Rashid Khan, AB de Villiers, cricket, IPL 2018
Rashid Khan cleans up AB de Villiers (left) (Image courtesy: PTI)

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have been the most cerebral unit in VIVO IPL 2018. They are making a habit of defending paltry scores. On Monday night, they once again defended 146, against a batting-heavy Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

The win sees SRH being the first team in the competition, notching up 16 points and advancing to the Playoffs. Meanwhile, RCB slumped to their seventh defeat in the tournament as their advancing looking bleak.

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Kane Williamson’s half-century helped SRH innings some respectability. SRH’s bowlers rose to the occasion, the pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul, gave away 72 runs of their 12 overs for 3 wickets. Shakib Al Hasan played a brilliant all-round role.

Rashid Khan wasn’t lucky as Williamson dropped Kohli off him, however, the Afghan wizard got the better of AB de Villiers.

Here’s the marks out of 10 for Match 39.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Marks out of 10

Players Performance Marks out of 10
Mohammed Siraj 4-0-25-3 8/10
Tim Southee 4-0-30-3, 1c 8/10
Virat Kohli 30 (30), 1c, 2 ro 7/10
Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-25-1 7/10
Colin de Grandhomme 33 (29), 1-0-8-0 6/10
Parthiv Patel 20 (13) 6/10
Moeen Ali 10 (7), 3-0-19-0 5/10
Umesh Yadav 4-0-36-1, 1c 4/10
Manan Vohra 8 (10) 2/10
Mandeep Singh 21 (23)*, 1c 2/10
AB de Villiers 5 (8) 1.5/10

RCB Team Average: 5.14 

Sunrisers Hyderabad Marks out of 10

Players Performance Marks out of 10
Kane Williamson 56 (39) 8/10
Shakib Al Hasan 35 (32), 4-0-36-2 8/10
Sandeep Sharma 0 (1), 4-0-20-1 8/10
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1 (2)*, 4-0-27-1 8/10
Siddarth Kaul 1 (1), 4-0-25-1 8/10
Rashid Khan 1 (3), 4-0-31-1 7/10
Yusuf Pathan 12 (7), 1c 5/10
Wriddhiman Saha 8 (5), 1c 5/10
Alex Hales 5 (5) 2 (10)
Shikhar Dhawan 13 (19) 2 (10)
Manish Pandey 5 (7) 1.5/10

RCB Team Average: 5.68 

Brief scores

Sunrisers Hyderabad 146 all out in 20 overs [Kane Williamson 56 (39), Shakib Al Hasan 35 (32); Tim Southee 4-0-30-3, Mohammed Siraj 4-0-25-3] beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 141 for 6 in 20 overs [Virat Kohli 39 (30), Colin de Grandhomme 33 (29); Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-36-2, Sandeep Sharma 4-0-20-1] by 5 runs.

Man of the Match: Kane Williamson.

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