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Sunrisers Hyderabad 121/5 (14.1 ov)
Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 5 wickets
Player of the match: Sandeep Sharma
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  • While it is a must-win game for the SunRisers Hyderabad, Virat Kohli too wouldn't want to retreat for a win tonight would guarantee them a place in the top 4 after 4 long years. Bowling has been a cause of concern for RCB off late, and they need to step up tonight for the SunRisers have the highest run-rate (8.24) in the powerplay and have lost the least number of wickets (9). On top of that, Devdutt Padikkal and Joshua Philippe need to get RCB off to a steady start for Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to take it deep and finish the innings in style. On the other hand, SRH were dealt a big blow as Vijay Shankar has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. That means that there will be extra pressure on the likes of David Warner and Manish Pandey to put enough runs on the board for the SRH bowlers to able to defend.
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets with 35 balls to spare

    Virat Kohli (at the post-match conference):
    Look, 120 was never going to be enough, we thought140 might have been enough! things changed quite drastically in the second innings! They judged it well. We weren't courageous with the batting. Its a competitive tournament, you can't take anything for granted. The mission is clear, we need to win our last match and get to the top-2. Look, its going to be a cracker of a game (RCB vs DC)

    David Warner: Losing Vijay is a big loss but we have the right team and the right balance. The credit goes to the bowlers today, some of the bowlers going under 20 runs, it is ridiculous. This kind of wicket is slowing down, it still has the sheen but it is slowing down. No, I wasn't surprised with the dew, Dubai, Sharjah has been like that. Someone of his height (Jason Holder) you really need to dig in short. Its great to have consistency in the team We know the next match is d or die game for us! We did it in 2016 where we had to win 4 game son the trot

    Sandeep Sharma (Man of the Match): When I started bowling, it was a bit sticky. It's coming nicely, it's got cooler here, so it's helping. I have been bowling the knuckleball, Jonny (Bairstow) has been helping me. It took around three or four months to get it right. Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen, so getting him out is special. Now we are finding the momentum with one game to go. We are excited about that, let's see what happens.

    A paltry target of 121 was never going to trouble a strong batting lineup of Sunrisers Hyderabad. The chase was off to a positive start from David Warner but he perished while trying to go for another maximum in Sundar's first over! RCB at that point would have thought that they were in with a chance but Manish Pandey, who walked in at no. 3 ensured that the partnership with Wriddhiman Saha steered the team for any jitters. Manish Pandey looked in terrific touch during his 19 ball stay at the crease. 

    However, he played a silly shot against Yuzi Chahal and departed while the target was still 61 runs ahead. Saha on the other end picked up from where he left in the previous match and continued scoring. Kane Williamson provided good support to him. Yuzi Chahal once again brought back RCB when he got rid of Saha of a loopy wide outside off delivery that invited the Bengal batsman to go over the top, only to get stumped behind the wicket by ABD. 

    Isuru Udana further created some panic in the SRH dugout by kicking the wicket of Kane Williamson and it looked like the horrors of SRH's 126 run chase against KXIP were coming back to haunt them. However, the big unit of a man named Jason Holder walked in and stroked some beautiful yet powerful maximum's to steer the Hyderabad side to victory shores! Apart from Yuzvendra Chahal and to some extent, Washington Sundar, none of the RCB bowlers turned up and it led to the loss. 

    However, the insipid batting of RCB in the first half of the game was the main culprit! All in all, as Kohli pointed out, it was a tactical error from RCB team management in judging the nature of the pitch

    The points table once again has seen some changes as SRH catapult themselves to the fourth spot and give a major boost to their Net Run Rate! RCB's NRR has now slipped below KXIP's and we are all but certain staring at a last matchday finish to decide the top-4 teams for the playoffs!

