RCB batting collapses as SRH won the match by 9 wickets

RCB were all out on 68. Image : IPL/BCCI

RCB were all out on 68. Image : IPL/BCCI

Exactly five years since folding for 49 against KKR at the Eden Gardens in IPL 2017, RCB suffered another batting implosion as SRH bundled them out for just 68 runs at the Brabourne stadium. The bad batting day came against a resurgent SRH side that has now picked up its fifth win on bounce, with the bowlers once again leading the way. The thumping nine-wicket victory gave SRH’s NRR a massive lift, as they rose up to second spot from fifth on the points table.

What happened in the PowerPlay?

Mayhem, but not the kind RCB would have hoped to create as Marco Jansen and T Natarajan dug their heels into the batting line-up.

There was appreciable bounce on offer on the Brabourne surface, some swing in the air, and Jansen took early advantage. He cleaned up Faf du Plessis, gave Virat Kohli his second successive first-ball duck and induced an outside edge from the left-handed Anuj Rawat with an outswinger to pick three wickets in a single over.

Natarajan then blew the wind out of RCB’s sails with the wicket of Glenn Maxwell, which was more down to Kane Williamson’s diving catch at mid-off, which had to be referred to the TV umpire before the Australian allrounder was sent on his way. With that RCB limped to 31 for 4 in six overs.

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Nothing from their saviour of the season – Dinesh Karthik?

No. RCB’s attempt to steady the mess only extended till the 9th over as Jagadeesha Suchith picked two in the space of four deliveries to put RCB on their way to yet another embarrassing batting capitulation. First to go was Suyash Prabhudessai, who was playing from outside the crease. He went for an almighty swing and missed, and Nicholas Pooran was quick to knock the bails and leave RCB five down. Karthik was in and out in the space of three balls, as his attempt to play a sweep on a leg side ball ended up as a sharp catch down the leg side by Pooran. The keeper was thoroughly confident of the dismissal, as was Suchith but the umpire called it a wide, prompting Williamson to use a referral. UltraEdge showed a clear spike when the ball passed the glove.

By the halfway stage, RCB were seven down after Umran Malik grabbed a piece of the pie with the wicket of Shahbaz Ahmed, who too was caught behind down the leg side. T Natarajan then ensured there was no late show of grit from the tail as he saw the back of Harshal Patel and Wanindu Hasaranga, before Bhuvneshwar Kumar joined in with the dismissal of Mohammed Siraj in the 17th over to end RCB’s innings on 68 – their eighth sub-100 total in the IPL.

SRH’s gallop to two points and a NRR jump

Abhishek Sharma and Williamson coolly played out RCB’s early attempts for breakthroughs, played the fields perfectly and got quick runs without breaking much of a sweat. Abhishek kickstarted the early onslaught with a six and a four off Siraj’s over in the third, and followed it up against the experienced Josh Hazlewood – hitting anything short and back of a length for comfortable boundaries all around the ground. Hazlewood’s second over produced three boundaries, two of them off Abhishek’s bat as SRH finished the PowerPlay on 56 for 0.

Harshal Patel denied Abhishek a fifty, when he dismissed him in the eighth over for a 28-ball 47, but the job was far beyond done for SRH. They shortly completed their thorough victory by nine wickets that did their NRR – and their position on the points table – a world of good.

Brief Score : Royal Challengers Bangalore 68/10 in 16.1 overs (Suyash Prabhudessai 15; Marco Jansen 3-25, T Natarajan 3-10, J Suchith 2-12) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad 72/1 in 8 overs (Abhishek Sharma 47) by 9 wickets

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