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

T20 2018: 5 important takeaways from Bangalore's win over Hyderabad

T20 2018: 5 important takeaways from Bangalore's win over Hyderabad

But with twenty needed from the last over, he was caught at the fine-leg ropes by his opposite number Virat Kohli off seamer Mohammad Siraj. They restricted the visitors for 204 runs. But De Villiers (69 off 39) and Moeen Ali (65 off 34) overcame the bad start to stitch 107 runs off just 57 balls.

Cape Town - Indian captain Virat Kohli believes that his Royal Challengers Bangalore team-mate, AB de Villiers, is other-worldly. And Moeen Ali caps up a fantastic half-century!

Thampi leaked 70 runs in his full quota of four overs, surpassing the previous record held by Ishant Sharma.

Kohli has endured a tough season as captain of RCB but a recent spate of good results has put the team back in the hunt for a knockout berth. Hales who has earlier got two lifeline was finally dismissed after AB de Villiers pulled off a stunning one handed catch to dismiss the England batsman.

De Villiers, meanwhile, played down the catch. After them, skipper Kane Williamson (81) and Manish Pandey (62*) put their every effort to help their team win but that could not happen.

Williamson went about his business in elegant fashion without taking much risk and was ably supported by Pandey at the other end as the duo stitched magnificent 135 runs for the second wicket off just 68 deliveries to virtually take Sunrisers home. SRH were back in the game as the magician Rashid Khan removed both the batsmen in an over. Super-man? No, it's AB de Villiers.

For the tourists, Rashid once again emerged the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/27, while Siddharth and Sandeep chipped in with two and one wickets, respectively.

In no time, the South African veteran brought up his half century in mere 32 balls, when he pulled medium pacer Kaul for a boundary before Moeen, who was dropped on 23 by Shikhar Dhawan off Sandeep, turned on the heat by meting out some special treatment to Thampi.

Fielding at deep mid-wicket, the South African had a chance to send back a risky Alex Hales who was threatening to set base for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they looked to chase down RCB's mammoth target.

According to ESPNcricinfo's Smart Stats, de Grandhomme's innings was the most valuable in the match: he marginally tipped Kane Williamson (11.17) with a smart contribution of 11.35 runs, which meant his 17-ball 40 was worth 51 runs.

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

"I made it look better than it actually was", said De Villiers.

"Twenty runs. Kane (Williamson) was on strike, first ball when a wicket goes sometimes it is hard to come up from there".

Royal Challengers Bangalore have finally found ways to win despite having one recurring issue while batting first: when a wicket falls in the middle overs, another follows soon after.

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