Super victory for Sunrisers

Super victory for Sunrisers

Hyderabad hold nerve to defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore in Super Over

Super victory for Sunrisers

Eventually it boiled down to Dale Steyn versus Chris Gayle. But the South African pace ace bowled an exceptional Super Over that helped Hyderabad Sunrisers to notch-up a five-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.

After both the teams tied at 130 after the regulation 20 overs, the match was extended to Super Over. Cameron White, who clobbered R Vinay Kumar for two sixes, and Thissara Perera helped Sunrisers to 20 in the lone over, and then Steyn contained Gayle, except a six off the fifth ball, also restricting the Royal Challengers to 15 runs.
Before the mini-battle between them took place in the Super Over, the much-anticipated showdown between Gayle and Steyn failed to kick off, both producing low-intensity efforts.

Once the biggest names in either side failed to kick up a storm, the 26,000-plus spectators at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium were left to watch a low-scoring, scrappy affair, but in the end they left for home with a sense of contentment after their favourite side emerging winner, second time in as many matches.

Let’s go through the Royal Challengers innings first. Gayle’s willow didn’t produce the sweet Calypso music on Sunday, and it had a direct impact on the total of Royal Challengers, as all they could muster was a well below-par 129 for eight. That total was made possible by the industriousness of Virat Kohli (46, 44b) and Moises Henriques (44, 40b), who came in for Daniel Christian.

RCB’s struggle started from the first ball of the second over when Sunrisers’ skipper Kumar Sangakkara introduced, rather unexpectedly, part-time off-spinner Hanuma Vihari, who was later adjudged man of the match. The local lad surprised Gayle with a quickish off-break that took an edge of the Jamaican’s bat before nestling in stumper Parthiv Patel’s gloves.

It was a great opportunity for RCB batsmen to prove that they can gallop to a big total without the assistance of Gayle, but they appeared shackled by Sunrisers’ bowlers and their own doubts. Here, credit should go to home side bowlers who came up with a fine show, offsetting a rare modest day in office for Steyn.

Ishant Sharma produced a fine spell to keep RCB batsmen under check. The Delhi pacer castled Tillakaratne Dilshan with brute of a delivery, and the responsibility of guiding RCB fell on skipper Kohli and Henriques. There were a few shots that showcased Kohli’s class like a six off Ishant that sailed over long-off fence, but that apart the second-wicket alliance between Kohli and Henriques was a sedate process, yielding 43 runs.

Sangakkara’s decision to toss the ball to part-time medium-pacer Ashish Reddy fetched another big wicket for Sunrisers. Kohli’s forced to check his shot after failing to read a slow ball, and Ashish pulled off a smart return catch. Once Kohli departed at 85, RCB didn’t manage much, milking 36 for three in the last five overs.

It needed a really big-hearted effort from Royal Challengers’ bowlers to defend that meager total, and to their credit they showed a dogged-mindedness. There were no free runs for the Hyderabad side with RCB bowlers and fielders choking them like a python.

Henriques jolted the Sunrisers’ top order, evicting Parthiv and White, and their chase never was on track thereafter, only the 19-year old Vihari keeping them afloat with a mature knock. Hyderabad needed seven runs off the last six balls, and Vinay bowled another excellent final over, giving away only six runs.
But he couldn’t repeat that brilliance in the Super Over.

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