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AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali keep Royal Challengers Bangalore in the hunt

AB de Villiers helps topple the Table toppers
 

Royal Challengers Bangalore (218-6) beat table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad (204-3) by 14 runs on the back of a 107-run stand between AB de Villiers (69) and Moeen Ali (65) to keep themselves afloat in IPL 2018.

As RCB played host to SRH at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, it was a do-or-die encounter for them. It was a matchup between the RCB batsmen and the SRH bowlers.

Batting first, Bangalore lost the wickets of openers Parthiv Patel (1) and Captain Virat Kohli (12) early. Kohli, after hitting a boundary off Rashid Khan (4-27-3) tried to be too adventurous as he failed execute a sweep shot. The ball went right under the bat and disturbed the timber.

The ship was then steadied by the champion batsman AB de Villiers and all-rounder Moeen Ali. While ABD meant business from ball one and smashed back to back boundaries of his first two balls, Moeen Ali was a bit watchful to begin with. However, once the left-hander got his eye in, there was onslaught from both ends.

AB de Villiers (69) and Moeen Ali (65) were part of a 107-run stand that gave RCB a solid platform. It were cameos from Colin de Grandhomme (40, SR: 235.29) and Sarfaraz Khan (22, SR: 275) that took RCB to a humongous total of 218.

Although Shikhar Dhawan (18) and Alex Hales (37) gave SRH a good start, the real heroes were Manish Pandey (62*, SR: 163.15) and Kane Williamson (81, SR: 192.85) who took the match right till the end.

The duo tried really hard to keep up with the required run rate but the target proved to be a bit too much in the end as SRH fell 14 runs short.

It was a terrible day for SRH bowler Basil Thampi who gave away 70 runs in 4 overs, the most in IPL history.

AB de Villiers was given the Man of the Match ahead of Moeen Ali (2-21-1), who also contributed with the ball. Possibly it was ABD’s Superman-esque catch to dismiss Alex Hales at the boundary which tilted the result in his favour. 

 Just Saying: I would have given mine to Moeen though.

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