Published: Sun, May 20, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

RCB stay alive with thrilling win

RCB stay alive with thrilling win

Things have fallen in place for RCB lately. After winning five out of their first six games, they could win only one of their next seven. While De Villiers struck as many as 12 fours and one six, Ali's innings was laced with two boundaries and six hits over the fence.

Royals are in an unenviable situation. Their hard work fails as they lost the match. Sanju Samson has been their best domestic talent, while Jofra Archer has been a lone ranger with the ball.

With 548 runs, including five half-centuries, Jos Buttler was Royals' undisputed match-winner. The victor, though will have to keep an eye on the matches Sunday's matches and hope that Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab or either of these two sides have an inferior run rate. However, Royals can not avail Buttler's services any longer as he has left for England's Test series against Pakistan.

The biggest blow for RR will be the absence of in form Jos Buttler and allrounder Ben Stokes, who have returned to England for national duty. Moeen Ali was the next to go 65 runs caught by Sreevats Goswami.

A spate of last-over losses at the start of the season has left the defending champions with a lot to do at the fag end of the tournament. RR, on the other hand, are in a spot after losing their last match against KKR by six wickets. But on Thursday, they conceded at least three boundaries through misfields, among several other fumbles, as Sunrisers Hyderabad established a base and reduced the equation to 89 off six overs.

RCB will now face Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Saturday, hoping a win will be enough to go through.

In today's match, Delhi Daredevils will play Chennai Super Kings at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, Delhi.

Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL T20 game at Hyderabad. The third ball went for a single, RCB was closer to victory now.

But when the Black Caps captain was dismissed off the first ball of the final over, chances of a successful chase were all but scratched and Sunrisers Hyderabad finished with 204 runs.

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And based on the smart contributions, Kohli's team did not fall 15-20 runs short this time. Kohli's individual record against Sodhi isn't great either.

"We missed a trick with the ball".

Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore begins at 4 PM IST.

Yuzvendra Chahal is the only bowler in the RCB attack that Heinrich Klaasen has faced in T20s. The remaining 12 overs, however, cost almost 145 runs.

Umesh has been excellent in the Powerplay in IPL 2018.

Uncharacteristically, Rahane has often thrown his wicket away while going for unconventional shots.

The two teams together scored 422 runs in this contest, making this the highest-scoring IPL match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

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