HYDERABAD: Henrik Klaassen’s attacking century, his 76-run partnership with captain Aden Markram and 74-run partnership with Barry Brook helped Sunrisers Hyderabad to 186 for 5 in 20 overs after Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)’s playoff-crucial match today saw the openers fail. RCB chased down the target of 187 by 2 wickets with the help of Virat Kohli’s century and his 172-run opening partnership with Faf du Plessis to win the match by 8 wickets.
Kohli and du Plessis got RCB off to a strong start as they chased down the target and both led the team to victory. The first wicket fell in the form of Kohli on the score of 172 runs. He scored 100 off 63 balls with 12 fours and 4 sixes before Du Plessis was dismissed for 71 off 47 balls. Glenn Maxwell and Michael Bracewell then did the rest.
Batting first, Sunrisers Hyderabad lost the wickets of both their openers for 28 runs in the powerplay itself, but Klaasen and Markram improved the situation by putting on a partnership of 76 runs in 8.2 overs. Markram was dismissed for just 18 runs. Klaassen then went on to complete his century as he shared a 74-run partnership with Brook. Klaasen was dismissed for 104 runs off 51 balls with the help of 8 fours and 6 sixes. Brook was not out for 27 runs. On behalf of RCB, Michael Bracewell conceded just 13 runs in 2 overs while Mohammad Siraj lost 1 wicket in just 17 runs in 4 overs. Apart from this, Shahbaz Ahmed and Harshal Patel lost 1 wicket each.
For the first time in the history of IPL, both teams scored a century
This is the 16th season of the IPL and for the first time in this 16 seasons, each team scored a century in a single match. In today’s match between RCB and Sunrisers Hyderabad, Henrik Klaasen scored a century for Sunrisers, followed by Virat Kohli’s century for RCB.