AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali keep Royal Challengers Bangalore in the hunt
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.
That makes it 3 in 3 games and we have a winning run ????— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 17, 2018
Chahal was outstanding with the ball and AB, Mo, CdG and Sarfaraz all contributed to give our home crowd a fitting farewell ??
Now onto Jaipur.#PlayBold #RCBvSRH #RCB pic.twitter.com/klnLN00iEw
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.
We fought well and it wasn't our day but we broke through today as we scored more than 200 tonight and we will work harder from here.— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 2018
Onwards and Upwards #OrangeArmy#RCBvSRH #IPL2018 pic.twitter.com/hWCSwDXf5F
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.
Man of the Match, @ABdeVilliers17 ???:"I'm human after all!"— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 17, 2018
After repeatedly watching him pull off surreal actions, not too many of us will agree with that statement ?????? #Superman #PlayBold #RCBvSRH #RCB
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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