Hyderabad defeats second-placed Bangalore by 5 wickets to grab their second consecutive win & the fourth spot on the points table. Restricting Bangalore to a meager total of 120 runs, Hyderabad looked confident with both their bowling and batting department.
Toss: Hyderabad won the toss & opted to bowl first
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Detailed Match Report
Hyderabad started the game with an aim of building pressure on the number 2 placed Bangalore, putting them to bat first. Coming with two back-to-back defeats, Bangalore failed to put up an appreciative show. Apart from Philippe, AB de Villiers and Washington Sundar who scored 32, 24, and 21 runs respectively, no other played managed to contribute to the total score of the team. Wickets for Bangalore kept on falling every couple of overs and the team was restricted to a total score of 120.
Bangalore failed to perform with both bat & bowl with their star performers disappointing the viewers. The inning started with Devdutt Padikkal and Josh Philippe opening for the team. The first shock came to Bangalore in the form of Padikkal when the opener was made to walk back to the pavilion in the 3rd over. Virat Kohli’s magical bat didn’t produce any runs for the team as the skipper fell prey to Sandeep Sharma’s terrific bowling for the 7th time in the history of Indian T20 League. De Villiers and Philippe did manage to provide a bit of stability to the team with their partnership of 43 runs but the stars weren’t just in their favor today. Abhishek Sharma caught AB de Villiers on Nadeem’s ball when Mr. 360 tried to pull off a big shot, shortly followed by Josh who gave away his wicket to Rashid Khan.
Meanwhile, in the bowling department, only Yuzvendra Chahal managed to bag 2 wickets whereas the rest of the players including Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, and Isuru Udana all had to settle for 1-wicket each.
Warner’s army was clear of its intentions as they walked the field today. A magnificent show by Hyderabad bowlers damaged Bangalore’s line-up to keep the team’s play-offs’ hopes alive. Sandeep Sharma and Jason Holder were the best with the ball as they both managed to pick 2 wickets each. Jason Holder’s performance with the bat was equally consistent as he helped the team overcome the death-over fear with his 26 off 10 balls knock, leading Hyderabad to a 5-wicket victory. Wriddhiman Saha and Manish Pandey’s partnership of 50 runs laid the foundations of victory for the team.
With now Hyderabad climbing up to the 4th spot, the game has spiced up and it will be exciting to see who will be the final four teams that will manage to get the ticket to play-offs.
Star Player of the Match
Jason Holder. The West Indies all-rounder played a crucial role for Hyderabad in turning tables for the team. Apart from picking 2 wickets in 4 overs with an economy rate of 6.80, he managed to overcome the pressure towards the end. With an amazing 26 off 10 ball inning which included 3 sixes and a boundary, he ultimately guided Hyderabad to victory.
Top 5 players who made an impact in the game
Sandeep Sharma: 4-0-20-2
Wriddhiman Saha: 39 (32)
Jason Holder: 4-0-27-2 & 26 (10)
Yuzvendra Chahal: 3.1-0-19-2
Josh Philippe: 32 (32)