Hyderabad rekindle play-off hopes with win over Bangalore
Bangalore 160-6 (20 ov)
Hyderabad 161-3 (19.4 ov)
Toss: Bangalore, chose to bat
Bangalore: Kohli 67, De Villiers 29; Bhuvneshwar 2-27
Hyderabad: Warner 59, Dhawan 50; Aaron 2-36
Man of the match: David Warner (Hyderabad)
At long last, batsmen and bowlers clicked in tandem for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets in a crucial mid-table clash on Tuesday.
The victory for Hyderabad could have huge ramifications in the race for the fourth play-off spot, especially for Kolkata Knight Riders, who could be the real beneficiaries. Kolkata have the chance to open up a four-point lead over fifth-placed Bangalore and consolidate their position at No 4 when they host Chennai Super Kings in Tuesday’s evening game.
Virat Kohli, the Bangalore captain, opted to bat on what was considered a good batting wicket, but they met with a spirited bunch of Hyderabad bowlers, who kept things tight early on and restricted Bangalore.
It needed Kohli and AB de Villiers to put in a typically aggressive 61-run stand for the fourth wicket, with Kohli scoring a 41-ball 67, to boost the total to 161 for six.
In response, Hyderabad, whose batsmen have failed to fire consistently this season, found their mojo.
David Warner came out to open with Shikhar Dhawan as Aaron Finch dropped down.
Finch’s 68 against Mumbai Indians was his only score of note in his last five innings and Warner’s promotion meant Hyderabad abandoned the left-right opening combination they had been insistent on so far this season.
Dhawan and Warner put on exactly 100 runs for the opening wicket to win half the battle for Hyderabad.
After Dhawan and then Warner were dismissed, Naman Ojha, Finch and Darren Sammy did enough to see the chase through with two balls to spare.
Published: May 20, 2014 04:00 AM