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  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 21, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    @UPPI2PKC Royal Challengers (no B!) will get wiped out this year- no more wins!

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | May 21, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    With the kind of depth RCB has in batting, really wonder why they were 48odd runs after 10 overs. And to get 48 they had lost 2 wickets as well. So playing slow early on isnt help conserve wickets, why not go hard from ball one? 12 games are over what is Gayle waiting for? I guess RCB has left it too late...

  • POSTED BY uppi2pkc on | May 21, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    2014 IPL is going the 2010 seaons way....four teams will get stuck on 14 points iam sure like 2010....csk will get stuck on 16 , punjab on 22, rcb srh,kkr,RR will get stuck on 14 and fight for the 3rd and 4th spot .....have a feeling on this.....the way the tourney is progressing.....KKR may have won 5 on 5...but somehow they dont convince me they wud lift the cup....it will be new winner this time for sure....anyway...hoping we wud know the final 2 spots only by unday after the RRvs MI match....keeping our finger crossed

  • POSTED BY Robtyson on | May 21, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Top 4 for play-offs: 1. Kings XI;2. KKR;3. CSK;4. RR. May be CSK and RR will swap their positions. I am damn sure that the first and second positions will not change. At the end Kings XI will win this IPL.

  • POSTED BY Robtyson on | May 21, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    As I had stated before the match that SRH will be made to win to make IPL more exciting, SRH beat RCB. The results of last 4 matches of the teams MI, RCB, SRH and KKR were decided even before the match begun in order to make sure fans of these respective teams will come and watch the match which in turn will benefit IPL, sponsors, ads and TV. It was evident through the half stage itself that Kings XI, CSK and RR would make it to play-offs. Only the 4th spot was vacant. Now a drama is being created as if the remaining 4 teams SRH, RCB, KKR and MI all have a chance to take that 4th place. How come a strong team like RR and CSK lose to weaker teams successively? At the end of the day, it's all possible in IPL:-)

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 21, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    SUN is RISING in slow motion, I still think its too late for them.... anyway good luck !!

  • POSTED BY Sgtm1993 on | May 21, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    And RCB never learn. Why would you give the 19th over with 22 or whatever needed to win to Aaron? with finch and sammy to come? Everyone knows that finch and sammy and generally most WI players don't play spin very well and yet Kohli the most gracious captain for the opposition decides to give it to his main leaking run weapon to Aaron. We could clearly see that Finch was struggling with yuvraj moving almost to the 6th leg stump to square cut the ball, and sammy would have struggled as well, but he gave it to aron and the rest is history. If RCB think they have any chance to win this tournament, or any other tournament in the future, they need to get rid of Kohli as a captain. His decisions has been pathetic to say the least and I would actually give it to AB who might not be the best tactician but he leads well and makes right decision at the right time. You don't have to be a Mark Taylor in t20, you just need to make sensible decision at the right moment and kohli fails to do that.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 21, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    I don't get why SRH haven't opened with Warner all season long. This is his natural spot, he's been in amazing form here and out of the plethora of openers in SRH, he is the best. Well, better late than never I guess, but with KKR winning, have SRH left it too late? They still have another game against KKR and will hope wo upset them at home. SRH are still in this and should fight it out till the end.

    Great innings by Kohli but Gayle is looking really uncomfortable. He is also preventing Parthiv Patel from playing his natural game since he can't take singles. Bringing in Roussow could be on the cards.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 20, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    With KKR's win over CSK, they may have sealed the 4th place. Even if SRH beat CSK & KKR in their final 2 encounters, SRH will have to pray for KKR's loss in their other fixture as well + have a better run rate average to advance. This is expecting too many things going SRH's way. I would say SRH are in the hunt for the playoff spot only mathematically. Sadly SRH never utilised the talent within the team fully by dropping Rasool in last 11 matches even when the 2 leg spinners were performing poorly. Rasool came in today & did a grand job in bowling. He is also a fine batsman but did not get an opportunity to show his talent. Dhawan's inexperience as a captain for the first 10 games was the other obvious mistake. SRH played well today both in bowling & batting. Even Sammy delivered a timely blow for Six to top up his captaincy. Sammy is still rusty as a bowler & his one over nearly cost SRH the match! SRH management need to plan things much better if SRH are to be contenders in IPL 8!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 20, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    today rcb lost because of bat first. poor decision. 200 not enough on this pitch.should have been choose chasing

