IPL 2018: Royal Challengers Bangalore Live To Fight Another Day
AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali struck breezy half-centuries as Royal Challengers Bangalore held their nerves under pressure to eke out a 14-run win over table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in a must-win match and stay afloat in the Indian Premier League. Asked to bat, RCB posted a mammoth 218 for six before surviving a scare from Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson (81 off 42) and Manish Pandey (62 off 38) to restrict the visitors to 204 for three.
SunRisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson won the toss, opted to bowl. (All Images Courtesy BCCI)
SunRisers Hyderabad were off to a great start as they reduced Royal Challengers Bangalore to 38 for two inside five overs after opting to field.
AB de Villiers brought up his fifty off 32 balls with two consecutive boundaries in the 12th over.
Moeen Ali followed suit notching up his maiden IPL half-century with a four in the next over.
Afghanistan's leg-spinner Rashid Khan once again shone brightly with the ball for SunRisers Hyderabad with figures of 3/27 from his four over.
Colin de Grandhomme used his brute power to score 40 runs off just 17 balls to power Royal Challengers Bangalore to a mammoth 218/6.
Alex Hales (37 off 24) was going great guns before AB de Villiers pulled off a blinder of a one-handed catch.
Kane Williamson looked in sublime touch as he struck the balls to all parts of the ground without taking any undue risk.
Kane Williamson went about his business and was ably supported by Manish Pandey at the other end as the duo stitched magnificent 135-run stand.
Kane Williamson's dismissal in the final over sealed SunRisers' fate and they eventually fell short by 14 runs.
RCB climb up to the fifth spot with 12 points from 13 games and need to win their last league game against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday to harbour any playoff hopes.