Back to back win for RCB. Brilliant bowling by Shahbaz Ahmed. Continues 2nd loss for SRH.
The last time RCB successfully defended a target under 155 was in April 2009 when they defended 145 against KXIP in Durban in 2009.
Man of the Match:
It’sa very nice start, new franchise for me and they have given me a specific role. It’s nice to have batters behind you, you have freedom and that’s almost close to the role I have in the Australian cricket team. It’s just about using the experience. Get myself in and then go for the runs. Probably having those guys behind me is a luxury at RCB. I suppose the coaching effect is there to an extent as well. Obviously my 4th IPL team and there’s a bit of pressure—Glenn Maxwell, Man of the Match
Upstox Most Valuable Asset of the Match: Shahbaz Ahmed
Unacademy Lets Crack It Sixes of the Match award: Glenn Maxwell
CRED Power Player of the Match: Mohammad siraj
Safari Super Striker of the Match: David Warner
Dream11 GameChanger of the Match: Shahbaz Ahmed
VIVO Perfect Catch of the Match: Shahbaz Ahmed
It was a tough situation (bowling the 17th over), but I am happy that the captain trusted my ability. There was a bit of help from the surface and I exploited it. I was confident about bowling another over, but Siraj was bowling well and deserved to bowl. Bairstow’s catch was important (considering the situation), and I was happy that I got to hold another chance.Shahbaz Ahmed
My hands were sweaty but no excuses for bowling no-balls. It’s a basic mistake and I will try not to repeat it. I have been told that I will be bowling the pressure overs and I’m really happy that captain has that faith in me. All the games here have such a trend that you can only score when the ball is hard and it gets really difficult when the ball gets softer. Looking at all the games that happened here, it’s always important to stay in the game and never give up.Harshal Patel
It’s a good wicket to bat on, with the batting line-up we have, we should chase it. There is no dew at the moment, one just need to focus in the field, support the bowlers – as a team, we’re trying to not make too many drops (catches). As a spinner, you’d love such tracks, it’s slow and there’s a bit of bounce, but you need to be accurate with the line and length. If you back up your strengths, you can perform on this surface.Rashid Khan
STATs: Most innings between two 50+ scores in IPL:
49 Yusuf Pathan (2010-13)
48 Deepak Hooda (2015-20)
44 Dwayne Bravo (2009-15)
40 Glenn Maxwell (2016-21) *
SRH collapses in run chases in IPL since 2019 (equation)
15/8 vs DC Hyderabad (55 off 29)
32/8 vs RCB Dubai (43 off 29)
14/7 vs KXIP Dubai (27 off 24)
29/7 vs RCB Chennai (35 off 24)
Manish Pandey has batted 30+ balls 14 times in the last four seasons (since 2018) – SRH have ended up losing 11 of them.
Lowest totals defended by RCB
126 vs CSK Chennai 2008
133 vs RR Cape Town 2009
145 vs KXIP Durban 2009
149 vs SRH Chennai 2021
Winning Captain, Virat Kohli (RCB):
Not as exhausted as I am proud (of the team). You are never really out of the game in these conditions. The extra bowling options made those impact performances in the middle overs. I told the guys don’t think that we struggled to get to 149. If it was tough for us, it will be tough for them as well. Our execution under pressure was spot on. It kept getting tougher and tougher with the old ball. I think Maxi’s innings was the difference for us. To be very honest, we are not over excited with wins this season. We have plans. We traded Harshal from Delhi, gave him a specific role and he’s doing a great job.
Losing Captain, David Warner (SRH):
A very bitter pill to swallow. Our bowlers were fantastic to restrict them. Maxwell batted well and set the platform. We needed two set batsmen at the end, but we failed to do that. We needed to build a partnership and play proper cricket shots. We played cross batted shots, and that’s not the way to play here. This hurts. We know how to approach in the upcoming games. We have another three games here and I think the wickets are going to get better. We need minimum damage in the first six overs and play simple cricket. The team batting second (at Chepauk) should have won all the four games. This is exactly what happened last night.