IPL 2020, RCB vs SRH Highlights: The final wicket goes down. Sandeep Sharma finds Virat Kohli in the deep and with that, RCB have beaten SRH by 10 runs to get off the mark in the points-table. SRH looked to be on course at 121/2 with Jonny Bairstow looking set with a half-century, but a slide triggered by Yuzvendra Chahal, saw SRH lose their final eight wickets for 31 runs. Chahal finished with 3/18 while Navdeep Saini and Shivam Dube picked up two wickets each.
In the first innings, RCB posted a challenging 163/5 on the back of half-centuries from AB de Villiers and IPL debutant Devdutt Padikkal. RCB’s opening wicket stand put on 90 runs with Padikkal bringing up a half-century, and even though RCB struggled between overs 12 and 16, de Villiers set the ball rolling to help the team finish with a total they’d be happy with.
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OUT! Final wicket falls. RCB beat SRH by 10 runs
Dale Steyn picks up the final wicket of Sandeep Sharma, and with it, RCB have beaten SRH by 10 runs to get their campaign off to a winning start. Well played, RCB! As for SRH, well, they’d have plenty of thinking to do in terms of batting.
Final over coming up
The equation is 18 needed off 6. Dale Steyn to bowl the final over of the match and unless either T Natarajan or Sandeep Sharma play the innings of their lives, RCB are likely to get off the mark in the Points Table.
OUT! SRH 9 down
This is a pretty sad sight. Mitchell Marsh, literally batting on one leg hits the ball high in the air and heads back as SRH lose their ninth wicket. Marsh injured his ankle in the first innings and yet walked out to bat hoping to pull off a miracle. 19 needed off seven, RCB one strike away from victory.
Wicket No. 8, SRH endure monster collapse
Second wicket for Saini as he takes out Rashid Khan. What a collapse it’s been for SRH, who have now lost six wickets for 21 runs in just over three overs. RCB, well, they have sniffed their chance and are marching towards a victory. 21 to win off 11.
Bowled him! Saini gets Bhuvneshwar
Straight and quick! Saini takes out Bhuvneshwar Kumar as SRH slip to 141/7. What a slide it has been from the batting side. From 121/2 to 141/4. That’s five wickets for 20 runs. Kohli is pumped and as is RCB.
Good news! Rashid Khan is back up
Seems like Rashid has been deemed fit to carry on. That collision looked nasty, could have proven a lot more dangerous. Fortunately, no harm done and we’re ready to get on with the game.
Wicket! Abhishek Sharma run out
Poor calling between the players. SRH suffer another blow as Abhishek Sharma is run out. What more, he’s down on the ground after collision with Bhuvneshwar Kumar. What in earth is happening. The match has been halted and the physio is checking on the spinner whether he’s had a concussion.
Another wicket falls
Oh dear! Priyam Garg plays an atrocious shot , trying to scoop the bowler and managed to play it back onto his stumps. SRH’s inexperienced middle order beginning to show cracks. at this stage, this is RCB’s game to lose
OUT! Two in two for Chahal
Got him! Vijay Shankar fails to read a googly and is clean bowled. Chahal, you gem of a bowler… What a way to bring RCB back in the match. Hat-trick ball coming up. It’s all happening. Blink and you’ll miss.
OUT! Chahal cleans up Bairstow
That’s the wicket RCB needed. Yuzvendra Chahal bowls a loopy ball and Bairstow, who goes for a heave, plays all over it and is bowled. The leg-spinner has done it again, in his last over as Sunrisers lose a crucial wicket.
Steyn is being taken on
Dale Steyn’s third over hasn’t started the way he would have wanted to. Second ball, Bairstow opened the face of his bat and glided the ball between the keeper and short third man. Two balls later, it was Priyam Garg who played a brutal pull of the SA pacer. Kohli turned to Steyn for wicket. Instead, SRH scored 13 off it. The partnership has reached 32 off just 19 balls.
Through the covers, Bairstow unstoppable!
And this one has been bludgeoned through the off side. Umesh Yadav being taken out of the attack by Bairstow. He moved to 56 off 39. RCB need to get him, else this is SRH’s game. He’s beginning to look real dangerous.
FIFTY for Bairstow
Bang! Connects the ball right off the middle to bring up Jonny Bairstow’s fifty, his third in the IPL. As Michael Slater rightly pointed out, it’s like he’s continuing from last year’s IPL.
