IPL 2021 Match 6: The 6th match of IPL 2021 saw Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) thrash Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 runs on Wednesday. Virat Kohli and his men pulled off an inspiring win in an average pitch of MA Chidambaram after putting a target of just 150 runs.
Much of the credit for RCB’s victory goes to the remarkable performance of the bowlers. Mohammad Siraj and Shahbaz Ahmed as they rattled Sunrisers’ middle order. Siraj took two wickets including that of opener Wriddhiman Saha and all-rounder Jason Holder and was completely unplayable in his first two overs.
While Shahbaz bowled two overs and inflicted three massive damages to Sunrisers’ middle order with his left-arm orthodox bowling. Harshal Patel too looked in great touch as if he’d continued from where he had left in the first game against Mumbai Indians. He took two wickets and currently holds the purple cap in the tournament.
Sunrisers Hyderabad had a bit slow start in the first couple of overs but skipper David Warner scored 54 runs off 37 balls. He also scored his 49th half-century in the tournament, making him one of the most successful players in the IPL history.
The middle order looked shaky in front of RCB bowlers except Manish Pandey who scored 38 runs at a meagre strike rate of just 97.44. He eventually surrendered to Ahmed in the 17th over, making things more difficult for his side.
For today’s game, RCB picked Devdutt Padikkal but that ploy didn’t work as he got dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar on just 11 runs. After his and Virat Kohli’s dismissal, RCB saw a batting collapse as the middle order fell cheaply today apart from Glenn Maxwell who remained the top scorer with 59 runs off just 41 balls.
Maxwell finally redeems form in IPL
Maxwell scored his seventh half-century of the tournament and also the first after 2016. He hit five boundaries and three sixes at a strike rate of 143.90 and rescued his side in putting up 149/8 in 20 overs.
Jason Holder and Rashid Khan were the picks among the bowlers as they took five wickets combined in trapping RCB’s batsmen.
While it was the second consecutive loss for Sunrisers, RCB continued with its winning momentum with a second back-to-back victory in the ongoing IPL. They also climbed to first place in the points table with four points on their name.