IPL 2019: RCB stun SRH to end unsuccessful campaign with a win

first_imgShimron Hetmyer smashed a 47-ball 75 while Gurkeerat Singh Mann hit a stylish 65 as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets to end the 2019 Indian Premier League with a victory. RCB were already eliminated from the playoff race but SRH will now have to depend on other results to learn their fate.Kings XI Punjab will host Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede on Sunday in the final 2 league matches of the season. If KKR win, they will be through to the playoffs with 14 points. SRH, who made it to the final in 2018, have 12 points from 14 matches.Chasing 176 to sign off another disappointing IPL campaign with a win, Royal Challengers Bangalore were jolted early. Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers while Khaleel Ahmed dismissed Virat Kohli to leave RCB in a huge spot of bother.Sunrisers Hyderabad have one of the best bowling attacks in the IPL. With Kohli and de Villiers gone, the onus was on Shimron Hetmyer who played only 5 matches this season. His partner at the other end, Gurkeerat Singh Mann had played just 2 matches in the 2019 IPL before Friday.But Shimron Hetmyer and Mann did not let lack of match time get in the way of a fabulous partnership. The two were undaunted by the early loss of wickets and kept RCB on course with some sensational strokeplay. Hetmyer was the more aggressive of the duo but Mann showed great resilience and patience against a top-quality bowling attack.advertisementRoyal Challengers Bangalore were reduced to 20 for 3 off 2.5 overs and Sunrisers Hyderabad had every reason to feel they had the game under control. Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann had other plans.Hetmyer raced away to his maiden IPL fifty while Mann hit his second fifty of his IPL career as Royal Challengers Bangalore stormed to only their 5th win of the season from 14 [email protected] win by 4 wickets and sign off their #VIVOIPL campaign on a high #RCBvSRH pic.twitter.com/uD0rmxiL1CIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 4, 2019On Saturday, Virat Kohli won only his 4th toss of the 2019 Indian Premier League and beamed as he asked Sunrisers Hyderabad to bat in their last league game of the season. But the smile soon disappeared after Wriddhiman Saha and Martin Guptill got off to a rapid start.However, Navdeep Saini removed Saha in the 5th over of the SRH innings while Washington Sundar dismissed Martin Guptill to help RCB get some kind of control after a frenetic start by the visitors.Royal Challengers Bangalore were sloppy on the field to start with but they soon bounced back with regular wickets. Manish Pandey, SRH’s No.3 in recent matches, was in dangerous form. However, Washington saw him off 3 balls after packing off Guptill and Virat Kohli was a much happier captain.And when Vijay Shankar threatened to take the game away from RCB, Sundar struck again to send him off as SRH slipped to 106 for 4 in the 14th over.Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan fell cheaply and SRH were reduced to 139 for 7 off 17.3 overs. It was left to Kane Williamson, the Orange Cap winner in 2018, to bail his team out of choppy waters and he did exactly that.Kane Williamson played only 8 matches in the league stage because he was recovering from an injury he sustained before the IPL. He was not in great touch but on Saturday when his team needed him to stand up, Williamson played a classic. After hitting his first fifty of the season, Williamson targeted Umesh Yadav, who conceded 28 runs off the final over.Also Read | Another no-ball controversy and Virat Kohli is frustratedlast_img

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