Indian Premier League 2020 -   Eliminator 1 |  SRH  vs  RCB
SRH vs RCB Eliminator 1, IPL 2020
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SRH
132-419.4
RCB
20.0 131-7
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Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 6 wickets
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SRH
132-419.4
Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 6 wickets
RCB
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20.0131-7
CRR : 6.71
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Till the next time, adieus from me, Arya Sekhar Chakraborty and my fellow commentators Akshay Bhide, Karthik Raj and Kingshuk Kusari. We move to the Qualifier 2 now and it will be Hyderabad locking horns against the Delhi Capitals. Good night, tata
So that was a taxing day for all of us at the commentary box. We have lost a few kilos, three of my mates, Kingshuk, Karthik and Akshay will be overjoyed with the result given they predicted a SRH win before the match.
What a match it turned out to be. It was not for the fain-hearted. RCB will be shattered after the result but they have a lot of positives to take from this season. They started off brilliantly and it was their lacklustre performances at the back end of the tournament which pegged them back. SRH on the other hand has been on a roll and keep their winning run intact. They have won 4 in a row and need two more to lift their 2nd IPL title.
Kane Williamson, Man of the Match: Look it was a tough game. It was never going to be easy against a class side like RCB. The surface was a little tricky and chasing anything on it wasn't easy. It was a challenge for us to restrict them to that kind of a total. They also had two world-class spinners. We did well to go through their spells without losing too many wickets. Batting at 4 can vary a lot and becomes surface dependent. A few shots from Jason helped. The guys have been fighting hard. He is cooler than me. The all-rounder role in the team has been well by him.
David Warner, SRH skipper: As we knew we had to beat top three teams to make it into the play-offs. My nails are ok for the moment. They have been of great impact for us. We like to bowl Sandy and Holder five overs at the top. Then we try to bowl Rashid and Natarajan in the middle overs. Rashid has a lot of pressure on him to perform. Congratulations to Natarajan. Kane is our banker. He manages to stick in there and plays the pressure innings. I am running out of superlatives for these two blokes ( Rashid and KW). With the class of the batting line up, you knew that wicket had something in it. The boys bowled fantastically well in the middle overs. It is too early to say. We obviously have Delhi to play. We have been talking about their world-class bowling side. With Shikhar in form, obviously, Shreyas is their lynchpin, they are a world class side but I am excited.
Rashid Khan: It was very tough. The best thing was that we were on the winning side. It was a similar feeling to what we had in the game against KXIP which was a small chase as well. But thank god we were on the winning side today. I just kept it very simple, hitting the right areas. I have seen all my past areas and seen where I have been hit, which is a full length. So I knew if I bowl the right areas, I would be economical and pick wickets as well. On this wicket you get skiddy turn, but today it was slower and wasn't skidding much. In Dubai I got good turn and good bounce as well. In Sharjah as well it was slow in the later half. It is very hard to hit back of the length balls. As a bowler you need to hit that length and back yourself. (On the missed review against Dube) I thought it hit the pad first before the bat, but people behind the stumps said it was bat first. (On the qualifier) We just need to do the basics right and see what happens.
Virat Kohli | Losing captain: If you talk about the first innings I don't think we had enough runs on the board. We made one helluva game in the second half, the positions we got ourselves into in the second half.. It is a game of margins and if Kane was taken there then it is a different ball game. Altogether they put us under a lot of pressure in the first innings. Few soft dismissals, few fortunate ones for them as well and we just didn't have enough runs on the board. Maybe a bit of nerves, maybe a bit of hesitation, we need to be more expressive with the bat. We didn't have any phases in the game where we got away from the opposition. We just allowed bowlers to bowl to the areas they wanted to and didn't put enough pressure on them. In the last 2-3 games we have hit it straight to the fielders, lot of good shots going to the fielders. It has been a strange kind of phase in the last 4-5 games. Couple of people have stood and had a good season, Devdutt is one of them and Siraj has had a good comeback. Yuzi has been solid as ever, AB has been solid as ever. Couple of positives for RCB and Devdutt is one of them, he stepped up nicely and getting 400+ runs is not easy. He has played with a lot of class and efficiency for the team. Very happy for him. The others contributed but just not enough. That also tells you the strength of the teams in the IPL, no team is run away favourites as such and every team has strong players, one of the other reasons is playing in only three venues and there's no home and away advantage. Similar conditions for everyone and that's the reason this has been one of the competitive IPL this year. It was amazing to have had this opportunity to come out and play. There's a bigger picture going around here and we are all contributing to that. To all our fans who have supported us like every year, we just want to thank them.
