The eliminator of the thirteenth version of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) saw a nail-biting match. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 6 wickets without much trouble to stay alive in the competition. SRH will next lock horns with an incredibly harmed Delhi Capitals (DC) in the second Qualifier on November 8. Both the teams will be battling for a spot in the finals against Mumbai Indians (MI).
Batting first, RCB had a bad beginning as they lost Virat Kohli and Devdutt Paddikal inside the initial 4 overs. AB de Villiers held his nerve on one side as he crushed 56 runs off 43 balls. The other batsman couldn’t get moving as the Orange Army gave a showcase for their deadly bowling assault. Virat Kohli and Co. settled with a less than average score of 131 runs for 7 wickets in their 20 overs.
Jason Holder was the pick of the bowlers for Hyderabad. He took three wickets while T Natarajan additionally took two-valued wickets of De Villiers and Washington Sundar. Other bowlers including Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Sandeep Sharma were additionally economical as they didn’t let the batsmen score easy runs in the middle-overs.
Virat Kohli sledged Manish Pandey
Chasing 132 was a simple undertaking for SRH. Therefore, the Bangalore team was in urgent need of wickets to move the momentum towards their side. Mohammed Siraj gave the first breakthrough to RCB by sending the opener Shreevats Goswami back to the bench.
In the third over, the on-crease batsman Manish Pandey, who came in as a one-down batsman, played strong defense in the second ball bowled by Siraj. Virat who handled the ball attempted to sledge the batsman to make him play an awful shot.
While giving the ball back to Siraj, Kohli yelled, “Aaj nahi marega shot” which signifies “He won’t hit any shot today”. In any case, the stunt didn’t fill in as Pandey hit a rankling six after the gap of one ball to give a fitting answer to the RCB captain.
Bangalore’s` bowling unit gave a difficult stretch to SRH. However, Kane Williamson developed as a match-winner for his group as he helped them chase the objective with two balls remaining and sealed a spot in the second Qualifier in IPL 2020.