IPL 2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad seek playoff, Royal Challengers Bangalore survival

IPL 2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad seek playoff, Royal Challengers Bangalore survival

IPL 2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad seek playoff, Royal Challengers Bangalore survival

Delhi Daredevils won the toss and made a decision to bat first.

Although 163 appeared like a daunting target on the Hyderabad wicket, Alex Hales thumped his way to a belligerent 31-ball 45 that included a scything attack on Avesh Khan.

SRH were provided the ideal platform for their chase with Alex Hales and Shikhar Dhawan adding 76 runs - the team's best opening partnership this season. Glenn Maxwell dropped Alex Hales in the second over while Vijay Shankar failed to hold on to Pathan's catch when he had not scored a single run. His association with Williamson perhaps pegged Sunrisers back for it took 43 balls, with Pandey consuming 17 of them for 21 runs, not ideal given the task Sunrisers had at hand then. The 35-year-old all-rounder hit a 12-ball 27, which included two sixes and two boundaries as the home team won the match by seven wickets and returned to the top spot on the eight-team table. Despite Amit Mishra's (2/19 in 4 overs) brilliant bowling, the lack of second specialist spinners hurt Delhi dearly as Avesh Khan (0/47 in 3 overs) and Dan Christian (0/37 in 3.5 overs) gave away 84 runs in less than seven overs which proved to be decisive. Both of them have looked off colour and the team would want their big guns to fire.

However, his wicket seemed to give Sunrisers the window to get back in the game and they wrested the momentum back from Delhi.

Despite the innings slowing down, Sunrisers' kept the scoreboard ticking as batsmen Shikhar Dhawan (33) and skipper Kane Williamson (32) led the way, coupled with poor fielding and dropped catches.

While for Sunrisers, the match presents another opportunity to the batsmen to come to the fore, while for Bangalore, survival would be the key. For all of RCB's faults this season and there are too many to count, their ability to get wickets with the new ball has been one of their biggest strengths. Shaw once again provided a blazing start, reaching to his second IPL half-century in only 25 balls. Captain Iyer was out after 44 runs.

While Shaw's knock was laced with six boundaries and three sixes off 36 balls, Iyer faced 36 deliveries, hitting three fours and couple of sixes.

The absence of their most experienced seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has barely been felt even as skipper Kane Williamson is bullish about Bhuvi's return.

The chances of Delhi Daredevils in the tournament is in jeopardy as they battle the current chart-topper Sunrisers Hyderabad. In fact, Daredevils's Indian batting jewels have outshone the might of its foreign recruits, Colin Munro and Glenn Maxwell. SRH's Rashid Khan who picked up 2 wickets for just 23 runs was given the Player of the Match Award.

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