DROPPED! Bairstow receives another lifeline
This one went miles in the air and although for a second Dale Styen looked like he had it under control, he made a mess of it in the end. Second reprieve for Jonny Bairstow as SRH. Oh dear! RCB, you need to take these.
OUT! Chahal removes Pandey, RCB strike back
GONE! Pandey goes for the shot but mistimes it. Navdeep Saini takes the catch to give Yuzvendra Chahal his first wicket. He deserved that one. The leg-spinner has bowled so well in this innings. Just 12 runs off his three so far.
IPL 2020, SRH vs RCB, Live Updates: Four byes for Sunrisers
Oh well, that one beat everyone. Loopy ball from Chahal and Bairstow went for a heave. The ball beat everyone and went behind for four. Josh Phillippe wouldn’t be happy with that effort.
Chance for RCB
When I say chance, I mean a tough one. Aaron Finch got his hands to an explosive drive from Jonny Bairstow. It was hit with tremendous power, so much that even Finch, one of the safest fielders in the world, found it tough to hand on to that. RCB’s hunt for wicket is on.
10 overs gone, pretty even at this point
At the half-way mark of the innings, Sunrisers Hyderabad have reached 78/1. At this very stage, RCB were slightly ahead at 86 without loss. But we all know what transpired between Over 10 and 15 for RCB. Another humdinger on the cards, maybe?
Fifty partnership for Pandey-Bairstow
This has been a terrific partnership for SRH’s second wicket between Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow.
… and it clears the boundary with ease. Like we mentioned, Bairstow’s eyes have lit up. Slightly fuller in length and Bairstow goes down to his knees and scoops the ball for his second six of the innings. What more, he follows it with a boundary, an inside edge that beat the wicketkeeper. Chase on!
Strong start from Chahal
Just four runs off the leg-spinner’s first over. Here’s an interesting start, before this match, Jonny Bairstow has fallen to leg spin five times, each dismissal in the last IPL. Kohli is aware of that fact perhaps. SRH move to 59/1 after 8. The partnership has reached 43 off 41 and now is the time for Bairstow to launch.
Pandey goes big
Washington Sundar given the ball and Manish Pandey obliges with a six. In the slot and Pandey brings out the slop sweep that goes miles. SRH 55/1 after seven overs and the partnership reached 37 off 32 balls.
BOOM! The short-arm pull from Bairstow
Marginally short of length from Navdeep Saini and Jonny Bairstow brings out the short-arm pull. Timed so well. That shot has brought him plenty of success. Finds the gap and that’s a boundary. Last year, he scored 114 off 54 balls against RCB. Oh how dearly would SRH fans want him to reproduce it?
SRH 40/1 after 5
SRH have started their chase well scoring at eight runs an over. Bairstow and Pandey have gotten their eyes in. This is a crucial partnership for SRH. We all know the kind of season Bairstow had last year – 445 runs in 10 games. Can he begin this season well?
Consecutive boundaries for Manish Pandey
Umesh Yadav strays down leg and Manish Pandey helps himself to a couple of easy boundaries. The pacer has struggled to find his rhythm in the innings so far. On the pads and flicked away. That’s one shot Indian cricketers grow up practicing in their backyard.
IPL Live Updates: Saini starts off well
Just five runs off Navdeep Saini’s first over. He’s already generating some good pace.
Chahal walks out
With a bit of a grimace on his face, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal walks off the field with the team physio. RCB introduce more pace as Navdeep Saini is given the ball. The first two balls, he begins with speeds of 139 and 145 kmph.
Early boundary for Pandey
Manish Pandey begins with a couple of runs, and then follows it with a boundary down the ground off the bowling of Dale Steyn. SRH reach 25/1 after 3 overs.
RCB get early wicket, unfortunate exit for Warner
What is the most unfortunate way to get run-out? Yes, while standing at the non-striker’s end. A bullet straight drive from Bairstow had the ball clipping Umesh Yadav’s fingers before going on to hit the ball. Warner was caught outside the crease and with a smile on his face, heads back cheaply.
Bairstow starts in style
With a four and six off his first thee balls, Bairstow is showing the match practice he’s had in England. Just the kind of start SRH needed.
Umesh Yadav to share the new ball with Steyn
The IPL 2020 is crucial for Umesh Yadav. He has fallen down the pecking order to fellow India pacers and a good IPL season could do him a world of good.
David Warner up and running
It took just two balls for the SRH captain to get off the mark and he does it with a thunderous drive off Steyn. Follows it with a couple of runs.
