Chennai: SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) ace bowling attack, led by Jason Holder (3/30) and Rashid Khan (2/18), restricted Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to 149/8 in their 20 overs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Here's a quick preview of the first innings:
A covid-19 recovered Padikkal came out to open the innings with skipper Virat Kohli. Despite collecting early boundaries, the team started off with a slow start with Padikkal losing his wicket to Bhuwneshwar Kumar's pace delivery. Shahbaz Nadeem came out to bat on number 3rd for RCB. After being put on hold by the dynamic duo of Bhuvneshwar and Jason Holder, captain Kohli took his chances as he started smashing boundaries in T Natrajan's over. Shahabaz,too, supported him.
The steady partnership was then broken after Shahbaz Nadeem got the better of Shahbaz Ahmed. The left-handed batsman came down the crease but could not get to the pitch of the ball. Rashid Khan's exemplary catch needs a special mention here.
For RCB, Glenn Maxwell came out on the crease to bat at number 4. Maxwell didn't really appear comfortable with the bat as Nadeem seemingly dominated him. Four dot deliveries then put RCB on backfoot.
Maxwell finally broke free after Rashid Khan was handed over the ball as the batsman hit his first boundary. However, again, Shahbaz Nadeem continued to put pressure on Maxwell. Captain Kohli, too, couldn't read between the lines, thus RCB heading towards a slow partnership. Rashid Khan sensibly bowled the 10th over. RCB were 63/2 after 10 overs.
Washington Sundar came to bat ahead of Daniel Christian. Sundar went for the big one but no power on it. Manish Pandey dived forward to take the catch. Sundar went back after scoring just 8 runs
RCB's only hope was Glenn Maxwell who seemingly was under pressure and didn't take any chance against well operating Rashid Khan. Rashid finished with 18 runs and two wickets in his four overs.
The new batsman Christian got caught behind on a Natarajan ball. He went for the review but the ultraedge showed a clear disturbance when the ball passed the bat. He departed for just one run.
Maxwell, who was the top-scorer for his team, was dismissed on the last ball of the innings. He hit three sixes and five fours after having walked in to bat at No. 4.
For SRH, West Indian Jason Holder, who got Virat Kohli and Maxwell, was the most successful bowler with 3/30 in four overs.
Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 149/8 in 20 overs (G Maxwell 59, V Kohli 33, J Holder 3/30, R Khan 2/18) vs SunRisers Hyderabad.