Chasing 176, Royal Challengers Bangalore lost three wickets in quick succession and it looked that Sunrisers will make their way through to the playoffs. However, cricket is a funny game and the statement proved to be absolutely correct. Shimron Hetmyer along with Gurkeerat Singh Maan strung a superlative partnership of 144 runs to shape a famous chase for the team. Once the duo departed, Umezsh Yadav smashed two boundaries to get team over the line with four balls to spare and win the game by four wickets at M. Chinnaswamy in Bangalore. SCORECARD
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RESULT: Bangalore beat Hyderabad by four wickets (Shimron Hetmyer 75, Khaleel Ahmed 3/37)
6 needed 6 balls!
Oh dear! You gotta feel for RCB fans!
WICKET: Khaleel Ahmed picks another one. Washington Sundar departs for GOLDEN DUCK!
RCB still need 9 runs off 10 balls!
WICKET: Khaleel Ahmed bowls a short of a length delivery and Gurkeerat Maan tried to chip it over point fielder, but fell short by some margin. Two set batsmen depart in space of 5 balls.
WICKET: A brilliant innings comes to an end. Came in the last game, but has been able to prove his stature at this level. A special knock from a special player. Rashid Khan picks first for the night. Departs for 75!
150 up for Royal Challengers Bangalore!
Hetmyer and Gurkeerat are keeping RCB on driver's seat. If SRH is looking to make a comeback in this game, they need to pick wickets. There isn't any other option left here. After 16 overs, it's 146/3.
ALERT: Gurkeerat slams first IPL fifty of this season!
100-run partnership between Hetmyer and Gurkeerat!
Oh dear! Next ball, and again dropped! This time it's Yusuf Pathan!
Can we say that was a drop? And if it was, then how costly will this be? SHIMRON HETMYER SURVIVES!
100 up for Royal Challengers Bangalore! It took them 11.5 overs to reach what milestone.
ALERT: Shimron Hetmyer slams maiden IPL fifty!
So at the end of the first leg, Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Maan have strung a 57 run partnership. After 10 overs, 77/3.
Hyderabad has been able to keep the momentum on their side. Gurkeerat and Shimron have found it difficult to up the scoring rate. After 8 overs, it's 61/3.
Sunrisers Hyderabad is off to perfect start. Thay have been able to restrict the opposition and have taken three crucial wickets. After 5 overs, it's 45/3.
INNINGS BREAK: Hyderabad 175/7 in 20 overs vs Bangalore (Kane Williamson 70, Washington Sundar 3/24)
18.104.22.168.2NB.1.4 - 28 runs in the last over! Will it be a game changer?
ALERT: Kane Williamson slams first IPL fifty of this season.
The penultimate over of the innings went for just 5 runs. Royal Challengers Bangalore has been able to execute the plans perfectly. After 19 overs, it's 147/7.
WICKET: Seventh one departs! Wickets falling like pack of cards here. Rashid Khan departs for 1.
Navdeep Saini opens his account too. Nabi didn't trouble the scorers much. Departs for 4 runs. After 17 overs, 137/6.
WICKET: Chahal bowls outside off and Yusuf Pathan smashed it straight to the fielder in deep extra cover. After 15.5, it's 127/5.
WICKET: 6.6.W - This has been the story for Vijay Shankar. Sundar tossed the ball up and Shankar was early in his shot. In the end, he mistimes, and went staright to the fine-leg fielder, who didn't do any mistake. Sundar picks his THIRD.
Back to back sixes for vijay Shankar! Everyone was waiting for this knock from Shankar's willow.
100 up for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 13.3 overs!
The runs have been hard to come by! Both Williamson and Shankar have found it difficult to find the gaps. RCB, on the other hand, would want to continue this stint. After 12 overs, it's 81/3.
The first leg of the first innings belongs to Royal Challengers Bangalore. They have scalped three important wickets, and have let Sunrisers to be on the backfoot. After 10 overs, it's 71/3.
WICKET: Sundar tossed the ball up and Manish Pandey couldn't clear the fence. Wickets falling in pair.
WICKET: Washington Sundar bowls a short of a length delivery and Martin Guptill just couldn't time it, finds short mid-wicket fielder. Openers back to pavilion.
The powerplay belongs to Sunrisers Hyderabad here. Even when they have lost Saha, the run rate is still on their side. After 6 overs, it's 52/1.
50 up for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 5 overs!
Manish Pandey comes to the crease now!
WICKET: Finally, some respite in Royal Challengers Bangalore camp. Saini bowled a fuller length delivery and Saha just couldn't time it.
Back to back boundaries for Saha. How expensive will catch drop be?
DROPPED! Yuzvendra Chahal drops the wicket-keeper batsman Wridhiman Saha on 5.
Hyderabad is off to a flying start. The first over went for mere 2 runs, but they have recovered well and scored 19 in the next over. After 2 overs, it's 21/0.
Here are the two playing XI for two sides:
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 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
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Yuzvendra Chahal
TOSS: Royal Challengers Bangalore opt to bowl vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
The team winning the toss will look to have a bowl first and restrict the opposition for a low score and chase later. However, this reamins to be seen if the toss-winning captain goes with the same mindset.
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