SRH bowlers take full advantage of the conditions.
With the playoffs coming closer SRH skipper David Warner won the toss at Sharjah and elected to bowl first. It was a slow and sluggish pitch at Sharjah where the RCB batters struggled throughout the innings. Sandeep Sharma led the attack for SRH and got young Padikkal 5(8) and skipper Kohli 7(7) in quick succession. Ab de Villiers and Josh philippe too struggled to time the ball but stitched in a short partnership. Both departed after being caught attempting to clear the ropes. Washington Sundar 21(18) and Gurkeerat Singh 15(24) too couldn’t contribute much. As RCB finished at a below par score of 120/7. Only Philippe 32(31) and De Villiers 24(24) showed some fight on the pitch. But then SRH bowlers had a great outing and bowled smartly too. Sandeep Sharma picked 2/20 whereas Holder picked 2/27. But young Natarajan impressed everyone with figures of 11/1.
SRH batsmen enter with positive intent.
Chasing a low total of 121. Almost every SRH batsman played positively and tried to attack the RCB bowlers. Skipper Warner departed early with 8(5). Saha and Pandey then joined in and played some classy shots and clearly took away the game from RCB. Both lost wickets as they went for big shots against Chahal. Kane Williamson 8(14) too looked out of touch and drived one straight to Kohli. RCB just found a glimpse of hope at this stage. But Jason Holder had other plans as he bashed bowlers all around the park scoring 26 of just 10 balls. SRH eventually chased the target comfortably with almost 6 overs to spare. But it was the duo of Saha 39(32) and Pandey 26(19) that set the stage for SRH. With this win SRH have moved to 4th spot with and are strong contenders for the playoffs with a healthy NRR.
RCB 120/7 Josh Philippe 32(31), De Villiers 24(24) Sandeep 2/20, J Holder 2/27
SRH 121/5 Wriddhi Saha 39(32), J Holder 26(10) Chahal 2/19,I Udana 1/20