Jason Holder, Sandeep Sharma Sunrisers Hyderabad keep playoffs hopes alive win over Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets in Indian Premier League.

Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and opted to bowl first facing Royal Challengers Bangalore. Royal Challengers Bangalore Navdeep Saini is fit and he returns Shivam Dube. Isuru Udana also comes back for Dale Steyn. Hyderabad is playing with Abhishek Sharma in place of Vijay Shankar.

Sandeep Sharma and Jason Holder got good movement with the new ball and didn’t allow the young opening pair of Josh Philippe and Devdutt Padikkal to get off to a floating start. Opener Josh Phillippe was the top run-scorer, compiling 32 runs off 31 deliveries. Proteas batsman AB de Villiers was the second-highest run-scorer, scoring 24 runs off 24 deliveries.

Jason Holder, Sandeep Sharma  Hyderabad keep playoffs hopes alive win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (livesportcentre.com)
Jason Holder, Sandeep Sharma Hyderabad keep playoffs hopes alive win over Royal Challengers Bangalore(BCCI/IPL)

Gurkeerat faced 24 deliveries but could only manage 15 runs. Sandeep and Holder picked up two wickets each, while Natarajan finished with outstanding figures of 1/11. Bangalore could only manage 120/7 in their 20 overs.

SunRisers Hyderabad (RCB) has been handed a target of 121 runs, after restricting Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a score of 120 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs.

While dismissals of David Warner 8 runs of 5 deliveries, Wriddhiman Saha 39 runs off 32 deliveries, Kane Williamson 8 runs off 17 deliveries and Manish Pandey 26 runs off 19 deliveries. Yuzvendra Chahal 2/19 shows his class and take two wickets in his spell including SRH Skipper David Warner. Jason Holder 26* runs off 10 balls finishes the chase in style, directing the short ball over long-on with a powerful shot.

Wriddhiman Saha 39 runs off 32 deliveries,(livesportcentre.com)
Wriddhiman Saha 39 runs off 32 deliveries,(BCCI/IPL)

SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) keeps playoffs hopes alive with thumping win. SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by five wickets in Match 52 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Virat Kohli | Losing captain: It was never enough. We thought 140 might be a good total to sort of get into the game on that kind of wicket. Things changed drastically in the second innings. There was a lot of dew which we didn’t quite predict, they got it right at the toss eventually. In the end it was very difficult to hold the ball. Strange one. In between we thought the weather has become pleasant and there wasn’t any dew, but last few games in Dubai and here as well there has been dew. The pattern keeps changing but regardless you need to have runs on the board. We weren’t brave enough with the bat throughout the innings and credit to them – they used the pitch well and the change of pace. It is a competitive tournament and you can’t take any games lightly or any teams for granted, the situation is in front of us – we have to win our last game to hopefully finish in the top two. It also gives teams a chance to make a comeback. Having said that it makes you aware of your downfalls as a team and things that you need to correct going forward. It is going to be a cracker of a game with both teams locked in at 14 points. I have always been a Bangalore boy in the IPL never sort of drifted towards Delhi.

Sandeep Sharma, Man of the Match: When I started bowling, it was a bit sticky. It’s coming nicely, it’s got cooler here, so it’s helping. I have been bowling the knuckle ball, Jonny (Bairstow) has been helping me. It took around three or four months to get it right. Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen, so getting him out is special. Now we are finding the momentum with one game to go. We are excited about that, let’s see what happens.

David Warner | Winning captain: Coming into this game, we knew we had to beat the top two teams in order to progress. We got one more to go against Mumbai. Losing Vijay is a big miss. For us we have worked out, how to go about at the top of the order. With the bowling, all the credit goes to them. We are finding the right balance and the right partnerships. To go for less than 20 in 4 overs, it’s ridiculous. The wicket is slowing up a bit, the bowlers got to adapt to it. Tonight the bowlers have executed it well. Dubai has been the same, I think it gets dewy here. It wasn’t a surprise at all. Holder’s a great all-rounder. To bowl a bouncer against someone like him, you have to dig it very short. It’s great to have that consistency. We knew we had to win today, and that’s the case in the next game. In 2016 we had to win three games and we did that.

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