Result
52nd Match (N), Sharjah, Oct 31 2020, Indian Premier League
120/7
(14.1/20 ov, target 121)
121/5
Sunrisers won by 5 wickets
Player Of The Match
Sunrisers Hyderabad
11:08
24d
• Saurabh Somani

Jason Holder, Sandeep Sharma keep Sunrisers Hyderabad's playoff hopes alive

RCB's batsmen struggled on a slow track, managing only 120 for 7

Match centre 
Scorer: Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Sidharth Monga
Scorecard summary
Royal Challengers Bangalore120/7(20 overs)
Sunrisers Hyderabad121/5(14.1 overs)

That brings to an end another night of the Indian Unpredictable League. Now we are going all the way into the last match to identify the playoffs. The one thing we know from today: practically KXIP just need to beat CSK tomorrow to ensure qualification. Even if they win by just one run, RR will have to beat KKR by about 65 runs to upstage them. Stranger things have happened, but KXIP just need to win tomorrow without worrying too much about the NRR. But up against them are the biggest party poopers in town, CSK. And today's defeat leaves RCB needing to beat DC to secure a top-two slot. A defeat could possibly push them out of the tournament. Same for DC. Three big days coming up. Till then, take a break. Hydrate yourself. Don't be naughty. Don't go out playing in the dew. Over and out for now

Sandeep Sharma, Man of the Match: "When I started bowling, the wicket was sticky. My plan was to bowl wicket to wicket, and swing the ball. It was swinging nicely as it has got cooler over here. I have been bowling knuckle balls and getting big help from Jonny Bairstow, who is helping me add deliveries and how I can go about my business. Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen this sport has seen. To get him out is always sepcial. We are now finding our momentum. We are excited about the next game."

David Warner: "Coming here, needing to win against top teams, needing to win all to qualify. It is big. Losing Vijay is a big miss. For us, we worked out how to go about it. Right balance, right partnerships. All the credit today goes to the bowlers. The kind of wicket it is, it is slowing up quite a bit. The bowlers have to adapt. Can't just be yorkers, can't just be slowers. You have to hit the wicket. I was not surprised at all with the dew. When it is cooler here, it gets quite dewy. Jason is a very very good cricket ball. Someone of his height, if you are trying to bowl a bouncer to him, you have to dig it in quite short. And it will sit up for him in these pitches. Same do-or-die in the next game. Yeah we can still win the IPL. We had to win all three in 2016. We are winning these close ones. Of course we lost that close one the other night; don't even remind me of it."

"So Punjab will be practically qualified if they win tomorrow. Wow this season is amazing" Venky, you can't be sure of that. If SRH win their last game and if the RR-KKR game is one-sided, KXIP could still end up losing out on NRR. And the curel part of it for KXIP is that, they play before RR and KKR tomorrow

Virat Kohli: "It was never enough. We thought 140 might be a good total to get into the game, but things changed drastically, which we didn't predict. It is strange. We thought the weather became pleasant, and there won't be much dew. I thought we were not brave enough with the bat throughout the innings. To be fair to them, they bowled in the right areas and used the pitch. The situation is straightforward: win the last game and finish in the top two. It is going to be a cracker of a game with two teams locked at 14. I have always been a Bangalore boy when it comes to the IPL, and never drifted towards Delhi."

What a performance from SRH. read the conditions perfectly, chose to field, and executed their plans with their slower ones and their spinners exceptionally well. Then they broke the back of the chase inside the Powerplay even before RCB's best bowler, Chahal, could be used. And then a stumble in the middle gave nerves to the SRH fans, but Holder absolutely smashed it out of the park in the end. RCB lost a big toss, granted, but they didn't do themselves any favours. They bowled their best bowler after the target was half chased, and their fast bowlers just keep refusing to bowl slower balls and use the pitch. They did so against CSK, and they did it again tonight

SRH are alive and how. We are going into the last match now. Plus RCB's NRR has now dropped below KXIP's. Now they can't afford to lose against DC and leave their fate in someone else's hand

Which team is most assured of a win on Sunday? Tell us on our rolling report

14.1
6
Chahal to Holder, SIX runs
and Holder finishes it off with an incredible six. Short of a length, straight, and he nonchalantly uses his ling arms to punch this straight down the ground for a flat six

Samad has joined Holder in the middle, but the big man is on strike. Chahal back

end of over 1419 runs • 1 wicket
SRH: 115/5CRR: 8.21 • RRR: 1.00 • Need 6 from 36b
Jason Holder20 (9)
Abdul Samad0 (0)
Navdeep Saini2-0-30-1
Isuru Udana3-0-20-1
13.6
1
Saini to Holder, 1 run
full, straight and quick, driven down to long-on for one

Another questionable bowling change. You have now lost the match even without bowling out your best bowler, who came on to bowl with half the target chased down in the first place

