Chennai: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowlers snatched victory from right under the nose of SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) register an epic comeback in yet another lPL thriller.
The last over of the sixth match being played between SRH and RCB saw the two teams not letting the victory slip. SRH, who were well placed at a comfortable 77/1 at the end of 10 overs can not get going in the last five overs. The team not only lost wickets but failed to hit any big shots that could led them to sore an easy total of 149.
Shahbaz Nadeem and Harshal Patel's brilliant bowling attack in the death overs made a huge difference as SRH failed to score run-a-ball in the last five overs in the game. For RCB, Ahmed bowled a spectacular 17th over in which he claimed the wickets of Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey and Abdul Samad to break SRH's backbone. Post that, the batting side never recovered and succumbed to a six-run defeat in their chase of 150 runs.
Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan tried to win it for SRH with a few lusty blows, bringing the equation down to eight runs off four balls, but he ran out of steam and was run out two balls later. For RCB, Siraj and Harshal Patel chipped in with identical figures of 2/25 from four overs.
Earlier, SRH bowlers, led by Jason Holder (3/30) and Rashid (2/18), had restricted RCB to 149/8 after it looked at one point of time that RCB would cruise to a big score.
At 91/2 after 12 overs, it looked like the RCB trio of Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers would take the SRH bowlers to the cleaners.
However, led by the Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid, SRH conceded just 18 runs in the next five overs while picking up four wickets. Rashid took two wickets for seven runs in his two overs in that phase.
Some power-hitting by Maxwell (59 off 41 balls) and a 9-ball 12 by Kyle Jamieson took RCB to their eventual score of 149/8.
Maxwell, who was the top-scorer for his team, was dismissed off 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 Holder, who got the prized scalps of Kohli and Maxwell, was the most successful bowler, returning figures of 3/30 in four overs.
Rashid, who dismissed the RCB trumpcard AB de Villiers (1 off 5 balls), finished with 2/18 from his 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) beat SunRisers Hyderabad 143/9 in 20 overs (D Warner 54, M Pandey 38, S Ahmed 3/7, M Siraj 2/25, H Patel 2/25) by six runs.