Kane Williamson’s gutsy half-century followed by Jason Holder’s cameo with the bat guided Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to a 6-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
In pursuit of a 132-run target, Williamson (50 not out) and Jason Holder (24 not out) added a 65-run stand for the fifth wicket. They chased down the tricky target with two balls to spare.
Earlier, SRH skipper David Warner won the toss and asked Virat Kohli’s RCB to bat first. Holder and T Natarajan were among wickets as the Orange Army restricted the Challengers to 131/7 in the first innings of the Eliminator. AB de Villiers was the top-scorer for RCB with 56 runs off 43 balls as his side went through a terrible start, losing captain Kohli in the second over. Aaron Finch scored 32 off 30 balls.
While RCB got eliminated from the tournament, SRH will face Delhi Capitals (DC) in Qualifier 2 of IPL 2020 on Sunday at the same venue.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) November 6, 2020
— Naman Ojha (@namanojha35) November 6, 2020
Kane Williamson is so good! Any role, any format 🔥
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) November 6, 2020
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 6, 2020
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) November 6, 2020
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) November 6, 2020
We made one hell of a game out of it. @RCBTweets
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) November 6, 2020
— Vinod Kambli (@vinodkambli349) November 6, 2020
Want a job done well … get a kiwi to do! #Kane … ok maybe a west Indian too..
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) November 6, 2020
Jason Holder is fast putting himself into the much desired class of seam bowling all-rounders in this T20 franchise format format now.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) November 6, 2020
— Candice Warner (@CandiceWarner31) November 6, 2020
RCB had a wonderful campaign. Unfortunately they lost their last 5 games but they’ve had a lot of positives. Padikkal performed well. Chahal had a wonderful season. Sundar was good in PP. Kohli-ABD remain integral parts. Inclusion of Morris made a difference. Hard luck
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) November 6, 2020
— Chris Morris (@Tipo_Morris) November 6, 2020
The kind of game a playoff should be.. thrilling, competitive and super quality cricket.. although the target was quite low @RCBTweets tried to defend it pretty well.. Hard luck guys.. well done #KaneWilliamson & @SunRisers Good luck going forward..
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 6, 2020
— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) November 6, 2020
RCB in #IPL2020
First 10 matches – 7 wins
Last 5 matches – 5 losses #RCBvsSRH
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) November 6, 2020