If Kolkata Knight Riders lose on Sunday against Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the basis of a better net run-rate, will qualify for the IPL 2019 playoffs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ended their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 campaign on a high after they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in the 54th match of the season in Bengaluru on Saturday.

While it was a consolation win for RCB, the defeat has put SRH playoffs hopes in jeopardy. The Kane Williamson-led side now has 12 points against their name, with six wins and eight defeats in 14 matches and they will only qualify for the playoffs if Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Mumbai on Sunday.

However, if KKR win, it will be the end of SRH’s campaign in IPL 2019 and the Dinesh Karthik-led side will join Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Capitals and MI in the playoffs.

Currently, KKR and SRH both are on 12 points. However, SRH (+0.577) have a better net run-rate than KKR (+0.173) and it means, if KKR lose on Sunday, SRH, on the basis of a better net run-rate, will seal the fourth and the final spot in the top four, along side CSK, DC and MI.

Coming to RCB versus SRH game, Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann put on a show to seal a four-wicket win for Virat Kohli and Co.

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.