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Sensational Shahbaz hands Bangalore victory after Hyderabad buckle under pressure

Sunrisers Hyderabad blew away a solid position handing Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore a second consecutive victory in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.

In chase of Bangalore’s mediocre 149-7 in Chennai, Hyderabad were cruising at 96-1 before runs dried up from 15th to the 18th over, a barren period during which they scored just 21 runs and lost four wickets, and eventually finished at 143-9.

Shahbaz Ahmed changed the course of the match after he picked up three wickets in a sensational single over including the consecutive dismissals of Jonny Bairstow and set batsman Manish Pandey.

From 115-2 in 16 overs, Hyderabad were reduced 123-6 in by the end of 18th over needing 27 more to win from the last 12 deliveries.

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan smashed Mohammad Siraj for a six in the first ball of the 19th but the medium pacer piled more pressure dismissing Jason Holder in the third delivery.

David Warner top scored for Hyderabad in an 83-run partnership with Manish Pandey. PHOTO: BCCI/IPL

Hyderabad collected 11 runs from the 19th and it was all for Rashid do when they needed 16 from the last six balls. After three runs in the first two balls, Harshal Patel gifted a no-ball to Rashid in which he struck a boundary with only eight to win from last four.

Patel kept a dot in the free-hit before Rashid (17) was run out in the fourth as Bangalore were back at it again leaving Hyderabad with seven to win from two. Patel dismissed Shahbaz Nadeem to confirm Bangalore’s sensational comeback victory.

After losing opener Wriddhiman Shah (one) cheaply with 13 runs on board Warner had combined with Pandey to share what could have been a match-winning 83-run second wicket stand. Warner fell for 37-ball 54 to Kyle Jamieson after hitting seven fours and a six.

Pandey’s 39-ball 38 included two sixes and as many boundaries. Ahmed’s crucial two over spell fetched Bangalore three wickets at the expense of just seven runs. Patel and Siraj also took two wickets apiece.

Bangalore also didn’t have big contributors with only Glenn Maxwell and Kohli sharing 44 runs for the third wicket. Maxwell made an invaluable 59 off 41 with five fours and three sixes.

Kohli, deposed off world No 1 ODI rankings by Pakistan’s Babar Azam a day before, hit four boundaries in his 29-ball 33. Holder took 3-30 and Rashid snared 2-18 for Hyderabad.

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