RCB vs SRH, Live: Hetmyer, Gurkeerat seal RCB’s four-wicket victory
Can Virat Kohli's RCB sign off with a win?

Hello and welcome to live coverage of Match 54 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019), which pits the already eliminated Royal Challengers Bangalore against Sunrisers Hyderabad, who need a win to stay in the Playoff hunt.

11.41 pm: Hugs in the RCB camp. Finally, something for RCB fans to cheer about. RCB sign off their IPL 2019 campaign in style. Do stick around for all the post-match presentation reports, analyses, videos and much more. It’s time for us to sign off now. Goodnight!

Royal Challengers Bangalore innings (TARGET 176)

20th over: Mohammad Nabi to bowl the final over and Umesh Yadav has smashed a BOUNDARY, terrible delivery by Nabi! Umesh finishes it off with yet another FOUR to seal a 4-wicket win,

19th over: Khaleel Ahmed has been brought back into the attack and the plan has worked with the left-arm pacer sending Gurkeerat Singh Mann who walked back for a brilliant 65 off 48. Khaleel removed Washington Sundar for a DUCK to end a dramatic penultimate over. RCB 170/6

18th over: WICKET! After having a rare off day, Rashid Khan has claimed the wicket of Shimron Hetmyer ,who has done a phenomenal job that has now put RCB within touching distance of victory. Hetmyer departs for a brilliant 75 off jsut 47. 14 runs come from this over. RCB 165/4 (Gurkeerat 65, Colin de Grandhomme 1)

17th over: Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes back into the attack and he’s bowled an excellent over which has yielded just 5 runs. RCB 151/3 (Hetmyer 69, Gurkeerat 58)

Strategic timeout!

16th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Vijay Shankar comes into the attack and he has been taken to the cleaners not by Hetmyer, but Gurkeerat, who brings up a sensational fifty. 16 runs from this over. RCB 146/3 (Hetmyer 67, Gurkeerat 56)

15th over: Basil Thampi comes back into the attack and he concedes 9 runs. RCB 130/3 (Hetmyer 66, Gurkeerat 42)

14th over: Rashid Khan comes back into the attack and Hetmyer welcomes him with a BOUNDARY to the long-off region. RCB 121/3 (Hetmyer 66, Gurkeerat 33)

13th over: Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes into the attack and he’s gone for 13 runs that included a thunderous SIX by Hetmyer over deep mid-wicket. RCB 115/3 (Hetmyer 61, Gurkeerat 32)

12th over: Basil Thampi will continue. 10 runs from this over, RCB 102/3 (Hetmyer 53, Gurkeerat 27)

11th over: SIX! Rashid Khan comes back into the attack and he is welcomed with a SIX by Shimron Hetmyer, who is now looking to be really dangerous. Quite unusual, but this Rashid over goes for 15 runs, that included a couple of SIXES by Hetmyer, who has joined the party for RCB, but it’s too late. RCB 92/3 (Hetmyer 51, Gurkeerat 19) 

10th over: Basil Thampi will continue. 5 runs from this over. RCB 77/3 (Hetmyer 38, Gurkeerat 18)

9th over: Mohammad Nabi will continue. 11 runs from the over that included a solitary SIX by Hetmyer over cow corner. RCB 72/3 (Hetmyer 36, Gurkeerat 15)

Strategic timeout!

8th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Basil Thampi has been introduced into the attack. Tidy start to his first over, just 5 runs from it. RCB 61/3 (Hetmyer 28, Gurkeerat 12)

7th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Mohammab Nabi comes into the attack to bowl his offspinners and he concedes just 7 runs. RCB 56/3 (Hetmyer 26, Gurkeerat 9)

6th over: Khaleel Ahmed will continue and he comes back strong, just 4 runs from this over. RCB 49/3 (Hetmyer 21, Gurkeerat 7)

5th over: SPIN INTRODUCED! Rashid Khan comes into the attack and he’s gone for 10 runs in his first over which also included a SIX by Hetmyer. RCB 45/3 (Hetmyer 19, Gurkeerat 5)

