It may have come a lot late for RCB but things did fall in place finally for them. They brought Shimron Hetmyer to solidify their batting order and that’s what his did with 75 off 47 balls while they had Washington Sundar to strengthen the spin department and he did that by claiming three wickets.
Meanwhile Kane Williamson’s 70 off 43 balls went in vain and now SRH need KKR to lose their final match to enter the play-offs.
Batting first, Wriddhiman Saha once again gave SRH a quick start with 20 off 11 balls while Martin Guptill scored 30 off 23 balls. Washington Sundar removed Guptill and Manish Pandey in the same over to push SRH on the back-foot.
However, skipper Kane Williamson scored 70 off just 43 balls and added 45 runs for the fourth wicket with Vijay Shankar (27 off 18 balls) to resurrect SRH’s innings.
But RCB pacers struck back in the death overs and took quick wickets to restrict SRH to 175 runs. Nitin Saini was effective and claimed two wickets in his four overs.
RCB had a terrible start to the chase as Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent back Parthiv Patel in the first over. Bhuvi then got the big wicket of AB de Villiers in his second over while Khaleel Ahmed dismissed Virat Kohli from the other end.
With three down for 20 runs, RCB’s middle order as exposed and it seemed like get set for SRH. But Hetmyer who had a forgetful IPL season so far hammered 75 runs off 47 balls while Gurkeerat Singh scored 65 off 48 balls. The duo scored 144 runs for the fourth wicket and sealed the win for RCB.
Khaleel Ahmed grabbed two wickets in two balls in the 19th over to inject some drama but Umesh Yadav cantered Mohammad Nabi for back to back fours in the 20th over to steer RCB home.
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With this win, RCB finish at number seven with five wins in their 14 league games while SRH have now six wins in 14 games and have 12 points. To reach play-offs they now need KKR to lose their remaining final match.