CSK and DC confirmed top 2, RCB to play eliminator

The Sunrisers Hyderabad have secured their 3rd victory in the 2021 IPL after beating the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 runs in Abu Dhabi! RCB won the toss and elected to have a bowl first in this contest, a decision which appeared to have paid off quite nicely during the early exchanges as English seamer George Garton (1/29) dismissed dynamic opener Abhishek Sharma (13) in just the 2nd over of the game to leave the men in orange wobbling on a less than ideal score of 14/1. To their immense credit though the Sunrisers’ enterprising second wicket pairing of Jason Roy (44) and Kane Williamson (31) soon began to rebuild their side’s innings rather brilliantly after this shaky start as the assured top order applied themselves adeptly and produced a valuable 70 run partnership together from the next 54 balls to propel their side up to a seemingly promising score of 84/1 in the 11th over of their innings. However, as soon as the latter was sent back to the pavilion by in-form seamer Harshal Patel (3/33) in the middle of the very next over, the Sunrisers’ innings began to disintegrate at a rather accelerated rate of knots as the inspired RCB bowling attack, led by Patel and fellow seam bowler Dan Christian (2/14), kept things tight superbly and took a quick flurry of wickets towards the death to ultimately restrict the men in orange to a slightly disappointing, but still more than competitive, total of 141/7 from their 20 overs.

In response to their seemingly achievable target of 142 runs, RCB got off to an absolutely dire start to their run chase as the clinical Sunrisers bowling attack, spearheaded by the mightily impressive seam duo of Umran Malik (1/21) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/25), carved through the dangerous top order trio of Virat Kohli (5), Dan Christian (1) and KS Bharat (12) within the first 7 overs of the innings to leave the men in red and black floundering on a woeful score or 38/3. To his immense credit though, hard-hitting Aussie all rounder Glenn Maxwell soon began to stabilise his side’s run chase rather nicely after this rocky start as the destructive number 4 batsman began to take the attack to the Sunrisers’ bowlers in fine fashion and produced a barnstorming 40 from 25 balls alongside opener Devdutt Padikkal (41) to quickly propel the Royal Challengers up to a far more promising score of 92/3 in the 14th over of their innings. However, as soon as the explosive Maxwell was sent back to the pavilion by some outstanding fielding courtesy of SRH captain Kane Williamson at the beginning of the very next over, any hopes of an RCB victory quickly began to fade as the inspired Sunrisers seam attack, led by shrewd Bajan seamer Jason Holder (1/27), kept things tight towards the death and conceded only 39 runs in the final 5 overs of the run chase to ultimately leave the men in red and black stranded on a bitterly disappointing total of 137/6 from their 20 overs. As always, well played to both sides out there tonight and congratulations to SRH for securing their 3rd win of the season 

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