IPL 2020 Live Score, RCB vs SRH: Natarajan removes Virat Kohli to land RCB crucial blow
IPL 2020, RCB vs SRH Live Updates: T Natarajan has dismissed Virat Kohli for 14 to peg RCB back with a crucial blow. After RCB’s opening wicket stand put on 90 runs, Vijay Shankar and Abhishek Sharma struck in quick succession to remove openers Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron finch respectively. On his IPL debut, Padikkal brought up a half-century off 36 balls. SRH have been sloppy in the field, dropping a couple of tough chances. Meanwhile, setback for Sunrisers Hyderabad with Mitchell Marsh having to go off the field with an injury. Earlier, their captain David Warner won the toss and opted to bowl against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 3 of the 2020 Indian Premier League.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
A second spinner into the attack. What can the left-arm spin of Abhishek Sharma produce?
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.
Six runs off Rashid Khan’s first over followed by five more off Natarajan’s second. A couple of economical overs
Six singles off Rashid Khan’s opening over. SRH find some respite after the opening onslaught. Natarajan continues from the other end.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
As expected, Bhuvneshwar Kumar begins with plenty of swing. RCB get two off the opening over. Aaron Finch, watch out for that vicious inswinger.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Mitchell Marsh, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
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
David Warner has won the coin toss and he was quick in deciding to have a bowl against RCB.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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