SRH beat RCB to advance to Qualifier 2 against DC!
Galatta | Nov 07, 2020, 12:05 am
The Indian Premier League is now in the exciting business end - the knockout stages! The Playoffs stage began yesterday (November 5th), with Mumbai Indians winning comprehensively against Delhi Capitals, to storm into their 6th IPL finals! Today's Eliminator, played between Surisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore, would decide who would play against DC in the second Qualifier. The outcome of that match would decide, who the second finalist of IPL 2020 is going to be. David Warner won the toss and decided to bowl first against RCB! RCB had 4 changes to their side from the last match while SRH had to replace the injured in-form Saha with Sreevats Goswami. In a surprise move, it was Kohli who opened the batting alongside Padikkal and not Finch. Jason Holder got Kohli off his 2nd delivery in the 2nd over of the innings itself and came back to take out Padikkal in the 4th over. AB de Villiers joined Finch and the two built up a partnership but it was very slow going for RCB as the SRH bowlers were right on the money. By the end of 10 overs, RCB had managed just 54/2!
Shahbaz Nadeem prised out Finch in the 11th over and Moeen Ali was run-out for a duck to a superb direct hit by Rashid Khan, in the same over. ABD still kept going but was running out of partners to support him. The man with the "golden arm" tonight - Holder, returned to take out Dube in the 16th over, at the end of which ABD reached his half-century. Natarajan bowled the 18th over and began it by getting Washington Sundar off the first ball and the prized scalp of ABD off the 5th ball! A tight 19th over from Holder and a decent last over by Natarajan, saw RCB finish on 131/7, setting SRH an easy looking but tricky target of 132 to win! Goswami and Warner walked out to open for SRH, in what was considered to be an easy total to chase. However, Goswami fell in the very first over, which went for just 2 runs. It showed that this was not going to be that easy a chase. Pandey struck some lusty blows and Warner joined in but the partnership did not last long, as the SRH captain fell for 17, to a dubious decision by the 3rd umpire, in the 6th over! SRH had gotten to 48/2 at the end of their Powerplay!
The RCB spinners seemed to have escaped the dew and slipped in some very tight bowlers. With the pressure building, Manish Pandey edged behind to a wily ball from Zampa and the chase was turning out to be difficult. Chahal then took out the youngster Priyam Garg to a very good catch in the deep by Zampa. Williamson was playing a consolidating knock and Jason Holder was holding his own at the other end. However, they were eating up balls and the boundaries had dried up! The big advantage for SRH was that the target was not huge and they could afford to take their time without too much pressure building up. Chahal and Zampa finished their quota of 4 overs each and had just given away a total of 36 runs and had taken 2 wickets! Williamson was slowly picking up pace and Holder showed that he was no chump with the bat either, by providing able support. The two brought the equation down to 9 runs needed off the last over and Williamson reached his 50 with a single off the 1st ball of the over! Holder missed the next ball and the pressure seemed to be on the batsmen. However, Holder thumped the next 2 balls for boundaries to finish the match with 2 balls to spare. RCB's run in IPL 2020 was over but SRH have gotten a chance to make it to the final, if they win against DC in the second Qualifier, on Sunday (08/11/2020). Kane Williamson was selected as the Player of the Match for his calm and composed half-century, to guide SRH home!