Disaster struck SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Dubai as a two-wicket over from Yuzvendra Chahal, who accounted for Jonny Bairstow (61 out of 43) and Vijay Shankar (0), followed by eccentric layoffs of youngsters Priyam Garg (12). ) and Abhishek Sharma (7) derailed what seemed like an easy chase for the 2016 champions, giving Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) a 10-run victory in Match 3 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 on September 21. 164 defending, RCB watched the game when Bairstow and Manish Pandey (34) added 71 runs for the second wicket. However, a slide of 8/32 – 121/2 to 153 all-out – in the last five overs meant that SunRisers were discarded in the 20th.
Navdeep Saini returned 2/25, Shivam Dube got 2/15 while Chahal remained the bowlers’ choice with 3/18 figures from four overs.
Opener Bairstow ripped in the RCB attack after David Warner (6) ran away from the non-attacker’s end when a straight drive from Bairstow saw the ball ricochet off Umesh Yadav’s outstretched hand and deflected towards the stumps.
The Englishman had a special fondness for Yadav when the pacemaker went astray with his lines and was taken to the boundaries behind square on the leg side and a ramp for six on the fine leg.
Manish also took Umesh for back-to-back celebration in the Powerplay and took Washington Sundar for 91 yards after field restrictions were relaxed.
Bairstow enjoyed good luck along the way, however, as he was dropped on cover by Aaron Finch at Navdeep Saini and then at the wide midwicket boundary by Dale Steyn, who was unable to get the ball out of the Dubai night sky.
The right-handed brought up his 50 – his third in the IPL – in the 14th cruising above and with SRH on 121/2, Kohli had to bring Steyn back in the 15th as the last roll of the dice. That move didn’t work, but Chahal’s next over turned out to be the game changer.
He threw Bairstow as he tried to pull a ball that didn’t turn and stayed low, and on the next ball, the crafty paw spinner Shankar made a bamboo sword with a googly that went through the fence.
Previously, AB de Villiers (51 out of 30) led the attack for RCB with a smooth knock when they finished 163/5. He took his time at first, but when death caught on, De Villiers unleashed his full rage by beating Sandeep Sharma for back-to-back sixes in the 19th over and hitting Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a boundary above the bowler’s head.
But Kumar pulled things back in the final by giving away only three more runs after De Villiers’ boundary on the first pitch, aided by two run outs – De Villiers and Shivam Dubey – when the batsmen perished trying to steal extra runs .
RCB got off to a great start from Devdutt Padikkal (56) and Aaron Finch (29) when the openers added 90 runs in 11 overs for the first wicket.
Padikkal was casted by Vijay Shankar before Finch missed a straight ball from Abhishek Sharma to be judged leg for wicket.
Kohli (14) didn’t last long as he failed to clear the midwicket border from a slower delivery by T Natarajan and ran to Rashid Khan.
RCB did well to keep Rashid wicketless (0/31) even when Hyderabad was a bowler short and Mitchell Marsh retired after four balls due to an ankle injury.
Marsh came out to hit at the fall of the eighth wicket, but was rejected with the first ball. He limped off the field in the company of the team physiotherapist.
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