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 20, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    A Fine Victory of SRH kept their play off hopes alive. A fine start by the openers Dhawan & Warner was almost spoilt by lack of finishing aggression from Finch & Ojha - until a Ojha's Sixer brought their target within sight. Sammy finished it off with usual flourish with 2 balls to spare. A fine century opening partnership made the 160 target achievable. Both Warner & Dhawan got their 50's at the same S/R-128. It was essential for the lower guys to accelerate this a little bit but they fell behind but caught up in the end. Earlier RCB from 80 for 3 in 12.2 overs made a fine recovery to 160, thanks to some fine hitting by Kohli & AB de. Under normal circumstances this total was bit tough for SRH batting. But with changed batting order, SRH went for it & achieved it. SRH finally made a rational change of replacing one of the leg spinners with Rasool's off spin. Steyn, Kumar & Rasool were the 3 most economical bowlers who kept the RCB total restricted. So it is a Dog fight for 4th spot!

  • POSTED BY CricketMakdi on | May 20, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    RCB bowlers need to learn a lot!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 20, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    No murali in first 10 when two left handers are batting. They themselves lot match.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 20, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    how about RR chances of making in to play offs?? will all play off qualifiers go on to play CL t20?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 20, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    still rcb can make it to playoff. but that depend upon today's match csk v kkr... cheering for csk

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 20, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Finally SRH play Parvez Rasool and he delivers first game with economical bowling and wicket,had they held catches he would have more wickets. Why didnt they play him earlier??

  • POSTED BY Speng on | May 20, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    As a WI fan it's very disappointing to see how Gayle is performing in IPL. I haven't seen any of the matches, does he look injured or something? He hasn't had much form in almost a year I think. RCB hasn't had much power at the top of the lineup (which most thought they would with Kohli and Gayle) and ABD should probably bat higher. As it is they are carrying two batsmen, Yuvraj and Gayle, that they were expecting to be stars but at best are inconsistent. In this game the two of them took up 45 balls scoring at less than 80 which is unacceptable. There will have to be big changes for next season...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 20, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Kohli's captaincy failed once again. I don't know why Banglore Management playing Kohli as a Captain. He is not capable for captaincy. He should learn from Dhoni how to lead a team and how to keep calm while your bowlers not giving good performance. I think AB Devilliers can be a better captain than Kohli.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 20, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    An excellent innings by Kohli - well the second half of it! Crawling along with Yuvi & Gayle - slower with every game - & not pushing the pace, strangled RCB's run rate for half the game, forcing Virat & AB to go hard at every ball, & expose themselves. Still, Virat did very well to accelerate so rapidly, & hopefully this signals some return to form for him.

    I say hopefully because RCB are battling to defend this total, & Sunrisers look like they might choke here: RCB may still be in contention.

    Oh oh - a six from Ojh, then a dismissal, then a first ball six from Sammy has changed the equation again! What a nail biter! Down to 2 runs off 3 balls - what a game! And … oh dear … it's all over! Virat's return to some sort of form was in vain, and RCB's chances of making the playoffs are now out of their hands, and rest on the performances of other teams.

    Well, looks like the power hitting lineup of RCB & Delhi's miserable millionaires are tied for the big disappointment of the season!

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    This Win by SRH is also a win for RR as they retain their 4 point buffer between 5th spot before they had before they lost to MI. If SRH make it to CLT20 I hope they don't vs Scorchers otherwise there could be SRH fans that might accidentally cheer for Scorchers, although I hope they extra support from SRH fans when their not playing SRH (Because of their team colours look almost identical)

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | May 20, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    RCB simply disappointed first with bat then with ball as well. A fine evening went in vain. Any ways,this is not the end of cricket for RCB. All the best for next season preferably without Chris Gayle.

