DK and Hasaranga rule the show as RCB humiliates SRH by 67 runs!

They say revenge is best served cold. Well, it seems Faf du Plessis and Co. haven’t heard the above line, as the way they demolished Sunrisers Hyderabad was far apart from anything cool. In their earlier meeting this season, SRH bowled out the Royal Challengers for just 68 runs. RCB overturned the humiliation by thrashing an NRR-damaging 67-runs defeat to their fabled rivals.

Opting to bat first, RCB got to a nightmarish start as their ace batsman Virat Kohli was gone for a golden duck. It was Kohli’s third golden duck this IPL, second against SRH this season. Enduring such a horrible start, Faf du Plessis and Rajat Patidar batted sensibly, taking their time to settle and punish any bad deliveries. It was the 6th over of the match when RCB decided to shift the gears. Kartik Tyagi, bowling his first over, went for 17 runs. Two overs later, pace sensation Umran Malik was whacked for 20 runs.

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After a neat 100 runs partnership, Rajat Patidar returned after Rahul Tripathi caught a seemingly tough catch with ease. However, this brought in the hard-hitting Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell did bring in runs but not at the desired pace, courtesy of some disciplined bowling from SRH. He eventually threw his wicket in search of biggies.

Then walked in the man of the season for RCB. Dinesh Karthik came in when RCB had just 10 balls left in the innings. All was going well for Hyderabad. In 19 overs, they conceded 167 runs for 3 wickets. At most, they expected a target of 180 runs, nothing they can’t manage with their superb middle-order. However, DK, the man of the moment, had other plans. Fazalhaq Farooqi bowled in two good balls in the final over. What followed next was a DK mayhem, as the talismanic finisher banged in 22 runs in the last four balls, including three screamers into the stands. The Wankhede was echoing with the DK chants all the while.

In reply, SRH had an even worse start. They lost both their openers within the first over for ducks. After that, Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram stitched up a 50-run partnership before the latter got out, trying to accelerate the innings. Nicolas Pooran did offer some hope, as the Trinidadian was hitting well but fell prey to Hasaranga’s magic.

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After that, SRH never made an attempt to recover. Hasaranga proved to be a monster as he picked up a five-fer. Tripathi was the only being immune to Hasaranga’s web as he kept hitting daring strokes to the leggie. However, he was undone by Josh Hazlewood. Tripathi returned with a fighting inning of 58 from 37 balls, which included 8 boundaries, 2 above the fence. Coincidently it was 19.2 when SRH was all-out, the exact moment where DK showed his magic to propel RCB an innings earlier.
While Hasaranga took the plaudits for being the best player, it was Dinesh Karthik who was the real show-stealer. Forcing Wankhede to chant your name is something only Sachin and Dhoni have been capable of as of now. Stay tuned for more updates from The Sportsway.

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