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IPL 2016 – RCB vs SRH: Kohli, De Villiers Star In RCB’s 45-run Win

By on April 13, 2016

Royal Challengers Bangalore 227 for 4 (De Villiers 82, Kohli 75, Sarfaraz 35*) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 182 for 6 (Warner 58, Reddy 32, Watson 2-20, Chahal 2-43) by 45 runs…

If there is any storm dangerous than the ‘Gaylestorm’ in cricket, it is the perfect storm, the elements of which comprise Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and M Chinnaswamy stadium. Sunrisers Hyderabad came face to face with the ‘perfect storm’ in their opening encounter of the 2016 Indian Premier League on Tuesday and they drowned, drowned by 45 runs.

Skipper David Warner threatened for a while with an enterprising 25-ball 58-run knock, but once he fell to a bouncer from Shane Watson in the ninth over, it was a match heading towards only one result, a huge RCB victory.

The foundation of that victory was set in stone by Kohli (75) and De Villiers (82) with a 157-run stand for the second wicket in just 87 balls that helped RCB post 227 for four, and later the bowlers stuck to their basics to keep a lid on SRH run scoring and handed their side three points in their opening game. SRH managed 182 losing six wickets.

IPL 2016 - RCB vs SRH: AB De Villiers

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After being put in to bat, RCB lost Chris Gayle to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the second over for just one. SRH celebrated the fall of wicket with fervor. But it took them another 14.2 overs before a wicket celebration would come by. And during that period of 87 balls, de Villiers and Kohli put on the sixth highest second-wicket stand in IPL history.

The partnership comprised 14 fours, nine sixes and a Bangalore crowd that cheered and cheered and cheered. Only IPL debutant Mustafizur Rahman managed to hold his own during the onslaught giving away just 10 runs in his first two overs and went on to finish with a spell of 4-0-26-2, but his teammates went for runs left, right and center.

Even after departures of Kohli and de Villiers in the 16th and the 18th over, runs kept on flowing as Watson pummelled Karn Sharma for three consecutive sixes and Sarfaraz Khan (35*) brought out an array of audacious shots that earned him five fours and two sixes off the ten balls he faced. While Bhuvneshwar and Karn leaked 113 runs in eight overs, Moises Henriques gave away 41 off his four overs.

De Villiers, who walked in at the fall of Gayle, was one who started the onslaught by taking on the experienced Ashish Nehra for a two fours and a six in the fourth over. Kohli got in to the act in the next over with a powerful drive towards covers, before the South African tonked Bhuvneshwar for a four and a six.

De Villiers moved across the pitch frequently and swatted anything on length while Kohli just about timed every ball he faced irrespective of the line and length the bowlers bowled.

SRH were hampered by the injury to Nehra, who walked off the field after bowling the first ball of his third over. Ashish Reddy completed the over with de Villiers taking two boundaries off it en route to his fifty off 26 balls. Kohli followed suit as he brought up his fifty with a hefty hit over the long-on boundary off 39 balls.

He went on to add another 25 runs before he was undone by a Bhuvneshwar yorker. An over later, de Villiers skied one off Mustafizur and was caught by Eoin Morgan for 82.

Chasing a mammoth total of 228 to win, it was imperative for SRH’s best batsmen – Warner and Shikhar Dhawan – to take on the RCB bowling attack but they lost Dhawan in the fourth over when the left-hander was fooled by a straighter one from offspinner Parvez Rasool.

Warner looked unfazed in the middle and tonked Harshal Patel and Adam Milne, but with Moises Henriques struggling to get going the pressure was mounting on Warner. He took a four and two massive sixes off legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal en route to his 50 off just 21 balls, but fell to Watson in the next over.

Naman Ojha and big-hitting Deepak Hooda perished soon after and Henriques’ 23-ball 19-run struggle was ended by Rasool. Rasool got good purchase from the Bangalore track and finished with 4-0-31-1. Reddy tonked a few over the boundary line before getting out to Watson in the 16th over. Karn (26*) and Morgan (22*) remained unbeaten as SRH succumbed to a 45-run defeat.

Source: Times Of India

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