Match 52 of the Indian Premier League was played between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Sharjah. SRH won the toss and elected to bowl first. SRH did not make any changes to their side from their win against Delhi Capitals (DC) in the last game. RCB made two changes to their side after losing their match against Mumbai Indians. Navdeep Saini and Isuru Udana replaced Shivam Dube and Dale Steyn respectively.
Sandeep Sharma’s impressive bowling in Powerplay
SRH started with Sandeep Sharma and Jason Holder against opening pair of Devdutt Padikkal and Josh Philippe. After bowling two economical overs, Sandeep Sharma got rid of Padikkal with an unplayable in-swinger. In his third over, Sandeep got rid of RCB’s captain Virat Kohli. Interestingly, Sandeep Sharma took Kohli’s wicket for a record 7th time which is most by any bowler in the IPL. This derailed RCB’s innings as they failed to cash-in the field restriction in the powerplay overs. They ended the powerplay at a score of 30/2, their lowest of this season.
RCB batsmen failed to make any impact on the game
SRH’s trump card, Rashid Khan bowled exceptionally well. AB Devilliers and Josh Philippe hard hard time reading Rashid’s googlies and leg-spins. ABD targeted Shahbaz Nadeem by hitting a massive six on his bowling above long-on. However, he sent a perfectly timed shot to deep point for an easy catch by Abhishek Sharma. Rashid Khan ended Josh Philippe’s struggle getting him caught at deep mid-wicket. Sunder and Gurkeerat struggled to score runs and RCB’s score was 99/4 at the end of 15 over mark. Natarajan took the wicket of Washington Sunder and Holder got rid of Chris Morris and Isuru Udana in the same over. RCB ended their innings at a score of 120/7 after the end of 20 overs.
Fast start by SRH despite losing David Warner early
David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha opened for Sunrisers while Chris Morris bowled a good first over. David Warner greeted Washington Sunder with a six in the next over before perishing out on the next delivery. Manish Pandey and Wriddhiman Saha dominated RCB’s bowlers in the first six overs. They scored at an impressive run-rate of 9.66 to take SRH’s score to 58/1 after end of 6 overs.
SRH won the game with almost 6 overs to spare
RCB bowlers tried to contain Sunrisers batsmen in the middle overs. They were able to break partnership between Pandey and Saha in the 7th over with Chahal deceiving Pandey to take his wicket. Saha was sent packing in the 11th over as well by Chahal, however, Sunrisers needed just 39 runs off 52 balls by that time. Jason Holder’s cameo of 26 off 10 balls helped SRH seal this game in 14.1 overs. This win took SRH to 4th position in the points table. They have the second best NRR in the tournament, hence, if they win their last match, they will qualify into the play-offs.
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