By BV Swagath
Match 7 of IPL 6 between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore finished in an exciting tie at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Hosts Sunrisers pulled off a 5-run win in the eventual Super Over contest. Cameron White made the victory possible with his two sixes helping Sunrisers get 21 on the board in the Super Overs bowled by Vinay Kumar. The chase was too difficult for the RCB as the bowler was going to be Dale Steyn. Chris Gayle tried his best in the four balls he faced, managing to hit one stunning six but Steyn got the better of him and Kohli.
Chasing just 131 for a win, the Sunrisers had made heavy weather of what should have been an easy task. However, the planning wasn’t that right and the onus was put on the local Hyderabadi players to do most of the work while the three overseas batsmen – White, Sangakkara and Perera all failed to get going.
Young Hanuma Vihari batted out for a long period, facing 46 balls to score an unbeaten 44 and with a crucial cameo of 14 from 12 balls by Ashish Reddy, took the homeside to near victory. In the final over, Sunrisers needed only 7 to score against the medium pace of Vinay. However, a first ball wicket of Ashish Reddy brought RCB back in the contest and Vinay just managed to prevent Hanuma Vihari from taking Sunrisers to victory. With two runs to score off the final delivery, Vihari was beaten by a slower one but managed to steal a bye to level the scores.
RCB kept down to 130: Sunrisers Hyderabad are eyeing a big upset having restricted the fancied Royal Challengers Bangalore to a modest total of 130 for 8. It was once again a good bowling show from Sunrisers with Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra doing a great job. Dale Steyn for once was costly but the other bowlers made up for him.
The strategy for the Sunrisers was simple to get the three star batsmen of the RCB out without much damage. In a surprise move, they opened the bowling with the off breaks of Hanuma Vihari who had Chris Gayle edging behind a square cut with his very first ball. Gayle lasted 2 balls for his 1 before being dismissed in the 2nd over of the innings. Dilshan (5) got bowled neck and crop through the gate by a beautiful delivery from Ishant which had jagged back.
Virat Kohli, who was the only big player left to construct the RCB innings got going by playing some cracking shots. Kohli skipped down the track to smack Ishant straight down the ground for a superb six. The RCB Captain’s innings was cut short to a 44-ball 46 when medium pacer Ashish Reddy pulled off a stunning one handed catch to his left off his own bowling with Kohli early in his drive.
RCB were at 85 for 4 in 14 overs when Kohli got out and a 40-ball 44 (with 5 fours) from Moises Henriques helped them to a respectable total. Ishant had a good day taking 3 for 27 in 4 overs for the hosts. Mishra bowled out his 4 overs taking 1 for 15 while Thisara Perera chipped in with 1 for 21 off his 4 overs.
Toss and Teams: RCB led by Virat Kohli have won the toss and elected to bat first at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium against hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad. This is the second match for the both these teams who had opened their respective campaigns with close wins.
The important news for this match is that the destructive Chris Gayle has recovered from the injury sustained during the previous match.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Akshath Reddy, Parthiv Patel (WK), Kumar Sangakkara (C), Cameron White, Thisara Perera, Hanuma Vihari, Ashish Reddy, Ankit Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli (C), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Arun Karthik (WK), Moises Henriques, Vinay Kumar, Murali Kartik, Jaidev Unadkat, Muttiah Muralitharan