Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pulled off a nervy 14-run win against leaders Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay alive for a qualification in the Indian Premier League Qualifiers at the M Chinaswami Stadium in Bangalore yesterday. Playing his first game in almost three weeks, Thampi was taken apart first by Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers, then emphatically by Colin de Grandhomme, as he leaked 70 runs from his four overs.
Playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore against SunRisers Hyderabad, De Villiers was fielding on the rope at deep mid-wicket.
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The hosts are overtly dependant on Kohli and South African swashbuckler AB De Villiers.
Rashid Khan (3-27), who clean bowled Kohli earlier, got rid of De Villiers and Moeen before Williamson's countryman Colin de Grandhomme (40) blasted one four and four sixes in 17 balls. In the end the bowler held his nerve to take the team to victory. Put into bat RCB posted a commanding total of 218/6 in 20 overs and from thereon SRH were always second favourites. Defeat to fellow qualifiers Chennai Super Kings - who have won both times the teams have met - in their last outing off the back of Ambati Rayudu's maiden T20 century ended a run of six straight successes. Two balls later he got rid of Moeen Ali to open the doors for SRH comeback. Mitchell McClenaghan has an impressive record against -4 dismissals in 38 balls, while Krunal Pandya has AB de Villiers' number, having dismissed him in 4 of the batsman's last 5 innings against MI.
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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. The last three games have been like this with our backs against the wall. Parthiv perished in the same over, and de Villiers announced his arrival with four fours in his first seven deliveries, promising a rollicking stand with his skipper.
With two back to back wins, RCB skipper Virat Kohli doesn't want to take any chances and has retained the same squad from the previous match.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, have already qualified for the playoffs and have also assured themselves of a Qualifier 1 spot.
Other teams including the Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kings XI Punjab are still trying their luck and are still not whether they will able to reach the qualifiers. Star Sports Network the official broadcast partner of the tournament will telecast the match live.
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