Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai was turned into a haunted house for Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday as they put on a horror show they won’t soon forget.
WHEN IT HAPPENED
Against the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s fiery bowling attack, Faf du Plessis’ men fell woefully short on shot selection and focus, collapsing to 68 in 16.1 overs, the sixth-lowest total in the IPL.
Soon after, Sunrisers batters rubbed salt into RCB’s wounds and called it an early night. Fueled by Abhishek Sharma’s 28-ball 47 (8×4; 1×6), the team went 72/1 in eight overs and clinched a convincing nine-wicket win.
Invited to bat by Kane Williamson, RCB wheels loosened in the second over, which was beaten by South Africa’s young pacer Marco Jansen (3/25). The 21-year-old batted off the second ball when Du Plessis was struck and lost his stump to the full delivery. Virat Kohli’s sad form continued. For the second time this season, the former skipper suffered a first ball deflection when he offered Aiden Markram a thick edge on the second slip.
Spectators watched in disbelief as a disappointed Kohli walked his team back to the dugout at 5/2. RCB’s nightmare was far from over when Jansen ended the second over with a wicket from opener Anuj Rawat. Much like Kohli, Rawat also opted to play hard hands, offering Markram a low catch in the slips.
The Sunrisers’ bowlers were operating on a different plane, and Williamson did well to mix pace and spin to put the RCB batters in trouble. They tightened the screws by fusing economy with wicket-take deliveries. The pace bowlers, watched by a clearly delighted bowling coach, Dale Steyn, were at their best.
When Umran Malik (1/13), whose deliveries hit 145km/h, was unplayable, T Natarajan (3/10) provided one hell of a ride for RCB with his yorkers and long balls. Add to that the accuracy with which Jansen bowled and the batsmen had to take cover. J Suchith (2/12), the lonely nutcase, delivered the expected lines.
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Glenn Maxwell (12) was tasked with resuscitating the innings, but Natarajan, a natural for Seam Bowling, had other plans. A full delivery of the pacemaker was chipped by Maxwell and Williamson took a dive down the middle which was checked but went in SRH’s favour.
With the score at 20/4 in the fifth over, RCB was in deep trouble. With the elimination of Suyash Prabhuddesai, RCB’s 15th top scorer, in the ninth over, the side sank further, pinning hopes on their middle-class stars Shahbaz Ahmed (7) and Dinesh Karthik (0).
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But Suchith, who got Pradhuddesai’s wicket, fell to Karthik as the latter attempted to sweep a delivery that went down the leg side and offered wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran an advantage. RCB breathed a sigh of relief when a wide call ensued, but Karthik went back after a successful appeal from SRH.
Shahbaz was next to join the parade and it didn’t take long for the Sunrisers’ bowlers to clean the tail.
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