IPL 2018: Royal Challengers Bangalore defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs

IPL 2018: Royal Challengers Bangalore defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs

Both Rajasthan Royals, who saw their batting mainstays Buttler and Stokes leave for national duty, and Royal Challengers Bangalore will also have an eye on the net run rate, which could be decisive if more than one team finish with equal number of points.

A nail-biter at the Chinnaswamy, as RCB kept their hope alive of making it into the playoffs, defeating the table toppers SRH in a last over thriller. Rahul scored 21 runs and Gayle scored 18 runs so far. A wicket maiden - the second of the innings - was squeezed in too. Moeen Ali came for the 8th over, AB de villiers took a wonderful catch towards deep mid wicket, Hales was sent back, it was an unbelievable one by de Villiers.

With three consecutive wins RCB has boosted their NRR to 0.264 and a victory by a margin of 40 runs or 25 balls to spare, should be enough for them in case of a tie in the points table with any other side. While chasing the score Hyderabad looked in control at all times. He was well supported by Manish Pandey, who scored 62 off 38 balls. Umesh Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were the best bowlers again, going for a combined 59 off their eight overs, a shade more than the 49 they conceded against Super Kings.

Will the Sunrisers Hyderabad get things back on track with a win or will the Royal Challengers Bangalore pull off an almighty upset? Rashid Khan came for the next over, Moeen smashed him for a six followed by a double. ABD took a "Superman" like stunning one-handed catch to dismiss the Englishman Alex Hales during their chase of 219. Colin de Grandhomme and Sarfaraz Khan answered that call. AB de Villiers was the first to go for 69 runs caught brilliantly at boundary by Shikhar Dhawan. But Moeen Ali will remain with RCB as he was left out from the England Test squad. Huge blow for RCB. He then pulled out his right to hold onto the ball and plucked the ball out of thin air. In the last seven overs, with nine wickets in hand, they struck at a rate lower than they did in the first 13. But Patel and Kohli were out with simple runs. Short of length delivery from Sharma and Patel edges it to Siddharth Kaul at third man. Hyderabad, on the other hand, gave a chance to Basil Thampi as Bhuvneshwar Kumar missed out. RCB were one of the two teams who looked destined to be out of contention for a playoff spot early on in the season. The Orange Army batsman as well as bowlers have been in terrific form as skipper Kane Williamson have not tinkered with the playing XI.

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Match starts at 4 pm.

However, their head to head match took place in 14th May, 2018 which was the 48th match in the tournament IPL and at Holkar Cricket Stadium the match was grounded.

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.

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