IPL 2020: Williamson, Holder take SRH past RCB in Eliminator

The heroes
Kane Williamson, left, and Jason Holder during their match-winning stand. Photo: Twitter/IPL
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Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were eliminated from this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) after Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) prevailed in a low-scoring thriller in Abu Dhabi to remain on course for a second IPL title on Friday.

Kane Williamson's unbeaten 50 and Jason Holder's crucial cameo secured Hyderabad's six-wicket victory with two balls to spare after they had restricted RCB to 131/7 in the Eliminator.

SRH will take on Delhi Capitals in Qualifer 2 in what is effectively a semifinal on Sunday with the winners meeting defending champions Mumbai in Tuesday's final in Dubai.

Kohli sprang a surprise by opening their batting but the ploy did not work. The India captain gloved a rising Holder (3/25) delivery to perish caught behind for six.

Prized scalp
Jason Holder exults after dismissing Virat Kohli. Photo: Twitter/IPL

Holder has had an excellent tournament since replacing injured Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh at SRH and the West Indies captain dismissed the other opener Devdutt Padikkal to jolt RCB early.

Australia's limited-overs captain Aaron Finch made 32 but England all-rounder Moeen Ali ran himself out on a free-hit delivery, leaving the onus on AB de Villiers to lend some respectability to their total.

De Villiers made a fluent 56 but lost his middle stump to T Natarajan just when RCB expected him to provide the late flourish.

Valiant knock
AB de Villiers top-scored for RCB with 56. Photo: Twitter/IPL

RCB, one of the most decorated batting sides in IPL, managed just one six, from Finch, in their innings.

SRH wobbled early in their reply and slumped to 67/4 with skipper David Warner back in the hut after a run-a-ball 17.

RCB spin duo of Adam Zampa and Yuzvendra Chahal restricted the Hyderabad batsmen but Williamson found the occasional boundary to keep the scoreboard ticking. Needing nine of the last over from Navdeep Saini, Holder, who made 24 not out, smashed back-to-back boundaries to seal the victory.

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