SunRisers Hyderabad‘s outstanding bowling and fielding caused Royal Challengers Bangalore to disintegrate in the powerplay, and they were unable to halt the collapse. Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, and Anuj Rawat were all snatched by Marco Jansen in the second over, and Glenn Maxwell fell victim to T Natarajan in the fifth.

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Kohli scored a golden duck for the second time in a row. All of this meant that RCB had to settle for a measly 68. Then Abhishek Sharma came out swinging, scoring 47 runs in just 28 balls. The chase was eventually won by SRH in the ninth over.

“The guys bowled beautifully and we caught well. It was an outstanding performance, but for us it’s about looking forward to the next challenge. The ball is swinging a lot more this season, so we have been taking wickets in the powerplay,” SRH captain Kane Williamson said.

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Speaking of Marco Jansen’s performance, he said, “He (Jansen) is always up for a laugh off the field, but he is very focused. He has got the skills to do that, he is a real treat for us. You want to do as well as you can.”

“There are a few challenges coming up ahead, so (we) need to be focused,” the winning captain added.

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Player of the match Marco Jansen said, “I try to keep it as simple as possible, sometimes it works. I thought the ball was going to swing nicely after the first ball I bowled, the second ball was angled across the right hander, but I enjoyed the third wicket the most (Rawat’s wicket).”

He agreed that “this is the best spell” he has “bowled with the white ball so far.”