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IPL 2015 SRH vs RCB: Warner Leads Sunrisers Hyderabad To Victory Over Royal Challengers Bangalore

By on April 14, 2015

Sunrisers Hyderabad 172 for 2 (Warner 57, Dhawan 50*, Rahul 44*) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 166 (de Villiers 46, Kohli 41, Boult 3-36) by eight wickets…

A full house at the Chinnaswamy Stadium had turned up to cheer the home side, Royal Challengers Bangalore, as it played its first home game of the season. The fans clearly anticipated a home victory to add to the win over KKR the team had achieved in Kolkata on Saturday.

However, David Warner had other ideas. The Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper tore into the RCB attack and laid a platform for a emphatic win for his team on Monday. Sunrisers, chasing a target of 167, were off to a sizzling start as Warner launched a fiery attack on Sean Abbott and Harshal Patel.

By the time, he was dismissed, Warned (57, 27b, 6×4, 4×4) had more or less settled the issue. The rest was done by Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul who put on an unbeaten 78 for the third wicket to sub due RCB.

IPL 2015 SRH vs RCB: David Warner

Credits: ESPN CricInfo

Earlier, barring Virat Kohli (41, 37b, 4×4, 2×6) and Ab de Villiers’ (46, 28b, 5×4, 2×6), the rest of the batsmen fell prey to some smart and disciplined bowling by Sunrisers as RCB were bowled out for 166 in 19.5 overs.

Put into bat by Warner on a green carpet, RCB’s explosive start matched the reputation of openers Kohli and Chris Gayle (21, 16b, 3×4, 1×6), as the latter smashed a six over Trent Boult’s head off the third ball of the innings.

RCB raced to 39 for no loss in the first five overs. But the party ended soon after as Gayle went for a big one off Praveen Kumar, who replaced Ishant Sharma, only to hole out to Ashish Reddy in the deep.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, RCB’s most expensive buy of the season at Rs 10.5 crore, failed to fire yet again, adding just nine to his individual account before being sent back by leggie Karn Sharma.

What followed was a mini collapse as skipper Kohli, who was handed a lifeline by Karn who dropped the dangerman off his own bowling when on 21, had his off-stump uprooted by a Ravi Bopara delivery after trying to make room on the off-side.

Bopara then snared Mandeep Singh off his next ball to do full justice to his skipper’s faith in him, who opted for the Englishman instead of the experienced Dale Steyn. Mandeep was back in the hut as Warner got off the ground to pluck a one-handed stunner in the covers.

AB then provided some fireworks, picking out Bopara for some big hits, especially a maximum over long-on boundary which Shikhar Dhawan pouched but ended up stepping beyond the ropes. Boult (3-36) then took over from Bopara and eventually had De Villiers sky the ball which landed in Dhawan’s safe hands at covers. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar then mopped up the tail.

Source: Times of India

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