RCB successfully defend 149 runs, beat SRH by 6 runs in Chennai. This was a similar choke by SRH as was by KKR yesterday. It will now be interesting to see if captains choose to bat first in Chennai. This is because chasing has been difficult especially in the fag end of the innings. Only a certain AB De Villiers was able to successfully chase here at this ground till now this year.
RCB 149-8 (20 overs) G Maxwell 59(41), V Kohli 33(29), J Holder 3/30, R Khan 2/18.
SRH 143-9 (20 overs) D Warner 54(37), M Pandey 38(39), S Ahmed 3/7, M Siraj 2/25.
Result: RCB win their second match, beat SRH by 6 runs.
Man of the Match: Glenn Maxwell
SRH captain David Warner won the toss and chose to field first. RCB skipper Virat Kohli was happy batting first given the recent matches here at M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. RCB had one change wherein Devdutt Padikkal came in instead of Rajat Patidar. SRH also had 2 changes: Jason Holder for Mohammad Nabi and Shahbaz Nadeem for Sandeep Sharma.
Glenn Maxwell scores first fifty in IPL since 2016, hits 59 off just 41 balls
RCB started well in their innings. They did lose Padikkal and Shahbaz Ahmed early but then Glenn Maxwell and Virat Kohli had an important partnership. Maxwell played fluently to score his first fifty in IPL after 2016. At one stage RCB were 91-2 looking set for a huge score.
Jason Holder takes 3 crucial wickets, gives 30 runs in his 4 overs
But then a collapse occured. It was due to Maxwell’s cheeky shots that RCB managed to reach a respectable total of 149. This was a par score on this pitch because the ball was not coming nicely on the bat.
Warner scores fifty, Shahbaz Ahmed takes 3 wickets in an over to turn the match
The chase was pretty similar to yesterday’s match. David Warner and Manish Pandey had a decent partnership to keep things under control for SRH. David Warner reached his fifty and scored 54 off just 37 balls. But when he was dismissed, things started getting messy. This began yet another choke. Shahbaz Ahmed took 3 wickets in an over to completely turn the match in RCB’s favour.
Harshal Patel also bowled brilliantly in the death apart from taking 2 wickets. Mohammad Siraj bowled an exceptional first spell and also took 2 wickets. Overall it was a tremendous bowling effort from RCB to defend a low total on a turning and slow wicket.
Glenn Maxwell was adjudged Man of the Match for his match winning innings. HE scored his first IPL fifty after 2016. He scored 59 off just 41 balls. This included 5 fours and 3 sixes. RCB successfully defend 149 runs .