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De Villiers, Moeen keep RCB alive to fight another day

De Villiers, Moeen keep RCB alive to fight another day

Their chances of making the playoffs still hanging by a thread, Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in another must-win Indian Premier League encounter, here tomorrow.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), Quinton de Kock (w), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, Tim Southee. The last time these two teams met this season, SRH stunned RCB with yet another dominant display with the ball.

Their bowlers then struggled against Hyderabad but managed to curtail them to 204 for 3 after Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson (81 from 42 balls, 7x4, 5x6) and Manish Pandey (62 not out, 7x4, 2x6) had threatened to take the match away from Bangalore at one stage with a 135-run partnership.

After surviving twice Alex Hales finally ran out of luck as AB de Villiers pulled of an absolute stunning catch just inside the boundary line to get the crowd at their feet.

This is doubly so for Royal Challengers Bangalore today as Sunrisers Hyderabad have already qualified for the play-offs.

First up for RCB is a meeting with Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday; two days later comes a trip to Jaipur.

Sunrisers' last outing was a forgettable one, as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) ended their six-match unbeaten streak at Pune. For Bengaluru, the match is a question of survival. SRH start favourites and will be not under pressure.




RCB's wins over Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab were its first two in succession this season. In the points table of IPL 2018, SRH is at the top with 18 points and the team RCB is at the seventh place with ten points.

De Villiers turned on the show, taking risks but as the old saying goes, fortune favoured the courageous.

With the win, Bangalore remain in the hunt for a playoff spot, sitting fifth on the table behind the Mumbai Indians on Net Run Rate.

IPL points table: SRH are now sitting pretty at the top of the table having accumulated 18 points from their 12 games this season. It turned out to be a forgettable day for Thampi as he conceded the most runs by a bowler in an innings in the history of T20.

Apart from Dhawan and Williamson, Yusuf Pathan (186), Manish Pandey (189) and Shakib Al Hasan (166) have also chipped in at crunch situations for SRH.

If you want to catch the entire live cricket streaming action, you can download the SkyGo app in the United Kingdom and Hotstar in India.

Star Sports Select 1/HD 1, Star Sports 1/HD 1 will broadcast the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunriserrs Hyderabad (SRH) match.


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