Clinical SRH quell Royals’ challenge

Clinical SRH quell Royals’ challenge
Riding on a disciplined bowling performance, backed by some superb batting, SunRisers Hyderabad defeated Royal Chalngers Bangalore by eight wickets in IPL-8 on Monday. Chasing 166, SRH were served well by David Warner (57), Shikhar Dhawan (50*) and Lokesh Rahul (44*) as they romped home  in the final over of the match.

Earlier, Trent Boult picked up three wickets in one over after AB de Villiers’ enterprising 28-ball 46 as Royal Challengers Bangalore were all out for 166. Asked to bat, RCB were helped by de Villiers’ knock that contained two sixes and five fours. Captain Virat Kohli was the next best scorer with a 37-ball 41.

But pace spearhead Boult pegged back RCB by taking the wickets of de Villiers, Sean Abbott and Harshal Patel in the innings’ penultimate over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar then grabbed two wickets in the final over as RCB’s innings ended with a ball to spare. The Royal Challengers Bangalore were off to a brisk start with Chris Gayle and Kohli going great guns at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Gayle started the onslaught by lofting Boult straight over his head for a massive six in only the third ball of the innings. Kohli then majestically drove Kumar past mid-off, bringing the packed home crowd on its feet with his strokeplay. Gayle followed it up with three more boundaries before medium pacer Praveen Kumar had him caught at deep square leg while going for a wild flick. The Jamaican hit three fours and a six during his 16-ball 21. The big-signing Dinesh Karthik looked out of sorts during his 11-ball nine, his stay in the middle ending with a top-edge off a Karn Sharma ball. It was SRH who had more to cheer  again as Ravi Bopara sent back the dangerous Kohli (41) and Mandeep Singh off successive balls.
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