4th over: Khaleel Ahmed will continue and this time, he’s expensive, concedes 15 runs that includes three BOUNDARIES by Shimron Hetmyer. RCB 35/3 (Hetmyer 11, Gurkeerat 4)

3rd over: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar will continue. It’s a sorry end to de Villiers’ IPL campaign as he falls cheaply. ABD departs for 1. Gurkeerant Singh Mann has joined Hetmyer in the middle. Just 1 run and the wicket in this over. RCB 20/3 (Hetmyer 2, Gurkerat 0)

2nd over: BIG WICKET! Khaleel Ahmed will share the new ball with Bhuvneshwar and he has been dispatched for a SIX and a BOUNDARY by Kohli in the first 3 balls, but the left-arm pacer has the last laugh, spoils Kohli’s party. The captain walks back for 16. Shimron Hetmyer joins AB de Villiers in the centre. 13 runs from this over. RCB 19/2 (De Villiers 1, Hetmyer 1)

1st over: WICKET! The best batsman of the tournament for RCB flops in the final game of the season, Parthiv Patel departs for a duck, Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes first blood! AB de Villiers has joined Virat Kohli in the middle. 6 runs from this over. RCB 6/1 (Kohli 5, De Villiers 0)

Sunrisers Hyderabad innings

20th over: Umesh Yadav to bowl the final over. Williamson goes berserk in the final over, smashes 28 runs that included 3 BOUNDARIES and 2 SIXES. SRH finish at 175/7 (Williamson 70, Bhuvneshwar 7)

19th over: Navdeep Saini comes back into the attack. 5 runs from the over. SRH 147/7 (Williamson 47, Bhuvneshwar 3)

18th over: Kulwant Khejroliya comes back into the attack and he has removed Rashid Khan for 1. SRH running out of batsmen. 5 from the over. SRH 142/7 (Williamson 44, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1)

17th over: Navdeep Saini comes back into the attack. Mohammad Nabi has joined Williamson in the middle. Saini picks his second, Gurkeerant Singh Mann adds just 4 before he walks back. Rashid Khan has joined Williamson in the middle. 9 runs from this over. SRH 137/6 (Williamson 41, Nabi 4)

Strategic timeout!

16th over: Yuzvendra Chahal has taken his 100th IPL wicket in the form of Umesh Yadav, who departs for 3. SRH 127/5 (Williamson 35)

15th over: Kulwant Khejroliya comes back into the attack and he’s gone for 15 runs. SRH 122/4 (Williamson 33, Yusuf Pathan 1)

14th over: WICKET! Washington Sundar comes back into the attack. After smashing consecutive SIXES, Vijay Shankar falls prey to a slower one, miscues his hit and departs for 27. Yusuf Pathan has joined Williamson in the middle. 14 runs and the wicket in this over. SRH 107/4 (Williamson 20, Yusuf Pathan 0)

13th over: Colin de Grandhomme comes into the attack and Vijay Shankar welcomes him with a MASSIVE SIX over long-on. 12 runs from this over. SRH 93/3 (Williamson 18, Shankar 15)

12th over: Chahal concedes just 2 runs from this over. SRH 81/3 (Williamson 16, Shankar 5)

11th over: Umesh Yadav returns! Two fours in the last two overs for SRH skipper as he moves past ten. SRH near 80-run mark. SRH 79/1 (Williamson 15, Shankar 4)

10th over: Washington Sundar into his second over! Four on the last delivery of the over as SRH manage to move past seventy-run mark. SRH 71/3 (Williamson 9, Shankar 2)

9th over: Kulwant Khejroliya will continue. Just two runs off the over. RCB are making sure they don’t give away any easy runs to the two news batsmen in the middle. SRH 63/3 (Williamson 2, Shankar 1)

