May 21 () : Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to keep their hopes alive of very slim possibility of qualifying for the play offs in IPL 7.
Bangalore won the toss and elected to bat. Chris Gayle who has not a great impact this IPL 7 and also has struggled to score quickly, limped to 14 off 20 deliveries after Patel was dismissed for 4. With both the openers gone before the end of power play, Kohli (67 off 41) in the company of Yuvraj (21 off 25) rebuilt the innings with a partnership of 57.
Kohli got to his first 50 in IPL 7 and the manner he scored his runs showed how hungry he was to succeed. With only 48 runs scored at the end of 10 overs, Yuvraj and Kohli got things going in the next two, scoring 12 off Rasool in the 11th and Kohli getting stuck to Sharma hitting him for 2 sixes and a boundary to score 19 off the 12th over.
Sammy, the new skipper came on to bowl the 16th over only to be give away 19 run, as Kohli and De Villiers hit him for a six each over the long-on boundary. Parveez Rasool, finally getting a game, bowled beautifully giving away only 26 runs in his 4 overs. Steyn was the miser allowing only 23 runs while Kumar was rewarded with 2 wickets for his 27 runs.
Chasing 161 for victory, Dhawan , relieved off the pressure of captaincy got the team going with a 100 run partnership with Warner. The ex-skipper scored his first 50 of IPL 7, before being run out for 50 off 39 balls. RCB used 5 different bowlers in the first 10 overs, but were unable to get the break through till the 13th.
SRH were on track to win comfortably but lost their way a when they lost a couple of wickets in the form of Warner and Ojha. Sammy walked in at the fall of Ojha’s wicket and hit a six off the first ball bringing down the anxiety levels of the fans and helped his team reach the target with 2 balls to spare.
Warner, who played wonderfully for his 59 off 46 balls, was aptly named the man of the match. He and his team will be hoping that this innings will not go in vain and SRH would be able to qualify for the play offs.
IPL 7 Points Table
Table Courtesy : espncricinfo.com