RCB stay alive with thrilling win

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s AB de Villiers takes the catch of Alex Hales of Sunrisers Hyderabad during their Indian Premier League match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday

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Apart from Dhawan and Williamson, Yusuf Pathan (186), Manish Pandey (189) and Shakib-Al-Hasan (166) have also chipped in at crunch situations for SRH.

After surviving twice Alex Hales finally ran out of luck as AB de Villiers pulled of an absolute stunning catch just inside the boundary line to get the crowd at their feet.

In a game where bowlers were restricted to a mere "courier service" over the fence, Rashid Khan nipped out the wickets of Kohli, de Villiers and Moeen Ali in his 4-over economical spell.

RCB began their do-or-die encounter after losing and they were asked to bat first.

They will be very close to elimination, but if they lose narrowly, and then win big against Royals, they could still take the fourth spot if both Kings XI and Mumbai go down.

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Weather wise, expect no interruption in terms of rain which means the RCB will get a full match to be able to win it against the SRH.

Came to chase openers Patel and Ali were out so early.

De Grandhomme smacked four sixes and a four in his short stay at the crease (17 deliveries) as the Royal Challengers posted 218/6 in the first innings. In the last game, he came up and shouldered the responsibility. AB de Villiers will now have the responsibility to anchor RCB innings. However, Sunrisers made a comeback into the game, dismissing De Villiers and Ali, who cracked his first IPL 50 (65, 34b, 2x4, 3x6), in the space of four runs. With the gulf in class too wide between the two sides this season, RCB know they have huge bridges to cross if they are to have any chance of winning the match. On the other hand, the Sunrisers are already assured of a top-two finish, which will mean that they will certainly play in the first Qualifier, the victor of which will get a spot in the IPL 2018 final. The Orange Army batsman as well as bowlers have been in terrific form as skipper Kane Williamson have not tinkered with the playing XI.

However, RCB have a better record (3-2) against SRH at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, which is hosting its last game of IPL 2018 tonight. The temperature is expected to be cool and will be around 23 degrees Celsius and 26 degrees Celsius from 8 pm to 12 am.

The scenario: The win may have kept RCB's finals hopes alive, but at 6-7 they're still only an outside shot at qualifying for finals, relying on a host of results to fall their way. Star Sports Network the official broadcast partner of the tournament will telecast the match live.

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