IPL: Unchanged RCB put to bat by Sunrisers

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Batting first, Bangalore lost the wickets of openers Parthiv Patel (1) and Captain Virat Kohli (12) early. At key times towards the end, the runs didn't come. He stitched an all-important 107 run partnership with AB de Villiers which proved to be a match-winning one. Kohli followed, when, after pulling spin ace Rashid Khan (3-27) for a boundary, fell in the same over while attempting a lavish slog. Two balls later he got rid of Moeen Ali to open the doors for SRH comeback. After 6 overs, RCB were 44/2. One of de Villiers's sixes, a sweep off a quick bowler soared over 100m.

Ten days ago, when SRH hosted Kohli and his men, he seemed all at sea against Rashid Khan and was even dropped at slip. AB de Villiers 40 (25) and Moeen Ali 20 (14) were at the crease.

Rashid Khan double strike slowed down RCB's innings.

In the batting department, Kohli and de Villiers are the two top players in the team. The run rate was 9.33 per over. They have won their previous two games, while Hyderabad is coming off a loss at the hands of Chennai. "I think we are going to face that tomorrow night". Chahal provided the first breakthrough when he had Dhawan caught and bowled for just 18 runs. Grandhomme hit a six on the next ball, a slower resulted in a single.

RCB vs SRH Today IPL match.

Former India test bowler RP Singh tweeted a photograph of de Villiers, with a flowing red cape, taking the "superman" catch.

The target was set. Mohammed Siraj starts the over with a massive wicket. The ball went right under the bat and disturbed the timber. Roy scored 12 runs where Shaw scored 2 runs only. The innings eventually finished with 218/6 in the stipulated 20 overs.

And he was called into action when Englishman Alex Hales smashed a slog sweep in his direction.

AB de Villiers took a stunning catch on the deep mid-wicket boundary to dismiss Alex Hales off the bowling of Moeen Ali.

The classy Williamson's ally in the chase was local lad Manish Pandey, in indifferent form until now. The Protea superstar carved 12 fours as part of his blistering knock and one enormous six after dropping down on one knee and launching a Basil Thampi delivery over the roof of Chinnaswamy Stadium to the delight of the crowd. Owning the game from the start, Bangalore won by 15 runs.

The Challengers dismissed Punjab for just 88 in their previous game thanks to some extraordinary bowling from Umesh Yadav. Siraj pitches the next ball outside off and Pandey who was looking for the scoop completely misses. In the last game, he came up and shouldered the responsibility. The Kane Williamson-led SRH are already into the Playoffs, and they would be eager to win the remaining two matches and finish strongly in the group stages. We can't afford to field like that and let singles go to boundaries. They managed to take only one wicket in the last match and have had a large percentage of this season's centuries scored against them.

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