Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed (3/7) dished out a match-winning efficiency after Glenn Maxwell’s half-century to assist Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) notch up a six-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) within the Indian Premier League (IPL) on the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday. Put in to bat, RCB managed 149 runs for the lack of eight wickets on the again of Maxwell’s 41-ball 59 earlier than Shahbaz modified the complexion of the match by dismissing Manish Pandey (38), Jonny Bairstow (12) and Abdul Samad (0) in a single over, as SRH ended at 143 for 9 within the stipulated 20 overs. The victory propelled RCB to the highest of the desk.
Chasing a modest whole, SRH misplaced opener Wriddhiman Saha (1) cheaply at first of the third over. However, skipper David Warner (54) and Pandey seemed to make quick work of the chase, galloping in direction of the goal with the SRH needing 73 off the final 10 overs.
The duo seemed in ominous contact, smashing boundaries each over to maintain the rating board ticking till the 14th over when the Australian, who hit seven fours and a six, was dismissed off a Kyle Jamieson off-cutter.
RCB gained confidence after Warner’s dismissal, their bowlers limiting the boundaries. With the stress mounting, Bairstow, Pandey and Samad tried to focus on Shahbaz however mistimed their photographs to return to the pavilion within the seventeenth over.
Vijay Shankar (3) and Jason Holder (4) too struggled. Rashid Khan injected some hope within the SRH camp smashing 18 off 9 balls earlier than he was run out.
Earlier, SRH bowlers, led by West Indian all-rounder Jason Holder (3/30) and star spinner Rashid Khan (2/18), put up a superlative present and picked up wickets at common intervals.
For RCB, Maxwell was the highest scorer, hitting 5 fours and three maximums with skipper Virat Kohli (33), Shahbaz Ahmed (14), and Kyle Jamieson (12) offering beneficial contributions.
Put in to bat, RCB had been off to a good begin with Kohli and opener Devdutt Padikkal (11) hitting a number of boundaries. However, Sunrisers did not have to attend lengthy for his or her first breakthrough as a again of the size supply within the third over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/30) spelled the top of Padikkal, who had returned after recovering from COVID-19.
Shahbaz was the subsequent to depart after enjoying a fast cameo, leaving RCB at 47 for 2.
At the midway mark, Maxwell raised the tempo because the big-hitting Australian smashed Shahbaz Nadeem (1/36) for 2 sixes and a 4 within the first three balls of the eleventh over, with Kohli becoming a member of the celebration with a boundary.
The two stitched a 44-run partnership earlier than Jason Holder removed the RCB skipper as wickets continued to fall at common intervals.
With AB de Villiers (1) within the center, SRH captain David Warner launched spin as soon as once more, bringing on versatile leg-spinner Rashid, and the transfer instantly paid dividends. The harmful South African slapped the ball straight to Warner at covers with the sluggish nature of the Chepauk monitor coming to the fore as soon as once more.
The Afghan spinner struck as soon as once more, eliminating Washinton Sundar (8). With Dan Christian additionally gone, Maxwell smashed three fours and a most within the final three overs.
Former champions SRH misplaced their opening match to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) whereas RCB beat Mumbai Indians (MI) within the event opener on April 9.
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