But on Thursday, they conceded at least three boundaries through misfields, among several other fumbles, as Sunrisers Hyderabad established a base and reduced the equation to 89 off six overs. Chahal got the first breakthrough on the first ball of the 6th over, dismissing Dhawan by taking a soft catch. The side needs bigger contribution from Moeen Ali and Corey Anderson. The New Zealander was able to score boundaries nearly every over as he reached his fifty off 28 balls.
With a strong coaching staff and a cool-as-a-cucumber captain in their ranks, the season (so far) has been a dream run of sorts for the Sunrisers. Williamson played a soft stroke for a boundary and Hales hit the last ball for a four. After winning five out of their first six games, they could win only one of their next seven.
"I made it look better than actually it was". Pandey smacked a six and a four off Siraj to take the score to 184/2, which changed the equation to 35 off 12 balls.More news: 'I hear covfefe': President Trump weighs in on 'yanny' and 'laurel'
The Catch: It was nearly a month ago that Trent Boult's effort in the deep at Chinnaswamy Stadium was all but declared catch of the tournament, but another piece of brilliance from AB de Villiers may have thrown a spanner in the works as the competition reaches it's closing stages.
The all-rounder made most of the opportunity as he stroked 65 off 34 balls, stringing together a 107-run stand with AB de Villiers (69 runs 39 balls) for the third wicket.
For the tourists, Rashid once again emerged the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/27, while Siddharth and Sandeep chipped in with two and one wickets, respectively. Unlike against Super Kings, where two of their last five overs went for nine runs or less, the lower-middle order ensured RCB collected 10 or more in each over during that phase. Sandeep Sharma (1/40) and S Kaul (2/44) also did a decent job.More news: As US deadline passes, Mexico says NAFTA deal still doable
Playing in his 250th T20, De Villiers brought up his fifth half-century in this edition and 27th in IPL history off just 32 deliveries.
In the 8th over, Ali smashed Basil Thampi for consecutive sixes to give momentum to RCB's innings.
Rashid first saw the back of de Villiers brilliantly caught by Dhawan at deep backward square before packing Moeen one ball later, caught behind by Shreevats Goswami. Despite their departure towards the fag end of the innings, there seemed to be no respite for Thampi as Colin de Grandhomme and Sarfaraz Khan fashioned a late flourish for RCB. It was one of the most interesting and exciting game of this year's IPL. But just four runs off the over would have still given the Afghan leg-spinner bragging rights.More news: Ratas attending EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia
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