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Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 4 wickets
RCB
178/6 - 19.2/20 ov
SRH
175/7 - 20/20 ov
Match 54, Bengaluru

A match-winning ending to what has been a torrid campaign for the Royal Challengers Bangalore who managed to pull through in match they might have lost earlier in the season. Having allowed the Sunrisers Hyderabad to get to a challenging total things didn't get much better for RCB with the bat after the interval.

 

Parthiv Patel was the first to go as he got a leading edge to Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a 3-ball duck. Virat Kohli looked to be in the mood tonight as he played some sublime shots to race to 16. However as he has on a few occasions this season he got the outside edge having advanced down the track. AB de Villiers was next as he guided his second ball straight to Martin Guptill at gully.

 

That gave a chance to the middle order of RCB to stand up and be counted. Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh duly answered the call and put on a monumental 144-run fourth-wicket partnership which all but took the team home.

Kohli: "If we focus on the second half, it is exactly what we would have wanted in the first. After losing your first six matches, it is very difficult to comeback in a tournament like the VIVO IPL. We have a lot to learn from this season. The first couple of things matter a lot in setting the intensity. We are happy with the way guys have turned things around and the kind of cricket that we have played in the second half. A lot of credit goes to the team management for getting us back in the right frame of mind. We haven't finished in the position that we wanted to. But because the second half has been so good it doesn't feel like a bad season. We won last 6 off our 7 matches and it is something that we can be proud of. "

Williamson: "Every time you turn up you would like an element of control. At the halfway stage it felt like we set a competitive total. Credit to RCB for the way they stuck out and kept coming hard at us. Naturally when you take your opportunities it does help. But that is a game of cricket. It would have been nice to get 10-15 more runs in the first innings, but credit to Bangalore for keeping up the pressure. I suppose there are a number of fine lines, our last two matches could've gone either way but we ended up on the wrong side."

MoM: Shimron Hetmyer

Royal Challengers Bangalore win by 4 wickets

End of Over 20 - 8 runs RCB 178/6
Umesh Yadav*9* (4b 2x4)
Colin de Grandhomme3* (4b)

Four! Umesh Yadav redeems himself! Another friendly wide half-volley which is again slashed through the covers

19.2 M Nabi to U Yadav, FOUR, 106.42 km/h good length outside off stump.

Four! A wide half-volley is slashed away through the covers

19.1 M Nabi to U Yadav, FOUR.

6 runs needed of the last and it will be Nabi to bowl it with Umesh facing.

End of Over 19 - 5 runs, 2 wickets RCB 170/6
Umesh Yadav*1* (2b)
Colin de Grandhomme3* (4b)
18.6 K Ahmed to U Yadav, one run, 139.91 km/h full length on off stump.
18.5 K Ahmed to U Yadav, no run, 125.59 km/h good length on off stump.
18.4 K Ahmed to C de Grandhomme, one run, 128.03 km/h good length outside off stump.

Wicket! What is going on here? Washington Sundar just played a lofted drive to a back of a length ball. Despite not being anywhere near the pitch of the ball he went through with the shot and skied it straight to mid-off inside the circle

18.3 K Ahmed to W Sundar, WICKET!!! W Sundar is out c Manish Pandey b Khaleel Ahmed, 123.07 km/h short length outside off stump.
18.3 K Ahmed to W Sundar, wide delivery.

Wicket! Short and wide and it's just cut straight to Pathan at backward-point on the edge of the circle. It was the slower-ball wide-bouncer and Gurkeerat jumped to play the uppercut but it had no pace on it

18.2 K Ahmed to GM Singh, WICKET!!! GM Singh is out c Yusuf Pathan b Khaleel Ahmed, 125.08 km/h short length outside off stump.
18.2 K Ahmed to GM Singh, wide delivery.
18.1 K Ahmed to C de Grandhomme, one run, 137.49 km/h full length just outside off stump.

Less than a run-a-ball now and cool heads should see RCB end their disappointing campaign on a winning note.

End of Over 18 - 14 runs, 1 wicket RCB 165/4
Colin de Grandhomme*1* (2b)
Gurkeerat Mann Singh65* (47b 8x4 1x6)
17.6 R Khan to C de Grandhomme, one run, 98.4 km/h short length on middle stump.
17.5 R Khan to C de Grandhomme, no run, 97.58 km/h good length outside off stump.

Wicket! It was slightly short again but it was the googly which spun away from him and Hetmyer had to reach for it and got off near the bottom of the bat. He nearly managed to clear long-off who took it inches off the rope

17.4 R Khan to S Hetmyer, WICKET!!! S Hetmyer is out c Vijay Shankar b Rashid Khan, 86.52 km/h short length outside off stump.

Six! Short outside off and Hetmyer pulled it over long-on

17.3 R Khan to S Hetmyer, SIX, 100.03 km/h short length just outside off stump.
17.2 R Khan to GM Singh, one run, 97.6 km/h short length just outside off stump.

Six! Rashid Khan starts with a half-tracker which is duly punished with a pull over the mid-wicket boundary

17.1 R Khan to GM Singh, SIX, 90.34 km/h short length going down leg.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar completes a sensational over in the context of the match. The equation is still highly in favour of the home side but it keeps the away team in the fight for the moment

End of Over 17 - 5 runs RCB 151/3
Gurkeerat Mann Singh*58* (45b 8x4)
Shimron Hetmyer69* (45b 4x4 5x6)
16.6 B Kumar to GM Singh, one run, 142.19 km/h full length just outside off stump.
16.5 B Kumar to GM Singh, no run, 132.49 km/h short length on middle stump.
16.4 B Kumar to S Hetmyer, one run, 121.3 km/h full length outside off stump.
16.3 B Kumar to GM Singh, one run, 138.39 km/h good length on middle stump.
16.2 B Kumar to S Hetmyer, one run, 122.42 km/h short length outside off stump.
16.1 B Kumar to GM Singh, 1 leg bye.
End of Over 16 - 16 runs RCB 146/3
Gurkeerat Mann Singh*56* (41b 8x4)
Shimron Hetmyer67* (43b 4x4 5x6)
15.6 V Shankar to GM Singh, one run, 131.68 km/h good length outside off stump.

Four! Short again and this time it's crunched to deep-square. Kumar was the man stationed there and was in two minds as to come forward or hang back and in the end was caught in no-man's land as the ball went right through him

15.5 V Shankar to GM Singh, FOUR, 130.13 km/h short length on off stump.

50 for Gurkeerat Singh

Four! Full and wide and Gurkeerat opened the blade to cut it behind point and beat the third-man sweeper

15.4 V Shankar to GM Singh, FOUR, 127.72 km/h full length outside off stump.
15.3 V Shankar to S Hetmyer, one run, 128.73 km/h good length just outside off stump.
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