Chasing 142, Virat Kohli started off with a sumptuous cover drive off Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the first ball. But the pacer had the last laugh – trapping the RCB skipper lbw on the last ball of the over. RCB’s number three puzzle remains unsolved as Daniel Christian, promoted up to number 3, got out to Siddarth Kaul, who bowled a wicket-maiden.
Devdutt Padikkal, at the other end, would pick up boundaries to keep RCB going. KS Bharat hammered Kaul for a six and a four to end RCB’s powerplay at 37/2. Bharat, however, would fall to Umran Malik, giving the young speedster his maiden IPL wicket.
Maxwell launched Rashid Khan over the deep-midwicket fence to announce his arrival. The Aussie would thump Rashid further for a maximum and a four. The required rate went over 8 as SRH bowlers kept a check on Padikkal.
With 50 needed from the last six overs, RCB lost Maxwell (40 off 25), courtesy of a brilliant direct hit from Kane Williamson. As the required run rate continued to climb, Padikkal holed out in the deep, after scoring 41 runs off 52 balls. Shahbaz Ahmed cracked a couple of crucial fours off Kaul in the 18th over to bring the equation down to 18 runs needed off the last two overs.
Ahmed got a reprieve on the first ball of the 19th, bowled by Holder, when he was dropped by Bhuvneshwar at sweeper cover. But the left-hander, on the fourth ball, would give another chance and Williamson would take it. Holder left 13 runs in the bank for Bhuvneshwar to defend in the last over.
Bhuvneshwar conceded just 1 run in the first three balls before de Villiers clobbered a six down the ground. 5th ball: another dot. 6 to win off the last ball. Bhuvneshwar held his nerves to conceded just a single on the last ball to hand SRH their third win of the season.
Earlier, after being put in to bat first, Abhishek Sharma started off briskly hitting George Garton for a six and a four before dismissed the left-hander. Kane Williamson dealt in boundaries early on, picking four fours – two on the off and two on leg side – in the first ten balls he faced in his innings.
At the other end, Jason Roy would stroke a couple of boundaries to cap off the powerplay at 50/1. The Englishman would continue to attack the RCB bowlers, disdainfully pulling Harshal Patel, but then Yuzvendra Chahal and Shahbaz Ahmed were successful in decreasing the run rate as SRH reached 76/1 at the 10-over mark.
Harshal Patel returned in the 12th over to castle Kane Williamson, who scored 31 runs off 29 balls and perished looking to up the run rate. Priyam Garg would launch Chahal for a maximum before falling to Daniel Christian, who would also dismiss Roy (44 off 38) with a brilliant return catch.
Wickets continue to fall: Chahal had Abdul Samad lbw with the help of a review; Patel added Saha’s name to his Purple Cap tally. In the last over, Patel would also account for Jason Holder, whose two 17-run stands with Saha and Rashid Khan each dragged SRH over 140.