The Indian Premier League 2020 witnessed an intense encounter between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sharjah on Saturday with players from both teams giving it their sweat and blood on the field.
But after the game the scenes were completely different as players from both sides interacted with each other after SRH's 5-wicket win over RCB in a low-scoring thriller.
Senior players like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers in particular, were seen in intense discussions with SRH youngsters Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Sanjay Yadav, Shreevats Goswami, Sandeep Bavanaka, Virat Singh and Prithvi Raj Yarra after the game was done and dusted.
Kohli and de Villiers were surrounded with the SRH rookies, videos and pictures of which were posted by the franchise on social media. SRH skipper David Warner and Kane Williamson were also seen having a chat with their RCB counterparts.
Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a setback after they slumped to a third straight defeat, a five-wicket loss to resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The SRH chase ebbed and flowed but, at one stage, after having lost both Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha and Kane Williamson in quick succession. However, Jason Holder came in handy with the bat for SRH as his 26-run cameo off just 10 balls ensured victory for the Hyderabad-based franchise.
With 2 crucial points, Hyderabad have lifted themselves from the 7th spot of the IPL 2020 points table to the 4th spot, pushing Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders a spot below.
Wriddhiman Saha and Manish Pandey added a solid 50-run stand for the second wicket after Sunrisers Hyderabad lost captain David Warner for 10 in Washington Sundar's first over. Yuzvendra Chahal struck in his first over to remove Pandey for 26 and end the fifty run partnership for the second wicket.
Earlier, Hyderabad bowlers came up with a brilliant effort to restrict Bangalore to a modest 120 for seven after opting to bowl first in Sharjah. Sandeep Sharma struck early to dismiss Devdutt Padikkal (5) and Virat Kohli (7) in quick succession. Sandeep has now dismissed Kohli for the most number of times in the T20 tournament.