Bairstow, Warner stride out
If SRH are to chase these runs down, one of either Bairstow or Warner will have to fire on all cylinders, just like Padikkal did for RCB. Dale Steyn has got the ball and he is about to run in. Also, on a scale of 1-10, how much would you rate Steyn’s current Rockstar look?
Is 163 a par total?
Well, Delhi Capitals scored 157 the night before and that proved to be enoug. Also, this is the highest first innings total among all three IPL matches. Judging by how the Dubai surface tends to become slow. RCB should fancy their chances. The second innings not too far. Dale Steyn will be bowling to David Warner. You wouldn’t want to miss that.
RCB’s Man of the Moment!
Devdutt Padikkal: It was pretty difficult to bat on. We have a good total now. Looking forward to defending. It was great to get the half century out of the way. It was the first game and I wanted to start off well. I am happy to have done that. So happy to be training with Kohli. I was just eating his ears trying to pick up as much as possible. He said who you face doesn’t matter as long as you have confidence in yourself. I enjoyed batting with Finch. I was comfortable from the word go batting alongside him. It’s going to be a tough target to chase down.
De Villiers stars as RCB finish on 163/5
There we have it. The final score in 163/5, which wouldn’t have been possible without AB de Villiers’ 30-ball 51.
De Villiers falls
GONE! de Villiers is run out to a bullet throw by Manish Pandey in the deep.
Fifty for AB de Villiers
He gets there off just 29 balls. Starts the over with a boundary and completes a single to get to his half-century.
200th IPL six for AB de Villiers
There he goes. Superman ABD on fire at last. After starting the over with a couple of singles, de Villiers launched Sandeep Sharma for two sixes in the over. RCB have reached 155/3 with de Villiers on 44 off 27. Final over of the innings coming up.
De Villiers gets a move on
There he goes again. De Villiers hits Nataraj over his head for his second boundary. RCB need more of these lusty blows. Run rate is still under 8. Full credit for SRH bowlers for pulling things back here.
De Villiers breaks the chains
It’s come. A heave towards cow corner gives de Villiers his first boundary. Good follow up ball from Bhuvneshwar, who lands the ball near the block-hole. Interesting contest developing here.
ABD one short of 200 sixes in IPL
He has 199 hits over the rope so far in the IPL. 200th and a few more can really help RCB at this point. Bhuvneshwar Kumar back in the attack, hoping to keep the dangerous de Villiers quiet.
How much should RCB target?
With Virat Kohli falling at a crucial stage in the innings, just how much should RCB target from here on. With de Villiers still out there, anything between 170-180 is definitely on the cards. Shuvam Dube is the new batsman and he’s capable of striking big as well.
GONE! Virat Kohli out for 14
Goes high in the air but doesn’t connect. Kohli finds Rashid Khan in the deep and RCB have lost their third wicket for 123. Big blow to RCB at a crucial juncture.
First boundary for Virat Kohli
Finally, it’s taken him 11 balls but Virat Kohli has his first boundary. One bounce four over sweeper cover. RCB would be expecting more of this
15 overs gone, RCB 116/2
The last five overs remain. How much can RCB get from here. Kohli and de Villiers have run well between the wickets but the big shots have awaited them. Quality stuff from RCB bowlers to stage a comeback into the match. We’re entering the last half hour of this innings.
IPL 2020 RCB vs SRH Live Score: Kohli, de Villiers look for flourish
It’s been a rather quiet start for Kohli and de Villiers. The RCB skipper has moved to 13 off 11 while the former SA captain is 10 off 10. Yet to score a boundary either of them. RCB fans waiting for the shackles to break.
100 up for RCB
And it has taken them less than 13 overs to get there. The run-rate has dipped slightly to under 8 an over but with Kohli and De Villiers around, it can shoot up in no time.
Will it be another Kohli-ABD show
RCB’s two most prolific batsmen are out there and with the kind of start the team has got, will we see another partnership for the ages between Virat Kohli and AB de Viliers?
Finch goes, two in two for SRH
OUT! Two wickets in two balls for Sunrisers Hyderabad. A ball after Padikkal was bowled, Aaron Finch was adjudged out LBW for 29 off 27. SRH right back in it.
GONE! A wicket at last for SRH with Vijay Shankar clean bowling Devdutt Padikkal for a well compiled 56 off 42 balls.
