IPL 2020 Eliminator: RCB knocked out, Kane Williamson and Jason Holder keep SRH on course for final berth

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Royal Challengers Bangalore and Virat Kohli's wait for an Indian Premier League title continues as the former finalists were knocked out of the tournament following their 6-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator at the Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

While RCB's campaign tapered off after a solid start with them getting eliminated with 5 successive defeats, Sunrisers Hyderabad live to fight another day after sealing their 4th straight win. David Warner's men will take on Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 on Sunday for a spot in the final against Mumbai Indians on November 10.

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Two of their most experienced campaigners, Kane Williamson and Jason Holder, shone as they held their nerves in a tense 131-run chase. Williamson showed why he is rated as one of the calmest minds in the sport as he hit an unbeaten 50, mixing caution with aggression effortlessly while batting under immense pressure.

Jason Holder, who celebrated his birthday on Thursday, proved he has been a fine addition as a replacement player for Sunrisers, as he picked 3 crucial wickets and hit an unbeaten 24 off 20 balls. Holder and Williamson added 65 runs as the two international captains took SRH past the finish line.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore showed a lot of heart with the ball but an ordinary batting performance saw them crash out of the tournament with 4 successive losses. Barring AB de Villiers, Aaron Finch and Mohammed Siraj, none of the other batsmen got to doube-digit scores.

RCB's spinners did a brilliant job, controlling the run flow in the middle overs after David Warner was given out controversially on 14 in the powerplay.

But with Williamson out in the middle, there was always hope. And the BlackCaps star delivered!

Virat Kohli fails, AB de Villiers wages lone battle

Earlier in the day, Sunrisers Hyderabad came up with a disciplined effort with the ball as they restricted a power-packed Royal Challengers Bangalore batting unit to 131 for 7 in 20 overs. Familiar problems returned to haunt RCB as they were once again over-reliant on their South African superman AB de Villiers.

Virat Kohli, in a bid to solve the problems at the top, promoted himself to open the batting. The RCB captain looked busy and confident but he got out in an unfortunate manner by getting a faint nick to a ball that was going down the leg. Jason Holder's bounce played a part but, on another day, Kohli wouldn't have got that edge.

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Aaron Finch walked in at No. 3 but Holder struck again to remove in-form opener Devdutt Padikkal for 1. Finch and AB de Villiers stitched a 41-run stand but Rashid Khan and Shahbaz Nadeem kept the two top-quality batsmen quiet in the middle overs. The pressure was building up and Finch fell for it as he departed for 32 in the 11th over.

All-rounder Moeen Ali got out in the worst possible manner as he was run out for 0 of a free hit. Following Ali's dismissal, Shivam Dube joined de Villiers. Dube was doing a good job despite not getting runs as he kept giving the strike to de Villiers.

However, Holder came back to get Dube out.

AB de Villiers got to his fifth fifty of the season and was looking set to cut loose in the last three overs. However, Mr. 360 got an unplayable yorker from T Natajaran that saw the middle-stump doing a cartwheel in the 18th over.

Barring AB de Villiers, Aaron Finch and tail-ender Mohammed Siraj, none of the other batsmen got to double-digit scores for RCB. That summed up their struggle with the bat in the latter stages of the tournament.


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