RCB stay alive in royal run-fest

RCB stay alive in royal run-fest

RCB stay alive in royal run-fest

Now occupying the top spot with nine wins from 13 matches, Sunrisers are coming into the game following a 14-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in a high-scoring match, but the home team can take confidence from their impressive showing in the season so far.

But when the Black Caps captain was dismissed off the first ball of the final over, chances of a successful chase were all but scratched and Sunrisers Hyderabad finished with 204 runs.

Is there anything AB de Villiers can't do?

Bangalore carries a formidable batting line-up with the likes of Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Mandeep Singh and Moeen Ali, who came with impressive show against Hyderabad on Tursday.

While the social media and the commentators were left awestruck, Virat Kohli, amongst the other RCB members, could not believe their eyes at ABD's Superman clubbed into Spiderman-like adventures near the boundary rope to help Moeen Ali dismiss Alex Hales.

The hosts are overtly dependant on Kohli and South African swashbuckler AB De Villiers. 20 runs were needed off the last over, Siraj bowled it, Williamson hit the ball in the air, Grandhomme took the catch, the match had turned in a different direction.

Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's replacement Basil Thampi had a day which he would like to forget, ending up with the most expensive figures in IPL 2018. RCB's over-reliance on their big names has cost them in yet another season, putting pressure on the team at the end stages of the tournament to win every single game.

Their chances of making the playoffs still hanging by a thread, Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in another must-win Indian Premier League encounter, in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Earlier, de Villiers along with Moeen led the charge with the bat to steer Bangalore towards a daunting total despite Rashid Khan's 3 for 27.

On the other hand, Williamson, who alomost took Hyderabad to a nail-biting win alonwith Manish Pandey (62 not out off 38) but fell in the final over, said that his bowlers would have performed a little better. He found an able ally in Englishman Moeen Ali who revealed with his all-round prowess hitting what looked a match winning 65 off just 34 balls. In that two-over period, the 14th and 15th overs, Royal Challengers made four runs and lost three wickets. I thought it was going for a six, but he pulls it out, then the jump and then the balance. It were cameos from Colin de Grandhomme (40, SR: 235.29) and Sarfaraz Khan (22, SR: 275) that took RCB to a enormous total of 218. "Then it comes down to the run-rate but we've just got to win that game". In five IPL matches at the venue, he has 104 runs with a top score of 39 not out.

"Twenty runs. Kane (Williamson) was on strike, first ball when a wicket goes sometimes it is hard to come up from there".

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