Hyderabad needed to perform and perform, they did! What an impressive show this has been by Warner and his boys. If they were to lose this, this could have been the end of the road for them in this year's tournament but they have performed admirably and have won this encounter by 5 wickets and with 35 balls to spare.
They started their chase on the back foot as they lost Warner early on. They needed a good partnership early on and Saha and Pandey did well to steady the ship after they lost their skipper. They kept adding runs on the board in the middle overs and did really well. It was Holder then who came in and then smashed a few balls past the ropes and ensured that Hyderabad end the game comfortably.
Defending a low total of 121, the bowlers of Bangalore had little margin for error. There was not much that they could do as the total was really less. The dew also settled in and that made it even harder for them to bowl. Chahal and Sundar were good with the ball for Bangalore.
Earlier in the day, the bowling by Hyderabad was excellent as they restricted Bangalore to a measly total of 120. Sandeep Sharma and T Natarajan were brilliant with the ball. The batters of Bangalore never quite took off. All things considered, Hyderabad were ruthless throughout the game and they have added two more important points.
Bangalore skipper, Virat Kohli, says that they felt that 140 could've been a good score. Feels the wicket changed drastically as dew played it's part. Tells that the opposition read the wicket really well. Adds that the dew has played it's part in the last few games in Sharjah and Dubai. Says that they weren't brave enough with the bat and credits the Hyderabad bowlers for bowling in the right line and length. Says that it is a competitive tournament and things like these will happen. On their last game, Kohli says that it is going to be a cracker game against Delhi as both the teams are locked with 14 points. Says that he is always been a Bangalore boy as far as this tournament is concerned.
The skipper of Hyderabad, David Warner says that losing Vijay Shankar is a big miss. Feels that they have done well at the top order and in the middle overs too. Credits the bowlers for their performance. Adds that they need to adapt really well as the wicket is getting slower. On the dew in this game, Warner says that he wasn't surprised seeing that at all. Praises Holder and says that he is a great all-rounder. Feels that bowling a bouncer to someone of his height will take a lot of effort. Reckons it is good to be consistent towards the end and says that they will look to take the momentum from this game towards the last league game which is a do or die match for them. Feels that they have done something similar in 2016 and will look to do that again.
Bangalore (Playing XI) - Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Navdeep Saini (IN FOR SHIVAM DUBE), Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana (IN FOR DALE STEYN), Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Hyderabad (Playing XI) - David Warner (C), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Abhishek Sharma (IN FOR VIJAY SHANKAR), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan.