Bengaluru, April 4: Sunrisers Hyderabad would look to complete the unfinished business and seal their place in the IPL Play-offs when they clash with laggards Royal Challengers Bangalore, here on Saturday (April 4).
The defeat against Mumbai Indians via Super Over must be hurting but they need to shrug it off and add two points to take their tally to 14, good enough to stay in top-4. Can they do it against a knocked out Bangalore? Or the RCB has one last hurrah left in them?
Despite their defeat against Mumbai on Thursday, Hyderabad's net run rate is +0.653, which is superior to others in contention for the Play-offs. Even if Hyderabad lose their last match, they can still reach playoffs if Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab don't win more than one of their last two matches. In the absence of their batting mainstay David Warner, young Manish Pandey (71 off 47 balls) shouldered the responsibility pretty well in the last match against Mumbai.
Captain Kane Williamson, all-rounder Vijay Shankar and comeback man Wriddhiman Saha will look to score in the key match. Hyderabad bowlers have performed well in patches and need to get their act together against Bangalore's AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. The visitors boast of multi-pronged attack in which Afghanistan's Rashid Khan has been the standout performer.
Here’s MyKhel’s Live Updates of the Royal Challengers Bangalore versus Sunrisers Hyderabad match:
What a finish to the season. The hosts pull of a 4-wicket win over Hyderabad to end the season on a high note.
FOUR!!! More than RCB I think KKR supporters are cheering tonight!
What a quick turnaround here. 7 off 7 needed.
WICKET!! Another meltdown from the hosts as Washington Sundar out for a duck as Pandey takes an easy catch to halt the hosts.
WICKET! RCB losing the plot here. Another big wicket as Gurkeerat's stellar knock comes to an end. Two new batsmen at the crease. Will the hosts pull off a win?
RCB need 11 off 12. Will the wicket cost the hosts? Or can they finish the season with an impressive win
WICKET! BIG WICKET for SRH. Will this cost RCB? Hetmyer's stunning innings comes to an end as Shankar takes a super catch to bring an end to his brilliant innings.
SIXXX!!!! Gurkeerat slaps it over deep square leg.
26 needed off 20. SRH losing grasp here.
29 off 23 to win for the hosts
50 comes up for Gurkeerat. Gurkeerat brings up his half-century in style with a four.
WIDE. SRH can't afford these extras now.
The hosts need 42 from 29 to win
Big Appeal! Narrowly misses stump. Williamson appeals for caught behind. But Gurkeerat safe as SRH lose review.
FOUR! Gurkeerat sends it towards deep square as it runs away for a boundary.
Last 28 balls have gone for 52 balls.
FOUR more! 100 comes up from the partnership off just 67 deliveries.
DROPPED!! Yusuf Pathan drops a sitter as he hands Hetmyer a lifeline! This could cost Hyderabad the match at the end!
SIXXX! Hetmyer taking charge here as Bhuvi being hammered around the park.
FOUR!! Gurkeerat hits Bhuvi for a four as 87 off 60 comes up from the partnership.
MAXIMUM! Hetmyer brings up his maiden IPL 50 in style!
SIXXX!!!! Hetmyer keeps the crowd on its toes with a steady dose of boundaries. The West Indian hit Rashid for a Maximum
Just five of that over. RCB ned 99 to win
Eight overs down, RCB at 61 for 3. Nabi into the attack
Quite over from Thampi as he gives away just five runs
Gurkeerat, Hetmyer steady the hosts innings after losing three quick wickets.
Powerplay done. RCB three wickets down for 50 runs.
Oh that was hard! Gurkeerat's bat goes flying as Hetmyer hits straight at him. No run.
Rashid into the attack for the visitors now.
WICKET! Just as the skipper was getting started Ahmed picks up the big wicket to dismiss Kohli. Kohli departs cheaply scoring 16 off 7. 2 overs and RCB down two wickets.
Six, Four... skipper Kohli picks up the pace here at home
WICKET!! Parthiv Patel goes for a duck! Patel looks to pull it over square leg but ends up top-edging it towards backward point. Pandey takes an easy catch. RCB off on the wrong foot.
Parthiv, Kohli open the chase. Bhuvi in with the new ball
FOUR more to finish the over! The over goes for 28 as Kane Williamson takes them to a decent total. SRH put up 175/7 at the end of 20 overs. The last over is going to haunt the home side.
Gets only one from the free hit. But that extra ball is going to hurt RCB. Another umpire fiasco here.
