The Royal Challengers Bangalore slumped to yet another defeat as they lost by 5 runs to the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Match 39 of IPL 2018 was a closely fought affair between the 2 teams. Bangalore won the toss and opted to bowl. Right off the bat, the Sunrisers openers struggled and were dismissed early. Alex Hales departed for 5 runs while Shikhar Dhawan went down after scoring 13 runs.
Fortunately, skipper Kane Williamson stepped up to the plate and knocked a mighty half-century. Manish Pandey also departed for a lowly 5, but Shakib Al Hasan was able to stick around to score 35. Williamson and Al Hasan were able to build a decent partnership. Then Yusuf Pathan came on when the partnership broke and he contributed 12 runs. The remaining batsmen were only able to get in the single digits. In the end, the Sunrisers were all out for 146.
The second innings of IPL 2018 kicked off with the Royal Challengers coming in to chase. Opener, Manan Vohra was the first to be sent packing with 8 runs on the board. Partner Parthiv Patel, now joined by skipper Virat Kohli, lasted a bit longer. But soon, he too joined his teammate in the pavilion with 20 runs to his name.
Kohli managed to top score with 39 runs before succumbing to Shakib Al Hasan. AB De Villiers went out with 5 runs on the board and Moeen Ali followed him with twice that score. Mandeep Singh stuck around for a 21-run cameo and Colin de Grandhomme struck a fine 33 runs. But in the end, RCB would fall agonisingly short.
Moving onto the bowling section, RCB’s Tim Southee and Mohammed Siraj ended up with 3 wickets each with an economy of 7.50 and 6.25 respectively. De Grandhomme and Moeen Ali were the only ones without a wicket, not including run outs.
For the Sunrisers, Shakib Al Hasan scalped 2, including Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli. The difference was that all 5 SRH bowlers had at least one wicket between them.