IPL 2018 | RCB vs SRH, match 51: Everything you need to know

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

"Now we just need two wins from two. we knew that they would try and go for big runs because they didn't have their mystery spinner". RCB are now placed seventh with 10 points. - RCB head coach Daniel Vettori on Umesh Yadav's success in the powerplay overs.

Virat Kohli's men will now play their penultimate match in the round-robin stage against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) who have been a brute force to reckon with.

Chasing a small total, Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with the bat with an unbeaten 48 while Parthiv Patel made unbeaten 40 to help RCB romp home.

Both pace bowlers mostly bowled length deliveries on the off-stump or the fourth stump line and did not allow the two openers to swing their arms without shuffling across.

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The "Universal boss" had received a reprieve off the "ball of the night" though, dropped behind the stumps by Parthiv Patel off Umesh.

Coming back to RCB vs KXIP IPL match highlights, a struggling Punjab side for whom things have been going downhill ever since a spat between owner Preity Zinta and coach Virender Sehwag became public, needed a win yesterday more than anything else to get back on track in their quest for the playoff spot. It was a comical scene: Ashwin tapped the ball towards the covers and started running. After two scores of 45 in his first two matches, Alex Hales has hit a bit of a rough patch and has only managed 21 runs from his next three outings. Their decision was opposite but they proved it good later. Almost halfway across the crease, he realised his partner Axar Patel was not interested in the run, so he turned around rather leisurely and tried to head back into his crease. So it does not come as a surprise that skipper Virat Kohli has asked his team to remain "desperate". The dew factor is likely to play a part and the toss will be important from both team's point of view.

While result may not make any difference to SRH, there's a chance to put their high-performing bowling unit to a tough test against the carefree approach of RCB at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, that boasts batsmen-friendly dimensions. It could all come down to that. "At RCB, we have stuttered at times during this tournament - in fact, we have seriously underperformed on occasions, but somehow we stayed in the fight, and back-to-back victories on the road against DD and KXIP have boosted our collective spirits", added De Villiers. It will be interesting to see which one we get on the morrow when a top bowling side meets team that has two wonderful contemporary batsmen.

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