IPL: KKR take on Hyderabad in must-win game

IPL: KKR take on Hyderabad in must-win game

Sarfaraz Khan played a blissful cameo of 22* runs off just 8 balls as RCB posted 218-6 on the board after their 20 overs.

Earlier, asked to bat, a 107-run partnership between AB de Villiers (69) and Moeen Ali (65) for the third wicket guided Royal Challengers Bangalore to a challenging total of 218/6.

On the last ball of the eighth over, Hales lofted Moeen Ali towards the midwicket fence where de Villiers took an nearly gravity-defying leap, changed direction mid-air, plucked the ball from beyond the boundary while airborne, and then landed inside the playing field - all in the blink of an eye.

There are good fielders, there are great fielders and then there's AB de Villiers.

Rashid not just stalled the RCB run flow with his 12 dot balls but also stunned everyone with a one-handed catch to dismiss Colin de Grandhomme (40) at the deep mid-wicket boundary in the final over.

It was a awful day for SRH bowler Basil Thampi who gave away 70 runs in 4 overs, the most in IPL history. He leaked 70 runs from his dour overs. If RCB win, Royals are out.

In yesterday's match between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore, the Protean was in superhuman mode.

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De Villiers then followed on from his spectacular innings by delivering one of the greatest catches in IPL history.

English opener Alex Hales swung hard at a Moeen Ali delivery, and it looked like it was going all the way for six over midwicket.

After winning three back-to-back games for the first time in two seasons, RCB have increased their chances of qualifying for playoffs considerably compared to what it looked like for the Bangalore franchise a week or so ago. I though it was going for a six, but he pulls it out, then the jump and then the balance. But Sunrisers captain Williamson had other intentions as he took the attack to the opposition and hit Tim Southee for consecutive boundaries before clobbering Ali for two fours and six in the next over to keep his team abreast with the required run rate. It were cameos from Colin de Grandhomme (40, SR: 235.29) and Sarfaraz Khan (22, SR: 275) that took RCB to a very big total of 218. AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali were at the crease.

SRH's star bowler Rashid Khan once again displayed tremendous bowling as he registered the match figures of 4-0-27-3. It was a unusual day for fielding at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. He brought down the equation to 55 needed off 24 balls with the help of seven fours and five sixes in 42 ball 81.

Two years ago when Kohli approached 1,000 runs and De Villiers was also scoring heavily, the bet was to take both men in the Royal Challengers' Top Batsman betting and it proved a profitable one.

Will the Sunrisers Hyderabad get things back on track with a win or will the Royal Challengers Bangalore pull off an almighty upset?


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