Breaking News

Cricplex IPL

Hetmyer And Gurkeerat’s Phenomenal Efforts Aggravates SRH’s Playoffs Tensions

In the second game of the Super IPL Saturday, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) recorded a brilliant 4-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. SRH skipper Kane Williamson finally came back in form with a splendid knock which in turn helped his team put forward an imposing first innings total on the scoreboard. While in the second innings, the RCB batsmen pair of Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann stole the show with a staggering century partnership to take the matters towards an enthralling finish.

However, after their wickets, the match did become a little bit tensed for the home team, but then fast bowler Umesh Yadav held his calm to finish off the matters and in turn propelled RCB to an emphatic win. With this loss, the problems have increased for the Kane Williamson-led team as their playoffs hopes now completely depend on tomorrow’s game between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Williamson’s splendid form arrival power SRH to 175

After losing 10 tosses on the trot, it was a delightful moment for RCB skipper Virat Kohli to finally drown off the toss fears and he elected to field first. The two SRH openers, Wriddhiman Saha and Martin Guptill started things off in a blazing manner smashing 46 runs in just 4.3 overs. But the SRH bowling pair of Washington Sundar and Navdeep Saini bowled extremely well to pull things by first removing both the SRH openers and then the in-form Manish Pandey as well. After these quick wickets, the SRH team went into complete slow recovery mode.

The RCB bowlers kept on oozing up the pressure by picking wickets in regular intervals. But then the SRH skipper Kane Williamson, who hadn’t shown his IPL 2018 superpowers thus far in the current season, finally came to the party with a sensational unbeaten knock of 70 runs off just 43 balls which included 5 fours and 4 sixes. Williamson smacked Umesh Yadav for a blazing total of 28 runs to help his team reach a pretty challenging total of 175 runs. For RCB, Sundar was the pick of the bowlers, picking three crucial wickets, while Saini finished with two wickets.

The Hetmyer-Gurkeerat show takes the centerstage

Chasing a stiff target of 176 runs, RCB got off to a horrible start as first Parthiv Patel and then the heavyweight duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were sent back to the pavilion quite early in the innings. SRH new ball bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled amazingly well to dismiss Parthiv and de Villiers and in turn left the home team in a spot of bother at 20 for 3. The duo comprising of Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann then joined hands to bail their team out of the troublesome situation.

Hetmyer played the role of an aggressor, racking up maiden IPL half-century off 32 balls, to help RCB claim a solid position in the run-chase, On the other end, Gurkeerat also batted very much sensibly by not trying anything innovative and stuck to  basics, lending complete support to Hetmyer. The duo of Hetmyer and Gurkeerat compiled a terrific partnership of 144 runs to help RCB attain a commanding position in the match. Hetmyer played an entertaining knock of 75 runs which included 6 sixes, while Gurkeerat also batted amazingly well for his 65 runs.

However, the matters of the run-chase did became a little bit difficult for RCB after the wickets of Hetmyer, Gurkeerat and Sundar as well in real quick time. But then fast bowler Umesh Yadav stroked two crisp boundaries in the final over to steer his team to a remarkable win.

Brief Scores:

SRH: 175/7 in 20 overs (Kane Williamson-70, Martin Guptill-30; Washington Sundar 3/24, Navdeep Saini 2/39)

RCB: 178/6 in 19.2 overs (Shimron Hetmyer-75, Gurkeerat Singh Mann-65; Khaleel Ahmed 3/37)

Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match by 4 wickets.