Royal Challengers Bangalore 149 for 8 (Maxwell 39, Kohli 33, Holder 3-30, Rashid 2-18) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 143 for 9 (Warner 54, Pandey 38, Siraj 2-25, Ahmed 3-7, Patel 2-25) by six runs
They did it once more at Chepauk. Solely the solid modified, the drama remained the identical. The staff batting first obtained a below-par whole, within the area of 150. The staff batting second was cruising of their chase, and appeared like they’d stroll it. Cue collapse, mayhem, and an exciting win pulled from the jaws of defeat. If Mumbai Indians did it to Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday, it was the flip of the Royal Challengers Bangalore to tug a rabbit out of the hat in opposition to the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.
The hero of a five-run win was the beforehand unheralded Shahbaz Ahmed, who won’t even have been certain of constructing the XI on condition that Devdutt Padikkal was returning and the Royal Challengers had loads of bowling choices already. However Ahmed, together with his left-arm darts, turned a sport the Sunrisers had of their grasp on its head with a triple-wicket over within the 17th, because the Royal Challengers surged again into the competition. When Ahmed got here on to bowl solely his second over, the Sunrisers have been 115 for two, with 35 wanted off 24. Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey, each coming off half-centuries, have been on the crease, however Ahmed would go on to get each within the over, and add the wicket of the big-hitting Abdul Samad too.
ESPNcricinfo’s Good Stats instructed the story of the match delivering that over, because the Sunrisers went from a win likelihood of 80.83 initially of the over to 37.49 on the finish.
It capped a implausible day for Ahmed, who was pushed as much as No.Three within the batting order and made a helpful 14 off 10 too. He did not bowl greater than these two overs, however ended with figures of three for 7. He was not the one nice constructive for the Royal Challengers, with Glenn Maxwell notching a wonderful half-century earlier to tug them to 149 for 8, giving the bowlers one thing to defend. That one thing turned out to be simply sufficient on the finish, because the Sunrisers unraveled to fall quick by six runs. With victory, the Royal Challengers additionally moved to the highest of the IPL 2021 desk with two wins in two video games.
The Rashid Khan impact
The Royal Challengers did not have too sizzling a begin, which is crucial to do in opposition to the Sunrisers as a result of the center overs are manned by Rashid Khan. His 4 overs have been all the time going to be essential, and the Royal Challengers wanted their huge three of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell to take Rashid on and deny him his regular breakthroughs. Rashid bowled 18 balls to the three mixed, gave up solely 15 runs and took the wicket of essentially the most harmful of all of them in de Villiers. It was a masterclass in T20 bowling, by no means providing a hit-me ball and nonetheless being threatening sufficient that batsmen of that high quality needed to shield their wickets. He ended with 4-0-18-2 throughout two spells, having conceded solely a solitary 4.
Maxwell turns up
The final time Maxwell had scored a fifty within the IPL was earlier than Rashid Khan was even a part of the IPL, approach again in 2016, when he made 68 off 42 against Kolkata Knight Riders. A brand new franchise, the surety that he’ll be batting at 4 and a staff administration that clearly believes in him, have began Maxwell off higher on this IPL than he has in years. He wasn’t fluent to begin with, having come within the over earlier than Rashid began bowling, and took some time to get used to the tempo of the Chepauk pitch. He was on 9 off 16 on the midway mark, when he obtained caught into Shahbaz Nadeem, looting two sixes and a 4 in a 22-run over, after which stored ticking to tide over the lack of Kohli and de Villiers, earlier than crunching boundaries on the demise, with 24 runs biffed off his last 11 balls. He introduced up his half-century within the final over, off 38 balls, finish ended with 59 off 41. That the Royal Challengers obtained one thing to bowl at regardless of Kohli by no means taking off in making 33 off 29 and de Villiers out for simply 1 off 5, was right down to Maxwell.
Warner takes off
After a failure of their opening sport loss, David Warner was at his blistering finest. He did not get a lot of the strike initially, however that did not hamper his rhythm, with the boundaries flowing. In maybe a tactical error by the Royal Challengers, Warner confronted solely two balls from Washington Sundar, who was introduced on within the powerplay alright, however solely within the fifth over.
Manish Pandey struggled to pierce the gaps throughout a second-wicket stand of 83, throughout which the Sunrisers have been nonetheless cruising because of Warner’s hitting on the different finish. He appeared in prime contact, till he swatted a slower bouncer from Kyle Jamieson down long-on’s throat.
Ahmed turns it round
Warner’s dismissal nonetheless left the Sunrisers needing 54 off 40 with eight wickets in hand, a reasonably easy process in most T20 chases. Nevertheless, the Sunrisers bowled a succession of tight overs that inched the required charge ahead, till Kohli introduced on Ahmed for the 17th over. Each Pandey and Bairstow thought that was an over they might goal to ease up the chase, however Ahmed’s variations in angles and awkward top meant not one of the batsmen might fairly come up with him, and each ended up skying the ball for straightforward catches. That one over utterly turned issues round and the Sunrisers’ brittle center order cracked underneath the strain, as batsmen stored falling even because the required charge stored rising.
Saurabh Somani is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo