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IPL 2020: Sunrisers Hyderabad eliminate RCB

James Jose/Dubai
Filed on November 6, 2020
Sunrisers Hyderabad's Kane Williamson (left) and Jason Holder celebrate the victory against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi on Friday night. — BCCI/IPL

Jason Holder and Kane Williamson star as the 2018 champions win by six wickets and two balls to spare

Jason Holder ended the night the way he started — with a hold on the Royal Challengers Bangalore. And even he himself wouldn’t have dreamt this up when he was sitting in his home, far away in the pristine Caribbean island of Barbados, with his feet up, after a gruelling Test series against England.

The West Indies Test team captain had gone unsold in the IPL auction last December but was sounded out by the Sunrisers Hyderabad after Australian Mitchell Marsh twisted his ankle.

And in a strange twist of fate, the Holder stamped his imprint in the IPL Eliminator in Abu Dhabi on Friday night.

Holder brought his all-round qualities to the fore to tower over the rest as the Sunrisers Hyderabad eked out a six-wicket win at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.

After pushing the Royal Challengers Bangalore to the wall with three telling blows, it was fitting that he scored the winning runs by slicing Navdeep Saini to the point boundary.

Holder was not the lone one who shone brightly on the night. The Sunrisers Hyderabad couldn’t have asked for a better person than the cool and calm head of Kane Williamson. The New Zealand captain, who has had his fair share of disappointments, not least the World Cup final heartbreak, brought the Sunrisers Hyderabad back in line after a wobble, in a tricky chase of 132.

The bearded Kiwi wisely shepherded them with his second fifty of the season and 14th of the tournament being the cornerstone of this important victory. He and Holder stood ground after they were 67-4, with a crucial alliance of 65 for the fifth wicket, to hand-hold the Sunrisers home.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad are now on a hot streak of four wins on the bounce, including the victory against defending champions the Mumbai Indians, to ensure their play-off qualification.

The 2016 champions, also runners-up in 2018, apart from making the play-offs in 2013, 2017 and last season, now go up against the Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 at the same venue, on Sunday.

For the Royal Challengers Bangalore, it was a painful end after they had started the tournament brightly. Five defeats on the trot, sums it all up for Virat Kohli and his men. An IPL title still proves to be elusive and they will have to wait a bit more and do the grind all over again.

“We had to beat the top three to make it first, and we had to knock out three again,” Sunrisers skipper David Warner said at the post-match presentation.

“What a masterclass from Kane, he's done it for years for New Zealand,” the Australian added.

Warner’s opposite number Kohli said that they came up short with the runs.

“We just didn't have enough runs on the board in my opinion,” said Kohli.

Nonetheless, he said that they do have some positives to take. “A couple of people have stood up and had a good season. Devdutt (Padikkal), (Mohammed Siraj as well. Yuzi (Yuzvendra Chahal) and AB (de Villiers) have been solid as ever. So, there are a couple of positives. Devdutt has done it with class and efficiency, it's not easy to get 400 runs,” he said.

Summing up the season for RCB, the Indian captain said: “It was a tough year. It tells you the strength of teams in the IPL. You don't have home and away so when conditions are same for everyone, the real strengths come out and I think that's probably why this has been the most competitive IPL. it was amazing to have the opportunity to come out and play. There's a bigger picture going on here and we all have contributed to that. We are privileged we got to be part of that and gave something to the fans."

Earlier, Kohli’s tweak to the combination where he promoted himself to open the batting didn’t as Holder polished off both the openers. Apart from Kohli and Padikkal, Holder accounted for Shivam Dube. Then, T Natarajan, whose wife gave birth on Friday morning, celebrated the new arrival by finishing up with two wickets, including the prized scalp of AB de Villiers.

AB stood amongst the ruins, scoring a defiant 56 from 43 deliveries with five boundaries, before, in a rare sight, T Natarajan sent his middle stump cartwheeling with a yorker.

Australian opener Aaron Finch, who came one-down, made a 30-ball 32 that had three boundaries and a six.

Brief scores:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 131-7 in 20 overs (AB de Villiers 56, Aaron Finch 32, Jason Holder 3-25, T Natarajan 2-33) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad: 132-4 in 19.4 overs (Kane Williamson 50 not out, Jason Holder 24 not out, Manish Pandey 24, David Warner 17, Mohammed Siraj 2-28) by 6 wickets.

Teams:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (wk), Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Shreevats Goswami (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan.

james@khaleejtimes.com





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