Last night in a very close encounter between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore, it all came down to playing the inches well. Chasing the target of 147, RCB's powerhouse batting line-up that includes Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers would've backed themselves, just that they had to get past the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, on a slightly sluggish surface, riding on the tactical intelligence of their captain Kane Williamson and the bowling line-up of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddharth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma, SRH took the game into the final over of the chase.
This is where the Bhuvneshwar Kumar factor won it for them. Protecting 12 runs from the last over against Mandeep Singh and Colin De Grandhomme, Bhuvi gave away only 6 runs from his over. One of the best pieces of T20 bowling in the Indian Premier League history.
Bhuvneshwar was quoted saying about the game that, “I wouldn’t say I thought a lot about the pressure. I was really focusing on what to do each ball and it paid off. I always focus on execution of the Yorkers in the nets. What you practice in the nets well comes off on the park"
“It’s all about momentum. Last game we won with our batting and most of our games we have won with our bowling. It’s a great team effort and we hope it continues.”
The leader of the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling further said about the SRH’s winning streak that, “It’s all about momentum. Last game we won with our batting and most of our games we have won with our bowling. It’s a great team effort and we hope it continues.”
Bhuvneshwar also got praised by his captain Kane Williamson, who summed up the game and said, “We’re playing on some tough surfaces. We were aiming for 150, and we weren’t far away. Our fielding was probably a bit sloppy. Could have operated better. At the same time, good to come away with the win. Some experienced campaigners are stepping up at the right time"
"That last over comes to mind. Bhuvi was world-class. They’ve both done it (Bhuvi and Kaul) extremely well for a long time. We are trying to adapt to the surfaces. We’re seeing off-paced deliveries used and then yorkers to break things up. It’s having to adapt and do it as quickly as we can. It was definitely hard work out there,”