In an another low scoring thriller, Sunrisers Hyderabad prevailed over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first Super Over of IPL 6 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad on Sunday. Hyderabad scored 20 runs in the Super Over with Cameron White hitting two sixes off Vinay Kumar. In reply, Royal Challengers Bangalore fell short by six runs with Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli scoring 15 against Dale Steyn in six balls.
Chasing a tricky 131 to win, Hyderabad, needing seven runs off six balls, managed six off the last over bowled by Vinay Kumar. Hyderabad were led by the 19-year-old Hanuma Vihari's 46-ball 44, in the chase that saw solid bowling performance by both the teams. For RCB, Jaidev Unadkat and Moises Henriques picked up two wickets each with Muttiah Muralidharan (1 for 18) bowling a tidy spell.
The hosts Hyderabad started off the chase cautiously and at one point seemed to be losing their way with 28 needed of three overs and six wickets down. But, a big 18th over by Vinay Kumar which yielded 14 runs changed the complexion of the game. Ashish Reddy hit a six towards long-on in the fourth ball and Vihari clobbered a slower one wide of deep midwicket. Vihari then soaked in the pressure taking the game into the one over eliminator.
Earlier, after opting to bat, RCB had mustered 130 for 8 in 20 overs with captain Virat Kohli top scoring with 46 and Moises Henriques chipping in with 44 down the order. Ishant Sharma picked up 3 for 27 in his four overs. RCB were dealt with a massive blow of Chris Gayle who got out while trying to cut a wide ball from Vihari and getting an edge to the wicketkeeper. Kumar Sangakkara's gamble of bowling the part-timer against Gayle worked and the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan put RCB in a spot of bother.
On the backfoot early in the innings, RCB captain, Virat Kohli cut down on aggression in a bid to build a partnership and he got an able ally in Moises Henriques, who replaced Dan Christian for the game. The duo rebuild the innings taking quick singles and rotating the strike with the occasional boundaries even though Thisara Perera and Amit Mishra bowled a few tidy overs in the middle keeping the pressure on the visitors. Ashish Reddy got rid off Kohli in the 14th over by taking a brilliant return catch as Henriques, playing his first IPL game propelled RCB to 130 for 8 scoring 44 runs down the order.
Defending the total, Bangalore put the home team in pressure first up by picking up two wickets, Parthiv Patel (2) and Cameron white (5) - both taken by Henriques. Uncapped players Akshath Reddy and Vihari got together and compiled a 28-run stand.
Kohli did not introduce Muralitharan until the 8th over and the offspinner got into the thick of action immediately scalping the well set Reddy for 23 off the second ball. Reddy went way back into the crease in a bid to cut the ball which spun back in sharply rattling the off-stump. Skipper Sangakkara joined Vihari in the middle to put the hosts back in track but Unadkat made the vital breakthrough by removing the Hyderabad skipper for 16 in the second spell to give RCB the edge in the 14th over. Muralidharan bowled a very tidy spell in the middle overs conceding just 18 runs off his four overs. Last match hero against Mumbai Indians, Perera hit one four and got out for seven runs after which Reddy and Vihari rallied back from a losing position to give their team a fighting chance.
With this win Sunrisers Hyderabad climbed to top of the table with four points from two matches as Bangalore slipped to sixth.