Sunrisers Hyderabad continued their winning streak on Friday as they made it to qualifier 2 of IPL 2020, overcoming a tough challenge from Royal Challengers Bangalore. SRH bowed out of the competition after losing to Kings XI Punjab but since then they have had their season with three emphatic wins. After defeating RCB by 6 wickets, SRH will now play from the Delhi Capitals on Sunday to give Mumbai Indians a chance to win the title.
It was not an easy run-chase for SRH at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Although he needed only 132 runs, SRH found it difficult in the middle. But Kane Williamson came to his rescue in the decider as he scored an unbeaten fifty to ease the nerves of SRH and lead them to the virtual semi-finals. SRH were backfiring at 67/4 in their run-chase, but Williamson gave them stability and stayed on one end. He found a capable partner in Jason Holder.
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SRH captain David Warner was pulled out of Williamson’s effort and was called the team’s banker.
“Ken is our banker. He sticks there and plays a pressurized innings. I am running out of exaggeration for these two blocks (Rashid and KW). With the class of the batting line up (speaking of how RCB batsmen struggled), you knew there was something in the wicket. The boys bowled brilliantly in the middle overs. It is too early to say. We obviously have Delhi to play. We are talking about their world class bowling side. But I am excited. “
West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder took three wickets for Hyderabad as he stopped Bangalore at 131-7, then dropped two balls to team up with Kane Williamson. Holder hit the winning four in an unbeaten 24 runs. New Zealand captain Williamson scored an unbeaten 50.
His poets and experiences were ultimately important.
Bangalore had a poor score of 131-7. But his bowlers made it possible to defend.
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Medium pacer Mohammad Siraj dismissed opener Srivats Goswami for a duck and David Warner for 17. Legspinner Adam Zampa claimed Manish Pandey for 24, and legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Priyam Garg for 67-4 for 7 in the 12th over.
Holder went to the middle to join Williamson, who battled for 13 off 23 balls after 13 overs.
But Zampa, 1–12 and Chahal, 1–24, were done and the batsmen slowly took over.
He needed 28 off 18 balls to win, and 10 from Navdeep Saini and nine from Siraj.
With nine runs needed in the last over thrown by Saini, Williamson hit a single for his half-century, then Holder hit the third ball for a long off boundary and the fourth past point pointed to the fence for the win.
(With agency inputs)
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