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IPL 2018 | RCB vs SRH: Bowlers deliver for Sunrisers yet again
08 May 2018

Put the skids on Royal Challengers’ chase with a clinical display; Williamson comes up with another gem

It was a familiar script with the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers staging yet another remarkable comeback from a seemingly hopeless position to help the team notch up an exciting five-run win while defending a modest total against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Vivo IPL at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Monday.

RCB was cruising along, chasing 147 for a win, with captain Virat Kohli looking in control during his breezy knock after Parthiv Patel had given it a rousing start.

Dramatic shift

Once pacer Sandeep Sharma cleaned up opener Manan Vohra in the eighth over, there was a dramatic shift in momentum as soon Kohli was out to a brilliant one-handed catch by Yusuf Pathan at short third-man off left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan.

Soon, leggie Rashid Khan, who was outstanding once again, castled A.B. de Villiers who tried to cut a googly too close to his body.

When southpaw Moeen Ali snicked to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha off Siddharth Kaul, the visitors were in dire straits at 84 for five in the 12th over.

Sensible batting by Mandeep Singh and Colin de Grandhomme, who hit two sixes off Rashid in the 17th over, gave hope during their fighting partnership of 57.

With 12 needed in the final over, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was spot on with his yorkers, conceding just six runs.

Put in to bat, Sunrisers owed their total to yet another impressive innings from captain Kane Williamson, who scored his fourth half-century in this edition.

This, after the home team suffered a big blow in the third over when pacer Tim Southee cleaned up the dangerous opener Alex Hales with one that swung back to disturb the middle stump.

In the sixth over of the innings, and in his first, pacer and local boy Mohammad Siraj induced a pull from Shikhar Dhawan which went straight to the fielder in the deep.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal deceived a struggling Manish Pandey in flight, the batsman’s attempted drive ending up in a simple catch to Kohli at short covers. Sunrisers was 48 for three in 8.2 overs at that stage.

In the zone

But, Williamson seemed to be in the zone as he pulled pacer Umesh Yadav and hit Chahal over mid-wicket for a six each and reached his half-century.

He stitched together a crucial 64-run stand for the fourth wicket off 47 balls with Shakib.

It was a much improved bowling performance from Royal Challengers as Southee and Siraj finished with three-wicket hauls despite being hit for a couple of lusty blows in the death overs — a phase which also saw some brilliant fielding by Kohli who effected two run-outs.

 

 

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