Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann’s 144-run partnership powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to a four-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. @BCCI

Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann put on a show as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by four wickets in the 54th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.

Chasing 176, RCB were off to a terrible start as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed reduced the home team to 20/3.  While the right-arm pacer dismissed Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers, Khaleel sent RCB skipper Virat Kohli packing for 16.

However, the Indo-West Indian duo of Gurkeerat and Hetmyer joined hands and started RCB’s turnaround. While the left-hander dominated the proceedings taking on the SRH bowlers, the right-hander played his role to the perfection, of rotating the strike, before upping the ante when the moment arrived.

The duo put on a 144-run partnership in 89 balls before Hetmyer, who was brought back into the side to replace Heinrich Klaasen, perished after hammering 75 off 47 balls, hitting 4 fours and 6 sixes. (IPL 2019, RCB vs SRH: AS IT HAPPENED)

Gurkeerat, meanwhile, scored 65 off 48 balls before being dismissed by Khaleel in the penultimate over. However, it was too little too late for SRH as RCB, despite the failures of Kohli and de Villiers with the bat, managed to end their IPL 2019 on a high.

Earlier, after put in to bat, SRH scored 175/7 as skipper Kane Williamson announced his return to form with a 43-ball 70-run knock. While RCB looked set to restrict SRH to somwhere around 160, Umesh Yadav went for 28 runs in the final over as SRH posted 175 runs on the board.

SRH were off to a flying start as Wriddhiman Saha and Martin Guptill scored at a brisk pace. However, just before SRH could cross fifty, Navdeep Saini gave RCB their first breakthrough as he dismissed Saha for 20.

RCB pushed SRH on the backfoot as Washington Sundar, who replaced Pawan Negi in the playing XI, struck twice in his first over as the visitors lost Guptill and Manish Pandey, who had scored three fifties in last four games.

Williamson, who had failed to score big in this season, and Vijay Shankar then joined hands and put up 45-run stand. However, Washington Sundar once again came to RCB’s rescue in the 14th over as Vijay Shankar, who had hit the off-spinner for two sixes in the over, played a shot too many and was caught at the short fine-leg.

While Williamson continued to hold fort, SRH lost three wickets – Yusuf Pathan, who had replaced Abhishek Sharma in the playing XI, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan – in quick succession.

Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 178/6 (Shimron Hetmyer 75, Gurkeerat Singh Mann 65; Khaleel Ahmed 3/37) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 175/7 (Kane Williamson 70*; Washington Sundar 3/24)  by four wickets