13.5
w
Saini to Abhishek Sharma, OUT
wide length ball, Sharma looks to draw level in one shot, but gets too much under it and holes out to long-off
Abhishek Sharma c Gurkeerat Singh b Saini 8 (5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 160.00
13.4
6
Saini to Abhishek Sharma, SIX runs
pace on the ball. It is your biggest enemy today. Saini just keeps giving them pace on the ball. Yes it is a top edge on the pull, but these are small boundaries. There is premium to be had on slower balls. It is gripping in the surface. And you keep giving them pace

I'd hate to see a beamer from Saini now. He has got himself a bit of a reputation for bowling one when under fire

13.4
2w
Saini to Holder, 2 wides
full and fast, wide down the leg side. Called a wide. They get a bye too

Saini continues to fight the conditions instead of bowling according to the conditions

13.3
4
Saini to Holder, FOUR runs
pace on, pace on. Yorker down leg, and he cue-ends it fine of fine leg
13.2
6
Saini to Holder, SIX runs
Saini keeps giving them the pace to use. And Holder keeps showing why he loves batting. And if you have followed him in international cricket, you know you don't bounce Holder. He has pulled another six. This one over square leg
13.1
Saini to Holder, no run
appeal for lbw first ball, and this looks good and straight, but it has hit Holder on the top of the pad. For a tall man, this might be sailing over. But RCB have reviewed the not-out decision. And there seems to be a scratch anyway as the ball passes the bat. So no need to even check the height. RCB lose the review because of the faint inside edge

Twenty-five required. Surely not again, SRH? They go back to Saini. He doesn't like the slower one

end of over 139 runs • 1 wicket
SRH: 96/4CRR: 7.38 • RRR: 3.57 • Need 25 from 42b
Jason Holder9 (5)
Abhishek Sharma2 (3)
Isuru Udana3-0-20-1
Washington Sundar3-0-21-1
12.6
1
Udana to Holder, 1 run
quicker, fuller, punched down to long-off for one
12.5
Udana to Holder, no run
slower ball, he edges it as he looks to run this down, but it is slow that it bounces twice before reaching the keeper
12.4
6
Udana to Holder, SIX runs
oh that shot is something. Nerves, what nerves? He gets pace on the ball, and this attempted bouncer is only waist high for the tall Holder. He pulls this over wide long-on for a six
12.3
2
Udana to Holder, 2 runs
too full, driven forward of deep cover for two

If I remember correctly, Bairstow left them 41 to get in their first match against RCB. They couldn't get it. It is 34 when Williamson gets out

12.2
Udana to Holder, no run
short of a length, quick, skiddy, he gets a bottom edge on the dab

Jason Holder. SRH will count on his international experience

12.1
w
Udana to Williamson, OUT
and what a bowling change it has proved to be. Williamson has chipped one straight to short extra cover. Slower offcutter, on a length, and he ends up pushing at this well in front of his body. Easy catch to Kohli at extra cover. A soft dismissal. if you are not looking for a boundary, shots with hard hands are a soft dismissal on this pitch
KS Williamson c Kohli b Udana 8 (14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Some relief for SRH as Chahal is taken off the attack. He has one over left. Here is Udana

end of over 125 runs
SRH: 87/3CRR: 7.25 • RRR: 4.25 • Need 34 from 48b
Abhishek Sharma2 (3)
Kane Williamson8 (13)
Washington Sundar3-0-21-1
Yuzvendra Chahal3-0-13-2
11.6
Washington Sundar to Abhishek Sharma, no run
full, just outside off, defended back to him
11.5
1
Washington Sundar to Williamson, 1 run
short of a length, straight, pushed to deep backward square for one
11.4
1
Washington Sundar to Abhishek Sharma, 1 run
full, outside off, driven to deep cover for one
11.3
1
Washington Sundar to Williamson, 1 run
short of a length, down the leg side, turned around the corner for one
Best performances - batsmen
WP Saha
39 runs (32)
4 fours
1 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
on drive
9 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
041316393
JR Philippe
32 runs (31)
4 fours
0 sixes
Control70%
Productive shot
on drive
7 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
040221077
Best performances - bowlers
YS Chahal
O
3.1
M
0
R
19
W
2
Eco
6.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
Sandeep Sharma
O
4
M
0
R
20
W
2
Eco
5.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossSunrisers Hyderabad , elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League 2020
Player Of The Match
Sandeep Sharma
Season2020/21
Hours of play (local time)18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.30, Interval 19.30-19.50, Second Session 19.50- 21.20
Match days31 October 2020 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
KN Ananthapadmanabhan
Krishnamachari Srinivasan
TV Umpire
Chettithody Shamshuddin
Reserve Umpire
Vineet Kulkarni
Match Referee
Vengalil Narayan Kutty