This is just going downhill for RCB all of a sudden as a Free Hit is awarded. Not what RCB needed after being hit for 20 runs in the first four deliveries.
FOUR more!! It's turning out to be a brilliant over for SRH as Williamson brings up 20 runs in four balls. Two deliveries left.
SIXXX more! Williamson smashing it here in the final over. 6-4-6 in the final over.
MAXIMUM! Williamson starts the final over with a six to bring up his half-century! Follows it up with a FOUR! Umesh Yadav hapless here in the final over.
Saini keeps it tight giving away just six runs and no boundaries in the penultimate over. Williamson keeps strike for the final over
WICKETNo. 7! Second catch of the evening for Hetmyer as he makes no mistake and takes a safe catch at deep midwicket to send Rashid back for just 1.
Rashid Khan the new batsman in
WICKET! Gurkeerat Singh the man to take a neat catch at long on as Nabi goes for four. SRH six wickets down.
FOUR! Nabi gets off the mark with a boundary
FOUR!! Williamson keeps the scoreboard ticking despite the loss of wickets.
WICKET!! Chahal strikes again to dismiss Yusuf Pathan and pick up his 100th IPL wicket. Pathan goes for 3 off 4 as Umesh Yadav takes an easy catch at deep extra cover.
SIX!! Two maximums in the over from Williamson as the skipper keeps the innings alive for SRH. Last five overs have gone for 51 runs for the loss of 1 wicket.
WICKET! And that's it from Shankar as he goes high up and gifts Grandhomme an easy catch to end his innings.
Six more from Shankar!
SIX!! Vijay Shankar bring up the 100 for SRH with a maximum!
Williamson and Shankar build partnership off 33 off 33 to steady SRH's innings after losing quick wickets.
SIX!! Shankar pumps it over midwicket for a maximum!
FOUR!! Skipper Kane Williamson steadying the innings for the visitors here at Bengaluru. Williamson punches it past midwicket for a boundary.
Excellent over from Washington Sundar as he takes two wickets in his first over.
WICKET No. 3! The home boys striking back with quick wickets as Manish Pandey walks for just 9 off 12. Hetmyer dives forward at midwicket and to take it inches off the ground. There's a shadow of doubt and they go upstairs. But its an OUT and Pandey has to walk.
WICKET!!! Sundar strikes with his second ball and Kohli is the one to pick it up. Big wicket for RCB as Guptill has to go back
Khejroliya into the attack. Pandey hits a boundary to start the over.
The powerplay went for 56 runs for the loss of just one wicket
Chahal gives away just one run in his second over. Time for a timeout now.
WICKET!!! Saini gets his man as Saha goes after a quickfire 20 off 11 as Umesh makes no mistake at mid on to dismiss the opener.
TWO BACK-TO-BACK FOURS! That's three boundaries on the trot. Saha punishing RCB.
FOUR! Saha goes for the sweep, gets top edge and goes over short fine leg and goes over the ropes.
DROPPED! Saha dropped by Chahal. Chahal at deep square leg mis judges as he makes a costly mistake. Lifeline handed to Saha.
MAXIMUM! Martin Guptill on fire at the Chinnaswamy stadium as he hits Umesh for a six over extra cover.
Umesh in for his second over.
Five runs added. Overthrows costing RCB here as Kohli throws it and no one is there to stop it as it races away towards the boundary
SIX! Guptill follows up the four with an excellent shot for a MAXIMUM as he launches it over the bowlers head to send it over the ropes.
FOUR! Second ball runs away for a boundary as Guptill hits the first boundary for the visitors.
Saini in next. Dot ball to start the over
Good over from Umesh Yadav as he gives away just two runs
Guptill off the mark with a single.
Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha open the innings for the visitors. Umesh Yadav in with the new ball
Virat Kohli: This one is especially for our fans. Last game it was pouring down and these guys were still here.
Captain’s Speak: Kane Williamson: We would have bowled first as well. But at the same time, the wicket is good here. It's nice to be here.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kulwant Khejroliya
Sunrisers Hyderabad Playing XI: M Guptill, W Saha, M Pandey, K Williamson, V Shankar, Y Pathan, M Nabi, R Khan, B Kumar, K Ahmed, B Thampi
Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and chosen to bowl
Toss is just minutes away
While Bangalore will be playing for pride, it’s an important match for the visitors as they will look to seal their play-off berth with a win here in Bengaluru.
It has been a season to forget for Virat Kohli and his boys and the Royal Challengers Bangalore will hope to finish off on a positive note when they host the Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 54 of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.