Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar help RCB end losing streak with big win against SRH in IPL 2024 | Cricket


An all-out offensive approach can be a double-edged sword. When that happens, as it has for Sunrisers Hyderabad this season, the team can seem second to none.

Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrate their partnership during the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (RCB-X)

However, on Thursday, at their home ground, the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, against Royal Challengers Bangalore, they experienced the perils of playing a high-risk game.

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Travis Head, Abhishek Sharma, Aiden Markaram and Heinrich Klaasen, batters who made the gods fear among bowlers with their belligerent play, all perished early playing rash shots in their bid to chase down RCB's total of 206 in their brand style. By the end of the fifth over, the running machines had been humiliated as SRH's innings lay in tatters at 56/4.

They never recovered from a poor start and finished at 171/8. The 35-run win was only RCB's second this season, but the bigger relief would have been the end of their six-game losing streak. In eight matches, SRH have now won five and lost three.

By opting to bat first, RCB did well to post over 200 on the board, but given the way SRH have batted this season, many were not sure if it would be enough. However, once they managed to get rid of the dangerous Head in the first round, RCB's chances immediately improved.

Starting with Will Jacks' off-spin proved to be a masterstroke. Having got just three runs off the first five deliveries, Head went for the big shot off the last ball. He, however, couldn't keep his form as the ball moved away and took the top edge only to be caught by Karn Sharma at short third man.

Abhishek duly bowled Jack in his second over for 20 runs, but left-arm pacer Yash Dayal had the dangerousman slice a shot intended for a high catch to wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik and they were two down for 37.

It was Captain Faf du Plessis' dream day as his every move worked wonderfully. Handing fifth place to debutant Swapnil Singh was rewarded with a double breakthrough. Markram missed a full toss to be trapped short of wicket and Klaasen also played into the bowler's hand, sending a catch to Cameron Green at mid-off.

On the batting front, RCB's platform was built for another half-century for Virat Kohli (51 off 43 balls). Rajat Patidar's 50 and Cameron Green's unbeaten 37 from 20 balls helped them cross the 200 mark.

During his innings, Kohli, the tournament's leading run-getter, crossed the 400-run mark in just his ninth match. He thus became the first batter to score more than 400 runs in 10 or more IPL seasons.

When RCB's opening pair of Kohli and captain Faf du Plessis provided a start of 43 in three overs, they looked set for a much higher total than the 206 they got. But SRH's wily pacer Jaydev Unadkat applied the brakes in the middle overs from 13 to 17 to celebrate his 100th IPL match with a three for unforgettable, picking up big wickets of Kohli and Patidar.

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