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ABD, Ali keep RCB in hunt

ABD, Ali keep RCB in hunt

RCB are hanging on a fragile thread and a little mistake at this stage of the game would mean nothing but elimination. Things are still not easy, as they will host the table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bengaluru on Thursday. If they have their minds set on a win, nothing can stop them.

In a big change to the playing XI, SRH captain Kane Williamson has kept Bhuvneshwar Kumar out today to include Basil Thampi in the playing XI.

Black Caps all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme fired off a quickfire 40 runs to help Royal Challengers Bangalore overcome fellow Kiwi Kane Williamson and Sunrisers Hyderabad this morning.

Impressed with leg-spinner Mayank Markhande's bowling for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, former India spinner Venkatapathy Raju praised him and termed control as the rookie's strongest point while also describing Sunrisers Hyderabad as having the best bowling attack.

Hyderabad then stayed in the game until the last over before finishing on 204-3 to lose by 14 runs.

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Kane Williamson won the toss and made a decision to unleash his strong bowling line-up against the home side. He found an able ally in Englishman Moeen Ali who revealed with his all-round prowess hitting what looked a match winning 65 off just 34 balls. Evin Lewis and Ishan Kishan have reputations of being destructive batsmen, but they haven't fired consistently - despite batting ahead of Rohit Sharma, who has an outstanding record at the global level. "I look to put pressure on the bowlers and take it forward if I get one or two (sixes) away", said man-of-the-match De Villiers. All five of their bowlers have been outstanding, with Bhuvi and Rashid Khan leading the way. Dhawan, Williamson, Bhuvi, and Rashid, in particular, will be key to their chances. It was up to the batsmen to deliver, and the skipper took it upon himself to lead the charge, with an eighth score in excess of fifty this season as the dew began to make its presence felt. They are holding the last position on the point table now. Live streaming will be available on hotstar.com. How RCBs batting copes with the likes of Bhuvi, Rashid, and co. will be a huge determinant of the result.

Sunrisers were off to a great start as they reduced RCB to 38 for two inside five overs after opting to field.

Fantasy picks: Kohli, AB, and Umesh are the obvious picks from RCB. Parthiv Patel goes for just 1 run.

SRH win. SRH have simply been too good this season, despite their hiccup in the last game.