Jason Holder is the Cred Powerplayer of the Match
Kane Williamson gets the Unacademy Lets Crack it Sixes Award
AB de Villiers is the Altroz Super Striker of the Match
Jason Holder is the Dream11 Game Changer of the Match. 106 fantasy points for him.
Earlier in the day, it was David Warner who won the toss and put RCB in. They got off to the worst possible start as the ploy to open with Virat Kohli backfired. With Finch back in, it was a tough call, to be honest. Devdutt Padikkal was also dismissed cheaply. After two quick dismissals, it was ABD and Finch who steadied the ship a bit but with the fall of Finch at the score of 56, RCB was yet again on the backfoot. ABD looked out of sorts to begin with as the ball wasn't coming onto the bat perfectly. He did hit some exceptional shots and reached a well-deserved half-century. The talking point of the innings was a special yorker from T Natarajan at the back end which castled the timbers of ABD. Eventually, they scraped past the 130 mark which was never going to be enough. However, they fought hard and made SRH work for their runs. A sad end to a campaign for RCB which promised quite a bit at the start
Yuzvendra Chahal and Adam Zampa bowled quite brilliantly in the middle overs and turned the match on it's head. While Zampa dismissed Manish Pandey, it was Zampa who accounted for Priyam Garg. RCB had taken the ascendancy but it was a Kane Williamson masterclass which got SRH home in the end. He soaked the pressure well alongside Jason Holder and executed the big shots when it mattered the most. The two sixes, one of Sundar and the other one of Chahal yet again tilted the scales in favour of SRH. The match went down to the wire with 9 required of the final over. Navdeep Saini was handed over the ball and after bowling two good yorkers, he ended up bowling a length delivery and a full toss which were put away by Holder for boundaries to seal the deal for them. A match worthy of an eliminator.
David Warner and Manish Pandey eased out things after the fall of Goswami's wicket. Warner, in particular, made use of the fielding restrictions perfectly before perishing in the final over of the powerplay of Mohammed Siraj. There was a debate surrounding the decision as the onfield decision was not out and it was reversed on the review. There was a spike while the ball passed the gloves but it wasn't conclusive enough to overturn the onfield decision. However the 3rd umpire thought otherwise and Warner was visibly upset with the decision.
SRH would have taken a target of 132 any day but they were made to work hard from the outset. The injury to Wriddhiman Saha didn't help SRH's cause and they were forced to open with Shreevats Goswami who was playing his first match of the tournament. Goswami was dismissed in the very first over as Mohammed Siraj gave a much needed early breakthrough to RCB.
What a match and in the end it was two international captains Kane Williamson and Jason Holder who held onto their nerve and sealed a memorable victory for Hyderabad. Royal Challengers Bangalore bowled their heart out and kudos to them for making 131 look like 161. In the end, it was the composure of Williamson and Holder which sealed the deal for SRH. What a match
Akshay- You have to take off your hats off to Williamson. Kept his cool in pressure moments and was backed by Holder in the end.
19.4 Navdeep Saini to Jason Holder
4 SRH win!!! Low full toss and Holder carves it past the point fielder for a boundary. Clever stroke from Holder. The two overseas stars have taken SRH home from a tough position. SRH will now face Delhi Capitals in the second Qualifier
Smoked. Dot ball and then a four. 4 needed to win for SRH. What a game this has turned out to be
19.3 Navdeep Saini to Jason Holder
4 Four!!! Saini just misses the yorker and Holder powers it wide off long-off for a crucial boundary. Four required off three balls now
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Kane Williamson

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