Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) comprehensively defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 5 wickets in the 52nd match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Chasing a paltry target of 121, Sunrisers didn’t start well as they lost SRH skipper David Warner in the second over of their innings.
Wriddhiman Saha and Manish Pandey added a crucial 50-run partnership for the second wicket to stabilize the innings. Then SRH lost few wickets in quick succession as RCB came back in the game.
However, a quickfire knock down the order from Jason Holder pushed SRH over the finishing line. Holder scored an unbeaten 26 off 10 deliveries with 1 four and 3 sixes.
With the victory, SRH have also acquired the fourth spot in the points table.
Sandeep, Natarajan restricted RCB to 120/7
Earlier, after opting to field first, Sandeep Sharma, Holder and T Natarajan restricted RCB to 120/7 in 20 overs.
Sandeep bagged two wickets in the form of Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli while Natarajan picked up one scalp by dismissing Washington Sundar. Holder sent back Chris Morris and Isuru Udana.
Natarajan was the least expensive bowler for SRH. In his quota of four overs, the left-armer only conceded 11 runs at a brilliant economy of 2.8.
Apart from Sandeep and Natarajan, Rashid Khan and Shahbaz Nadeem claimed one wicket each.
For RCB, Josh Philippe with 32 was the top run-scorer in the first innings.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 31, 2020
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 31, 2020
SRH has the second the best run-rate in the tournament it means they just need to win the final game against Mumbai Indians to seal the play-offs unless something dramatic happens.
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) October 31, 2020
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 31, 2020
One-sided Saturday games after a long time.
Mumbai chased in 86 balls, Hyderabad finished it in 85 balls. Looked like it was Mumbai vs Hyderabad, ki who will chase faster. Should be Sunday dhamaaka tomorrow. #RCBvsSRH
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 31, 2020
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) October 31, 2020
Have to wait till the 56th match to know who are the four sides to qualify.
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) October 31, 2020
Delhi have lost 4 in a row.
RCB have lost 3 in a row.
Their only remaining match is against each other.
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 31, 2020
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) October 31, 2020
We have the last four matches left and three spots still available for playoffs this IPL. What a tournament! #RCBvSRH
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) October 31, 2020
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) October 31, 2020
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) October 31, 2020
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) October 31, 2020