Williamson special in vain as de Villiers, Moeen keep RCB alive

Royal Challengers Bangalore 218 for 6 (De Villiers 69, Moeen 65, Rashid 3-27) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 204 for 3 (Williamson 81, Pandey 62*, Chahal 1-28). Kane Williamson’s rousing 81 off forty two balls – his eighth fifty-plus rating in IPL 2018 – threatened to deliver Royal Challengers Bangalore’s marketing campaign to a screeching halt, but Mohammed Siraj defended 19 off the ultimate over, which also covered the wicket of the Sunrisers captain, to preserve his crew alive.

Facing an IPL record chase of 219, Sunrisers slipped to sixty four for 2 in eight overs and the asking charge was almost thirteen Williamson then manipulated the fields and the bowlers expertly, bringing Sunrisers to inside touching distance of a magical win. With Sunrisers needing 20 off the ultimate over, he jumped across off stump and scooped Siraj’s first ball straight into the lap of Colin de Grandhomme at the side of the high-quality leg boundary. Siraj did no longer quite nail his lengths however acquired away with four runs and a leg bye off the last 5 balls.

Earlier in the evening, AB de Villiers had additionally manipulated the fielders and bowlers expertly alongside with Moeen Ali in a 107-run stand off 57 balls, which formed the centerpiece of RCB’s 218 for 6.

Parthiv Patel chipped the first ball to the proper of short cover, but Deepak Hooda dropped it. However, he managed solely a run earlier than Sandeep Sharma had him top-edging a pull to nice leg with the remaining ball of the over. Virat Kohli started out with a first-ball four off Sandeep Sharma and swatted Rashid Khan to the midwicket boundary. Rashid then bounced lower back the next ball to bowl Kohli with a sharp googly. RCB were forty four for 2, in six overs, of which de Villiers had made 29.

De Villiers located his groove proper away when he jumped outdoor leg, created swinging room, and reduce his first ball that used to be only fractionally quick to the proper of backward point. It was a portent for how things would unfold. De Villiers slog-swept Shakib Al Hasan to the midwicket boundary and then hit back-to-back fours off Siddarth Kaul, the 2nd of which added him a 32-ball fifty.

It wasn’t a one-man show, however. Moeen brought his big hits and crisp timing to the IPL. Both batsmen launched into Thampi – they took 36 off 12 balls – but it was once the left-handed Moeen who was greater cosy in opposition to Rashid. He forayed down the track in opposition to a Rashid wrong’un and hoisted the ball over the long-off boundary before belting a legbreak over his head. There had been some mis-hits, too, which cleared the boundary as RCB moved to 144 for 2 in 14 overs.

The final time these two groups met in Hyderabad, De Grandhomme showed symptoms of his electricity with 33 off 29 balls, threatening a jailbreak. He confirmed his entire vary on Thursday and peppered the brief boundaries at Chinnaswamy Stadium with four sixes. Not even the slower cutter was safe against him. When Thampi floated one large outside off at 97ks, de Grandhomme reached out for the ball and scythed it flat and challenging over cover. Thampi conceded 70 runs in 4 overs – the worst figures in the IPL. It took a blinding one-handed trap from Rashid to push aside the New Zealand allrounder, but by using then RCB had motored previous 200. Sarfraz Khan also did his bit with an unbeaten 22 off 8 balls as RCB pillaged 69 off the final five overs.

Alex Hales was on 19 when he pulled Umesh Yadav flat and hard to deep square leg, the place Southee dived forward and wrapped his fingers underneath the ball to claim an remarkable a low catch. The tender signal used to be out, but TV umpire C Shamshuddin in some way dominated it no longer out. After adding four runs, Hales drilled Mohammed Siraj in the direction of mid-on, the place Kohli threw himself to his left however dropped the difficult catch. RCB then needed de Villiers to pluck a seize out of thin air to get rid of Hales. When the opener swatted one over midwicket, the ball appeared destined to sail over the boundary till leapt to his right, stretched out his proper hand and got here away with the ball. All of this executed with the balance of a tightrope walker. Yuzvendra Chahal had taken a extra easy return capture to brush aside Dhawan for 18 off 15 balls.

The highlight of Williamson’s stellar run this season has been his game awareness. That came to the fore when he cranked up the tempo and struck five boundaries in six balls after Hales’ dismissal. The pick out of the boundaries was once a flawlessly paced shovel-flick between vast long-on and midwicket. Just like that, Williamson raised a fifty off 28 balls. By then, Manish Pandey was once going at less than a run-a-ball. The re-introduction of de Grandhomme in the fifteenth over provided him the release. From 6 off 12 balls, he went to 21 off 16 balls with two fours and a six.

Pandey then glanced Chahal past short nice leg in the next over to assist slender the equation to fifty five off 24 balls. An over full of extensive yorkers from Tim Southee left Sunrisers desiring 49 off 18 balls. With Williamson in imperious form, they have been in with a proper chance, but he confronted only eight balls in the remaining 5 overs earlier than his dismissal and Pandey ought to not discover his timing in the end.

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