AB- Moeen's century stand helps Bengaluru stay in contention for Play Offs

AB De Villiers Moeen Ali RCBThe Sunrisers Hyderabad needed 20 runs to win off the last over. However, Virat Kohli’s brave fast bowler Mohammed Siraj picked up the wicket of Kane Williamson of his first delivery and conceded just 5 runs in a brilliant last over as RCB defeated SRH by 14 runs to stay alive in the competition.

In response to Bangalore’s 218, Hyderabad made only 204 runs and fell 14 runs short of the total. With this win, RCB now have 12 points in 13 games and are pretty much alive in the race of Play offs along with KKR, MI, RR and Kings XI Punjab. However, RCB would also have to depend on other results to go in their favor in order to make it to the final four. All these teams have one match remaining and everybody is looking for a win in their last match to get through to the Playoffs.

Hyderabad on the other hand did not lose much as they had already qualified. They still remain at the top of the table with one match more to go. On Thursday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Hyderabad won the toss and decided to chase. After the dismissal of Parthiv (1) and Virat (12), dependable AB (69) and Moeen Ali (65 runs) teared apart the Hyderabad bowling adding 107 runs for the third wicket. Colin de Grandhomme (40) ensured that RCB finish on a high and helped them to 218.

Chasing 219, Shikhar Dhawan (18) and Alex Hales (37) departed early. After this Kane Williamson (81) and Manish Pandey (62*) stitched 135 runs for the 3rd wicket and brought them close to the target. However, a wicket of the first ball of the last over built the pressure and Hyderabad ended well short of the target.

AB de Villiers was adjudged the Player of the Match for his good innings in Bengaluru after he did not get to bat in Indore where RCB had won by 10 wickets.