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IPL 2018: De Villiers, Ali keep RCB’s playoff hopes alive

RCB post a mammoth 218 for six, restrict visitors to 204 for three

Bengaluru: AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali struck breezy half-centuries as Royal Challengers Bangalore held their nerves under pressure to eke out a 14-run win over table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in a must-win match and stay afloat in IPL, on Thursday. Asked to bat, RCB posted a mammoth 218 for six before surviving a scare from Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson (81 off 42) and Manish Pandey (62 off 38) to. 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 RCB’s total but also keep their team in contention.

Chasing the mammoth total, Sunrisers started on a positive note piling up 47 runs off the first five overs before Shikhar Dhawan hit one straight back to Yuzvendra Chahal off his own bowling in the next over. Alex Hales (37 off 24) was going great guns before De Villiers pulled off a blinder of a one-handed catch at midwicket boundary off Ali to sent the Englishman back. But Sunrisers captain Williamson had other intentions as he took the attack to the opposition and hit Tim Southee for consecutive boundaries before clobbering Ali for two fours and six in the next over to keep his team abreast with the required run rate. But eventually the asking rate proved to be too tall for Sunrisers as Southee produced some brilliant death bowling display to deny an improbable win for the visitors.

BRIEF SCORES: RCB 218 for 6 (De Villiers 69, Moeen 65, Rashid 3-27) beat SRH 204 for 3 (Williamson 81, Pandey 62*, Chahal 1-28)

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