FIFTY for Padikkal on IPL debut
The man of the hour, Devdutt Padikkal has brought up his maiden IPL half-century with a boundary. Sweeps with just enough power to Rashid Khan near the boundary.
Bowling chance for SRH, Abhishek Sharma given the ball
A second spinner into the attack. What can the left-arm spin of Abhishek Sharma produce?
A couple of half-tracker from Rashid
The shackles are breaking again. Finch takes Rashid on hitting him for a boundary and a six. 11 runs off the ninth over and SRH reach 75 without loss. What a wonderful start by their latest opening pair.
IPL 2020 Live Updates – SRH bring Rashid in the attack against RCBSRH come back with a couple of tight overs
Six runs off Rashid Khan’s first over followed by five more off Natarajan’s second. A couple of economical overs
Rashid stars strong
Six singles off Rashid Khan’s opening over. SRH find some respite after the opening onslaught. Natarajan continues from the other end.
SRH bring Rashid in the attack
It was only a matter of time. With RCB going after their bowling, David Warner had to turn to his champion bowler Rashid Khan. A couple of singles off his bowling to begin with.
Fifty up for RCB in no time
Well, not exactly in no time. To be precise, in 5.2 overs. This has been rampaging stuff from their openers. They’re scoring at nine runs an over and at this pace, they look set for a huge total.
Shankar begins with back-to-back no-balls
Poor start from Shankar, filling in for Marsh. Begins with back to back no balls and Aaron Finches launches him into the vacant stands. Five overs bowled and RCB have raced to 48/0.
Mitchell Marsh goes off the field
Bad scenes for Sunrisers Hyderabad as an injured Mitchell Marsh walks off the field. Just four balls bowled. Fellow all-rounder Vijay Shankar to complete the over
Padikkal goes over the top
Wow, simply wow! After a nearly 5-min long break, Marsh resumes and gets hit over the top for Padikkal to add another boundary. Marsh clearly in some discomfort, something troubling his ankle perhaps
Mitchell Marsh has the ball
He runs in to bowl at his Australian captain Finch, who by the way, has been quiet in this partnership. He’s on three off seven but who’s to complain considering how well his partner is batting at the other end.
WHACK! Natarajan bears the wrath
Well, SRH have turned to fast bowler T Natarajan and he’s been treated disdainfully by Padikkal. Three boundaries off the first five balls/ Terrific stuff from the youngster. 12 from the over. RCB 32/0.
Make that three, RCB 20 without loss
Padikkal dances down the wicket and finds the gap on the off side. He did not time it well but the lightning outfield took the ball past the ropes. Third boundary for Padikkal as he moves on to 17 off 13.
Paddikal begins in style
The left-hander Padikkal strikes two boundaries off the first three balls off Sandeep Sharma. Fearless batting by the youngster playing his maiden IPL game. RCB 13 without loss in 2 overs.
Early swing for Bhuvneshwar
As expected, Bhuvneshwar Kumar begins with plenty of swing. RCB get two off the opening over. Aaron Finch, watch out for that vicious inswinger.
It’s Game Time
Well, as expected, it’s Aaron Finch opening the innings for RCB along with the debutant Devdutt Padikkal. It’s the debutant who takes first strike.
Virat Kohli on his Playing XI
“We have made a few changes, to the setup and the team as well. We feel relaxed and balanced. One idea was to create more leaders in the time. The guys have worked really hard during the lockdown period in whatever way they could. They have taken a lot of responsibility in these three weeks as well. Lot of batting happened in the last three wickets.”
David Warner after winning toss
“We will bowl. There is a bit of dew around. It was an interesting game last night. We know it’s going to get a bit tired towards the end. We have the balance in the side.”
Sunrisers Hyderabad Playing XI
David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Mitchell Marsh, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI)
Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Josh Philippe(w), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal
TOSS: Sunrisers Hyderabad win toss, to bowl against RCB
David Warner has won the coin toss and he was quick in deciding to have a bowl against RCB.
Toss five minutes away…
In the previous two matches, teams that have won the toss have opted to field first. Warner and Kohli are both wonderful chasers. What will the winning captain decide to do? Stay tuned… We are moments away from the toss.
Head-to-head record in last five encounters
In the previous five meetings between the two teams, Sunrisers Hyderabad have won three matches, while Royal Challengers Bangalore have trumped their opponents twice. Who will bag the bragging rights tonight? Stay tuned… we are just 15 minutes away from the toss.
