Jason Holder and Sandeep Sharma combined to bring a five-wicket win for the team. A game that Sunrisers needed to win and the pair made the win easy and convincing. Sandeep Sharma firstly set up the tone with his swing bowling up in front striking in the powerplay and then Jason Holder with his all-round skills was just too good to fit in a desperate struggling team.
The 52nd match of the IPL 2020 had Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad teams up in front. RCB entered the match as the more convincing side of the two knowing that a win will simply put them in the playoffs. SRH on the other hand had to win the game to stay alive in the competition which they did with style.
Royal Challengers Bangalore innings – Sandeep swing, Holder strikes
Josh Philippe has now found a place in the team at the expense of Aaron Finch and his opening partner Devdutt Padikkal has been doing great this season. But today was just not their day.
Sandeep Sharma who is leading the SRH attack in place of missing Bhuvneshwar Kumar perfectly started the innings. He caused his spell over the batsmen with his swing bowling and deceptive slow balls. Padikkal was the first to go, bowled by some of that. Playing for the outswing, the ball actually was inswinging hitting the top of the middle stump.
Out come Virat Kohli. Sharma applied the reverse to Kohli. After bowling inswinging deliveries, he finally went for the outswinging ball and Kohli failed to keep his drive down and was caught at short extra-cover. Sandeep Sharma got Virat Kohli for the seventh time in the IPL, the most by a bowler.
The powerplay score was 30-2 after Sandeep’s heroics.
Once again, the team was depending on AB de Villiers. He along with Philippe tried to stable the innings but got out by Shahbaz Nadeem in the 11th over who had earlier dropped de Villiers on his own bowling.
The wicket of de Villiers meant the score was fluent as it needed to be on a slow Sharjah pitch. Jason Holder then struck double-blow with the wickets of Chris Morris and Isuru Udana. With little cameos from other batsmen, the score was finally stuck at 120-7, a well below-par score at the Sharjah.
Sandeep Sharma and Jason Holder picked up two wickets each, while T Natarajan, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Rashid Khan picked up one wicket each. Natarajan only conceded 11 runs in his four overs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad innings – Saha, Holder keep the dream alive
With 120 runs to score, Sunrisers knew they didn’t have a big score to chase on a small Sharjah ground. The chase was not started in the expected manner as the team lost their captain in the second over. Washington Sundar had the better of David Warner on the just 8 runs.
However, Wriddhiman Saha had just arrived in the team in the previous match and played a match-winning knock. He once again showed his form at the top. Joining him, Manish Pandey and Saha put a quick fifty stand off just 32 balls.
Quick couple of wickets from Yuzvendra Chahal had brought the team back in the game for a brief moment, removing both the set batsmen. Isuru Udana and Navdeep Saini, who returned for this match after missing two matches after hurting his hand, picked up two wickets to reduce the wickets to five.
But the score wasn’t too big to threaten the chase. Jason Holder has been enjoying his time in the team. He smocked three sixes and hit one four to bring an end to the chase with a 26-run cameo of just 10 balls.
SRH’s last three matches were against Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Mumbai Indians. They needed to win against all of them. They have secure victories against two of them and their last match is against MI and they’ll be hoping the same against them.
Yuzvendra Chahal picked up two wickets. Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, and Isuru Udana picked up one wicket each but the score wasn’t too much to defend it.
Sandeep Sharma, for his brilliant swing bowling at the start of the innings and his two wickets, was awarded the man of the match award.
Man of the Match: Sandeep Sharma
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 5 wickets
Points: Sunrisers Hyderabad 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0