It all came down to the final over battle between AB de
Villiers and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in Abu Dhabi, and the Indian pacer held his
nerve and defended 13 runs off the last six to give Kane Williamson’s side a
morale-boosting win on a tricky wicket. With this victory, the Sunrisers
Hyderabad have halted RCB’s three-match win-streak in the IPL, and in the
process have also denied Bangalore a chance to finish in the top two in the
After making a below-par 141 in the first innings, the
Sunrisers rolled back the years to produce another stellar collective bowling
performance and defend the total against a power-packed Bangalore batting
With the bat, Hyderabad once again relied on their top order
to do most of the heavy lifting with Jason Roy and Kane Williamson sharing a
70-run partnership. SRH opted to open with all-rounder Abhishek Sharma
alongside Jason Roy for this game, but the experiment failed as the left-hander
fell to George Garton in the second over.
Sharma’s dismissal brought Williamson to the crease, and the
Kiwi started his innings on the front foot with a couple of excellent
boundaries off Mohammed Siraj. The overseas pair gave SRH a promising platform
to build on – but the Bangalore medium pacers made full use of the two-paced
wicket to restrict Hyderabad at the death.
Purple cap holder Harshal Patel removed Kane Williamson with
a slower ball before Priyam Garg and Jason Roy both fell victim to Dan
Christian’s cutters in the same over as SRH managed a paltry run a ball off the
final six overs to finish with 141.
Early wickets were going to be the key for Hyderabad to
defend this total, and the pacers provided just that as Bangalore were 38 for 3
after seven overs. However, once again, Glenn Maxwell came to RCB’s rescue this
season and added some much-needed impetus to the innings. While Devdutt
Padikkal struggled at the other end, the Big Show continued his purple patch as
he nonchalantly dispatched Rashid Khan for two sixes and a four.
The Aussie was well on his way to his fourth consecutive
half-century in the UAE but was run out on 40 off 25 after a laser-eyed direct
hit from Kane Williamson. That dismissal proved to the game’s inflection point
as Rashid Khan removed the struggling Padikkal for 41 from 52 while Jason
Holder bowled a superb penultimate over – conceding only five runs along with
the wicket of Shahbaz Ahmed.
With 13 needed off the final over, de Villiers smashed a six
down the ground to make things interesting, but Bhuvneshwar nailed his final
two wide yorkers to give Hyderabad the win at the death.