It's my 163 IPL game, so we've been through this (pressure to win) a lot before. Both the teams are stacked at the bottom half of the , with 4 points each. In the end the bowler held his nerve to take the team to victory. In other words, RCB should not be over reliant on their superstars. He stitched an all-important 107 run partnership with AB de Villiers which proved to be a match-winning one.
The South African leapt and plucked the ball out of this air with one hand. Roy scored 12 runs where Shaw scored 2 runs only. Hope RCB will defend well in this match. Plenty more will be expected off them. With a poor start to the campaign, RCB led by Virat Kohli is still at No. 7th position with just 10 points in 12 games. In the absence of ABD Brendon McCullum did perform well in the previous match and will look to perform in the similar way. De Grandhomme though, ensured that would not happen.
Table-topping Sunrisers Hyderabad return to Sky Sports screens against a somewhat resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore. Tim Southee came next to bat. He hit four sixes and a boundary in his innings. It is only consistency they lack.
The above scenario aside, Royals' best chance would be to beat RCB and hope that Mumbai lose. The Orange Army batsman as well as bowlers have been in terrific form as skipper Kane Williamson have not tinkered with the playing XI.
The Catch: It was nearly a month ago that Trent Boult's effort in the deep at Chinnaswamy Stadium was all but declared catch of the tournament, but another piece of brilliance from AB de Villiers may have thrown a spanner in the works as the competition reaches it's closing stages. The second ball went for a boundary too, singles came off the next two balls, the last ball went for a four. "We were close but not close enough", said Williamson. "Hopefully, we can keep going and I can keep this form going", he added. We don't deserve to win if we field like that. "When we are nearly carefree, that's when we are at our best". Wanted to stay calm.
"It was a insane game of cricket and we pulled through. But that finishing touch wasn't happening", said the 30-year-old.
Sunrisers Hyderabad also started their batting good.
Bangalore have two more games left and to qualify for the knockout stage, they need to win the game.
With Sunrisers already assured a place in the top two, the focus is on how Royal Challengers' performance will impact both themselves and the other teams fighting for a playoff spot.
The Indian captain lauded de Villiers' catch, saying it was "Spiderman stuff" but, at the same time, insisted he is getting used to such efforts from his RCB teammate. His previous best season aggregate was 182 runs (2016).
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