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IPL 2020 Eliminator, SRH vs RCB: On Friday in IPL 2020 Eliminator, Kane Williamson, Jason Holder led SunRisers Hyderabad to a 6-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Chasing a modest total in Abu Dhabi, as opener Shreevats Goswami left for a duck in the first over bowled by Mohammed Siraj, SRH got off to a poor start. Skipper David Warner (17 out of 17 balls) and Manish Pandey (24 out of 21 balls) got their act together after his dismissal and stitched up a 41-run stand for the second wicket. Warner’s contentious dismissal took RCB back into the game in the final over of the Powerplay with their side looking to complete the strong note. Siraj cramped Warner close to his bat and glove for space and the ball, but the on-field umpire was unmoved. Kohli questioned the decision and the TV umpire ruled in RCB ‘s favor after reviewing replays from all possible angles, leaving Warner shocked.
Manish Pandey was unable to hold on for long and left after a well-made 24, keeping three fours and a maximum of one. He tried to cut the delivery of Adam Zampa late but hit it too close to de Villiers, who caught a nice catch to finish his innings. In quick succession, Priyam Garg also dropped, putting the game into balance.
With an unbeaten 65-run stand for the fifth wicket, Kane Williamson and Jason Holder then took the game deep and beat RCB out of the game. For his fifty, Williamson toiled hard, but it turned out well because his side ended on the right side of the result. He got Holder’s decent support and smashed some critical boundaries under pressure. With 24 not out of 20 balls, with the help of three boundaries, he finished.
Earlier, in a knockout competition, Warner won the toss and decided to bowl. With their opening order, RCB experimented, sending skipper Virat Kohli to open the innings, but it backfired as he got out to Holder in the second, trying to look at a leg-stump delivery, but ended up handing the wicket-keeper a simple catch.
In the fourth over, RCB suffered another big blow as their top scorer Devdutt Padikkal departed cheaply too, getting out to Holder.
Aaron Finch, batting for the first time this season at number three, joined hands with AB de Villiers to restore the innings for RCB. The duo batted very slowly,allowing the SRH bowlers to control the game.
As he dismissed Finch in the 11th over, Shahbaz Nadeem broke the partnership. Moeen Ali had a night to forget as he got out on a free-hit in the same over for a golden duck as well. RCB banked on de Villiers to get them to battle the complete death of SRH over specialist T Natarajan, shattering those expectations, cleaning up de Villiers with a great Yorker. The great display of the SRH bowlers meant that Virat Kohli’s side could only handle 131/7 from their 20 overs.
On November 8, SRH will now face the Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.