IPL 2018: RCB aim to continue revival take on table-toppers SRH

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 17, 2018

Chris Woakes, named in England's Test squad earlier this week, has not featured for nigh on a month now while Moeen Ali, overlooked for the series against Pakistan, has recently come back onto RCB's radar - all be it with modest returns of two runs and one wicket from his couple of appearances.

Sunrisers opener Shikhar Dhawan was caught and bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal in the sixth over but Alex Hales played a useful innings of 37 but not before he was given two leases of life.

But just when it seemed the duo would run away with their power-hitting, Rashid struck twin blows in the 15th over removing both the set batsmen. RCB have 10 points from 12 games and must win their last two clashes to stay in hunt for a play-off berth.

Rashid Khan picked up just one wicket when these sides met ten days ago but it was the princely scalp of AB de Villiers and the leg-spinner now has 13 wickets at 26 apiece.

The match will take place at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. The match completely changed in RCB's favour as Siraj dismissed Kane Williamson for 81 runs on the first ball of the 20 over.

The telecast of RCB v SRH will be on May 17, Thursday.

RCB will once again have their hopes pinned on skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, two men who have scored almost half of the team's runs this season.

On the points table, the SRH team is on the top of the table with 18 points in 12 matches they have played.

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. If RCB manages to win, they will become the fourth team to have 12 points in 13 games, after Mumbai, Punjab, and Kolkata.

Royal Challengers Bangalore have found a new lease of hope in current season of Indian Premier League after consecutive victories. With their immediate rivals all winning and moving above them, RCB knows that a defeat for them will spell the end of their season. On the batting front, apart from Shikhar Dhawan (369) and Williamson (544), Yusuf Pathan (186), Manish Pandey (189) Shakib-Al-Hasan (166) all have chipped at crunch situations. This over has been expensive for RCB as Rashid Khan strikes twice by knocking the two main men at the crease.

Star Sports Select 1/HD 1, Star Sports 1/HD 1 will broadcast the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunriserrs Hyderabad (SRH) match.

Skipper Williamson and Pandey then took the command, taking their side to touch the three-figure mark in 11.3 overs.

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