Placed fifth with 12 points, RCB’s two consecutive wins have made them real contenders to the playoffs.
Placed to bat, RCB posted a massive 218 runs with AB de Villiers‘ 69 off 39 and 65 off 35. The team opened with Parthiv Patel (1) and Virat Kohli (12), both of whom were taken out within powerplay. The team lost Patel cheaply in the first over to Sandeep Sharma and Kohli to Rashid Khan‘s well-placed ball to the wickets in the fifth over. They only managed 44 runs in the power-play and things weren’t looking good for the team. AB de Villiers (69) and Moeen Ali (65) came in to replace them and man, oh, man, did they make an entrance? With a partnership of 107 runs off 57 balls, they pushed the score to 145 runs for three. De Villiers’ cameo was laced with 12 boundaries and 1 Super Six (105 m). Rashid Khan, however, then struck the gold mine as he dismissed both Villiers and Moeen within the same over. Colin de Grandhomme then made a 40-run cameo off 17 runs while Sarfaraz Khan’s undefeated 22 off 8 ended the game at 218 runs for six.
SRH did not live up to its name of having the best bowling attack yesterday with Basil Thampi going wicket-less and conceding 70 runs in his four overs. This is the most number of runs ever let slip by a bowler in an innings in the history of IPL. Rashid Khan took out three consecutive crucial wickets and conceded only 27 runs during his bowling quota. Siddharth Kaul dismissed de Grandhomme and Mandeep Singh but let go of 44 runs. Even Shakib Al Hasan was no match to the ferocious RCB last night.
With a target of 219 to chase, Shikhar Dhawan (18) and Alex Hales (37) opened for the Kane Williamson-side side. Yuzvendra Chahal then bowled and caught Dhawan, ending his batting cameo in five overs. Hales was having a great run as De Villiers pulled off a one-handed catch off Moeen Ali to dismiss him. RCB seemed to have the match in their grip as Kane Williamson’s 81 off 42 and Manish Pandey’s undefeated 62 off 38 almost blew them off their feet. Mohammed Siraj then saved the day as he dismissed Williamson at a crucial phase. Tim Southee’s death over bowling secured a win for the team as they restricted SRH to six runs in the sixteenth over. He came back in the eighteenth to place a 20-run target in the last over.
Kane Williamson’s 81 runs pushed his total run score past the 600-limit and have placed him second to the orange cap, right under KL Rahul.
Chahal, Siraj, and Moeen took one wicket each at crucial periods which made all the difference. Tim Southee conceded the most number of runs among the RCB bowlers but his performance during the death overs secured the team their much-needed win.
This last over win has pushed RCB all the way to fifth place while the defeat has not made much of a difference to SRH’s position. RCB will now head to Jaipur for their match against the Rajasthan Royals tomorrow with great confidence to secure another victory in order to have a chance at the playoffs. SRH also has a game tomorrow as they face the Kolkata Knight Riders at Hyderabad.