All eyes on Bhuvneshwar Kumar
A two-time winner of the Purple Cap, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a pretty ordinary IPL 2019 with just 13 wickets from 10 matches. He was marred by injuries, which took a heavier toll during the World Cup and ruled him out for long. With a fresh season, Bhuvneshwar will look to once again emerge as the leader of SRH’s bowling unit.
Test for Aaron Finch
Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch has yet to fire on all cylinders. His best came in 2014, when he scored 456 runs, but ever since, he has gone past 300 runs only twice. His numbers in 2017 and 2018 have been average, with a combined tally of 433 runs from 23 matches. Having skipped the last season, Finch has a chance to arrest his IPL slide, and help lift a side out of doldrums.
Will this be another season to cherish for David Warner?
It may be early days in the IPL 2020, but one man on whom all eyes will be on is David Warner. Warner is the only batsman to have won the Orange Cap thrice and this may be another chance for the SRH skipper to go for the quarduple. And going by his IPL form, there’s no reason he can’t make 2020 another memorable IPL year.
The Virat Kohli question RCB faces
Virat Kohli certainly promises to be RCB’s trump card. However, having said that, Kohli’s game rust will be tested when he fares against one of the strongest bowling line-ups in the IPL. Having last played cricket in February, this is the longest he has gone without playing cricket and that will be a test for the RCB skipper to overcome.
Kevin Pietersen highlighting RCB’s perennial weakness
RCB have not had the greatest of IPL runs in the last three seasons, and the reason behind that, reckons former England batsman Kevin Pietersen, is the lack of depth in the bowling attack. However, this year, the RCB look a lot more balanced in that department. Can they break the trend this time around? We shall find out.
Sandeep Sharma has Virat Kohli’s number in IPL
There is one bowler who has made Virat Kohli’s wicket his own. Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Sandeep Sharma has dismissed Kohli six times in the IPL, making him the joint-most successful bowler alongside Ashish Nehra against Kohli in the IPL.
Which Playing XI will RCB play?
Will Aaron Finch make his debut for RCB tonight? Here’s an assessment of what the Playing XI of the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore may look like…
SRH vs RCB: Five things to watch out for
The return of Kohli. Bhuvneshwar vs Finch, RCB’s death bowling. As Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad open their campaign in Match 3 of the IPL 2020, we’ve listed out some of the key talking points surrounding the fixture. Click here to read full story
Why is the SRH clash important for Virat Kohli?
In fact, there are quite a few. Virat Kohli. If RCB beat SRH tonight, it will be Kohli’s 50th win as RCB captain. He will become only the fourth captain to do so after Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni (101), former Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir (71), and Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma (60). Kohli is also 20 runs short of surpassing Shane Watson to become the leading run-scorer against SRH in IPL. He also needs 10 more sixes to take his sixes tally in IPL to 200.
Scott Styris makes a bold prediction regarding SRH’s Playing XI
Ok then! This one may puzzle you a bit. Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris predicts the Sunrisers to drop Kane Williamson from tonight’s match. Yes, you read that right. The same Williamson who scored a mammoth 735 runs for the team two seasons ago. Read the full story here.
Will Warner-Bairstow re-unite tonight?
One of the biggest factors behind SRH’s success last season was the joyride shared by Jonny Bairstow and David Warner as the team’s openers. They put on numerous match-winning partnerships together, including a record opening stand of 185 against… wait for it… Royal Challengers Bangalore. Keeping that in mind, here’s an assessment of what Sunrisers’ Playing XI might look like.
RCB vs SRH: Match Preview
It would interest you to know that these two teams headlined the final of the 2016 IPL final. But while the Sunrisers have gone from strength to strength, RCB haven’t quite been able to replicate that year’s success. In the next three seasons, RCB have finished eighth, sixth and eighth. Sunrisers on the other hand, made it to the Playoffs all three seasons, including a runner-up finish in 2018. Read full match preview here.
IPL 2020, Match 3: RCB vs SRH
A very warm welcome to all our viewers! If you’re a fan of either Delhi Capitals or Kings XI Punjab, let us start by asking you something: Did you sleep well after last night’s humdinger? Yes, it took just the second match of the IPL 2020 to produce the first Super Over of this year, in which DC managed to edge out KXIP. And before you could even digest what transpired last night, we are here once more, all set to bring you another mouth-watering contest, one that has all it takes to take your breath away. This is Aditya Bhattacharya, who will keep you covered with tonight’s game, one that will see Virat Kohli taking on David Warner. Excited? We bet your are.