Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
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RCB stay afloat with SRH romp

RCB stay afloat with SRH romp

The Royal Challengers Bangalore kept themselves alive in the race to the VIVO IPL 2018 Playoffs after they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs in a run-feast at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday night.

Batting first, RCB's total of 218-6 would prove too much for Sunrisers despite another top knock from their captain, NZ skipper Kane Williamson.

In their run-chase, the Sunrisers' got off to a solid start with their openers Alex Hales and Shikhar Dhawan adding 47.

They managed to put up a magnificent total of 218 against SRH, thanks to half-centuries from AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali. Englishman Alex Hales was looking unsafe, having already hit three sixes and two boundaries, but in the 8th over, AB de Villiers took arguably one of the best catches to be ever taken on a cricket field, bringing to an end Hales' stay. He was well supported by Manish Pandey, who scored 62 off 38 balls. Uthappa and he fell to Tye in quick succession but by that time Narine had done his job and put KKR on course for a record score.

Afghanistani legspinner Rashid was the most impressive bowler in this match claimng 3 for 27 for SRH.

The false stroke came as Williamson tried to up the ante having become frustrated after facing just eight balls in the last five overs.

Hyderabad then stayed in the game until the last over before finishing on 204-3 to lose by 14 runs. RCB are still languishing at the second last position on the table, while SRH are on top of the table with 18 points.

RCB had a good start. Sandeep Sharma (1 for 40) drew the first blood with the final ball of the opening over, removing Parthiv Patel caught by Siddharth Kaul at third man boundary.

The duo went hammer and tongs as an otherwise tidy Sunrisers bowling attack looked clueless in front of the onslaught.

But the 57-ball partnership was broken by Rashid Khan (3/27), who cleaned up both the batsmen in the 15th over. In the middle of this, Corey Anderson made 2 off eight balls, before falling one ball after de Villiers was dismissed. He hit 12 fours and one six in his 39-ball innings.

Sunrisers spinner Rashid initially misjudged the flight of the ball as De Grandhomme launched towards him at deep midwicket but reacted late to pull off a superb catch with his right hand. "I have really worked on my game and I feel going further in the future for RCB and for England, hopefully it will help me become a better one-day player". The stand out shot of his innings was the 105-meter six over square-leg off Basil Thampi; on that occasion, he walked across to the off-side, got down low on his knees, and scooped the low full toss onto the roof of the stadium.

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