The 52nd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is taking place between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Asked to bat first, the Kane Williamson-led side on account of Jason Roy’s 44 run posted a total of 141 runs.
Chasing the target of 142 runs, Royal Challengers Bangalore didn’t have the greatest start to their innings. They lost skipper Virat Kohli in the very first over and were in more trouble after losing Dan Christian in the third over.
KS Bharat tried to take SRH bowlers to the cleaners but Umran Malik’s pace was too much for him to handle. The duo of Devdutt Padikkal and Glenn Maxwell then steadied the RCB ship and stitched 54 runs partnership. While the southpaw was struggling to time the ball, the hard-hitting Australian batsman was looking brutal and was eyeing another half century before Kane Williamson’s brilliant fielding sent him packing for 40 runs.
It was during the 15th over when Devdutt Padikkal bunted the delivery from Rashid Khan in front of cover and called his partner for a quick single, the SRH skipper slid across and released the ball in one motion, aiming at the stumps and managed to hit the target to send Maxwell packing.
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After the wicket of Glenn Maxwell, Devdutt Padikkal fell for 41 runs and the onus was once again on the AB de Villiers to finish the match for his team. Shahbaz Ahmed though played a crucial cameo for his team but failed to finish the match for his team.
With 13 runs needed off the last over, everyone was backing Royal Challengers Bangalore to win as AB de Villiers was on the crease. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who earlier removed Virat Kohli, bowled a terrific last over of the game and gave only 8 runs to help his team register their third win of the season.