    So that's that from our side, this is Abhinav Singh and my colleague Shashwat Kumar signing off! DO join us tomorrow at 3:30 PM for the first game of the doubleheader Sunday as CSK lock horns with KXIP! Can CSK become party poopers for KXIP and spoil their chances for the playoffs race! Join us for ball by ball commentary and immaculate analysis of the game. Until then, stay safe, stay indoors and keep washing your hands! Goodnight fellas
    14.1 Yuzvendra Chahal to Jason Holder, SIX! WHAT IS ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?! HOLDER FINISHES IT IN STYLE! Dragged down on middle and leg stump and Holder just sits deep in his crease before absolutely moussing it over the bowler's head for a maximum!
    Navdeep Saini coming back off an injury has truly looked out of sorts! There has been no rhythm to his bowling and he has practically gifted the match to the SRH batsmen on a silver platter! The wicket of Abhishek Sharma is going to make no difference! No way RCB are coming back into this match now! Bringing Yuzi Chahal could have done the trick, 6 required in 36 deliveries

    Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl his final over [3-0-13-2]
    Over: 14 | Summary: 0 6 4 2w 6 W 1 Bowler: Navdeep Saini Score: 115/5
    13.6 Navdeep Saini to Jason Holder, full delivery on leg stump. Holder gets his foot out of the way before drilling that one down the ground towards long on for a single
    Abdul Samad is the new man in, 7 required in 37 deliveries  
    13.5 Navdeep Saini to Abhishek Sharma, OUT! AHH! ABOUT TIME! Length delivery slanted across the batsman outside off stump and Sharma looks to finish that one in a hurry! However, he gets it right off the toe end of the bat and the ball comes back with rain on it before the fielder at extra cover completes the catch!
    13.4 Navdeep Saini to Abhishek Sharma, SIX! OH GOODNESS! Back of a length delivery on off stump and Sharma looks to repeat what Holder did! He does so slightly unconventionally though as he gets a top edge that flies over fine leg for six
    13.4 Navdeep Saini to Jason Holder, full delivery down the leg side and Saini will have to reload that one! A fumble by the keeper allows the extra run as well! The wheels are coming off now! Its getting bad to worse for Saini
    13.3 Navdeep Saini to Jason Holder, FOUR! STREAKY! Full delivery on leg stump and Holder shapes to clip that one into the on side. He does not get the contact he desires but does get an inside edge that races past fine leg for four! That probably is game, set, match for SRH
    13.2 Navdeep Saini to Jason Holder, SIX! SHOT! Marginally short on leg stump and Holder is onto it in a flash! Holder showcases all that Caribbean flavour as he rocks onto the back foot and nonchalantly crunches a pull shot well over mid wicket for six! The lad from Barbados taking his franchise Hyderabad near to the victory shores!
    13.1 Navdeep Saini to Jason Holder, HUGE APPEAL BUT NOT GIVEN! Back of a length delivery on middle and leg stump and Holder looks to work that one into the leg side. However, he plays all around a straight delivery and the ball thuds into the front pad. The umpire has a long look at it and then gives it not out! RCB review though! 

    There seems to be a slight spike as the ball passes the bat and Holder lives to see another day! Well, can't blame RCB for burning that review!
    Isuru Udana brought back RCB in the match with the big wicket of Kane Williamson but Jason Holder immediately flattened the hopes by smashing a brute MAXIMUM. Kohli should bring Chahal in for his last over! Holding him back doesn't make any sense! RCB need to go for the kill!

    Nope, no Chahal, Navdeep Saini to bowl from the other end [1-0-11-0]
    Over: 13 | Summary: W 0 2 6 0 1 Bowler: Isuru Udana Score: 96/4
    12.6 Isuru Udana to Jason Holder, length delivery outside off stump. Holder gets onto the front foot before driving it on the up towards long off for an easy single. Holder has started off well here!
    12.5 Isuru Udana to Jason Holder, slower delivery on a back of a length outside off stump. Holder waits an eternity for the delivery before squirting it off the outside edge towards the keeper. Falls well short though!
    12.4 Isuru Udana to Jason Holder, SIX! SHOT! MY WORD! Banged into the track on off stump and that just sits up to be hit! Holder stands tall menacingly before creaming it over mid wicket for a maximum! That was brute CARRIBEAN power! Nothing more, nothing less! 26 required off 44 deliveries 
    12.3 Isuru Udana to Jason Holder, full delivery outside off stump. Holder gets that big stride in and pushes it sweetly towards the fielder on the fence at deep cover for a couple of runs. Jason Holder off the mark! You cannot write off the big man! He has the ability to use the long levers!
    12.2 Isuru Udana to Jason Holder, back of a length delivery just outside off stump. Holder camps in the crease and chops it back towards the keeper. Dot ball! Are SRH feeling the pressure now? Some panic in the dugout? Its palpable, innit?
    Jason Holder is the new man in! The game, ladies and gentlemen, has suddenly opened and RCB would be believing that they can pull off a heist here on Halloween!
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