Royal Challengers Bangalore made it into the IPL playoffs off the 2020 season at the United Arab Emirates. They finished fourth in the points table. After that, they played against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator.
The Sunrisers knocked RCB out of the IPL 2020 season. Since then, both the powerful teams locked horns with each other in the brand new season on Wednesday at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
SRH captain David Warner won the toss and opted to bowl first. RCB managed to post a tricky total of 149/8 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Glenn Maxwell made his presence count on the pitch by scoring a superb fifty.
The Australian all-rounder composed his innings quite superbly. He took the bowling attack to the cleaners by scoring 59 off 41 balls. The 32-year-old thumped 5 fours and 3 sixes to his name at a strike rate of 143.90.
RCB captain Virat Kohli didn’t have a great time with the bat as he scored 33 off 29 balls. The skipper managed to hit 4 boundaries but failed to keep the scoreboard ticking as he departed in the 13th over.
On the other side of the coin, Jason Holder accounted for 3 dismissals whereas Rashid Khan took 2 wickets. The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, and Shahbaz Nadeem took 1 wicket apiece.
Shahbaz Ahmed takes Manish Pandey wicket
Despite losing Wriddhiman Saha in the third over, David Warner and Manish Pandey constructed an 83-run partnership. Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner. made his way back to the pavilion after scoring 54 off 37 balls. His innings included a flurry of 7 fours and a six. When Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey were looking to take the game away from RCB, Shahbaz Ahmed showcased his masterclass in the 17th over.
The spinner dismissed Bairstow and Manish in the back-to-back balls. Shahbaz also dismissed Abdul Samad in the last ball of the over. The left-arm spinner’s triple-wicket overturned the game in RCB’s favor. RCB restricted Sunrisers to 143 and won the game by 6 runs.
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