IPL 8: Kohli, Gayle star as Bangalore beat Hyderabad by 6 wickets
Virat Kohli scored 44 off 19 balls while Chris Gayle hit 35 off only 10 balls as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets via Duckworth Lewis method in a rain-hit game
Hyderabad: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets via Duckworth Lewis method in an IPL cricket match, here today.
Batting first, SRH scored 135 for three in 11 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in a rain-hit game. RCB needed 81 from six overs in a further curtailed game which they achieved with a ball to spare.
Virat Kohli scored 44 off 19 balls while Chris Gayle hit 35 off only 10 balls. For SRH, Moises Henriques scored 57 off 22 balls while David Warner hit 52 off 32 balls. David Wiese took 2/19 in 2 overs.
Earlier, Henriques' brutal assault enabled Sunrisers Hyderabad to reach a commanding 135 for three in 11 overs after being put into bat. By the time, SRH innings ended, heavens again opened up as the groundsmen covered the playing surface.
Henriques smashed his way to 57 off only 22 balls with help of five boundaries and four sixes adding 103 runs in only 7.1 overs in the process for the second wicket with skipper David Warner remaining unbeaten on 52 off only 32 balls.
Henriques 20-ball half-century was the second fastest in the tournament. Warner, the current holder of 'Orange Cap' played the second fiddle yet sscored his 50 off 30 balls. In all the SRH skipper hit five fours and a six.
RCB's fielding was certainly below par as Henriques lived a charmed 'life' as Mandeep Singh and Sarfaraz Khan dropping easiest of chances on scores of 26 and 46.
With Powerplay reduced to just three overs, skipper Warner decided to tee off with a tennis shot like boundary back past Harshal Patel for a boundary in the second over of the innings.
Shikhar Dhawan (10) was not so lucky as he first dispatched David Wiese for a pulled boundary but was gone trying to repeat the shot and failing to clear the wide mid-on fielder.
Dhawan's dismissal didn't deter Warner to hit Wiese down the ground for a boundary and then welcomed Yuzvendra Chahal with a cracking boundary through extra cover region.
Chahal's nightmarish first over continued as Moises Henriques hit him for a six and four off successive deliveries as home team reached 50 off 5 overs. Henriques was far from over was he punished Ashoke Dinda for his profligacy with another set of boundary and six.
On 26, Henriques got a reprieve when Mandeep Singh at long-off made a complete hash off a simple catch off Patel's bowling conceding a boundary in the process. As if to add insult to the injury, Henriques steered the next ball for a boundary past Dinesh Karthik to move into 30's.
Henriques was not finished as he then launched into Patel to move into his 40's but missed out on the fastest half-century. At 46, he offered an easy catch to the burly Sarfaraz Khan at point, who dropped a sitter. The 100 came in the 8th over and there was no looking back for SRH as Warner also got into the act. It wasn’t to be enough in the end though.