Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) continued their winning momentum in the ongoing IPL 2021 as they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 6 runs on Wednesday.
Chasing a paltry target of 150, Sunrisers were in a good position after David Warner and Manish Pandey put the team in a strong position by adding 83 runs for the second wicket. Warner scored 54 off 37 balls at a strike rate of close to 146 before Kyle Jamieson dismissed him in the 14th over.
The dismissal of Warner followed a massive collapse as the 2016 champions could only manage to reach 143/9 in their 20 overs.
RCB spinner Shahbaz Ahmed turned the game on its head when he came to bowl the 17th over. The left-armer picked up three wickets in that over and inspired his side to make a comeback in the game. He sent Jonny Bairstow (12), Pandey (38) and Abdul Samad (0) to complete his three-wicket feat.
Earlier, Glenn Maxwell displayed his top-quality batting and smashed a much-needed half-century. The RCB power-hitter scored 59 from 41 deliveries packed with five fours and three humungous sixes.
Apart from Maxi, skipper Virat Kohli also made a valuable contribution as RCB posted 149/8 on the board. Kohli scored 33 off 29 balls with the help of four boundaries.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Well done @RCBTweets . Never give up is the lesson of the last two games at Chennai.
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) April 14, 2021
Every game has been a thriller! What a start to #IPL2021
— Shai Hope (@shaidhope) April 14, 2021
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) April 14, 2021
Ohhhh what a game. Lightening does strike twice at the same spot. That over from Shahbaz….three wickets. Pandey Ji had to take his team home….after playing for as long as he did. Alas….
Well done, #RCB #IPL2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 14, 2021
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) April 14, 2021
— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) April 14, 2021
Good to see a left arm spinner working on giving the ball a rip! That’s how mishits happen. Well done Shahbaz Ahmed! 👏👏👏#RCB
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 14, 2021
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) April 14, 2021
What an over by Shahbaz Ahmed, he takes 3 wickets in his 2nd over. Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey and Abdul Samad all back in the pavillion. Brilliant captaincy by Virat Kohli, he deserves alot of praise for this move.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) April 14, 2021
An absolute sensational over from Shahbaz Ahmed.
Picks up the wickets of Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey and Abdul Samad.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 14, 2021
Chepauk – 2 different matches
First 10 overs
WICKETS 11, Ave – 56.63, SR 123.23
Last 10 overs
WICKETS 51, Ave – 12.66 , SR 124.79#Ipl2021
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) April 14, 2021
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) April 14, 2021
Bowlers to have picked 3 wickets in an over in #IPL2021
Harshal Patel vs MI
Andre Russell vs MI
Shahbaz Ahmed vs SRH #SRHvsRCB
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 14, 2021
First fifty for Glenn Maxwell in IPL since 2016, terrific knock in a tough pitch, go on Maxi.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 14, 2021
Glenn Maxwell in IPL:
2017: No Fifties
2018: No Fifties
2020: No Fifties
2021: Fifty in 2nd Game
For a change Punjab released player doing well for RCB.
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) April 14, 2021
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) April 14, 2021
Possibly KKR players laughing and giggling kambal me muh daal kar 😂😂 #IPL
— cricBC (@cricBC) April 14, 2021
— Rajabets (@RajaBets) April 14, 2021