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IPL 2022 – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Match 54 – Post Match Comments

Wanindu Hasaranga spun his web as he demolished the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by picking up 5/18 to seal the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCBseventh )’s triumph by a big margin of 67 runs at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Faf du Plessis batted first and scored an unbeaten 73 off 50 balls to help his team score 192/3.

In terms of how the Southern derby played out, Du Plessis won the toss and chose to bat. SRH made two changes, with Afghanistan’s Fazalhaq Farooqi and Jagadeesha Suchith replacing Sean Abbott and Shreyas Gopal, respectively. Virat Kohli’s poor form continued as he was removed for his third golden duck of the season and his second against SRH this year. Suchith got rid of him on the opening ball of the game, resulting in a soft dismissal for Kohli.

Rajat Patidar continued to amaze, scoring 48 runs off 38 pitches, including four fours and two sixes. Glenn Maxwell (33 off 24) looked dangerous, but it was Dinesh Karthik’s show in the closing overs, as the wicketkeeper-batter slammed an unbeaten 30 runs off only eight deliveries, including one four and four maximums. He has now scored 71 runs in the 20th inning this season, the most by any batter.

Chasing 193, SRH got off to the worst possible start as skipper Kane Williamson was run-out without facing a single delivery. With the Orange Army down at 1/2, his opening partner Abhishek Sharma was also removed for a duck. Hasaranga demolished SRH’s middle-order to bundle them out for just 125 runs, despite Rahul Tripathi’s fighting fifty (58 off 37).

Williamson’s team has now lost four consecutive games and has dropped to sixth place in the table with ten points. Meanwhile, RCB climbed up to the fourth place with 14 points.

Let’s take a look at what the captains and the player of the match had to say.

Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad) – Losing Captain

 

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It’s been quite a challenge for us, we need to come up with ways to reverse that pressure and turn around. These have been par totals, and the batting has been quality, but as a unit, there are areas to touch on. I think earlier in the competition when there was assistance with the new ball we were certainly very threatening, so we need to go back to the drawing board as we have a little gap between the next game. We will have to get a bit more creative and come up with ways to change the momentum. Today we were outplayed, RCB is a really strong side, in fact, all teams are strong. For us, it’s about looking to stay calm. We do need to improve but don’t need to overthink. The margins are always fine, but we need to show signs of improvement. We didn’t get off to a great start, they had a very good total on that surface. It was holding a bit, and it was turning a bit, the wicket. We needed to build some partnerships and take the game deep in order to maximize the opportunities on this Wankhede ground, but we were unable to do that. A lot of learning, we were outplayed as I said, but we do have a gap. So it’s important for us to reassess and we need to be clear about how we target our next matches and take it positively. I’m not sure exactly, but I think they (Jansen, Natarajan) are recovering pretty well. Certainly hoping to see them again soon.

 

Faf du Plessis (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – Winning Captain

 

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What we are trying to get better at as a team is making sure that one of those top-four creates a bit of a base. We have got some really strong hitters at the back. In the games where we didn’t do so well, there was a big cluster of wickets in the powerplay. Obviously, some stability but at the same time you gonna make sure you don’t go into defensive mode. You still want to try and take the right bowlers on at the right time. He (Rajat Patidar) has been a great addition, there are some fantastic young Indian batters within our set-up. Even someone like Suyash played three games and probably didn’t go the way he would have liked to but there’s some real talent there. Rajat comes in and just plays with that freedom, real cool, calm composure about him. That are always really good traits for a youngster to have. Mahipal is another young guy coming into the team, we are very lucky that we have got some really good Indian batting talent.

If he (Dinesh Karthik) is hitting sixes like that, we want to get him in and bat as long as possible. He’s just so clear. To be honest, I was actually trying to get out because I was so tired, to get DK in. We were even contemplating – myself ‘retiring out’. And then, we lost that wicket. DK is in such good form. It was a tricky wicket. A lot of guys, their first few balls, they struggled. Lucky for us, there was a dropped catch of DK and he just took them apart. Really happy for Wani, personally he was looking for that one match where he blows right through a batting line-up. He’s been threatening with that right through the campaign, very happy that tonight was that night. He’s obviously one of those special bowlers. If you’re not picking him, especially once you get to the lower-order batters, he can run through you very quickly. Wani is doing exceptionally well. I am glad that I could play a role today in making sure that we can get some runs on the board.

 

Wanindu Hasaranga (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – Player of the Match

 

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I try to bowl wicket-to-wicket, that’s why most of my dismissals are lbws. That’s my role (to pick wickets). Leg-spinners are wicket-takers, that’s what I tried to do. He (Chahal) is a very good friend and he supported me last year. Five Sri Lankans are playing this IPL and they’re all doing very well, so I am really happy.