IPL 2018, RCB vs SRH: AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali hit fifties

IPL 2018 RCB vs SRH Virat Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli

The game starts at 8PM IST on May 17 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Throttling themselves into another lifeline for the playoff with 12 points. The match completely changed in RCB's favour as Siraj dismissed Kane Williamson for 81 runs on the first ball of the 20 over.

SRH 204/3 after 20 overs. Roy scored 12 runs where Shaw scored 2 runs only. When the second time out was taken the equation for Sunrisers to win as 55 runs off 24 balls. Ales Hales 29 (16) and Shikhar Dhawan 18 (14) are playing carefully and smartly.

SRH win. SRH have simply been too good this season, despite their hiccup in the last game. The re-introduction of de Grandhomme in the 15th over provided him the release. By losing five wickets in 19 overs, RCB scored 187 runs so far.

Rashid Khan double strike slowed down RCB's innings.

After Over 10: 84/2, 11 runs from the over as Sandeep Sharma returns to the attack. A capacity crowd suddenly lost its voice, only to recover its full-throatedness when Moeen exploded in a frenzy of six-hitting.

Parthiv Patel was reprieved first ball at cover by Deepak Hooda, but he added just one before top-edging Sandeep Sharma to fine leg. Virat Kohli began with a straight drive for four off Sandeep and swatted Rashid Khan to the midwicket boundary, before being bowled attempting a slog sweep off a googly. The gangly Kiwi all-rounder plundered four sixes and one four in his 17-ball stay at the crease whilst the young Sarfraz Khan chipped in with an 8-ball 22 which proved to be a pivotal factor in posting a daunting total on the board.

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels. You can catch the live action at Hotstar. For example, for Royals to go past KKR on net run-rate, they will have to win by about 45 runs, and hope that KKR lose by about 30. The victory also kept alive chances of Virat Kohli's side to enter the playoff.

Mumbai Indians bowlers to look forward to today: nearly all the MI bowlers will be licking their lips at the prospect of playing against RCB, for they've all had plenty of success against the RCB batsmen. RCB needs to be mindful of the same.

SRH have a 7-4 advantage over RCB in overall matches, having also won the last four games between the two sides. Its bowlers have been largely unstoppable, even if they conceded totals of 187 and 180 in the last two games.

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