Virat Kohli and David Warner(RCB vs SRH)
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RCB vs SRH: SRH beat RCB by 5 wickets, keeping their playoff hopes alive. Dream11 IPL2020 Match no 52- SRH beat RCB by 5 wickets to climb up to 4th spot, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

Dream11 IPL2020: Match no 52 was played between Royal Challenger Bangalore(RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad(SRH) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah. This was the second match of the super Sunday doubleheader and Sunrisers took an edge over Royal Challenger Banglore to take two impactful points with them. Sunrisers have climbed up to no 4 spot in the points table with a positive run rate while Royal Challenger Bangalore is still at no 2 in the points table with a negative run rate.

Sunrisers Hyderabad(SRH) celebrating wicket.
Sunrisers Hyderabad IPl 2020 | Image – BCCI/IPL

Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and opted to field first. Two changes for RCB this time, Dale Steyn and Shivam Dube missed the match and Navdeep Saini and Isuru Udana come in. The consistent Devdutt Padikkal failed to create an impact with the bat last night. He was dismissed by Sandeep Sharma. Virat Kohli went cheaply off Sandeep Sharma. Josh Phillipe looked good at some stage but was dismissed by Rashid Khan on 32 runs. AB de Villiers scored a fighting knock of 24 runs in 24 balls, a very rare batting style in T20 cricket for him. 

In the end, Washington Sundar played some good shots, scored 21 runs off 18 balls and was later dismissed by T Natarajan. No other player could pass the 20 runs mark for RCB.

Sandeep Sharma and Jason Holder starring the bowling lineup with two wickets each in their bag. While, T Natarajan, Nadeem and Rashid Khan took one wicket each. SRH bowlers restricted RCB firepower batting lineup to just 120-7 in 20 overs.

RCB was successful in dismissing dangerous David Warner in just 2nd over of the game. Washington Sundar dismissed David Warner cheaply. But wicketkeeper-batsman Whriddhiman Saha and Manish Pandey took SRH par 50 runs 6 overs. The fifty run stand between two was broken by Chahal.

Chahal dismissed both Manish Pandey and Wriddhiman Saha to make a comeback in the game. Four quick wickets for RCB in quick succession directly put them in the front foot. Abhishek Sharma and Kane Williamson were dismissed by Navdeep Saini and Isuru Udana, bringing RCB back into the game. 

Yuzvendra Chahal dismissing Manish Pandey(RCB vs SRH)
Yuzvendra Chahal dismissing Manish Pandey | Image – BCCI/ IPL

But West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder came and finished the game for SRH in just 14.1 overs. He scored quickfire 26 off 10 balls which includes one boundary and 3 towering sixes. Chahal took 2 wickets for RCB while Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini and Washington Sundar grabbed one wicket each. 

SRH clinch an easy win against RCB by 5 wickets in just 14.1 over. This early victory has given a huge bounce to the Net Run Rate of Sunrisers, Their Net Run Rate is now +0.555. Whereas, Virtual Kohli led RCB got the Net Run Rate in Negative, -0.145. 

Post Match Presentation:

Virat Kohli | Losing captain:

It was never enough. We thought 140 might be a good total to sort of get into the game on that kind of wicket. Things changed drastically in the second innings. There was a lot of dew which we didn’t quite predict, they got it right at the toss eventually. In the end it was very difficult to hold the ball. Strange one. In between we thought the weather has become pleasant and there wasn’t any dew, but last few games in Dubai and here as well there has been dew. The pattern keeps changing but regardless you need to have runs on the board. We weren’t brave enough with the bat throughout the innings and credit to them – they used the pitch well and the change of pace. It is a competitive tournament and you can’t take any games lightly or any teams for granted, the situation is in front of us – we have to win our last game to hopefully finish in the top two. It also gives teams a chance to make a comeback. Having said that it makes you aware of your downfalls as a team and things that you need to correct going forward. It is going to be a cracker of a game with both teams locked in at 14 points. I have always been a Bangalore boy in the IPL never sort of drifted towards Delhi.

David Warner | Winning captain:

Coming into this game, we knew we had to beat the top two teams in order to progress. We got one more to go against Mumbai. Losing Vijay is a big miss. For us we have worked out, how to go about at the top of the order. With the bowling, all the credit goes to them. We are finding the right balance and the right partnerships. To go for less than 20 in 4 overs, it’s ridiculous. The wicket is slowing up a bit, the bowlers got to adapt to it. Tonight the bowlers have executed it well. Dubai has been the same, I think it gets dewy here. It wasn’t a surprise at all. Holder’s a great all-rounder. To bowl a bouncer against someone like him, you have to dig it very short. It’s great to have that consistency. We knew we had to win today, and that’s the case in the next game. In 2016 we had to win three games and we did that

Sandeep Sharma, Man of the Match:

Sandeep Sharma (SRH) IPL 2020
Sandeep Sharma (SRH) | Image – BCCI/IPL

When I started bowling, it was a bit sticky. It’s coming nicely, it’s got cooler here, so it’s helping. I have been bowling the knuckle ball, Jonny (Bairstow) has been helping me. It took around three or four months to get it right. Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen, so getting him out is special. Now we are finding the momentum with one game to go. We are excited about that, let’s see what happens.

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