Designed by Srushti Takale

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by six wickets in a rain curtailed match at Hyderabad. RCB have kept their hopes alive by beating the orange army and have climbed up to the second position in the points table.

SRH won the toss and batted first, at that point of time the match was curtailed to 11 overs a side. David Warner once again fired and provided the team a decent start and went on to score 52 off 32 balls. After Shikhar Dhawan’s dismissal in the third over, Moises Henriques came out and smashed 57 from 22 balls, helping them get to 35 in their 11 overs.

The incessant rain again disrupted the SRH’s party as a result of which RCB had to chase a target of 81 in six overs. RCB got off to a flying start as Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle came out all guns blazing. Gayle scored a quick fire 35 off 10 balls and got his team into the game as RCB scored 41 runs off the first two overs. Kohli played the role of protagonist as he carried his team over the line in the final over. Kohli smashed 44 off 19 deliveries, an innings which sealed the game for RCB.

Turning Point: RCB needed 13 runs of the final over, where Kohli managed to get 9 runs of first four deliveries and required more 4 of the final two. In a rush of blood perhaps, he attempted a straight lofted shot but didn’t manage to get the timing right. Warner who was deployed at long off took the catch comfortably but was not aware of the boundary rope proximity. He eventually stepped on the rope while the ball was still in his hands.

Brief scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 135 for three in 11 overs [Moises Henriques 57(22), David Warner 52(32)*; David Weise 2-0-20-2, Mitchell Starc 3-0-26-1] lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 83 for four in 5.5 overs [Virat Kohli 44(19)*, Chris Gayle 35(10); Moises Henriques 1-0-3-2, Praveen Kumar 1-0-10-1] – by 6 wickets (D/L method)