout. Watch the highlights of SRH RCB match here.
SRH RCB: post match presentation.
“The intent was to try and do it as soon as possible but I felt that Maxwell’s runout was the turning point. When you have AB on the crease it’s always game on but missed out due to a short margin. Shahbaz Ahmed played really well and Hyderbas’s bowler’s bowled really well in the death. Chahal had his away from the game and now he has come back brilliantly and he has been magnificent for us. This tournament gives talent every year and it is important to make the best of them and it is good for Indian Cricket (Umran Malik). We are optimistic and feel it is a little hiccup in the journey and we will come back strongly.”
“It has been a tough season for us but it was a great win today. It was great to see the small adjustment being made by the players on a tough surface. It was a pitch where the batter had to work hard to score runs. We were looking to build pressure with the ball as we knew that we would not get results quickly. Maxwell had to be dismissed if they had to win this game and I am really happy to run him out. Finishing the game off against a team like Bangalore is a great feeling. He(Umran Malik) is a special player and it is not very surprising to see him perform so well in this competition. We lost quite few games in the last overs but it is quite satisfying to win one in the last over here.”