By Anmol Pundir

Sunrisers Hyderabad playing their 13th match of the league defeated Royal Challengers
Bangalore by 4 runs.

Royal Challengers were chasing 142 in 20 overs and could only manage to score 137 runs in their innings. This was SRH’s third win of the tournament.

Sunrisers came to bat with a new opening pair where Abhishek Sharma was promoted up to open the innings. Sharma and Jason Roy added 14 runs to their total before Abhishek Sharma departed after scoring 13 of 10 balls. Jason Roy and Captain Kane Williamson added 70 runs scoring at a good run rate.

Harshal Patel’s off-cutter on a short length bowled Kane Williamson in the 12th over, which brought the end of the captain’s innings. RCB who are probably the best when it comes to bowling in middle overs, this IPL kept taking wickets at quick intervals and restricted SRH to 141.

Jason Roy remained the top scorer for the team, scoring 44 runs of 38 balls. RCB chasing 142 on Abu Dhabi pitch lost Skipper Virat Kohli in the very first over, and Daniel Christian in the 4th over.

Devdutt Padikkal and Srikar Bharat tried building a partnership but Umran Malik who bowled the fastest delivery of IPL 2021 in the match, got Srikar Bharat Out. Srikar Bharat tried to hit a pull shot but ended up giving a catch to keeper Wridhiman Saha.

Maxwell, who had scored three consecutive 50s in this IPL, came into bat at number 5 and
batted at a strike rate of 160, and added 54 runs with Devdutt Padikkal. Just when Maxwell
seems to take the game away from SRH, one wrong call from Devdutt Padikkal got Maxwell run out, in the 15th over when RCB’s score stood at 92, Maxwell departed scoring 40 of 25 balls.

Devdutt Padikkal tried to take on Rashid Khan hitting over mid-wicket, but was caught by Abdul Samad. Shahbaz Ahmed played a small but crucial inning for RCB when the required run rate was near to 10, but was caught by Willamson over mid-wicket.

AB de Villiers the only man who could have won the match for RCB had 4 balls in the last over to score 12 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowling last over made sure, ABD could only score 7 runs and won the match for his team.

RCB who wanted to be at the top 2 positions has 1 match left and are at third position after 13 matches.

RCB will now play Delhi Capitals at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 8th
October.

SRH will play Mumbai Indians on 8th October as well.

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