Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad are two of the most contrasting teams in the Indian Premier League. Bangalore was criticized in 2008 for having a team of players who have done extremely well only in the Test arena. But the introduction of the likes of Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers changed the dynamics of the team in 2011.
On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad despite coming into the IPL only in 2013, they quickly became a force to reckon with in the league. Hence these two teams have always displayed quality battle between bat and ball.
With RCB depending heavily on their batting to deliver goods, SRH has always been a bowling side predominantly. Hence over the years, we have seen some many enthralling contests between these South Indian teams. Here's a recall of the some of the best matches between them.
#5 2018: Superman ABD wins it for RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore faced Sunrisers Hyderabad in a must-win game in the 2018 season. Batting first RCB lost Parthiv Patel in the first over itself. Although Virat Kohli was struggling, AB de Villiers started off brilliantly with a couple of boundaries.
Moeen Ali joined him as they attacked the SRH bowlers with shots all over the park scoring 107 in 10 overs. Rashid Khan picked these two in a single over but lusty blows from Colin de Grandhomme and Sarfaraz Khan helped them post 218.
SRH openers gave a fine start scoring 47 in the first five overs. When the chase was going fine, de Villiers took a stunning catch as he jumped and plucked the ball mid-air to dismiss Alex Hales. Kane Williamson played a blinder of an innings to keep SRH's hopes alive. But he faced only eight balls in the last six overs as Manish Pandey garnered most of the strike.
Although Pandey scored a 38-ball 62, he consumed many dot balls as his team lost by 14 runs.
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#4 2016: IPL Final
Bangalore and Hyderabad faced off in the finals of the 2016 season. Skipper David Warner won the toss and elected to bat first. He continued his explosive form scoring his 9th fifty of the season. Yuvraj Singh and Ben Cutting finished off the things as they scored 81 in the last six overs to post 208.
RCB openers Chris Gayle and Kohli were at their explosive best as they plundered bowlers from the first over. They scored 112 in the first 10 overs with these two scoring 82 runs in boundaries alone. Despite losing Gayle, Kohli kept scoring runs to bring up his fifty in 32 balls.
But the wicket of Kohli brought SRH back in the hunt. It started a downslide as they lost de Villiers, KL Rahul, and Shane Watson cheaply. Sachin Baby and Stuart Binny did play shots at the end but Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mutafizur Rahman were difficult to get away with in the death overs. Sunrisers won their first ever IPL by 8 runs.
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#3 2015: A rain-curtailed thriller
2015 saw a peculiar opponent for RCB, as rain played spoilsport in many of their games. The game against Sunrisers was one such encounter as rain curtailed it to an 11-over game. SRH batted first to post an impressive total of 135 in 11 overs.
The New South Wales duo of David Warner and Moises Henriques stepped up on the day scoring fifties for SRH. The intervention of more rain further reduced the equation to 81 off six overs. Gayle and Kohli attacked Dale Steyn and Bhuvi as the score raced to 41 in two overs.
Henriques removed Gayle and de Villiers off consecutive balls to tilt the scales in the favor of SRH. Kohli took the game to the last over by playing risk-free shots. With only two runs from first two balls, Kohli scored two consecutive boundaries to bring the equation to four off two.
He hit the penultimate ball straight into the hands of Warner and when he was about to celebrate he stepped onto the boundary to concede the match to RCB.
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#2 2014: An ABD-Steyn Special
RCB and SRH faced off against each other in the first match in India after the completion of UAE-leg of 2014 IPL. Batting first, Sunrisers lost KL Rahul and Aaron Finch within first four overs. Warner who batted in the middle order resurrected the innings with Shikhar Dhawan. Warner's 61 helped them post 155 on board.
With a modest total to chase, RCB made life difficult for themselves as they were reduced to 4/59 in the first 10 overs. As required run rate was over 12, de Villiers capitalized on the medium pace of Darren Sammy to bring it down to 10. Steyn bowled an excellent over next up as he conceded only three runs.
With 28 required off last two and with Steyn to bowl one of them, it seemed too much for RCB. What followed next was batting at its very best as AB used the crease to change the length and manufacture shots to score boundaries all over the park. He scored 24 runs in the penultimate over as he won the match single-handedly with his 41-ball 89.
#1 2013: A Super Over Special
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad played against each other for the first time in 2013. Opting to bat first, RCB were in for a shocker as they lost Gayle to the part-time off-spin of Hanuma Vihari. None apart from Kohli and Henriques got to double figures as RCB ended the 20 overs with just 130.
SRH batsman never got going in the chase as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Five of the top six scored at a strike-rate of less than 100 and they couldn't hit a single six. As seven was required off the last over, SRH nudged the balls in the gaps to brought it down to two off the last ball.
Vihari could sneak only a bye as the match went into a super over. Cameron White hit a couple of sixes to set the target at 21. Steyn bowled fast yorkers to Kohli and Gayle as they scored only eight off the first four balls.
With 12 required off the last two balls, Gayle clobbered a six over the sightscreen in the penultimate ball. Steyn again bowled a full and fast delivery as Gayle failed to get underneath it. SRH sealed a thrilling win in the super-over.
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