Sunrisers Hyderabad 146/10 (Kane Williamson 56, Shakib al Hasan 35, Mohammed Siraj 3-25, Tim Southee 3-30) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 141/6 (Virat Kohli 39, Colin de Grandhomme 33*, Shakib al Hasan 2-36) by 5 runs.
Table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad produced yet another spirited bowling effort after skipper Kane Williamson’s crucial half-century to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five runs and virtually assure themselves a place in the play-offs of the Indian Premier League on Monday.
Sunrisers not only registered their fifth consecutive win of the tournament but also defended yet another low total riding on the performance of their excellent bowling unit.
Sent into bat, Sunrisers managed a modest 146 but came back strongly after the break riding on yet another gutsy bowling display to restrict RCB to 141 for six.
By virtue of this win, Sunrisers have consolidated their position at the top of the table with 16 points from 10 games.
RCB, on the other hand, are standing on the verge of elimination with just six points from 10 matches. Besides needing to win their remaining four games, RCB’s fortune will also depend on the outcome of other matches.
Chasing the modest target, Parthiv Patel got RCB off to a brisk start scoring 20 off 13 balls before Shakib Al Hasan (2/36) caught him plumb in front of the wicket.
Skipper Virat Kohli (39) and opener Manan Vohra (8) added 36 runs for the second wicket before the latter was cleaned up by Sandeep Sharma.
Kohli, however, looked in ominous form and did not lose a single opportunity to punish the bad deliveries.
But Kohli should consider himself lucky as his counterpart Williamson dropped him at slip off Rashid Khan (1/31) in the ninth over.
But Kohli failed to capitalise on the chance as he got a leading edge off Shakib in the next over and Yusuf Pathan took a one-handed catch at short third-man to the delight of home fans.
RCB’s woes compounded in the next over when Afghanistan’s wonder spinner Rashid went through the defence of dangerous AB de Villiers (5) with a wrong’un.
Towards the end, Mandeep Singh (21 not out) and Colin de Grandhomme (33) added crucial 57 runs for the sixth wicket to keep RCB in the hunt.
RCB needed 19 runs off the last two overs but Siddharth Kaul (1/25) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/27) came up with superb death bowling display to concede just 14 runs and seal yet another win for their side.
Man of the Match: Kane Williamson, for his 39-ball 56 – the only half-century of the match.