SRH vs RCB. Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore. The third match of IPL 2020 saw plenty of things; the return of David Warner as SRH’s captain, Warner-Bairstow reunion, RCB’s debutant Devdutt Pakikkal brilliant 50, AB de Villiers smashing 50, injuring of Mitchell Marsh, and the match-losing collapse of SRH.
A total collapse of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s batsmen has cost them 2 points which they were cruising very smoothly when Jonny Bairstow was batting. Bairstow, the top scorer today, scored 61 runs off 43 balls. But soon after his departure in the 15th over, the wickets started to tumble and eventually resulted in a 10-run defeat.
Opening the innings, David Warner was run out in the most unfortunate manner in the 2nd over of the innings. A deflected ball by Umesh Yadav has done for Warner. Bairstow, having coming confidently from the limited-overs series against Australia, with Manish Pandey made the innings steady and scored a 71-run partnership for the 2nd wicket.
In the end, SRH lost 8 wickets for just 32 runs in the final 26 balls of the innings to give Challengers the initial 2 points.
Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers picking three wickets for just 18 runs including the wicket of Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey. Navdeep Saini and Shivam Dube picked two wickets each.
After sending into bat, Aaron Finch and RCB’s debutant Devdutt Padikkal opened the innings. The dream start for RCB and the debutant as the 20-year old scored fifty. The first wicket was lost at 90 runs in the 11th over. The very next ball saw the wicket of Finch. Two new batsmen at the crease and who are there two new batsmen; Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Kohli got out early but de Villiers does what de Villiers does best. He scored a brilliant 30 ball 51 that include two maximums.
The final score, 163-5, not the score the team would have wanted given the start they had. But, considering the pitches, nevertheless a good score.
Not so good bowling stats for SRH bowlers as they went for plenty. The night becomes worse as Mitchell Marsh left the field after bowling just four balls as he twisted his ankle. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the most economical bowler of the lot however he went wicketless.
Sunrisers messed up the chase when the things were under control. The time Bairstow was out, the team needed 43 runs off 26 balls however somehow, they managed to lose all remaining wickets.
RCB win by 10 runs and got the winning start. Virat Kohli feels that this is the most balanced side since 2016 and he’s feeling more relaxed and easier since the 2016 season.
RCB has plenty of strong performances in their opening game. After bundled out for just 70 runs in their opening match against Chennai Super Kings last year, this year RCB looks like the team to go till the very end. With Padikkal and de Villiers 50, Chahal and co taking wickets, and other match-winner contenders with the likes of Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, Dale Steyn, the team can give a tough time to other teams.
Yuzvendra Chahal for his outstanding bowling performance of three wickets that include wickets of Bairstow and Pandey, was adjudged man of the match.
David Warner said after the match, “Yeah look, can’t remember I was out like that. It was a bizarre game for us. Obviously RCB played well here to get across the line. A lot of courage for Mitch to walk out. Doesn’t look great, he can’t put any weight on his leg. We always knew that they had to get some bowlers out at the end. Probably that last over of Chahal was the turning point there. We’ve obviously go back to the drawing board. We can’t fix what happened tonight. Everyone knows that, it is a talking point, but the guys don’t need reminding.”
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Man of the Match: Yuzvendra Chahal
Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore win by 10 runs
Points: Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Sunrisers Hyderabad 0