  • POSTED BY sam6e on | May 20, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Much better performance by Rasool given he replaced Mishra....Why in the world I Pathan is still in playing XI cant understand...they could have selected uncapped local medium pacer would have bowled better....last chance for SRH either score or bye bye

  • POSTED BY Machu.mac on | May 20, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    YUVI should come after ABD .If YUVI comes After ABD , the score might go above 180.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 20, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    yuvi was looking uncomfortable berm d 1st ball

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 20, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    I just managed to get online, & couldn't believe my eyes. CB 48/2 after 10 overs. Kohli batting like a snail at a run a ball, & Yuvi no faster. Either we see an incredibly explosive 10 overs to come, or goodbye RCB!

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | May 20, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Parthiv Patel,Gayle both flopped against normal bowling. The way Kohli plays ,it looks he is also following suit with Gayle. Yuvaraj& DeVilliers will have to build in the middle overs if RCB are to stay. Once they are defeated in this match,they could start planning about next season. I wonder how such a favorite team could deteriorate to this level all of a sudden. Watching cricket is becoming a source of discomfort sometimes.This occasion is one of them

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  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 21, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    @UPPI2PKC Royal Challengers (no B!) will get wiped out this year- no more wins!

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | May 21, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    With the kind of depth RCB has in batting, really wonder why they were 48odd runs after 10 overs. And to get 48 they had lost 2 wickets as well. So playing slow early on isnt help conserve wickets, why not go hard from ball one? 12 games are over what is Gayle waiting for? I guess RCB has left it too late...

  • POSTED BY uppi2pkc on | May 21, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    2014 IPL is going the 2010 seaons way....four teams will get stuck on 14 points iam sure like 2010....csk will get stuck on 16 , punjab on 22, rcb srh,kkr,RR will get stuck on 14 and fight for the 3rd and 4th spot .....have a feeling on this.....the way the tourney is progressing.....KKR may have won 5 on 5...but somehow they dont convince me they wud lift the cup....it will be new winner this time for sure....anyway...hoping we wud know the final 2 spots only by unday after the RRvs MI match....keeping our finger crossed

  • POSTED BY Robtyson on | May 21, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Top 4 for play-offs: 1. Kings XI;2. KKR;3. CSK;4. RR. May be CSK and RR will swap their positions. I am damn sure that the first and second positions will not change. At the end Kings XI will win this IPL.

  • POSTED BY Robtyson on | May 21, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    As I had stated before the match that SRH will be made to win to make IPL more exciting, SRH beat RCB. The results of last 4 matches of the teams MI, RCB, SRH and KKR were decided even before the match begun in order to make sure fans of these respective teams will come and watch the match which in turn will benefit IPL, sponsors, ads and TV. It was evident through the half stage itself that Kings XI, CSK and RR would make it to play-offs. Only the 4th spot was vacant. Now a drama is being created as if the remaining 4 teams SRH, RCB, KKR and MI all have a chance to take that 4th place. How come a strong team like RR and CSK lose to weaker teams successively? At the end of the day, it's all possible in IPL:-)

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 21, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    SUN is RISING in slow motion, I still think its too late for them.... anyway good luck !!

  • POSTED BY Sgtm1993 on | May 21, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    And RCB never learn. Why would you give the 19th over with 22 or whatever needed to win to Aaron? with finch and sammy to come? Everyone knows that finch and sammy and generally most WI players don't play spin very well and yet Kohli the most gracious captain for the opposition decides to give it to his main leaking run weapon to Aaron. We could clearly see that Finch was struggling with yuvraj moving almost to the 6th leg stump to square cut the ball, and sammy would have struggled as well, but he gave it to aron and the rest is history. If RCB think they have any chance to win this tournament, or any other tournament in the future, they need to get rid of Kohli as a captain. His decisions has been pathetic to say the least and I would actually give it to AB who might not be the best tactician but he leads well and makes right decision at the right time. You don't have to be a Mark Taylor in t20, you just need to make sensible decision at the right moment and kohli fails to do that.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 21, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    I don't get why SRH haven't opened with Warner all season long. This is his natural spot, he's been in amazing form here and out of the plethora of openers in SRH, he is the best. Well, better late than never I guess, but with KKR winning, have SRH left it too late? They still have another game against KKR and will hope wo upset them at home. SRH are still in this and should fight it out till the end.

