Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

SRH v RCB: SRH won the toss and chose to field

SRH v RCB: SRH won the toss and chose to field

The pitch at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium has favoured the batsmen and the venue has been a witness to some formidable scores as the tournament has gone by. 422 runs were scored and only nine wickets fell. The euphoria generated by the leaping screamer from de Villiers at deep midwicket to account for the unsafe Alex Hales was rapidly dissipating as the crowd sensed a thriller emanating.

Williamson, who shot making carried a touch of beauty and class, made 81 (42b, 7x4, 5x6) and Pandey (62 n.o., 38b, 7x4, 2x6) milked 135 runs for the third wicket to keep Sunrisers in the chase. The pair have combined to pile up almost half of RCB's total runs this season but the side needs bigger contributions from the likes of Moeen Ali and Corey Anderson. Williamson was caught out at the end.

The 51st match of the Indian Premier League is between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. "Someone stepping up every time and that is what you expect in a team game", said the RCB skipper after the game. Then AB de Villiers scored 69 runs.

Among the many memorable moments was AB de Villiers' stunning one-handed catch. Siddarth Kaul was expensive but picked up two wickets while on the other hand, Basil Thampi recorded the worst bowling figures (4-0-70-0) in the IPL history.

In peerless form, Kohli has been a standout performer with 514 runs from 12 games. RCB then needed de Villiers to pluck a catch out of thin air to get rid of Hales.

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De Villiers was the first to fifty - his fourth in the last six innings - off 32 deliveries but Mooen was even faster, getting there off just 25 as the teen overs produced runs in the high teens.

Kane Williamson, the leading run-scorer for his side, put up a clinic with his magician-like gap-discovering skills to keep his side in the hunt till the final over of the game.

With Hyderabad requiring 55 runs off the last four overs, the Kiwi seamer gave away just 21 runs in two overs, which was an enormous effort in the context of the game. The England all-rounder hit two boundaries in his 34-ball knock but as many as six maximums.

SRH will be after seeing the performance from the bat of Pandey as it was a major concern for them. Placed sixth and seventh respectively, and will take today's match as a must-win encounter, since the losing side might find it hard to get a shot at a play-offs berth. SRH will look to stay in the top two, while for Bangalore it is a matter of survival.

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