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IPL 2024, SRH vs RCB: Spinners make critical dents; RCB thoroughly outplay SRH

IPL 2024, SRH vs RCB: Swapnil Singh, Karn Sharma's twin strike derailed SRH chase; RCB register 2nd win of the season. Top takeaways for RCB and SRH from the match.


IPL 2024, SRH vs RCB: RCB beat SRH at Hyderabad | Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
IPL 2024: RCB beat SRH at Hyderabad (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)

Brief Scores: RCB 206/7 (Virat Kohli 51, Rajat Patidar 50, Cameron Green 2/12) beat SRH 199/7 (Shahbaz Ahmed 40*,  Abhishek Sharma 31, Jaydev Unadkat 3/30) by 35 runs. 


Player of the Match: Rajat Patidar (50 in 20 balls)


A rampant Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), sitting pretty at the top half of the table, hosted Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) amidst a forgettable campaign. In the reverse fixture at Bengaluru, SRH thumped Challengers by 25 runs.


However, in this game, RCB prevailed over SRH by 35 runs.


The visitors’ decision to bat first paid off as they posted a challenging total of 206, thanks mainly to the cameos from Rajat Patidar and Cameron Green following a breezy start from Virat Kohli.


SRH had a rare off day with the bat, and despite some good bowling performances by RCB spinners, they couldn’t chase the target.



Key Takeaways from SRH vs RCB, Match 41, Winning Team (RCB)


Patidar-Green added valuable runs

After opting to bat, RCB made a rollicking start, accumulating 48 runs in four overs, but the wickets of Faf du Plessis and Will Jacks put breaks on their scoring rate.


With Kohli stabilizing the innings from further collapse, Rajat Patidar rose to the occasion by producing his second impactful knock. The right-hander hammered four maximums in a single over of Mayank Markande to give the RCB innings much-needed impetus. 


His 19-ball half-century paved the way for all-rounder Cameron Green to make a strong finish. The tall Aussie found five boundaries in his vital knock of 17-ball 37, helping RCB reach a competitive total of 206.


IPL 2024, SRH vs RCB_ Rajat Patidar scored 19-ball 50 against SRH _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
Rajat Patidar scored 19-ball 50 against SRH (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)
Spinners brought RCB into game

SRH’s success can be attributed to their opening pair, Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head. The duo have been a thorn to many bowling attacks, and RCB broke the partnership pretty early.


In just the first over, Will Jacks got rid of Head, and left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh struck twice in the same over to remove both Heinrich Klassen and Aiden Markram. The leggie Karn Sharma inflicted further inroads into SRH's batting by getting two more scalps, as the spin trio took five wickets between them.



Key Takeaways from SRH vs RCB, Match 41, Losing Team (SRH)


Unadkat slows RCB down 

In his landmark IPL game, Jaydev Unadkat produced his best spell of this season yet on a seemingly belter of a batting track. The left-arm seamer troubled the RCB batters with variations in pace and found success on three occasions.


Unadkat first got rid of a red-hot Patidar after the latter scored a half-century and then troubled a well-set Virat Kohli. The pacer's third victim was Mahipal Lomror, and these wickets dented RCB’s progress in the middle overs. In an otherwise poor outing for SRH, Unadkat's bowling performance stands out.



Statistical highlights from game 41, SRH vs RCB 
  • Rajat Patidar scored the joint second half-century by an RCB batter in IPL, coming off just 19 deliveries.

  • In all of T20s, Pat Cummins has bowled 49 balls to Virat Kohli, conceding 66 runs and taking his wicket once.

  • This was Jaydev Unadkat’s 100th IPL game, and he finished with figures of 3/30. 



Points Table Scenario and what’s next to come

Despite this loss at home, SRH retains third spot in the points table, snapping their four-match winning streak. The Sunrisers' next trip to Chennai for a game is on April 28.


On the contrary, RCB ended its six-game losing streak but languished at the bottom with just four points in nine games. It will next face the Gujarat Titans on April 28 in Ahmedabad.



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