Brilliant half centuries from Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann led Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 4-wicket win over the SunRisers Hyderabad.
Winning the toss just for the fourth time in the whole season, Virat Kohli opted to field first.
SunRisers Hyderabad got a decent start to their innings as they scored 44 runs in the first four overs.
Then, Wriddhiman Saha went back to the pavilion after scoring 20 runs off 11 balls smashing four boundaries in his short stay at the crease.
Then, in the eighth over, Washington Sundar dismissed both Martin Guptill and Manish Pandey derailing Hyderabad’s innings.
Guptill scored 30 runs off 23 balls hitting a couple of boundaries and as many maximums in his stay at the crease while Pandey could only muster 9 runs off 12 balls.
Vijay Shankar and Kane Williamson built a partnership to steady Hyderabad’s innings.
Shankar smashed three sixes conjuring 27 runs off 18 balls before becoming Sundar’s third victim of the night.
From there on, skipper Williamson carried the innings on his back staying unbeaten till the end scoring 70 runs off 43 balls. The Kiwis skipper hit five fours and four sixes, two of those coming in the last over.
Chasing 176, Parthiv Patel got out for a duck making the task tougher for Bangalore.
Virat Kohli tried to give an electric start but was back to the pavilion after scoring 16 runs off 7 balls smashing a couple of boundaries and a maximum as well.
AB de Villiers soon followed his good friend back to the stands as he was dismissed by deputy skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar after scoring a single run off a couple of deliveries.
After losing the first three wickets for a meagre 20 runs, Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann put together a 144-run stand, the biggest partnership for the 4th wicket in IPL history.
Hetmyer scored 75 runs off 47 balls smashing four fours and six sixes.
Gurkeerat scored 65 runs off 48 balls hitting eight boundaries and a solitary maximum.
Umesh Yadav got the job done in the last over with two consecutive boundaries.