RCB wins a thriller as SRH throw away advantageous position
It was an encore of the KKR vs MI match just the previous day on the same ground as the team batting 2nd struggled to chase again despite being in the box seat.
Probably SRH made the biggest blunder by choosing to bowl first. Chasing at Chennai has already proved to be a tough ask even if the team batting 2nd is starting well in power plays.
RCB batted first and their innings had a few good patches. Paddikal(11) playing his first game was out early and Shahbaz (14) played a quick cameo but Kohli and Maxwell had a bit of a partnership. Kohli (33) played few impressive shots including a lofted straight drive over Bhubaneswar 2nd ball till he got out to Holder trying to pull him towards the leg .
Maxwell held the innings together on a tough pitch for stroke play as de Villiers (1), Sunder went cheaply. Maxwell (59) manipulated the strike beautifully in the last over to take RCB to 149 played some fine improvised shots. For SRH Holder (3/30) showed his importance as a bowler in this lineup and Rashid (2/18) showed his skills again.
Chasing 150 target SRH’s persistence with Shah (1) to open backfired again as he wasted 9 balls in the powerplay. Once again not playing Bairstow (12) as an opener proved tough for SRH. The only partnership of substance in SRH innings was between Warner (54) and Manish Pandey(38). Warner scored briskly, playing his typically spanking drives, cuts and pulls.
As long as he was there sunrises were cruising but once he holed out in the deep to Jamieson, the whole innings fell apart as Pandey just could not take up the mantle to score quickly and finish the match. The middle-order collapsed on the slow surface unable to deal with the pitch. Shahbaz Ahmed took 3/7 and Siraj 2/25 as they tormented the SRH batting as also Harshal Patel (2/25) who bowled a superb last over to negate the threat of Rashid Khan (17) who was looking to go for big hits. Finally, RCB wins by 6 runs in a narrow victory to notch up full points.
Shahbaz Ahmed (3/7) along with his quickfire 14 was the man of the match .
Bangalore won by 6 runs
RCB 149/8 (20 Ovs)
Rashid Khan. 2/18
SRH 143/9 (20 Ovs)
Manish Pandey. 38(39)
Shahbaz Ahmed. 3/7