Shahbaz Ahmed shines as RCB registers a thrilling win against SRH!
David Warner’s brilliant half-century & scintillating performance from SRH bowlers had put SRH on the verge of victory. But RCB’s Shahbaz Ahmed ran through their middle order to help RCB register a nail-biting victory in the 6th Match of the IPL at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday.
Earlier, Glenn Maxwell had scored a swashbuckling half-century to make sure that RCB despite losing wickets in quick concession set up an average target of 150 runs. In response, SRH fell just seven runs short of the total. And succumbed to the spectacular bowling stint by the RCB bowlers in the second half of the match.
Regular fall of Wickets in the Middle Overs reduced SRH to 143/9 in 20 Overs!
SRH was going on the track of a sure-shot victory with Warner & Manish Pandey stitching an 83 runs stand for the second wicket down. However, the team lost the winning plot in the middle overs. SRH scores got reduced from 96/1 to 123/6 within 4.4 overs. And could manage to score just 143/9 in 20 overs. Shahbaz scalped three crucial wickets & delivered when RCB required his efforts the most.
SRH didn’t have a good start in the target chase as opener Wriddhiman Saha was sent back to the pavilion right in the third over by Mohammed Siraj. But Captain Warner & Manish Pandey carried their innings & ensured that SRH didn’t lose more wickets. The duo took SRH to 40/1 at the end of power play. Warner was in his best form as he took RCB bowlers on a ride & completed his half-century in just 31 balls. However, RCB got a major breakthrough when bowler Kyle Jamieson removed Warner in the 14th over. The loss of Warner’s wicket triggered a collapse of SRH’s batting order in just 4.4 overs.
Glenn Maxwell guided RCB to above 140 Runs Mark!
In the end, Rashid Khan tried to stabilize SRH’s winnings but got run out in an attempt of scoring a double run. Earlier sent to bat first, RCB had a good start with the bat before opener Padikkal got out in the third over. Shahbaz Ahmed was promoted up in top order. Shahbaz had hit some boundaries but soon SRH’s Shahbaz Nadeem caught him. As RCB lost the second wicket just after the completion of powerplay.
In the next few overs, Captain Kohli & Maxwell continued scoring at a sluggish run rate. Before Glenn Maxwell hit two maximums & one boundary in Nadeem’s final over. But SRH again made a comeback by scalping quick wickets of Virat & AB De Villiers. Jason Holder dismissed Kohli in the 12th over while Rashid Khan sent AB De Villiers back to the pavilion right in the next over of Kohli’s dismissal. In the death overs of RCB innings, Glenn Maxwell registered his gutsy fifty & guided RCB above 140 runs mark.