Twitter Reactions: Sunrisers Hyderabad defend a low total again, pip RCB in Hyderabad

Twitter Reactions: Sunrisers Hyderabad defend a low total again, pip RCB in Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 runs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar in action. (Photo by Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

When the Royal Challengers Bangalore arrived in Hyderabad, they knew every game from this stage of the game would be a virtual knockout for them. Their bowlers managed to set things up ideally for them against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, on the day, it was their batting that let them down. The Sunrisers managed to successfully defend 146 and romped home in style yet again.

Earlier in the game, the Royal Challengers Bangalore had won the toss and opted to bowl first. The move was very surprising as Virat Kohli let Sunrisers Hyderabad play to their strengths – defend in the game. The Sunrisers did not get to a big total and hence, the decision of Kohli looked like a masterstroke. The openers failed to get going with Tim Southee and Mohammad Siraj dismissing the openers cheaply.

Kane Williamson and Shakib Al Hasan provided the mid-innings stability to the hosts with a decent 64 run stand. The partnership was broken soon after Williamson reached his personal milestone – another fifty in the season. The SRH skipper was dismissed on 56 by Umesh Yadav in the 16th over. A couple of overs later, Shakib was also dismissed on 35. The tail crashed for the hosts and Sunrisers Hyderabad bundled out for just 146.

Surprisingly, it was the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling that came good for them in the match. Tim Southee and Mohammad Siraj bagged three wickets each for RCB. In the run chase, the Sunrisers struck early by dismissing Parthiv Patel on 20. RCB skipper Virat Kohli looked like a man on a mission in the game and attacked right from the word go.

He lost the support of Manan Vohra from the other end. Also, at a crucial stage in the game, Shakib dismissed Kohli on 39 (30). An over later, Rashid Khan accounted for the wicket of AB de Villiers. The innings crashed all of a sudden from 60/1 to 84/5. The innings could not take off again as the SRH bowlers dictated terms thereafter. Colin de Grandhomme and Mandeep Singh tried their best towards the end but Bhuvneshwar Kumar successfully defended 12 runs in the final over to win the game for his side.

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