Sunrisers Hyderabad 172 for 2 (17.2 overs) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 166 all out (19.5 overs) by 8 wickets

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) shot themselves in the foot while batting and then hobbled while bowling and in the process were blown away by an impressive Sunrisers team that despite absorbing some pressure early on while bowling kept their confidence and composure intact.

David Warner won the toss and sent RCB in after the rains had mercifully retreated to allow for a full game.

Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle started like they are wont to do, Gayle hitting his 200th IPL six (a record) in style off Boult and Kohli finding his feet after surviving a tough examination first up from the same bowler.

But Gayle soon fell to Praveen Kumar and in walked Dinesh Karthik only to scrape around in a partnership where Kohli dominated. And when Karthik fell to Karn Sharma (who had an impressive spell of 1 for 20 off 4) trying to sweep him and getting a leading edge, RCB still seemed to have the momentum because AB DeVilliers had walked in to join the skipper. He hit Ravi Bopara for two fours and when it looked like RCB would shift gears, Kohli tried to cut one from Bopara that was too close to the stumps. Even the commentators couldn’t make much sense of that.

The very next ball David Warner, who clearly was showing signs that it was to be his day, took a spectacular catch next ball to get rid of Mandeep Singh.

DeVilliers was still there though and enjoying some luck (Dhawan caught one off him at long on but stepped over the fence); all he needed was for the lower order to hang in there with him. Darren Sammy did not seem to have thought that through as he was bowled attempting to ape an ABD shot. Clearly, the fans were not impressed.

 

Trent Boult came back, picked up DeVilliers and everything went pear shaped from there for RCB who slipped from 125 for 4 to 166 all out, losing their last five wickets for a mere 14 runs and not even completing their 20 overs. 166 was always going to be a sub par score at a ground where the average score was 169 and RCB needed early wickets to keep themselves in contention.

Those hopes were smoked by some silky strokes and atrocious lengths from the bowlers in the first two overs of SRH’s innings by which time Warner had raced to 25 off 8 deliveries and Shikhar Dhawan was looking solid at the other end. Warner launched himself into anything short or full and by the time Yuzvendra Chahal, the young leggie got Warner, the chase was well under control. RCB bowled woefully all through, poor in length and line.

Dhawan settled in at the other end and dutifully guided SRH home with 16 balls to spare and completing his fifty. The support from K L Rahul, the Karnataka lad, was no less impressive hitting the winning runs and finishing on 44 not out.

The fillip in confidence the SRH take from this game will be huge but RCB now have the same old problems to address.

They can’t have Mitchell Starc soon enough and definitely need their secondary line of batsmen to fire.