IPL 2018, RCB vs SRH: Royal Challengers Bangalore successfully defended 218 on Thursday after Sunrisers Hyderabad failed to chase the target in Bengaluru. Chasing 219, SRH were off to a flying start before they lost openers Shikhar Dhawan and Alex Hales in quick succession. Later, captain Kane Williamson took on the onus on himself and hammered 81 runs before getting out in the last over. Manish Pandey too chipped in with an unbeaten half-century but in a losing cause. SRH needed 20 runs from the lat over but Siraj was clinical in the last over as he didn’t leak runs. Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore posted 218/6 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Riding on an emphatic partnership between Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers and some power-hitting from Colin de Grandhomme in the death overs, RCB compiled a massive total against SRH. Sunrisers on the other side were sloppy in the field as they dropped catches and gave away few boundaries.
Indian Premier League, 2018M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 18 August 2018
Royal Challengers Bangalore 218/6 (20.0)
Sunrisers Hyderabad 204/3 (20.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 51 ) Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs
IPL 2018 RCB vs SRH Match 51 Live: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Indian Premier League from Bangalore
Sunrisers Hyderabad will feel that they have something to prove after the loss against Chennai Super Kings in their previous encounter. The side will look to bank upon the form of the opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and the skipper Kane Williamson, who both scored two back-to-back fifties, and have stitched 100 runs partnership twice in a row. If Royal Challengers Bangalore wish to keep themselves into the match, not only they would need to be smart against the feroicious SRH bowling line up featuring the likes of Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but they would also have to find a way to dismiss Dhawan and Williamson. The longer the two stay in the middle, the more stronger SRH will get, and RCB cannot afford to slip up.