Hyderabad defend yet another low total to beat Bangalore by 5 runs


Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)?bowler Shakib Al Hasan , 2nd form left, celebrates with Yusuf Pathan the wicket of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli during their IPL 2018 match in Hyderabad on Monday. (AP)

HYDERABAD, May 8: Table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad produced yet another spirited bowling effort after skipper Kane Williamson’s crucial half-century to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five runs and virtually assure themselves a place in the play-offs of the Indian Premier League on Monday.
Sunrisers not only register their fifth consecutive win of the tournament today but also defended yet another low total riding on the performance of their excellent bowling unit.
Sent into bat, Sunrisers managed a modest 146 but came back strongly after the break riding on yet another gutsy bowling display to restrict RCB to 141 for six.
By virtue of this win, Sunrisers have consolidated their position at the top of the table with 16 points from 10 games.
RCB, on the other hand, are standing on the verge of elimination with just six points from 10 matches. Besides needing to win their remaining four games, RCB’s fortune will also depend on the outcome of other matches.
Chasing the modest target, Parthiv Patel got RCB off to a brisk start scoring 20 off 13 balls before Shakib Al Hasan (2/36) caught him plumb in front of the wicket.
Skipper Virat Kohli (39) and opener Manan Vohra (8) added 36 runs for the second wicket before the latter was cleaned up by Sandeep Sharma.
Kohli, however, looked in ominous form and did not lose a single opportunity to punish the bad deliveries.
But Kohli should consider himself lucky as his counterpart Williamson dropped him at slip off Rashid Khan (1/31) in the ninth over.
But Kohli failed to capitalise on the chance as he got a leading edge off Shakib in the next over and Yusuf Pathan took a one-handed catch at short third-man to the delight of home fans. (PTI)