DUBAI : The smile on Virat’s face said it all as The Royal Challengers Bangalore won their first game in the IPL against the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs.
Toss : SRH won the toss and decided to field first.
RCB XI : Finch, Padikkal, Virat (c), De Villiers, Dube, Philippe (wk), Sundar, Saini, Umesh, Steyn, Chahal.
SRH XI : Warner (c), Bairstow (wk), Manish, Garg, Shankar, Abhishek, Rashid, Bhuvneshwar, Marsh, Sandeep, Natarajan.
Padikkal, the debutant and the new signing Aaron Finch were the two openers for RCB. Padikkal looked confident in the start when he scored his first boundary, hopping down the track to Sandeep to clear the ring. Every time he made contact with the ball it was crisp and clean. A majority of his boundaries came off ariel shots and he also reached his maiden 50 in his debut IPL game.
In the 5th over, Marsh sustained an ankle injury while bowling and was forced to walk out of the ground. His batting, also suffered later in the match.
After the duo added 90 for the first wicket, the stage was set for AB and Virat. They played out Rashid’s overs very smartly with some terrific running in between the wickets and minimum risk.
Trivia : ABD scores at 14.36 rpo in the last three overs of an innings. No player in the history of T20 cricket scores quicker than him. (Min 1000 balls)
In the 15th over when RCB looked set to score big, Kohli attempted to change gears but caught the man at cow corner. After his dismissal, the onus was on AB to bat with the lower order. His clean hitting against Sandeep and Bhuvneshwar in the death took him to 51 (30) and his team to 163-5 at the end of 20 overs.
Warner and Bairstow, Hyderabad’s most dependable pair began positively but an unlucky runout at the non striker’s end saw Warner walk back to the pavillion.
Bairstow stitched a 51-run stand with Manish, who was promoted to three. The run-rate was under check and the odd boundary was available for them and things were sailing smoothly for SRH untill a loopy fuller one from Chahal tempted Manish to swing his hands at it. But the top edge went only as far as the long-on fielder. Chahal bowled an excellent spell of 4 overs.
He picked up the important wicket of Bairstow (61 off 43) and that was when most of SRH’s hopes of winning the game were shattered. The next one was a deceptive googly which went right through Shankar’s bat and pad to dislodge the bails and crash onto the middle stump.
Trivia : Bairstow scoring rate today
Against Chahal @ 4 rpo.
Against others @ 10.25 rpo.
SRH needed 29 from the last 3 overs. With Rashid in and Marsh yet to come the score looked achievable but some serious target bowling from Saini at 145 clicks per hour (approx) knocked over Bhuvi and Rashid’s stumps and made it worse for SRH. Marsh came out to bat but his ankle didn’t let him last longer. Bangalore’s victory was confirmed in the last over when Steyn picked up his first and Hyderabad’s last.
Man of the match : Yuzvendra Chahal
Hyderabad’s awful collapse of 8/32 since the 16th over cost them the match but this victory was important for RCB who lost their first six matches last year and the fact that they have won while defending a target will boost their bowlers early on in the competition.
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Stats Courtesy @cricvizanalyst