Abu Dhabi:- Kane Williamson’s 33rd T20 half-century and an all-around masterclass from Jason Holder helped ex-champions SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by six wickets in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday and move closer to the final.
SRH will currently play Delhi Capitals (DC) on Sunday in Abu Dhabi. The Four-time champions Mumbai Indians defeated DC in Qualifier 1. The finals will be played on Tuesday in Dubai.
Friday’s outcome moreover implies that Virat Kohli’s dream of laying his hands on the desired trophy was yet again broken.
In a sink or swim fight, SRH held their nerves in a low-scoring however tense match going down the wire. SRH initially rode their bowler’s fair show to limit RCB to an insignificant 131/7 wickets and later an unbeaten fifty-century from Kane Williamson (50 not out) and Jason Holder’s reasonable 24-run contribution helped them to victory with two balls and six wickets left.
Trying to achieve a 132-run target, SRH lost opener Shreevats Goswami, who fell for a duck, as Mohammad Siraj (2/28) gave the early achievement.
Warner (17) and Manish Pandey (24) shared a 41-run contribution for the second wicket before Siraj sent back the SRH opener in the 6th over.
It appeared RCB has fixed its hold in the challenge as SRH suffered through a little breakdown. After Warner, the ‘Orange Army’ proceeded to lose Pandey and Priyam Garg (7) inside another 24 runs and were put at 67/4 in 11.5 overs.
Williamson and Holder at that point assumed responsibility for the proceedings, denying the RCB bowlers to make any further advances. The duo’s splendid batting in the center guaranteed SRH takes the victory in the given time.
The challenge, in any case, turned into an exciting affair with SRH requiring nine of the last over however Holder’s sequential boundaries to Navdeep Saini (0/31) guaranteed the night had a place with SRH.
Williamson’s masterclass demonstration contained two boundaries and the same number of sixes.
Prior, all-rounder Holder took three wickets for 25 runs while T. Natarajan sent away two for 33 runs to limit RCB at 131/7 wickets in the given 20 overs.
Put into bat, the RCB large names faltered when the team needed them the most as Kohli (6), Devdutt Padikkal (1) fell poorly as Holder took both the wickets. It implied that Kohli’s ploy of opening the match for RCB likewise backfired.
It was AB de Villers (56 off 43) determined batting alongside Aaron Finch’s 32 that saw RCB some way or another limping to a moderate aggregate. de Villiers knock contained five boundaries while Finch hammered three fours and a six.