Royal Challengers Bangalore 218 for 6 (De Villiers 69, Moeen 65, Rashid 3-27) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 204 for 3 (Williamson 81, Pandey 62*, Chahal 1-28). Kane Williamson’s rousing 81 off 42 balls – his eighth fifty-plus rating in IPL 2018 – threatened to deliver Royal Challengers Bangalore’s marketing campaign to a screeching halt, however Mohammed Siraj defended 19 off the final over, which additionally included the wicket of the Sunrisers captain, to keep his team alive.
Facing an IPL document chase of 219, Sunrisers slipped to 64 for 2 in eight overs and the asking price was almost 13. Williamson then manipulated the fields and the bowlers expertly, bringing Sunrisers to inside touching distance of a magical win. With Sunrisers needing 20 off the final over, he jumped throughout off stump and scooped Siraj’s first ball straight into the lap of Colin de Grandhomme on the fringe of the effective leg boundary. Siraj didn’t fairly nail his lengths however acquired away with 4 runs and a leg bye off the final 5 balls.
Earlier in the night, AB de Villiers had additionally manipulated the fielders and bowlers expertly together with Moeen Ali in a 107-run stand off 57 balls, which shaped the centerpiece of RCB’s 218 for 6.
Parthiv Patel chipped the primary ball to the suitable of brief cowl, however Deepak Hooda dropped it. However, he managed solely a run earlier than Sandeep Sharma had him top-edging a pull to effective leg with the final ball of the over. Virat Kohli started with a first-ball 4 off Sandeep Sharma and swatted Rashid Khan to the midwicket boundary. Rashid then bounced again the subsequent ball to bowl Kohli with a pointy googly. RCB have been 44 for 2, in six overs, of which de Villiers had made 29.
De Villiers discovered his groove straight away when he jumped outdoors leg, created swinging room, and reduce his first ball that was solely fractionally brief to the suitable of backward level. It was a portent for the way issues would unfold. De Villiers slog-swept Shakib Al Hasan to the midwicket boundary and then hit back-to-back fours off Siddarth Kaul, the second of which introduced him a 32-ball fifty.
It wasn’t a one-man present, nonetheless. Moeen launched his huge hits and crisp timing to the IPL. Both batsmen launched into Thampi – they took 36 off 12 balls – however it was the left-handed Moeen who was extra comfy towards Rashid. He forayed down the monitor towards a Rashid incorrect’un and hoisted the ball over the long-off boundary earlier than belting a legbreak over his head. There have been some mis-hits, too, which cleared the boundary as RCB moved to 144 for 2 in 14 overs.
The final time these two teams met in Hyderabad, De Grandhomme confirmed indicators of his energy with 33 off 29 balls, threatening a jailbreak. He confirmed his complete vary on Thursday and peppered the brief boundaries at Chinnaswamy Stadium with 4 sixes. Not even the slower cutter was protected towards him. When Thampi floated one broad outdoors off at 97ks, de Grandhomme reached out for the ball and scythed it flat and exhausting over cowl. Thampi conceded 70 runs in 4 overs – the worst figures in the IPL. It took a blinding one-handed catch from Rashid to dismiss the New Zealand allrounder, however by then RCB had motored previous 200. Sarfraz Khan additionally did his bit with an unbeaten 22 off 8 balls as RCB pillaged 69 off the final 5 overs.