RCB defeated SRH by 67 runs.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore decimated southern rivals Sunrisers Hyderabad by 67 runs in Match 54 of IPL 2022 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 8. Thanks to this emphatic win, Bangalore also avenged their reverse fixture loss where they had fallen by nine wickets after being bundled for just 68.
RCB skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and chose to bat first in the afternoon game. They lost batting megastar Virat Kohlic for a golden duck, but du Plessis and Rajat Patidar added 105 runs for the second wicket. While Patidar scored 48 runs off 38 balls, Du Plessis scored the highest with 73 runs from 50 deliveries. Key 30s from Glenn Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik helped Bangalore post a stiff total of 192/3.
Wanindu Hasaranga rattles SRH chase with a fifer
In response, openers Abhishek Sharma and captain Kane Williamson failed to harass the goalscorers. Aiden Markram and Rahul Tripathi then added 50 runs for the second wicket score. Tripathi was the only fighter for the Orange Army to score a 37-ball 58 and once he was fired in the 16th over, the curtains were drawn on the 2016 champions as they could never recover from that.
Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga defeated SRH’s famous batting lineup with a match-winning fifer, finishing with numbers of 5/18, including a girl, as Hyderabad was thrown over 125 in the final.
Losing skipper, Kane Williamson said:
“It was quite a challenge for us, we have to figure out ways to turn and turn that pressure around. These were par totals, the hitting was high quality but as a unit there are areas to touch. I think earlier in the league, when there was help with the new ball, we were definitely very threatening, so we have to go back to the drawing board because we have a little gap between the next game. We’re going to have to get a little more creative and figure out ways to change the momentum. Today we were outplayed, RCB is a very strong side, actually all teams are strong. For us, it’s about staying calm. We have to improve, but we don’t have to think too much. Margins are always good, but we need to show signs of improvement. We didn’t start very well, they had a very good total on that front. It held a little, and it turned a little, the wicket. We had to build some partnerships and go deep into the game to maximize the odds on this Wankhede terrain, but we couldn’t. Learned a lot, we were outplayed as I said, but we do have a gap. So it’s important for us to re-evaluate and we need to be clear about how we focus on our next matches and take them positively. I don’t know exactly, but I think they (Jansen, Natarajan) are recovering quite well. I certainly hope to see them again soon.”
Winning skipper, Faf du Plessis said:
“What we’re trying to improve as a team is to make sure that one of those top four creates a bit of a foundation. We have some strong hitters in the back. The games where we didn’t do so well there was a big cluster of wickets in the power play. Obviously some stability, but at the same time make sure you don’t go into defensive mode. You still want to try and tackle the right bowlers at the right time. He (Rajat Patidar) has been a great asset, there are some amazing young Indian batters in our set up. Even someone like Suyash played three games and probably didn’t go the way he would have liked, but there is real talent. Rajat comes in and just plays with that freedom, really cool, calm composure about him. These are always very good qualities for a young pigeon. Mahipal is another young guy coming into the team, we are very lucky to have really good Indian batting talent. †
Player of the match, Wanindu Hasaranga said:
“I try to bowl wicket-to-wicket, that’s why most of my layoffs are lbws. That’s my role (choose wickets). Leg spinners are wicket takers, that’s what I was trying to do. He (Chahal) is a very good friend and he supported me last year. Five Sri Lankans are playing this IPL and they are all doing very well, so I am very happy.”
Full List of SRH vs RCB Contest Prize Winners
Super striker of the match – Rahul Tripathi
Game changer of the match – Wanindu Hasaranga
Most Sixes – Dinesh Karthik
Power player of the match -Glenn Maxwell
Most Valuable Asset of the Match – Wanindu Hasaranga
Fastest delivery of the match – Umran Malik
Most Celebrate – Faf du Plessis
Player of the match – Wanindu Hasaranga