IPL 2019, RCB vs SRH: Shimron Hetmyer’s blitz puts SRH’s qualification hopes in dangerhttps://indianexpress.com/article/sports/ipl/ipl-2019-rcb-vs-srh-report-shimron-hetmyer-gurkeerat-5710577/

IPL 2019, RCB vs SRH: Shimron Hetmyer’s blitz puts SRH’s qualification hopes in danger

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets to end their IPL campaign on a good note on Saturday.

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets. (IPL)

Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann spurred a remarkable turnaround to help Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets and end their IPL campaign on a high on Saturday. Sent into bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 175/7 but RCB chased down the target of 176 with four balls to spare. RCB’s win also meant that SRH’s hopes of securing a playoffs berth were kept on standby.

Toss: Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and elected to bowl first against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

First innings: Sent into bat, SRH were off to a brisk start with Martin Guptill and Wriddhiman Saha putting on a quick 46-run opening stand in 4.3 overs. However, wickets fell in quick succession thereafter to halt Hyderabad’s progress. But captain Kane Williamson (70 off 43 balls) plundered 28 runs in the final over to help SRH race to 175/7 from 147/7.

Second innings: In reply, RCB got off to a horrendous start losing their top three for just 20 runs on the boards. Skipper Virat Kohli, Ab De Villiers, and Parthiv Patel all came and went. But from thereon Shimron Hetmyer (75 off 47) and Gurkeerat Singh Mann (65 off 48) forged a brilliant partnership of 144 which brought RCB back into the match. Incidentally, this was also the highest fourth-wicket partnership in the history of IPL. While both the batsmen fell towards the latter half of the innings, it was Umesh Yadav who finished the game with back to back fours in the 19th over.

Gamechanger: Yusuf Pathan’s dropped catch in the last ball off the 13th over was the gamechanger of the match. Hetmyer was batting on 61 and Bhuvneshwar was bowling to the left-hander when the left-hander gave an easy chance to Pathan, who was standing at the point. However, the catch slipped out of his grasp and so did the match. A wicket at that stage would have opened the floodgates towards the wobbly lower middle order of RCB.

Captains Speak:

Virat Kohli: “If we focus on the second half, it is exactly what we wanted. We have a lot to learn from this season. The first couple of things matters a lot. We were happy with the kind of cricket that we played in the second half. But it has been that bad a season for us.”

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Kane Williamson: “At the halfway stage it felt like we set a competitive total. Credit to Bangalore for the way they stuck out and kept coming hard at us. I suppose there are a number of fine lines, our last two matches could’ve gone either way but we ended up on the wrong side. But that’s T20 cricket for you. Fingers crossed, lets see how it goes tomorrow.”

Scorecard: Royal Challengers Bangalore: 178/ 6 in 19.2 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 75, Gurkeerat Singh Mann 65; K Khaleel Ahmed 3/27).

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 175 for 7 in 20 overs (Kane Williamson 70 not out; Washington Sundar 3/24).