SunRisers Hyderabad storm through to the Playoffs with Royal Challengers Bangalore hanging on by a thin thread

Kohli staring exit from IPL 2018 after defeat against SunRisers
 

SunRisers Hyderabad (146-10) successfully defend their fourth low total of IPL 2018 to defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore (141-6) by 5 runs as they become the first team to qualify for the Playoffs.

Entering in to the fixture against SRH, RCB had a lot at stake. To give themselves a fair chance of having a crack at the Playoffs, they desperately wanted to win this one.

However, given the prowess of the table toppers SRH, it would always prove to be a stiff task.

Tim Southee (4-30-3) proved the decision of skipper Virat Kohli right when he bowled the dangerous Alex Hales (5) first up in the third over. Mohammad Siraj (4-25-3) gave him good support from the other end as he dismissed Shikhar Dhawan (13) in the last over of the Poweplay.

Following two early breakthroughs, SRH captain Kane Williamson (56, MoM) took responsibility yet again with a well compiled half century. Without the much required support from fellow batsmen, all rounder Shakib al Hasan’s (35) late contribution took SRH close to 150.

A target of a mere 147 could have been a cakewalk against most bowling line ups but given the credentials of the SRH bowlers, one always knew that something was in store.

Despite Parthiv Patel’s (20) early departure, RCB got off to a good start with Virat Kohli scoring a breezy 39. At one stage Kohli looked so comfortable in the middle that one thought that RCB would chase down the total in a canter.

But once Manan Vohra (8) got out to a slower one from Sandeep Sharma (4-20-1), Bangalore lost wickets in a clump. From being 2-60 at one stage, they slid down to 3-74, 4-80 and 5-84 in the 12th over. It brought back memories from RCB’s last game against CSK. AB de Villiers (5) failed to leave a mark once again as he was cleaned up Rashid Khan (4-31-1) on a googly.

Following a string of quick wickets, Mandeep Singh (21*) and Colin de Grandhomme (33) played sensibly to take the match closer.

With 12 runs required off the last over to be bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4-27-1), RCB were still in with a chance.

However, the death bowling skills of Bhuvi proved to be too good for the likes of Mandeep and Grandhomme.

As a result, SRH won the match by 5 runs and stormed through to the Playoffs.

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