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RCB vs SRH | Player Ratings - Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi failure results in Sunrisers Hyderabad losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets

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RCB vs SRH | Player Ratings - Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi failure results in Sunrisers Hyderabad losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets

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05/04/2019

After the batsmen did a good enough job to guide the team to a total of 175 runs, Sunrisers spinners failed to contain the run-flow and conceded the advantage to face a four-wicket loss. Kane Williamson, however, did a great job to score 70 runs off 43 balls to take the team to a good total.

Wriddhiman Saha (4/10): 15-ball 25, 13-ball 28 and now an 11-ball 20 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. There is something really different with Wriddhiman Saha this season as he is batting with a sense of freedom that was never a regular part of his natural game. Saha got to another brilliant start, but threw away his wicket by going hard at an on-drive. 

Martin Guptill (4.5/10): In his second outing of the season, Martin Guptill had a chance to prove his worth in the IPL and had to get the monkey off his back. However, it was Washington Sundar, whose flatter delivery on-the-stump line that happened to be his kryptonite as he clipped it straight into the hands of Kohli at mid-wicket. Considering the importance of the match, and himself being a senior pro in T20 circuit, Guptill must’ve done better.

Manish Pandey (1.5/10): At times, batting can be viewed as an existential tragedy as the batsman walks to the crease and finally succumbs to the sentence of time. Manish Pandey was having a good tournament after his return against Chennai Super Kings, but Shimron Hetmyer holed onto a good catch in the deep to ensure his stay in the middle came to an abrupt end. During his stay, he couldn’t break the shackles and scored a scratchy 12-ball 9. 

Kane Williamson (9/10): The Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper’s poor display with the bat this season was overshadowed with the top two brilliance, but in the last week, especially after Bairstow’s departure, he was exposed big-time. However, in a game that required him to step up, Williamson ensured a fine innings of 70 runs off 43 balls that was embellished with five fours and four sixes. While the runs were important, the way he scored them, with timely acceleration, made it even more important in the context of the game.

Vijay Shankar (4.5/10): “Hopelessly overrated” is how a Twitter User described Vijay Shankar after World Cup selection and in the current circumstances, this can’t be farther from the truth. An existential comedy could’ve been avoided had Shankar done something productive with the bat tonight, but after getting off to a solid and confident start, he threw it away once again to be dismissed for 27. That came at a strike rate of 150.00 though.

Yusuf Pathan (1/10): The Baroda all-rounder was given a break in the side, keeping his experience of playing big matches, but that rendered ineffective as he could only manage a four-ball three before becoming Yuzvendra Chahal’s 100th IPL wicket. More than the failure to score runs, Yusuf’s approach was the major talking point as he looked completely a different man, living in a zone any cricketer would die to avoid. Add to that, his terrible fielding display, his rating looks even worse. 

Mohammad Nabi (2/10): The Afghan’s growing reputation as a power-hitter gave Sunrisers Hyderabad hope that he would unleash few of them tonight, but his bat remained largely silent. Thankfully for them, Williamson brought the best out of himself and put his foot on the fifth gear and Nabi was needed to do well with the ball where he failed big-time and conceded 26 runs in 2.2 overs.

Rashid Khan (6/10): It was simply not his day. Everyone and their pet dog knows what Rashid Khan is capable of, but the Sunrisers Hyderabad spinner was nowhere close to his best. Neither the famous drift was available for him, which was in plenty for Yuzvendra Chahal earlier, nor did his googly managed to breach the Shimron Hetmyer-Gurkeerat Singh Mann set-up. Ended up giving away 44 runs in four overs. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (7.5/10): If you want to be a leader of the pack, blaze a trail like Bhuvneshwar Kumar. In one of the most important matches for them, the pace spearhead brought his A-game to the fore and gave away only 24 runs in his quota of overs. How important that was in the context of the game shouldn’t be a part of the discussion, no matter the result. Spinners simply messed it up.

Khaleel Ahmed (7.5/10): Well, it is hard to explain how Khaleel Ahmed is regularly explokhaleel iting that natural angle without forcing too much upon himself and ending up finding lateral movement with little or no help from air. Dew was not very much prevalent in dry Bangalore, but the Tonk pacer was right on the money from the very beginning. Kohli was one to have problems against him from the very first ball and although he ended up giving away 37 runs, his dream last over, which suddenly brought SRH back in the game out of nowhere deserves all the accolades.

Basil Thampi (5.5/10): Just like Kulwant Khejroliya for RCB, Basil Thampi found movement off the seam and his straighter line strangled the opposition batsmen, even though they were fluent against other pacers. It didn’t yield any wicket at the end, but by giving away only 29 runs in four overs, Thampi kept SRH in the game.

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