IPL 2021, SRH vs RCB: Maxwell, Shahbaz star in RCB’s dramatic heist

IPL 2021 SRH vs RCB
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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pulled off an incredible win against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 5 on Wednesday. In yet another dramatic batting collapse for the second night in Chennai, SRH fell short by 7 runs to chase down 150. A pivotal 59 off 41 earned Maxwell the Man of the Match award. However, it was Shahbaz Ahmed who orchestrated RCB’s win.

SRH goes down like house of cards

From 115/3 to 142/9, let Sunrisers down in their second game of IPL 2021. At one point, David Warner and Manish Pandey seemed unfazed as they were cruising through the overs. Following Wriddhiman Saha’s early wicket, the pair put up 83 runs together for the 2nd wicket. 

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Negotiating the balls commendably, Warner reached 50 while Pandey played the second fiddle. It was in the 14th over that RCB got the breakthrough via Kyle Jamieson. Warner hooked a slower ball to long on as SRH lost their 2nd wicket.

In the tricky Chennai pitch, it was tough for the batsman to score off boundaries. However, it seemed SRH were surely in for the win. 

Shahbaz turns the tide for RCB

It was until the 17th over that things worsened for the home team. Shahbaz picked up three wickets in one over – Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey and Abdul Samad. It reflected how hard it was to understand the ball and hit it at the same time. The three batsmen were out caught going for the big shots.

Harshal Patel continued his good form as he picked up two on the night. He is now the leading wicket-taker in IPL

A late Rashid Khan cameo of 17 off 9 still kept Hyderabad’s hopes alive but in the end, they ended up losing two wickets in the last over. For the second consecutive night, the team batting second faced a dramatic collapse on the MA Chidambaram track.

Maxwell impact

Earlier, Warner won the toss and opted to field first. It was not the perfect start for RCB as they lost Devdutt Padikkal in the 3rd over. Batting was tough for Bangalore as well. With regular wickets it seemed Kohli and Co won’t even cross the 120-run mark. 

However, Maxwell put up a brave display as he hit three sixes and five fours to reach his 50. Virat Kohli was the only other to score a tedious 33. Rashid Khan and Jason Holder picked up wickets in crucial overs to restrict RCB to 149. 

Stat of the match:

This is RCB’s 4th lowest total that they have defended in IPL.

SRH’s collapse in run chases in IPL since 2019

15/8 vs DC Hyderabad (55 off 29)

32/8 vs RCB Dubai (43 off 29)

14/7 vs KXIP Dubai (27 off 24)

29/7 vs RCB Chennai (35 off 24)