De Villiers, Ali keep RCB's play-off hopes alive

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Kohli and De Villiers have been amongst the leading run-getters in the ongoing edition of the tournament and the duo are the main reason why RCB are still fighting for a place in knock-outs despite starting the tournament with a string of defeats. Its bowlers have been largely unstoppable, even if they conceded totals of 187 and 180 in the last two games. With the gulf in class too wide between the two sides this season, RCB know they have huge bridges to cross if they are to have any chance of winning the match.

Rashid not just stalled the RCB run flow with his 12 dot balls but also stunned everyone with a one-handed catch to dismiss Colin de Grandhomme (40) at the deep mid-wicket boundary in the final over. But skipper Virat Kohli showed early promise adding 32 runs in 3.5 overs with AB de Villiers. RCB would have home support, playing their last home match at Bengaluru. RCB, on the other hand, will have to win this game to keep their slim play-off hopes alive.

Given their consistent run, SRH would be expected to pull it off tomorrow but RCB, having rediscovered some form, might just spring a surprise.

There are several combinations of results that will still see Royal Challengers Bangalore advance to the IPL play-offs, but one thing is common to all of them: Virat Kohli's men simply have to win their two remaining games. The last match they lost before that? SRH was the first team to book a playoffs berth and they rule IPL 2018 points table with nine wins from 12 matches, whereas RCB is placed at the seventh spot and have five wins from 12 outings. AB de Villiers was the first to go for 69 runs caught brilliantly at boundary by Shikhar Dhawan.




Williamson made 81 from 42 balls, including five sixes, and put on 135 for the third wicket with Manish Pandey (62 not out) but the side fell 14 runs shy of chasing down Bangalore's 219 for six. The England all rounder hit two fours and four sixes was the only batsman to punish Rashid Khan severely as he hit the leg spinner for two sixes in the 7th over.

Bowlers coming to the party for the first time for the RCB was a welcome change as they bundled out KXIP for just 88 runs and then recorded the 10-wickets win.

If viewers are not able to catch the match live on TV, they watch the live streaming of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs SRH match on Hotstar.com.

"It's absolutely critical that we have games where our bowling is put under pressure", said SRH head coach Tom Moody. Kane Williamson should be your Vice Captain for this clash.

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