Eliminator: Kane and Holder help SRH eliminate RCB from IPL 2020

David Warner won the toss and chose to field first. SRH had made one forced change as Saha was injured. Shreevats Goswami replaced him, and on the other hand, RCB, who are on a losing spree, had made quite a few changes to their playing 11. In fact, Four changes made by RCB are the most by a team between two matches in IPL 2020. Chris Morris misses out with a quad injury, Joshua Phillipe is out as well. Aaron Finch is back, so is Adam Zampa. Saini replaces Shahbaz Ahmed, and Moen Ali replaced Udana. 

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RCB skipper who did not open the innings in this whole tournament decided to open today, and it didn’t work. He was dismissed in the 2nd over by Holder. From there on, RCB innings never took off. Padikkal was out in the 4th over by Hoder again. RCB just scored 32 runs in the powerplay. ABD and Finch kept going but were taking their time to settle in. At the end of 10 overs, they were 54/2. Finch got out in the next over, but ABD kept going.

ABD scores 50

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It was a difficult pitch to bat on, and SRH bowlers were bowling excellent line and lengths; all this didn’t matter for Mr.360 he still made it look easy and scored with a strike rate of more than 130. Moen Ali was gone for a duck that too on a free hit. ABD was going well, but no one was able to support him. At the end of 16 overs, they were 104/5. With ABD still there, RCB would have expected a score of at least 150, but SRH bowlers didn’t let it happen. 

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Natarajan bowled ABD with a beautiful yorker, and his middle stump went cartwheeling. Natarajan and all the SRH fans would surely remember this ball for ages to come. 

They restricted RCB to 131/7 of their 20 overs.

RCB get a good start

Siraj dismissed Shreevats Goswami on the fourth ball and gave a good start to RCB. Even though RCB were conceding runs, they were right back in the game with Warner’s dismissal in the 6th over. Even though we can call it a brave decision by the third umpire to give him out, there was a spike when the ball’s simultaneously under the glove and over the thigh pad, and the umpire thought he had enough conclusive evidence and gave him out. 

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Zampa got Manish in the 9th over, and SRH ended their ten overs with 60/3. Garg was gone in the 12th over, but Kane kept his cool and took the deep. 

Kane and Holder win it for SRH 

Kane Williamson and Holder were going steady, and when they needed 41 to win off 25 balls, everyone felt the match was getting a bit close. Kane hit a six then and bought the equation to 35 of the last four overs. Kane and Holder kept picking the gaps and taking those occasional risks ware not letting the game slip. 

When nine were required of last over, Holder finished it with two consecutive fours.

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Even though they didn’t chase it very effortlessly, we can say that they chased the total very calmly by getting just enough runs, which were required of each over. 

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Kane Williamson was declared Man of the Match for his half-century. 

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