Sunrisers v Royal Challengers, IPL 2014, Hyderabad May 20, 2014

Sunrisers spice up fight for fourth


Sunrisers Hyderabad 161 for 3 (Dhawan 50, Warner 59) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 160 for 6 (Kohli 67) by seven wickets
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Sunrisers Hyderabad appeared to be coasting towards their target of 161 after a strong opening stand, but managed to drag the chase into the last over to win by seven wickets and upset Royal Challengers Bangalore's plans of making the playoffs. Sunrisers needed 20 off the last two overs but Darren Sammy's salvo took them through with two balls to spare. Despite the victory, Sunrisers still need other results to go their way, as do Royal Challengers - both have ten points with two remaining games.

A predominantly one-sided chase turned competitive at the start of the 17th over, when Sunrisers needed 35 off 24 with nine wickets in hand. David Warner, set on 59, carved a high full toss from Varun Aaron straight to cover and his exit increased the required rate as Yuvraj Singh bowled a tight 18th over, giving away just seven runs. It came down to 17 off ten and a boundary was needed. Naman Ojha then sent the ball soaring over the second tier at deep cover and Aaron had his revenge when Ojha tamely scooped the next ball to cover.

Darren Sammy didn't need any sighters as he bashed his first ball flat over the straight boundary, bringing the equation down to less than a run a ball. He sealed the win by chipping a slower ball from Mitchell Starc over cover, giving Sunrisers a foot in the door as the scramble for fourth place got tighter.

Just as pleasing for Sunrisers was the fact that Shikhar Dhawan, who was relieved of the captaincy for the sake of his batting form, scored his first fifty. Sunrisers were dominant in the Powerplay, scoring 51. Dhawan scored boundaries off more conventional strokes while Warner wasn't afraid to play the reverse sweep against Muttiah Muralitharan. Royal Challengers used five bowlers inside the first ten overs but they had to wait till the 13th over for their first breakthrough. It came via a run-out, as Warner pushed the ball to backward point and set off but Dhawan wasn't quick enough to beat Yuvraj's throw.

The spinners did well in parts to keep the runs down, but when Warner struck Yuzvendra Chahal for consecutive sixes, the pressure was released. Royal Challengers did well to stay in the game after Warner departed, but 160 was only competitive, but insufficient.

Royal Challengers began sluggishly, scoring just two boundaries in the Powerplay. Sunrisers, in contrast, scored nine. Chris Gayle limped his way to 14 before falling cheaply and Yuvraj fell for a chancy 25-ball 21.

Royal Challengers managed only 48 off the first ten overs, but in the second half the innings picked up. Kohli took 19 off a Karn Sharma over with big hits down the ground and in two overs, they had scored 31. Sammy leaked 19 off his only over as Kohli and AB de Villiers helped themselves to a six each.

Kohli, who hadn't scored a fifty in the competition, finally got the monkey off his back. He lofted Irfan Pathan over long-on but was caught the following ball in attempting to clear long-off. He wasn't smiling in the end though, as Royal Challengers were left expecting favours from other sides to go through to the last four.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Kashi on May 21, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    @UPPI2PKC Royal Challengers (no B!) will get wiped out this year- no more wins!

  • Daison on May 21, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    With the kind of depth RCB has in batting, really wonder why they were 48odd runs after 10 overs. And to get 48 they had lost 2 wickets as well. So playing slow early on isnt help conserve wickets, why not go hard from ball one? 12 games are over what is Gayle waiting for? I guess RCB has left it too late...

  • Praveen on May 21, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    2014 IPL is going the 2010 seaons way....four teams will get stuck on 14 points iam sure like 2010....csk will get stuck on 16 , punjab on 22, rcb srh,kkr,RR will get stuck on 14 and fight for the 3rd and 4th spot .....have a feeling on this.....the way the tourney is progressing.....KKR may have won 5 on 5...but somehow they dont convince me they wud lift the will be new winner this time for sure....anyway...hoping we wud know the final 2 spots only by unday after the RRvs MI match....keeping our finger crossed

  • Robert on May 21, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Top 4 for play-offs: 1. Kings XI;2. KKR;3. CSK;4. RR. May be CSK and RR will swap their positions. I am damn sure that the first and second positions will not change. At the end Kings XI will win this IPL.

  • Robert on May 21, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    As I had stated before the match that SRH will be made to win to make IPL more exciting, SRH beat RCB. The results of last 4 matches of the teams MI, RCB, SRH and KKR were decided even before the match begun in order to make sure fans of these respective teams will come and watch the match which in turn will benefit IPL, sponsors, ads and TV. It was evident through the half stage itself that Kings XI, CSK and RR would make it to play-offs. Only the 4th spot was vacant. Now a drama is being created as if the remaining 4 teams SRH, RCB, KKR and MI all have a chance to take that 4th place. How come a strong team like RR and CSK lose to weaker teams successively? At the end of the day, it's all possible in IPL:-)

  • Anver on May 21, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    SUN is RISING in slow motion, I still think its too late for them.... anyway good luck !!

  • Saurab on May 21, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    And RCB never learn. Why would you give the 19th over with 22 or whatever needed to win to Aaron? with finch and sammy to come? Everyone knows that finch and sammy and generally most WI players don't play spin very well and yet Kohli the most gracious captain for the opposition decides to give it to his main leaking run weapon to Aaron. We could clearly see that Finch was struggling with yuvraj moving almost to the 6th leg stump to square cut the ball, and sammy would have struggled as well, but he gave it to aron and the rest is history. If RCB think they have any chance to win this tournament, or any other tournament in the future, they need to get rid of Kohli as a captain. His decisions has been pathetic to say the least and I would actually give it to AB who might not be the best tactician but he leads well and makes right decision at the right time. You don't have to be a Mark Taylor in t20, you just need to make sensible decision at the right moment and kohli fails to do that.

  • Cricket on May 21, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    I don't get why SRH haven't opened with Warner all season long. This is his natural spot, he's been in amazing form here and out of the plethora of openers in SRH, he is the best. Well, better late than never I guess, but with KKR winning, have SRH left it too late? They still have another game against KKR and will hope wo upset them at home. SRH are still in this and should fight it out till the end.

    Great innings by Kohli but Gayle is looking really uncomfortable. He is also preventing Parthiv Patel from playing his natural game since he can't take singles. Bringing in Roussow could be on the cards.

  • Ashok on May 20, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    With KKR's win over CSK, they may have sealed the 4th place. Even if SRH beat CSK & KKR in their final 2 encounters, SRH will have to pray for KKR's loss in their other fixture as well + have a better run rate average to advance. This is expecting too many things going SRH's way. I would say SRH are in the hunt for the playoff spot only mathematically. Sadly SRH never utilised the talent within the team fully by dropping Rasool in last 11 matches even when the 2 leg spinners were performing poorly. Rasool came in today & did a grand job in bowling. He is also a fine batsman but did not get an opportunity to show his talent. Dhawan's inexperience as a captain for the first 10 games was the other obvious mistake. SRH played well today both in bowling & batting. Even Sammy delivered a timely blow for Six to top up his captaincy. Sammy is still rusty as a bowler & his one over nearly cost SRH the match! SRH management need to plan things much better if SRH are to be contenders in IPL 8!

  • Android on May 20, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    today rcb lost because of bat first. poor decision. 200 not enough on this pitch.should have been choose chasing

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