The race for the playoffs is getting even more interesting as only Mumbai Indians have booked a spot in the Dream11 IPL 2020 playoffs. Bangalore had a very good opportunity to become the second team to qualify for the playoffs of the tournament but it didn’t do as planned for Virat Kohli’s men. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 5 wickets as only they chased down 121 target set by RCB.
SRH bowling restricted the RCB batting for a low score of 120/7 in 20 overs. RCB were given the chance to put runs on the board at the high scoring Sharjah International Cricket Stadium. RCB failed to put a good score to defend as SRH bowling did not allow any RCB batsmen a score of more than 32 runs. Josh Philippe was the top-score for RCB with 32 runs in 31 balls. Devdutt Padikkal has been in very good form for RCB in the tournament so far, however, he could not add much after getting cleaned up by Sandeep Sharma.
One over later Virat Kohli was dismissed by Sharma for just 5 runs. RCB were 28/2 at that stage in 4.4 overs. Later Ab de Villiers and Philippe made a partnership of 43 runs, after which ABD got out to Nadeem. A flurry of RCB wickets followed later on as SRH took hold of the innings. Washington Sundar and Gurkeerat Singh added 21 and 15 runs respectively to take RCB to 120/7.
Sandeep Sharma took two wickets for 20 runs in four overs, while Jason Holder also took two wickets for 27 runs. Nadeem, T Natarajan, and Rashid Khan took one wicket each for SRH.
SRH complete run-chase after losing 5 wickets
Sunrisers chasing 121 runs did not start well as skipper David Warner went back to the pavilion for 8 runs. But Wriddhiman Saha continued his good form from the previous game and played shots selectively in his innings. Saha along with Manish Pandey steadied the SRH innings with a fifty-run partnership.
RCB fought back with Yuzvendra Chahal striking the wicket of Manish Pandey. Chahal returned in the 11th over and dismissed Saha who was the set batsman on the crease. Saha made 39 runs from 32 balls while Pandey added 26 runs from 19 balls. New batters Kane Williamson and Abhishek Sharma added 8 runs each and got out in the 13th and 14th over respectively.
Jason Holder took charge of taking SRH to the winning total as SRH completed the chase in the 15th over. Holder made 26 runs from just 10 balls with 3 sixes and a four. SRH won by 5 wickets against a second-place RCB.
The race for the playoffs positions is wide open as still 6 out of the 8 teams in the tournament can grab the remaining 3 positions. SRH have moved to 4th place in the points table with 6 wins and 7 losses. KKR, KXIP, and RR are also with the same number of points as SRH but are below them due to a superior net run rate of SRH. RCB are still in the second spot with 14 points in 7 wins and 6 losses. RCB play Delhi Capitals on Monday in a must-win game for both teams. SRH will play already qualified Mumbai Indians in the final game of the group stages on Tuesday.