SRH challenge for resurgent RCB

Lifestyle       by Komal Zaheer | Published

Lifestyle by Komal Zaheer | Published

Although the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore was the home ground of Kings XI Punjab, Virat Kohli and company received enormous support from the crowd.

Although the target was paltry, RCB will welcome the Kohli and Parthiv Patel show that helped them chase 89 in just 8.1 overs.

Umesh Yadav was particularly brilliant in the execution of this plan, while Southee did not do too bad himself but for a couple of loose deliveries. Yesterday's match was completely in the hands of RCB and the team has shut the mouth of all the trollers after registering the victory. Both Patel and Kohli returned back not out for 40 and 48 respectively, after winning the match.

"I suppose we approach it like the last three games". Their big challenge still awaits them, against the team perched comfortably on top of the standings and guaranteed to finish in the top-two, no matter what happens during the rest of the league phase.

Put in to bat, the hosts squandered a decent 36-run opening start from Lokesh Rahul (21 off 15 balls; 6x3) and Chris Gayle (18 off 14, 4x4) before losing both the openers in the fifth over of the innings.

The Royal Challengers won the toss and elected to bowl first on Monday.

Hyderabad started with three wins, slumped to two losses and then stacked up a staggering six wins in a row, a lot of them on the back of a fabulous bowling attack of pace, swing, turn and guile.

Virat Kohli's RCB has endured a tough season, having lost seven of its 12 matches so far but the recent turnaround has rekindled hopes of a possible shot at the playoffs berth provided some other results go the team's way.

"We knew that they will try extra with their mystery spinner not playing. We just kept them in doubt". If SRH can successfully see out their challenges and maintain their position, they would play the first qualifier against Chennai Super Kings. However, after 12 matches, the Preity Zinta co-owned side are yet to seal a spot in the knockout stages.

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