Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 67 runs at Wankhede Stadium because to Faf du Plessis and Rajat Patidar’s 105-run second-wicket combination and Wanindu Hasaranga’s five-for.
First, the tides shift.
In spite of losing Virat Kohli early on, Rajat Patidar and Du Plessis played well to keep the scoreboard ticking. To end the Powerplay on 47, Du Plessis hit a six and a four off Kartik Tyagi’s sixth over. In the eighth over, Umran Malik conceded three boundaries and a six. The couple made full use of the added speed and width. Umran could have broken the deadlock, but the midwicket defender fluffed a difficult chance, allowing Du Plessis to score.
Karthik’s fireworks stun SRH
Patidar ended up with a 38-ball 48, giving Jagadeesha Suchith his second wicket. Du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell then fired at Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Tonking Bhuvneshwar’s slower one into the downtown regions showed RCB were looking for a final push. But Tyagi got Maxwell out just in time, with the fiery batter smacking one to long-on.
With only 10 balls left in the innings, RCB’s Dinesh Karthik had to show off his arsenal of strokes. He smashed three sixes and a boundary off Fazalhaq Farooqi. After Karthik hit the final ball of the innings over long-on for a boundary, Du Plessis hugged him. 192 on the board felt like a good score for a day game, and it was.
Hasaranga matched the hitters’ efforts with 5 for 18 from 4 overs. The wrist spinner used his googly, as well as flighted deliveries, to run through the opposition. He gave Aiden Markram a sneer. The googly also took out SRH’s other mainstay, Nicholas Pooran. He let some air this time, and Pooran could only spoon a catch to the fielder at short third. By the time Hasaranga came on to bowl the 17th over, RCB were already ahead. Harshal Patel then dismissed Bhuvneshwar for 125. SRH made a brave 37-ball 58.
Raf du Plessis (73*; Jagadeesha Suchith 2-30) and Rahul Tripathi (58, Wanindu Hasaranga 5-18) were the top scorers for Royal Challengers Bangalore (192/3 in 20 overs).
SRH will face the Kolkata Knight Riders on May 4. On May 13, the fourth-placed RCB will face the Punjab Kings.