Playing in their backyard, Sunrisers were looking to win the game and RCB had to win it to remain in the competition. Batting first, Sunrisers failed to set a big target for the Challengers to chase.
Hales and Dhawan failed to give Hyderabad a good start. It was their captain, Kane Williamson, who stepped up to the task yet again and played a long important innings. His partnership of 64 runs with Shakib turned out to be very crucial. Shakib scored 35 in 32 balls, whereas Williamson went on to score 56 runs off just 39 deliveries, hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes.
It was these two batsmen who ensured Hyderabad reached a good total. On a pitch that wasn’t easy to bat on, Sunrisers set a target of 147 for the Challengers to chase.
On a good bowling track, Southee and Siraj bowled brilliantly well, each of them picking 3 wickets.
Parthiv and Vohra did give a good start to RCB. Just when Parthiv looked good, he got out to Shakib after scoring 20 off 13. Kohli played a good innings and showed signs of brilliance. He was batting in a way as if the pitch was a batsman’s paradise. He walked down the pitch on a couple of occasions and hit the bowler down the ground. Before falling prey to Shakib in the 10th over, he scored a 30-ball 39 with the help of 5 fours and a six. RCB’s main man, AB, failed today. He got out to Rashid’s unplayable incoming delivery after scoring 5 runs off 8 balls.
Mandeep and Grandhomme did show some resistance towards the end, but it just wasn’t enough. Hyderabad’s bowlers were a bit too good for the RCB batsmen. Going into the last over, RCB required just 12 runs. Having hit some big sixes, Grandhomme and Mandeep looked good to chase it down. But Bhuvi had other plans. India’s best death bowler had a task at his hands. Bhuvi bowled terrific to-crunching Yorkers and gave no room to the batsmen to score any runs.
6 runs were all that RCB could manage in the last over. Hyderabad won the match by 5 runs in the end and are handsomely sitting at the top of the table with 16 points in 10 matches.
RCB are almost out of this tournament. The team with some of the best batsmen in the world cricket has failed to make it big yet again. The likes of Kohli, de Villiers and Baz have let their fans down one more time.