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IPL 2018, Match 51, RCB vs SRH – Royal Challengers Bangalore Player Ratings

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs.

AB de Villiers
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s AB de Villiers in action. (Photo by IANS)

The Royal Challengers Bangalore have made a herculean surge in the points table to be back in the contention for the playoffs. They registered a crucial 14 run win against the table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bengaluru to move to the fifth spot in the points table. With the win, they have set a virtual knockout game for the Saturday now. Commenting on their recent win against SRH, team RCB defended 218 in the match to register a very crucial win.

Earlier in the game, they were asked to bat first by the SRH skipper. Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their openers early in the game and it was down the overseas duo of AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali to steer the ship forward. Both batsmen hit their respective fifties to put the team in firm command of the game. Final flourish from Colin de Grandhomme and Sarfaraz Khan saw RCB post 218/6 on the board as Rashid Khan scalped 3/27 for SRH.

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In the run chase, the Sunrisers got a decent start before the openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Alex Hales, perished in the middle overs. Kane Williamson continued his good run in the season and scored his 8th fifty to rally his side in the run chase. He found some able support from Manish Pandey, who also scored a fifty in the game. But the ask was a little too much for SRH when Williamson was dismissed in the final over of the game.

Here are the Royal Challengers Bangalore Player Ratings for the match:

Parthiv Patel – 1/10

Parthiv Patel had a bad day at work in the game. Riding on some good form from the previous game, Parthiv retained his opening slot in the match. He hit a good shot first up but only to see the ball getting stopped by the umpire. Soon, he was dismissed on 1 in the very first over of the match.\

Virat Kohli – 2/10

The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli looked in a good form in the match. He started off very well with a gorgeous straight drive. He hit another four before being cleaned up by Rashid Khan on 12. With the captaincy hat, Kohli looked a tad nervous with his moves and was extremely sloppy on the field.

AB de Villiers – 9.5/10

AB de Villiers was an absolute delight to watch in the game. He started off on a very positive note in the game and looked in ever so sensational form. He finished with a brilliant 69 to his name off just 39 balls. He hit 12 boundaries and a six during the knock. Later in the game, he took a sensational catch to send Alex Hales packing.

Moeen Ali – 9/10

Moeen Ali came in to bat at number 4 for the RCB camp. He stiched a handy 107 run partnership with AB de Villiers to bring his side back in to the game after early jolts. At one stage, Moeen even overshadowed ABD with his hits. He scored 65 off 34 balls with 2 fours and 6 sixes to his name. With the ball, he returned with figures of 1/21 in the 2 overs that he bowled.

Mandeep Singh – 3/10

Mandeep Singh had a good opportunity to make things count for his side and also contribute well for the team’s cause. However, he perished cheaply in his attempt to up the ante. On the field, he was electrifying and saved some certain boundaries.

Colin de Grandhomme – 8.5/10

Colin de Grandhomme arrived at the crease at a tricky situation. He lived up to his reputation and managed to smash a quick 40 off just 17 balls with a four and four sixes to his name. Later in the game, he had a tough time with the ball as he conceded 34 runs in the 2 overs that he bowled. On the field, he took the big catch of Kane Williamson in the final over under serious pressure.

Sarfaraz Khan – 8/10

Despite a poor run this season, Sarfaraz Khan retained his place in the Royal Challengers Bangalore lineup. He finally did some justice to his price tag by playing a very handy cameo in the game. He remained unbeaten on 22 off 8 balls with a six and three boundaries to his name.

Tim Southee – 3/10

Tim Southee was the most experienced bowled for the RCB team in the match. But he failed to lead the side in the bowling department. Southee was taken away for as many as 45 runs in the four overs that he bowled. He failed to take any wicket.

Mohammad Siraj – 7.5/10

Mohammad Siraj has been guilty of leaking a lot of runs at crunch times in the tournament. In this particular game, he was expensive again. He bowled his complete quota of four overs and conceded 43 runs. However, when it mattered the most, he successfully defended 20 runs in the final over and also dismissed Kane Williamson to seal the deal for his side.

Yuzvendra Chahal – 8/10

Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the match. The leggie bowled his complete quota of four overs and returned with figures of 1/28. He provided the first breakthrough for his side by dismissing Shikhar Dhawan on 18 in the sixth over.

Umesh Yadav – 6/10

Umesh Yadav has been the most successful bowler in the RCB camp when it comes to taking wickets. The Vidarbha express had an off day at work in this regard against the Sunrisers. He failed to pick up any wicket. But he conceded just 31 runs in the four overs that he bowled and it was economical in the context of this game.

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