Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

IPL 2018: RCB vs SRH Today IPL Match 51

IPL 2018: RCB vs SRH Today IPL Match 51

Chasing the mammoth total, Hyderabad started on a positive note piling up 47 runs off the first five overs before Shikhar Dhawan hit one straight back to Yuzvendra Chahal off his own bowling in the next over. Not performing to best of their strength Hyderabad conceded 218 runs. In the end RCB's big total was a little to much for the Sunrisers. 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.

But New Zealander Colin de Grandhomme (40 from 17; 4x1, 6x4) and teenaged Sarfaraz Khan (22 not out from 8; 4x3, 6x1) lit up the stadium with some late order fireworks, to ensure the home side crossed the 200-run mark with a quick-fire 34-run stand.

After surviving twice Alex Hales finally ran out of luck as AB de Villiers pulled of an absolute stunning catch just inside the boundary line to get the crowd at their feet.

SRH on the other hand have confirmed their qualification in the Play Offs but would like to seal their top 2 finish at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

With their playoffs qualification hopes hanging by a thread, seventh-placed RCB will need nothing less than a win on Thursday.

The pair have combined to pile up almost half of RCB's total runs this season but the side needs bigger contributions from the likes of Moeen Ali and Corey Anderson.

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For Sunrisers, though, this match serves as a warm-up for the next round or as a laboratory for experiments.

Moeen, overshadowed de Villiers in the middle overs as he dominated the third wicket adding 107 in just 49 balls in the company of the proteas (represents South Africa in worldwide cricket) to take the home team to a comfortable position.

On the points table, the SRH team is on the top of the table with 18 points in 12 matches they have played.

Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan have done the majority of the scoring for the Orange Army but as a unit which has been striving for improvement, there is lot of scope in the batting department.

RCB's wins over Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab were its first two in succession this season. ABD would be eyeing revenge against Rashid Khan in this return game.

With the win, Bangalore remain in the hunt for a playoff spot, sitting fifth on the table behind the Mumbai Indians on Net Run Rate.

Star Sports Network the official broadcast partner of the tournament will telecast the match live. Kane Williamson should be your Vice Captain for this clash.

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