Plucky Sunrisers Put A Spanner In RCB’s Top-two Dreams

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Plucky Sunrisers Put A Spanner In RCB’s Top-two DreamsMaxwell's run out turned the tables on RCB to give SRH only their third win of the season

In a nut-shell

It came down to AB de Villiers having to score 13 off the final over to keep Royal Challengers Bangalore's hopes of a top-two finish alive but Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced a near-perfect over, giving away just eight as Sunrisers Hyderabad defended 141 on a slow Abu Dhabi wicket for only their third win of the season.

What does it mean in the race to the playoffs?

That Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings will, in all likelihood, get two shots to make the final and not RCB. CSK's top-two finish is not mathematically guaranteed for RCB can still tie them on points but for them to surpass CSK on NRR will need them to beat DC by 113 runs and hope Punjab Kings beat CSK by the same margin.

Back to the game…

The finish

A breezy cameo from Shahbaz Ahmed in the 18th over left RCB needing 18 to win from 12 balls with De Villiers batting at the other end. But Jason Holder, bowling the 19th, dismissed Shahbaz and gave away just five runs. As a delicious bonus, he bowled a dot at De Villiers and had him off strike for the start of the final over.

Bhuvneshwar, bowling that final over, bowled a dot and gave a single to George Garton leaving De Villiers to hit 12 from 4. De Villiers denied a single and followed that up with a six down the ground but couldn't put away two full deliveries that followed.

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Back to the top: SRH win the PowerPlays

George Garton delivered RCB their first PowerPlay wicket in this UAE leg with the scalp of Abhishek Sharma, but SRH still raced away to 50/1 six overs after being put in to the bat. Captain Kane Williamson shrugged off his indifferent form and returned to his silken best, driving past the ring of fielders on the off-side and pulling authoritatively. Garton, despite that early wicket, was taken for 29 in his two overs even as RCB's bowlers were otherwise disciplined with the way they operated.

On what was a new-ball wicket, the difference in PowerPlays was mirrored in the game's outcome. RCB needed a 12-run sixth over to even get to 37 after six. But by then they'd lost Virat Kohli and Daniel Christian with Rashid Khan still to come into the attack. Glenn Maxwell led a thrilling counter but Devdutt Padikkal's go-slow (41 off 52 balls) left RCB with a tad too much to get in the final overs.

Maxwell vs Rashid Khan

RCB were 38 for 3 at the end of seven overs. That would have been cue for Williamson to shut the door on the opposition with four overs of Rashid Khan in the bank. RCB's spin-crusher, Maxwell, though had other ideas. Off his second ball, he picked the legspinner and hit him over cow corner for six. In the spinners' next over, he slog swept one over long-on and swept powerfully for four more. Maxwell interspersed this with excellent running between the wickets and even though he had to contend with a slow-scoring partner in Padikkal, and a frugal Umran Malik, he kept up with the asking rate. Rashid conceded 24 from his first two and was taken out of the attack.

The turning point: Williamson runs out Maxwell

RCB needed 50 from the final six overs when Rashid came back into the attack. Off the first ball, Padikkal pushed one to cover and called his partner for a non-existent single. Williamson swooped in on the ball, picked it up and in one continuous motion hit the stumps at the keeper's end to dismiss Maxwell for a 25-ball 40.

Were SRH better with the bat?

Slightly. Williamson and Jason Roy added 70 for the second wicket off just 58 balls and while the latter enjoyed a couple of fortuitous moments when his miscued lofts fell between players, the experienced overseas batsmen in the SRH camp had set a platform to build a competitive score from. Their plans, though, were foiled by the familiar figure of Harshal Patel.

A devilish slower ball found it's way through Williamson's attempts to meet it, and Kohli had his medium-pacers and the slow Abu Dhabi wicket to push SRH into a tailspin. Christian was the perfect foil in the conditions. He dismissed Priyam Garg and Roy (44 off 38) in one over.

From 105 for 2 at the end of the 14 overs, SRH managed only 36 in the final six overs and lost five wickets along the way, three of them going to Harshal, who took his season tally to 29. Through that torrid phase, Holder got himself a couple of inside-edged fours to fine-leg, which given the state of the pitch and the end result, proved crucial.

Brief scores:Sunrisers Hyderabad 141/7 in 20 overs (Jason Roy 44, Kane Williamson 31; Harshal Patel 3-33, Daniel Christian 2-14) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 137/6 in 20 overs (Glenn Maxwell 40; Umran Malik 1-20) by 4 runs.

What next for these teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad have little to gain besides positive vibes but could play a part in the overall context of the qualifying scenario in their clash against Mumbai Indians at this very venue on the final day of the league stage. RCB will also be in action simultaneously, over at Dubai, against fellow qualifiers, Delhi Capitals.

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