IPL 2022, match 36th: SRH demolishes RCB

Sunrisers Hyderabad put up great bowling and fielding display to bowl out Royal Challengers Bangalore for just 68 at Brabourne Stadium in IPL 2022 on April 23. It was the 6th lowest total in IPL. SRH chased down the target in 8 overs with 9 wickets to spare. For the record, Indian star Virat Kohli posted his second straight golden duck.

RCB innings

RCB, who was asked to bat first, stuck to the same playing XI. The openers Faf du Plessis and Anuj Rawat saw the first over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar without much ado, but SRH took the game away in just the second over.

South African left-arm bowler Marco Jansen got a ball to swing away from du Plessis and rattle the stumps. The RCB captain could contribute just 5. Next ball, another perfect pitched-up outswinger. Kohli, who is woefully out of form, took the bait and attempted to drive only to edge it to second slip Aiden Markram for his second golden duck. On the last ball, Rawat edged it to Markram in the slips to an incoming delivery for a second-ball duck. RCB was reduced to 3/8 in just the second over.

Glenn Maxwell lived by the sword, trying to counterattack. This cost him his wicket against T Natarajan, as he drove uppishly to mid-off where SRH skipper Kane Williamson completed a good diving catch. Suyash Prabhudesai was stumped after missing a slog off Jagadeesha Suchith for 15. All hope rested on in-form Dinesh Karthik to put up a respectable total. But Karthik had a rare failure, giving the faintest edge to the keeper while sweeping to Suchith for a third-ball duck.

Natarajan and Bhuvi then polished off the tail, taking the next three wickets to bowl out RCB for just 68. With 3/10, Natarajan jumped to the second spot in the list of players of most wickets in IPL 2022 with 15 wickets. Jansen took 3/25 in his 4 overs.

SRH innings

With Just 69 runs to win, SRH came out all guns blazing, with openers Williamson and Abhishek Sharma putting up 64 runs for the first wicket. Sharma was the attacking partner, cracking 8 fours and 1 six in his 28-ball 47. Sharma fell while victory was near, giving a catch to Rawat off Harshal Patel’s bowling.

Williamson and Rahul Tripathi finished off the chase in 8 overs. Williamson remained not out on 16.

Brief scores: RCB 68 (Suyash Prabhudesai 15, Marco Jansen 3/25) loses to SRH 72/1 (Abhishek Sharma 47) by 9 wickets.