De Villiers, Ali keep RCB's play-offs hopes alive

De Villiers, Ali keep RCB's play-offs hopes alive

We don't need superheroes such as Spider-Man, Batman or Captain America because we have AB de Villiers.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Tanmay Agarwal, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi, Chris Jordan.

Watch Rashid and De Villiers' catches in the video at the top of the page.

The classy Williamson's ally in the chase was local lad Manish Pandey, in indifferent form until now. Moeen was batting on 23 off 17 at that point and went on to score 65 off 34 after that.

Rashid not just stalled the RCB run flow with his 12 dot balls but also stunned everyone with a one-handed catch to dismiss Colin de Grandhomme (40) at the deep mid-wicket boundary in the final over. So Kohli aimed to put the next ball into the stands and went for an uncharacteristic slog-sweep, missing the ball which rattled the middle and off-stump. They have won their previous two games, while Hyderabad is coming off a loss at the hands of Chennai.

Speaking after the match, Kohli gave his opinion on the catch and referred to De Villiers as "spiderman". While ABD meant business from ball one and smashed back to back boundaries of his first two balls, Moeen Ali was a bit watchful to begin with.

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Atypically, the Celtics attacked the rim more than they launched 3-pointers, and the result was a relatively efficient first-half. Horford scored inside out of the pause, then knocked down a short jumper for a four-point lead with 5:55 to play.

From fielding great Jonty Rhodes to television journalists, umpteen cricket fans are raving about de Villiers' effort along the boundary rope.

Will the Sunrisers Hyderabad get things back on track with a win or will the Royal Challengers Bangalore pull off an almighty upset? The other teams which could finish with 14 points are KKR (if they lose to SRH), KXIP (if they beat CSK) and the victor of RCB-RR contest. Teams don't want us to win, looking at the strength, they want us to not win. But with two consecutive victories in a row, especially a 10-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab in their previous match, RCB looks poised in the competition of going through to the Playoffs.

Tim Southee made the conditions tougher for the visitors by conceding just six runs in the 17th over.

Today's IPL match of SRH vs RCB is to start at 8 pm IST with toss taking place at 7:30 pm IST.

On the one earlier occasion, the Bangalore scored in excess of 200 this season at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, it wasn't enough to secure a win. Star Sports Network the official broadcast partner of the tournament will telecast the match live.