In peerless form, Kohli has been a standout performer with 514 runs from 12 games. De Villiers (358 runs) is next to him, although he has played two games less than the Indian. On the bowling front pacer, Umesh Yadav has delivered for the team, taking 17 wickets so far. SRH, on the other hand, depend quite a lot on opener Shikhar Dhawan (369 runs) and skipper Kane Williamson (544 runs) for inspiration. Williamson has been an astute leader, who would look to consolidate the team’s top spot and ensure a top-two finish at the end of the league stage.
IPL 2018 Live updates of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs SunRisers Hyderabad match straight from M Chinnaswamy Stadium
20:22 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore 39/2 after 5 overs.
20:20 IST: OUT! Rashid Khan gets the breakthrough. Looking to go for the heave, misses and the stumps are all over the place. The ball pitched and spun a long way back in. SRH are elated.
20:19 IST: Four! Short delivery from Rashid and Kohli pulls the ball on the backfoot for a boundary. The man at the sweeper cover chases but to no effect.
20:16 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore 34/1 after 4 overs.
20:14 IST: Four! De Villiers takes on Shakib yet again. Down on one knee, sweeps Shakib for a one-bounce boundary towards the deep cover region.
20:11 IST: Four! Full from Sandeep Sharma and de Villiers clubs the shot on the up straight down the ground for yet another boundary. Immaculate timing.
20:10 IST: Four! Sandeep Sharma bowls short of length outside off, de Villiers rocks back and punches the drive off the backfoot through backward square leg.
20:08 IST: Four – Four! AB de Villiers, the new man in, doesn’t waste any time. Shakib bowls wide of off stump with a bit of width and bounce and de Villiers lifts him over the covers twice to collect consecutive boundaries. RCB fans will not expect any less of ABD.
20:05 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore 6/1 after the first over.
20:04 IST: OUT! Short delivery from Sandeep Sharma, Parthiv shuffles and was looking to go across the line, edges the ball high up in the air. Siddharth Kaul at third-man runs in and takes a low one-handed catch. Deepak Hooda would be relieved as his drop didn’t cost much.
20:02 IST: Four! Sandeep Sharma bowls full and Virat Kohli leans forward and drives the ball past the bowler for a beautiful straight drive. Kohli gets off the mark with a boundary.
20:00 IST: First ball — DROPPED! Full delivery from Sandeep Sharma outside of off, Parthiv Patel plays for the drive and sends the ball to Deepak Hooda who was at cover point. Deepak Hooda did well to bend down but could not complete the catch. Parthiv dropped on a duck.
19:59 IST: Sandeep Sharma opening the bowling for SunRisers Hyderabad
19:58 IST: Alright, it is game time. Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel opening the batting for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
19:45 IST: Playing XI for both the teams —
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Parthiv Patel (w/k), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
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SunRisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Hales, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Shreevats Goswami (w/k), Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi
19:35 IST: Virat Kohli — We wanted to bowl but SRH are not a bad side to bat first against SRH, who bank on their bowling. Would be nice to test their batting with a score on board. We can play with freedom. We are going to do well whatever we are doing first. It’s my 163rd IPL game, so not my first. We have been through these times before, so the key is to enjoy. There’s no reason to think too much now because we have two (consecutive) wins. Another day in life, so just enjoy. We have won two games, so we are playing with the same side. We’ll try and replicate the same tonight.
19:32 IST: Kane Williamson — We are gonna bowl. Hard to know how the surface will play, so we’ll try and make use of it first with the ball in hand. Hopefully we can restrict them. We have one change: Basil Thampi comes in for Bhuvneshwar. Great opportunity for Basil tonight. Hopefully we can adapt to conditions.
19:30 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson wins toss, elects to bowl vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
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19:15 IST: We are few minutes away from the toss, stay tuned.
19:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore vs SunRisers Hyderabad from M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Apart from Dhawan and Williamson, Yusuf Pathan (186), Manish Pandey (189) and Shakib-Al-Hasan (166) have also chipped in at crunch situations for SRH. But what has been truly outstanding for SRH is their diverse bowling attack. The bowlers, led by India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (8), have been terrific. Bhuvneshwar has been backed up superbly by Siddharth Kaul (13 wickets), Sandeep Sharma (8), leg-spinner Rashid Khan (13) and Shakib-Al-Hasan (12).
The Teams (From):
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), Quinton de Kock(w), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, Tim Southee.
SunRisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (C ), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddharth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Tanmay Agarwal, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi and Chris Jordan.