Their chances of making the playoffs still hanging by a thread, Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in another must-win Indian Premier League encounter, here tomorrow.
Keeping that in mind, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will have to give their best to beat SRH and keep their playoff dreams alive.
De Villiers (69 off 39) and Ali (65 off 34) overcame a bad start to stitch 107 runs off just 57 balls for the third wicket to not only set the platform for Bangalore's total but also keep their team in contention. The onus to lead the attack will be on Kumar and Rashid Khan, who have the firepower to trouble even quality batsmen of the likes of Kohli and de Villiers. Williamson was caught out at the end.
Over 20: 204/3, Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 15 runs.
But the local side found a brilliant hitter in Harare born Colin de Grandhome who struck a 17 ball 40 to take the RCB to a commanding total.
Preview: It cant get bigger than this and with season at stake Royal Challengers Banagalore will be looking to carry on the winning momentum on his home ground at M Chinnaswamy Stadium where they host Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday.
Weather wise, expect no interruption in terms of rain which means the RCB will get a full match to be able to win it against the SRH.
Consequentially huge win against Punjab, RCB's net run rate improved significantly, and they now need to win their remaining two matches to step forward beyond the league stage. "We're nearly playing with nothing to lose", Moeen Ali said in Indore the other night; it is a mentality that has served the team well over the last two games. Moreover, out of the 10 fifties RCB players have scored, eight have come either from either AB's (4) or Kohli's (4) blade. The venue of the match is at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. It turned out to be a forgettable day for Thampi as he conceded the most runs by a bowler in an innings in the history of T20. They have won their previous two games, while Hyderabad is coming off a loss at the hands of Chennai. Followed by Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey had a good partnership by scoring 81 runs by Williamson and 62 runs not out by Manish Pandey.
The live match of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad live streaming will be broadcasted on Star Sports network.
If you want to catch the entire live cricket streaming action, you can download the SkyGo app in the United Kingdom and Hotstar in India. For RCB though, nearly everything hinges on a victory in the match.