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The saga of qualification has now hit new areas as Sunrisers Hyderabad have beaten the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on a Saturday evening. Batting first Royal Challengers Bangalore were hit by a major upset in the form of T Natarajan and Sandeep Sharma as their tight spells restricted Royal Challengers Bangalore on a score of just 120 that too at a small stadium-like Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

It all started at the toss as David Warner the Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper won the toss and elected to bowl first the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. It was a tactical decision to bowl first they looked to chase down the total after restricting the side to a low total. Wriddhiman Saha who was an injury scare who deemed fit to play as Royal Challengers Bangalore also brought back in Isuru Udana for Dale Steyn and Navdeep Saini for Shivam Dube.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Jump To Fourth Place In The Points Table

Batting First Royal Challengers Bangalore’s chased looked to go nowhere as they started off by losing Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli’s wicket very early on in the innings. Josh Phillipe looked to contain the innings as he scored 32 off 31 deliveries with just four boundaries in his entire innings. On similar grounds, AB de Villiers and Washington Sundar too put up contributions in the twenties to take the side to a score of just 120 at the end of 20 overs.

Chasing a target of 121, Sunrisers Hyderabad lost the wicket of their skipper very early on the innings as he was dismissed by Washington Sundar in the powerplay. Wriddhiman Saha and Manish Pandey notched up a 50 run stand between them as they looked to comprehensively beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Jason Holder, in the end, delivered those late hits as he finished the match with three sixes under his name as Sunrisers Hyderabad up their run rate in the process.

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Getting Virat Kohli Was Special: Sandeep Sharma

The man of the match of today’s match between SRH and RCB was Sandeep Sharma for his superb opening spell which includes the prized possession of Virat Kohli‘s wicket. At the post-match presentation, Sandeep Sharma said Jonny Bairstow has been helping him bowl the knuckleball quite effectively as it took him over three months to get it right.

“When I started bowling, it was a bit sticky. It’s coming nicely, it’s got cooler here, so it’s helping. I have been bowling the knuckle ball, Jonny (Bairstow) has been helping me.

“It took around three or four months to get it right. Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen, so getting him out is special. Now we are finding the momentum with one game to go. We are excited about that, let’s see what happens,” Sandeep Sharma said.