Their chances of making the playoffs still hanging by a thread, Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in another must-win Indian Premier League encounter, here tomorrow.
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are the biggest match-winners among the RCB batsmen while the Hyderabad happen have the bowlers who would like to stop the hitters of the RCB. Will RCB's key players deliver tonight?
SRH won the toss and chose to field.
Though, Patel managed a single run before Sandeep Sharma had him top-edging a pull to fine leg with the last ball of the over.
Rashid first saw the back of de Villiers brilliantly caught by Dhawan at deep backward square before packing Moeen one ball later, caught behind by Shreevats Goswami.
The Royal Challengers take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad in a desperate bid to keep their playoff hopes alive.
RCB will be hoping for a good batting track at Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday as a two-paced wicket will hand the advantage to SRH, who have been masterfully defending below-par scores in the ongoing season. After recording convincing wins over Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab, Bangalore made sure they have something to give to the home crowd to cheer for in the last game. "We're nearly playing with nothing to lose", Moeen Ali said in Indore the other night; it is a mentality that has served the team well over the last two games. It will be played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium located in Bengaluru. RCB won their last thrilling match against KXIP which has boosted their net run-rate.
De Villiers brought up his fifty off 32 balls with two consecutive boundaries off Kaul (2/44) in the 12th over and then Ali followed suit notching up his maiden T20 half-century with a four of Thampi in the next over. SRH have already qualified for the play-offs.
Sunrisers opener Shikhar Dhawan was caught and bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal in the sixth over but Alex Hales played a useful innings of 37 but not before he was given two leases of life.
Batting first RCB got off to a slow start with off colour Parthiv Patel dismissed in the first over.
This is a knockout game for RCB as if they loses this game, they can finish at a maximum of 12 points which is definitely not enough to qualify for the playoffs.
Star Sports Network the official broadcast partner of the tournament will telecast the match live.