In an evening dominated mainly by the bowlers, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 runs in the Indian Premier League 2021, defending a target of just 150 runs. Get full match story below.
Quick Stats from the game
- RCB: 149-8; SRH: 143-9
- Sunrisers Top Batsman: David Warner; 54 off 37 balls
- Sunrisers Top Bowler: Jason Holder; 3-30 in four overs
- Royal Challengers Top Batsman: Glen Maxwell; 59 off 41 balls
- Royal Challengers Top Bowler: Shahbaz Ahmed; 3-7 in two overs
Hyderabad’s Bowlers Lead the Way
Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and as expected, elected to field first.
Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli opened for Bangalore, with the former departing after scoring just 11 runs. Virat Kohli didn’t stay for long either, falling to Jason Holder at 33.
At 47-2 in 6.1 overs, Royal Challengers Bangalore were already off to a wobbly start and looked to be in real trouble. SRH’s bowlers continued to systematically dismantle RCB’s batting order.
In fact, with the exception of Glen Maxwell who scored a heroic 59 off 41 deliveries, all other batsmen got out without scoring more than 15 runs.
AB de Villiers, Washington Sundar, Dan Christian, and Shabaz Ahmed added 24 runs between them; a brief cameo at the end by Kyle Jamieson helped Bangalore put up 149 runs on the board.
All five of Hyderabad’s bowlers in the innings completed their four-over spells at an economy rate of under 9.00, which is just brilliant.
Holder took 3 wickets conceding 30 runs; Rashid Khan took 2 wickets while giving away just 18 runs.
All in all, RCB ended the first inning at 149-8.
Ahmed to the Rescue for Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore got an early breakthrough of Wriddiham Saha, leaving their opponents at 13-1 in 2.2 overs.
Defending a mere target of 150 runs, the need for Kohli’s men was for some equally disciplined bowling. And interestingly enough, they did deliver this. Kohli used all seven bowlers available at his disposal to get the job done.
David Warner and Manish Pandey added 92 runs together with the Aussie scoring a half-century. It was, however, a slow, steady chase rather than an explosive one.
At 113-2 in 16 overs, it looked like they would see Hyderabad through to the win but then, things took a turn.
Shahbaz Ahmed came to bowl in the 17th over and took three wickets, including those of Pandey and Jonny Bairstow. That was a crucial point in the game as it left SRH at 116-5 in 17 overs.
Needing 34 from 18 balls, the asking run rate was slowly creeping up, making it an increasingly difficult job for Sunrisers Hyderabad to win.
Harshal Patel and Mohammad Siraj didn’t take a lot of time to tear apart the remaining batsmen, with each picking a couple of wickets. Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, and Jason Holder left in single digits.
Rashid Khan tried to turn the tide around with his 17 off 9 toward the end but fell just short. Patel bowled the final over and on the back of some smart bowling, he managed to restrict the SRH from reaching the target.
Ultimately, Hyderabad ended the innings at 143-9, losing the match by 6 runs.