IPL 2018 | Match 39 | SRH vs RCB: Sunrisers’ Hyderabad has properly secured their place on top with 16 points as they defeated Royal Challengers’ Bangalore in their home base last night. Last night was not only their fifth successive victory but also another match proving the brilliance of their bowling side.

RCB won the toss and placed SRH to bat. They only managed a modest score of 146, huge contribution of which goes to captain Kane Williamson’s half-century. However, they were able to defend the low score and restricted RCB to 141 runs.

RCB needed this win and now hang by a thread with the loss. They will now need to win their remaining four matches with better margins to have any chance of making it back. Parthiv Patel started RCB off with 20 runs in 13 balls only to be dismissed by Shakib Al Hasan. Manan Vohra’s partner was then replaced by Virat Kohli himself. Their partnership bought 36 runs till Vohra was suspended by Sandeep Sharma. SRH dropped Kohli’s wicket at one point with captain Kane Williamson himself being the host of the mistake but it didn’t prove to be a huge issue as he didn’t bank on this error and was plucked off the field by Yusuf Pathan. Rashid Khan took out AB de Villiers before he could even start making minor damage. Towards the end, only the partnership between Mandeep Singh and Colin de Grandhomme gave the team any chance of winning together scoring 57 runs.

RCB only needed 12 runs off the last over, but bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar made it nearly impossible. Colin de Grandhomme took the last ball to go for a six that can win RCB the game but was attacked by a wide yorker as SRH won by 5 runs. SRH’s death bowling was one of the best this season with Siddarth Kaul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar giving away only 18 runs together. Captain Kohli was highly disappointed with their performance last night, especially in the batting area.

SRH, high on confidence, play next against the Delhi Daredevils at Delhi on 10th May while RCB has a few days to recover from their defeat for their match against DD as well at Delhi once again on 12th May.