LIVE: 8th match – Mon, Apr 13, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

LIVE: 8th match – Mon, Apr 13, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner hit scintillating half-centuries as Sunrisers Hyderabad decimated Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets in an IPL match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Monday.

Chasing 167 runs to win, Warner smacked the RCB bowlers all over the park and along with Dhawan cut loose as the home bowlers lacked discipline in their bowling.

Although Warner departed, the SRH skipper had done the damage as a cool headed Dhawan along with KL Rahul ensured Hyderabad notch their first points in the table.

Earlier, New Zealand new ball bowler Trent Boult with a three-wicket burst in the penultimate over strangled Bangalore and helped Hyderabad bundle out the opposition for 166. 

Besides Boult, former England seamer Ravi Bopara picked up two wickets in one over as did India spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 20th as RCB wasted a bright start after being asked to bat first.

The hosts threatened a big score, but despite some big hitting by Chris Gayle (21, 16b, 3×4, 1×6), skipper Virat Kohli (41, 37b, 4×4, 2×6) and AB de Villiers (46, 28b, 5×4, 2×6), failed to collar the Hyderabad attack that struck telling blows at crucial moments to stay in the match.

RCB were quick off the blocks with Gayle and Kohli belting Sunrisers seamers Trent Boult and Bhuvneshwar Kumar around the ground with a flurry of boundaries and sixes. In fact, the Kiwi bowler went for 25 runs in his three overs.

However, Gayle chanced his arms once too often as he flicked one-change seamer Praveen Kumar into the hands of Ashish Reddy at mid-wicket as Sunrisers achieved a breakthrough they were desperate for.

Thus, RCB managed 47 for one in the first powerplay of six overs before Sunrisers clawed their way back into the game by taking three more wickets in just two overs.

Leg-spinner Karn Sharma had Dinesh Karthik top edging an across-the-line sweep. In the next over, former England seamer Ravi Bopara dismissed Kohli and Mandeep Singh off consecutive deliveries as RCB slid to 93 for four in 12 overs.

Kohli, who was looking good for a big score, missed the line and was bowled while Mandeep Singh was caught by a flying Warner as the batsman lead-edged an intended flick.

Hereabouts, RCB lost their way despite de Villiers blasting a 28-ball 46. The South African ace and his compatriot Sean Abbott (14) departed off consecutive deliveries attempting big hits in the 19th over bowled by Boult who went on to complete a fine over by taking a third wicket, that of Harshal Patel.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, bowling the last over, cleaned up Varun Aaron (6) and Abu Nechim (4) as RCB were all out for 166.

After spearing defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their own backyard, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be on a high and probably at their most dangerous when they host Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first home game of the 2015 Pepsi Indian Premier League.

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The Sunrisers will have had very little time to even lick their wounds much less recover fully from the 45-run drubbing in Chennai where they went down to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday and they face an uphill task against the RCB.

Virat Kohli’s RCB could not have asked for a better start to the new season as the team showed plenty of character to tame KKR at the Eden Gardens on Saturday, especially with the form of their key batsman Chris Gayle, who topped the charts with a blistering 56-ball 96 that paved the way for a three-wicket win.

Although it is early days to form definitive opinion on the teams, RCB seem to have the tools to do far better than their poor seventh place finish last season when nothing quite went right for them from the outset.

The win over KKR has provided RCB just the kind of momentum that they will look to sustain on Monday when they face a side that has had little to show in the IPL although it won the title in its earlier avatar as Deccan Chargers in 2009 under Aussie great Adam Gilchrist.

Having lost their first match, David Warner’s Sunrisers have plenty to do. While their bowling, spearheaded by pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Trent Boult, appears more than adequate despite the pasting at Chennai, it is the batting, especially the middle-order, that has always been a perennial problem for the Sunrisers.

In the event, the pressure is on the explosive Warner and fellow-opener Shikhar Dhawan to provide the kind of starts that can help win matches and the side will be looking up to this pair on Monday when they will be up against a side brimming with confidence.

RCB will be hoping that their middle-order and also Kohli will get into the groove and, to this end, a home game provides the right environment.

Although the pre-match indicators point to a RCB win on the morrow, a T20 bash is essentially a lottery and surely, the Sunrisers wouldn’t mind a windfall.