SRH v RCB Report Card: How RCB fared at Hyderabad

Georgia Reed
May 10, 2018

All five Hyderabad bowlers were among the wickets as Sunrisers successfully defended 146 on a tricky surface at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad. RCB could manage to score 141/6 in their 20 overs.

After they were put into bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad started poorly as they lost both their openers before the powerplay was over.

Williamson was also pleased with English opening batsman Hales, who scored 45 on debut.

While batsmen Mandeep Singh (21*) and Colin de Grandhomme (33) tried to match with the asking run rate by striking some lusty blows, the accuracy of Hyderabad's bowling proved to be the difference in the end.

After restricting Sunrisers to a manageable 146, the visitors began their chase on a promising note, and looked comfortable at 60/2 before the innings derailed with three quick wickets as they eventually ended on 141/6. Virat Kohli also played a knock of 39 (30) at number 3 before his team lost too many wickets in the middle. Thereafter, Sunrisers captain Williamson and Shakib stitched 64 runs off just 50 balls for the fourth wicket to keep the hosts afloat. Later in the same over, he effortlessly deposited a leg stump full toss into the stands at square-leg.

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Williamson was dismissed in the same over when he miscued a slower delivery and was caught at deep square-leg.

Following two early breakthroughs, SRH captain Kane Williamson (56, MoM) took responsibility yet again with a well compiled half century. They compiled together taking the game forward. For an incoming player too, it is incredibly hard to perform right from the get-go and the lack of confidence showed in their performances in crunch time. Perhaps the fact that SRH have accounted for an average of only one wicket in the first five overs acts as a wonderful smokescreen to what comes thereafter.

For the Sunrisers, Shakib Al Hasan scalped 2, including Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli. Spinner Rashid Khan, pacers Siddharth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma, and spin all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, have been very effective.

Teen spin sensation Rashid Khan's stocks continue to rise after the Afghan completely bamboozled AB de Villiers with a wicked wrong'un. Bhuvneshwar, who conceded only six in the 20th, finished with figures of 1-27.

Hyderabad widened its lead at the top of the table with eight victories in 10 matches. Yusuf Pathan then found the fence twice off Southee in the same over before perishing in the next over, cleaned up by Siraj.

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