RCB stay alive with thrilling win

RCB stay alive with thrilling win

As Hales tried to smash one over the leg side boundary, ABD took a catch that can not be summed up in words. But in the end it all came down to who held their nerves better.

Royal Challengers Bangalore keep their hopes alive for the playoff after defeating table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs in an IPL tie at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Rashid Khan had a brilliant day in the field despite SunRisers Hyderabad bowlers being taken to cleaners by Royal Challengers Bangalore's AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali and Grandhomme.

Fielding at deep mid-wicket, the South African had a chance to send back a unsafe Alex Hales who was threatening to set base for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they looked to chase down RCB's mammoth target.

"We missed a trick with the ball".

Sunrisers spinner Rashid initially misjudged the flight of the ball as De Grandhomme launched towards him at deep midwicket but reacted late to pull off a superb catch with his right hand. Kane Williamson has totally modified his game and if Hyderabad wants to win T20 2018 then Kane Williamson has to continue leading from the front.

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"When you're chasing a total like that, you need to make right decisions, at key times in the chase, we didn't". Counter-attacking knocks by Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey then threatened to take the game away from them.

Speaking after the match, Kohli gave his opinion on the catch and referred to De Villiers as "spiderman". Bangalore have a decisive advantage in the race to the playoffs with their high net run rate, but they need to win their two remaining games for that to be a factor at all.

Tim Southee's spectacular catch in the IPL is deemed not out by the TV umpire. The rest of the order still looks shaky, but batsmen like Pandey, Pathan, and Shakib have struck the ball well in the odd match. He leaked 70 runs from his dour overs. The third-wicket pair added 107 runs in 9.3 overs and lifted RCB to 145.

The last time these two sides met, Rajasthan scored 217/4 batting first and later restricted Bangalore at 198/6 to win the match by 19 runs.

Put in to bat, Parthiv failed to take advantage of the dropped chance off the very first ball and departed off the final ball off Sandeep Sharma, caught by Siddharth Kaul at third man. After the loss of two early wickets (Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli), RCB seemed to have lost the plot. The RCB skipper attempted to slog a Rashid Khan delivery hoping for a googly only to find his timber re-arranged.

Fans inside the stadium and indeed the TV viewers were left frustrated by how long it took for the umpire to decide over whether De Villiers' shot had gone for a six or four in the fifth over.