Wanindu’s fifer, Faf’s 73* setup RCB win

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A player of the match performance from Wanindu Hasaranga (5/18) set up Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) 67 run win over Sunrises Hyderabad (SRH) in the 54th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) played at Wankhede stadium yesterday.

A splendid captain’s knock by Faf du Plessis (73*) propelled RCB to 192-3 before Wanindu Hasaranga’s outstanding fifer guided the team to a comprehensive victory. 

Chasing 193 to win, SRH lost two wickets in the first over. Skipper Kane Williamson was run-out without facing a ball, while Glenn Maxwell castled Abhishek Sharma.

Aiden Markram and Rahul Tripathi and led the recovery as SRH were 39-2 at the end of the powerplay. The fifty partnership was up for the third wicket after Tripathi got a reprieve in the 8th over. Hasaranga struck immediately when he had Markram caught at deep mid-wicket. SRH were 69/3 at the halfway stage. Nicholas Pooran smacked two fours and a six before miscuing a shot and was caught off Hasaranga’s bowling. 

Tripathi reached his half-century at the other end with a maximum. The SRH opener was given a reprieve but RCB picked their 5th wicket after Suchith was stumped off Hasaranga’s bowling. 

Josh Hazlewood scalped two wickets on consecutive deliveries including the big wicket of Tripathi, who was dismissed on 58. Hasaranga claimed a five-wicket haul after getting the wickets of Shashank Singh and Umran Malik in the same over. 

Earlier, SRH got off to a perfect start with the ball after Jagadeesha Suchith dismissed Virat Kohli on the first ball of the match. RCB recovered well and moved to 47-1 at the end of powerplay. The fifty partnership was up for the duo. 20 runs came off Umran Malik’s first over after du Plessis smacked two fours and a six. 

RCB were 93-1 at the halfway stage. Skipper du Plessis reached his half-century in the 12th over and the hundred partnership was up for the second wicket. Suchith put an end to the partnership after Patidar was caught at deep mid-wicket. 

New batter, Glenn Maxwell added two fours and a six and RCB were 125/2 with five overs to go. Maxwell hammered his second six straight down the ground off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling. The 150 was up for RCB after du Plessis and Maxwell hit a four each in the 18th over. The fifty partnership was up for the third wicket before Maxwell holed out to the deep. 

Dinesh Karthik provided an excellent finishing touch, whacking four sixes and a four which helped RCB post 192/3. 

Brief Scores:  

RCB: 192/3 (Faf du Plessis 73*, Rajat Patidar 33; Jagadeesha Suchith 2-30) 

SRH: 125 all out (Rahul Tripathi 58, Aiden Markram 21; Wanindu Hasaranga 5-18)