RCB produce incredible fightback to go on top
Royal Challengers Bangalore have produced a brilliant fightback in Chennai to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 runs to make it two-in-two so far in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. With this win, they are now also at the top of the table.
Sunrisers went into the second time-out after 16 overs, needing 35 from 24 balls with 8 wickets still in hand. It looked like they were quite easily cruising to victory.
But the momentum totally shifted in RCB’s favor, as Shahbaz Ahmed picked up three wickets in the 17th over, conceding just one run. His three preys were Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey and Abdul Samad.
And all of a sudden, Sunrisers were in deep trouble. They needed 34 from the last three overs, and eventually fell 6 runs short, handing the Virat Kohli-led side an unbelievable win.
Just like that, David Warner’s 54 off 37 balls with 7 fours and a six went in vain. So did Pandey’s 39-ball-38 as well, as their side lost four more wickets in the last three overs.
Apart from Ahmed’s 2-0-7-3, Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel also ended with two wickets each, and both giving away 25 runs.
Earlier in the match after put into bat, RCB posted 149 for eight in their stipulated 20 overs, thanks to a gutsy fifty from from Glenn Maxwell. Captain Virat Kohli also scored 33 off 29 balls.
After 12 overs, RCB were 91 for two, and looked poised for a big total. Then a batting collapse followed, and they became 109 for six. However, Maxwell were still at the crease that time, and he weathered the situation nicely.
Maxwell, who was under radar before the start of the season, made a good statement by helping his side add 39 runs from the last three overs. With his 41-ball 59 that featured 5 fours and 3 sixes, Maxwell found an IPL fifty after 40 innings. His last 50+ knock had come way back in 2016.
Jason Holder was the pick of the bowlers for the Sunrisers, finishing with three for 30. Rashid Khan was also very impactful, conceding just 18 runs in his four overs alongside picking up two wickets.
Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 149 for eight in 20 overs (Maxwell 59, Kohli 33; Holder 3/30) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 143 for nine in 20 overs (Warner 54, Pandey; Ahmed 3/7) by 6 runs.