8th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Washington Sundar comes into the attack and he has STRUCK with the BIG WICKET of the dangerous Martin Guptill, who has thrown his wicket away. Guptill departs for 30. The captain Kane Williamson has joined Pandey in the middle. But wait a minute, Pandey too has lost his wicket, Sundar turning it around for RCB. Vijay Shankar has joined his captain in the middle. SRH 61/3 (Williamson 1, Shankar 0)

7th over: Kulwant Khejroliya, left-arm fast medium pacer, comes into the attack and he’s welcomed with a BOUNDARY! Manish Pandey gets into the act. 7 runs from the over. SRH 59/1 (Guptill 30, Manish Pandey 8)

Strategic timeout!

6th over: Chahal will continue. Excellent over by the legspinner, just the 1 run. SRH 52/1 (Guptill 29, Manish Pandey 2)

5th over: WICKET! Saini breaks the opening partnership with the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha, who departs for 20. Manish Pandey, the man in form, has joined Guptill in the middle. 7 runs from this over. SRH 51/1 (Guptill 29, Pandey 1)

4th over: SPIN INTRODUCED! Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the attack and Guptill does not hold back to attack the bowler right away, smacks him for successive BOUNDARIES!

3rd over: SIX! Umesh Yadav will continue and Martin Guptill has taken the aerial route again! He smokes this one over extra cover. Saha has been dropped off a running effort from Chahal at deep square leg. 8 runs from this over, SRH 29/0 (Guptill 23, Saha 6)

2nd over: FOUR! Navdeep Saini will share the new ball with Guptill and the Kiwi welcomes him with a BOUNDARY! He does not stop there. Breaks the shackles in the next delivery clobbering this one over mid-off. 19 runs from this over. SRH 21/0 (Guptill 16, Saha 5)

1st over: Wriddhiman Saha and Martin Guptill are at the crease. Umesh Yadav will open the attack for RCB. GAME ON! Tidy start by Umesh Yadav, just 2 runs from it. SRH 2/0 (Saha 1, Guptill 1)

7.38 pm: Captains have their say at the toss:

Virat Kohli: “We will bowl first. It feels amazing, no brainer about chasing, back to what we do best. We will play our hearts out for the fans, they are probably the most amazing lot in the IPL, we want to win it for them. CdG replaces Stoinis who has gone home, Sundar replaces Negi and Hetmyer gets a game, instead of Klaasen.

Kane Williamson: “We would have been bowling as well. Both of us haven’t won too many tosses, but now we need to bat well and put the runs on the board. Need to make small adjustments and hopefully we will put in a strong performances. One change for us, Yusuf Pathan replaces Abhishek Sharma.”

7.36 pm: Here are the playing XIs:

RCB make plenty of changes, while SRH make just the one change — Yusuf Pathan replaces Abhishek Sharma

RCB XI: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Yuzvendra Chahal

SRH XI: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson(c), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi

7.30 pm: TOSS: Virat Kohli has won the toss, RCB opt to bowl

7.22 pm: Both teams have arrived at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. TOSS in a few minutes from now.

7.11 pm: It’s getting really tight for one team to seal the final spot of the playoffs. It’s as simple as this. If Sunrisers Hyderabad win this one, then they have sealed the last place, else it’s all to play for when Kolkata Knight Riders face Mumbai Indians. 

PREVIEW

The wounds of going down to Mumbai Indians in a thrilling Super Over encounter will be still fresh, but Sunrisers Hyderabad need to make a quick turnaround and take full advantage of an already knocked out Royal Challengers Bangalore when both teams square off in match 54 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.

Despite their defeat against Mumbai on Thursday night, SRH’s net run-rate is +0.653, which is much superior as compared to others in contention for the playoffs. A win against RCB, who are playing for pride after their hopes of entering playoffs went up in smoke following a washed out tie against Rajasthan Royals, will certainly seal Sunrisers Hyderabad’s playoffs berth.

Even if the Orange Army lose their last match, they can still qualify for the playoffs provided Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab don’t win more than one of their last two matches.