Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bengaluru on Saturday by four wickets. Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann anchored Bangalore after 20/3 in 3 overs. Hetmyer and Gurkeerat hit fifties to reach the 176-run target with four balls to spare.
The win for RCB ended their IPL chase on a positive note after a disastrous start, while the win also keeps Sunrisers in waiting for a playoffs berth.
Hetmyer and Gurkeerat put up a 144 run stand for the fourth wicket. Hetmyer smashed plenty of sixes and fours to take him to a 47 ball 75, while Gurkeerat made 65 in 48 deliveries. This was the first time that RCB had a hundred-plus partnership since 2013 where Kohli and De Villiers were not involved.
Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were gone in quick succession, putting huge pressure on new batsmen Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann. The duo punished SRH bowlers, bring cheer and applause from the crowd and the captain Virat Kohli.
Earlier, while batting first Martin Guptill and Wriddhiman Saha put a 46 run opening stand in 4.3 overs. Manish Pandey who scored a half century in their last game fell cheaply for nine. World cup bound Vijay Shankar picked up a quick 27 with help of three sixes, however failed to stay for long. Yusuf Pathan played irresponsibly putting SRH in deep trouble at 127/5 in 16 overs.
It was Kane Williamson who rotated strike with the new batsmen smashing fours and sixes. Williamson plundered 28 runs in the final over to help SRH reach a challenging total of 175/7. He remained not out on 70 from 43 balls.