IPL 2018, SRH vs RCB: Siraj strikes for RCB, Shikhar Dhawan departs

  • IPL 2018, SRH vs RCB: Siraj strikes for RCB, Shikhar Dhawan departs

IPL 2018, SRH vs RCB: Siraj strikes for RCB, Shikhar Dhawan departs

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were able to consolidate its position at the top by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 5 runs in the 39th match of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 played at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium here on Monday night. Virat Kohli, who had never faced Rashid in T20s before this game, feasted on Shakib's bowling, taking him for 15 runs in the fifth over, and Royal Challengers raced to 55 for 1 at the end of the Powerplay. They are now sitting at the top of league table with 14 points in their bag winning all of their last three games.

Man of the match declared to Kane Williamson for his excellent captancy and half century made in the match.

SRH didn't start well with the bat as they lost both their openers, Dhawan (13) and Hales (5) inside the powerplay. Umesh Yadav was also given the chance to bowl overs and he responded by giving 36 runs and taking the one wicket - the crucial one of Kane Williamson. Opener Shikhar Dhawan's low strike rate must be a concern for them along with a shaky middle-order.

It looks like a good day to bet as the odds are stacked against the home team heading into this fixture. Shakib Al Hasan and Pathan are another solid options. Within 50 runs, the team lost 3 important wickets.

In a must-win match, RCB bowlers came out all guns blazing but its batsmen faltered when it mattered, yet again.

After four boundary-less overs, the Kiwi star finally broke the shackles in the 11th over as he pulled Yuzvendra Chahal's short delivery for a four. Sandeep Sharma has been Virat Kohli's biggest nemesis.

Earlier, RCB strangulated the SRH batsmen with tight bowling and reduce the host to 48/3 in nine overs.

However, Williamson took full advantage when Umesh Yadav erred in line, hitting the pacer for a four and a six in the 14th over of the innings.

Siraj, in his second spell, scalped the wickets of Yusuf and Wriddhiman in the 19th over with Hyderabad struggling at 143/7.

SRH's spin department, led by Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan, has been exceptional this season.

In OVER 18.6, Siraj castled Saha to pick his third.

Sensible batting by Mandeep Singh and Colin de Grandhomme, who hit two sixes off Rashid in the 17th over, gave hope during their fighting partnership of 57.