Posted on 06 October 2021
Opening batsman Jason Roy top-scored with a 38-ball 44, but Royal Challengers Bangalore used disciplined bowling to restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to 141 for seven in their IPL match on Wednesday. Roy and skipper Kane Williamson (31) put on a 58-ball 70-run stand to set the tone, but SRH lost three quick wickets for two runs in seven balls to finish with a below-par total at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. After RCB captain Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bowl, Harshal Patel (3/33) emerged as the most successful bowler. Daniel Christian (2/14) got two wickets, but the spin combo of Yuzvendra Chahal (1/27) and Shahbaz Ahmed (0/21) kept things under control, and George Garton let up 29 runs in two overs for his one wicket. In the second over, Abhishek Sharma, who was assigned to open the batting, hit a four and a six off Garton before holing out to Glen Maxwell. Williamson got things underway with a nice cover drive before pulling one from Siraj for another boundary through square leg. The New Zealand captain was all elegance as he smashed two more strokes to the fence off Garton with two more sweetly-timed shots. Shahbaz, a left-arm spinner, targeted the stumps, but Roy was ready to pull him through square leg when he misjudged. SRH were 50 for 1 at the end of Powerplay. Shahbaz and Chahal bowled in sync, preventing batsmen from freeing their arms. As SRH sank to 84 for 2 in the 12th over, Williamson's stumps were knocked out by Patel with a cutter as he sought to create space for himself. Priyam Garg hit a six off Chahal before being caught by AB de Villiers in the next over off Christian. Christian took a spectacular catch off his own bowling to dismiss the well-set Roy five balls later. In the first ball of the next over, Chahal trapped Abdul Samad in front of wicket, reducing SRH to 107 for 5 in 15.1 overs. Patel then put Wriddhiman Saha out with a slower delivery. Before falling on the penultimate ball, Rashid Khan (7 not out) and Jason Holder (16) tried to accelerate.