As a result, even the most explosive batsman in the DD line up like Rishabh Pant only managed to score 18 runs off 19 balls before Rashid Khan (4-23-2, MoM) caught him in front of the wickets.
The match is scheduled to start at 8 P.M. IST on Saturday (May 5).
When the Sunrisers came out to the crease, they showed no mercy. But they did not able to do that.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore will face table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in a potential do-or-die encounter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on May 7. With just six points in their kitty, Rajasthan are in a must-win situation with the league IN the midway point. So, between them there are huge points difference.
Delhi is now placed sixth with just three wins out of nine games and with five more matches remaining this season, the Daredevils can not afford to slip any further if they wish to make it to the four-team play-offs.
That SRH are on a four-match winning run owes a lot to their bowlers. But SRH took the opposite choice.
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Alex Hales and Shikhar Dhawan commenced the innings by handling Trent Boult cautiously.
Opting to bat, Delhi were off to a poor start as Maxwell (2) once again failed to contribute after being run out in the second over with Delhi's score being nine runs. The other one run scorer was Williamson who scored highest 63 runs so far.
This could be a see-saw affair and your best strategy might be to trade the game in-play rather than trying to pick a pre-match victor. In his final over he turned the tide with two wickets - including the one of Rishabh Pant.
While his teammates found it a little hard, Shaw looked set. Saha has been poor with the bat with just 79 runs from seven games while Dhawan has been a bit better with 152 runs from seven innings. Later, Samson came up and jointly Rahane and Samson played well. On the night as well, he scored 43 runs of his 65 (off 36 balls), against the pacemen, showing his dominance over them on the day, in an 86-run stand with skipper Iyer. Rest players wasted balls much and failed to chase the target.
The Baroda right-hander then hit a four before taking a single as Hyderabad required one run from the remaining two deliveries. After bowling three economical overs, he conceded 17 runs in the last over as DD made a fighting total. If they lose the game, they will most likely be out of contention for a spot in the playoffs of the tournament. He has recovered now and RCB will bank on him to lead them to victory.
After Hales departed for a well-made 45 by spinner Amit Mishra, DD needed wickets to stall the momentum of SRH to have any chance of winning.