    Great innings by Kohli but Gayle is looking really uncomfortable. He is also preventing Parthiv Patel from playing his natural game since he can't take singles. Bringing in Roussow could be on the cards.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 20, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    With KKR's win over CSK, they may have sealed the 4th place. Even if SRH beat CSK & KKR in their final 2 encounters, SRH will have to pray for KKR's loss in their other fixture as well + have a better run rate average to advance. This is expecting too many things going SRH's way. I would say SRH are in the hunt for the playoff spot only mathematically. Sadly SRH never utilised the talent within the team fully by dropping Rasool in last 11 matches even when the 2 leg spinners were performing poorly. Rasool came in today & did a grand job in bowling. He is also a fine batsman but did not get an opportunity to show his talent. Dhawan's inexperience as a captain for the first 10 games was the other obvious mistake. SRH played well today both in bowling & batting. Even Sammy delivered a timely blow for Six to top up his captaincy. Sammy is still rusty as a bowler & his one over nearly cost SRH the match! SRH management need to plan things much better if SRH are to be contenders in IPL 8!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 20, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    today rcb lost because of bat first. poor decision. 200 not enough on this pitch.should have been choose chasing

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | May 20, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Parthiv Patel,Gayle both flopped against normal bowling. The way Kohli plays ,it looks he is also following suit with Gayle. Yuvaraj& DeVilliers will have to build in the middle overs if RCB are to stay. Once they are defeated in this match,they could start planning about next season. I wonder how such a favorite team could deteriorate to this level all of a sudden. Watching cricket is becoming a source of discomfort sometimes.This occasion is one of them

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 20, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    I just managed to get online, & couldn't believe my eyes. CB 48/2 after 10 overs. Kohli batting like a snail at a run a ball, & Yuvi no faster. Either we see an incredibly explosive 10 overs to come, or goodbye RCB!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 20, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    yuvi was looking uncomfortable berm d 1st ball

  • POSTED BY Machu.mac on | May 20, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    YUVI should come after ABD .If YUVI comes After ABD , the score might go above 180.

  • POSTED BY sam6e on | May 20, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Much better performance by Rasool given he replaced Mishra....Why in the world I Pathan is still in playing XI cant understand...they could have selected uncapped local medium pacer would have bowled better....last chance for SRH either score or bye bye

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | May 20, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    RCB simply disappointed first with bat then with ball as well. A fine evening went in vain. Any ways,this is not the end of cricket for RCB. All the best for next season preferably without Chris Gayle.

  • POSTED BY on | May 20, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    This Win by SRH is also a win for RR as they retain their 4 point buffer between 5th spot before they had before they lost to MI. If SRH make it to CLT20 I hope they don't vs Scorchers otherwise there could be SRH fans that might accidentally cheer for Scorchers, although I hope they extra support from SRH fans when their not playing SRH (Because of their team colours look almost identical)

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 20, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    An excellent innings by Kohli - well the second half of it! Crawling along with Yuvi & Gayle - slower with every game - & not pushing the pace, strangled RCB's run rate for half the game, forcing Virat & AB to go hard at every ball, & expose themselves. Still, Virat did very well to accelerate so rapidly, & hopefully this signals some return to form for him.

    I say hopefully because RCB are battling to defend this total, & Sunrisers look like they might choke here: RCB may still be in contention.

    Oh oh - a six from Ojh, then a dismissal, then a first ball six from Sammy has changed the equation again! What a nail biter! Down to 2 runs off 3 balls - what a game! And … oh dear … it's all over! Virat's return to some sort of form was in vain, and RCB's chances of making the playoffs are now out of their hands, and rest on the performances of other teams.

    Well, looks like the power hitting lineup of RCB & Delhi's miserable millionaires are tied for the big disappointment of the season!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 20, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Kohli's captaincy failed once again. I don't know why Banglore Management playing Kohli as a Captain. He is not capable for captaincy. He should learn from Dhoni how to lead a team and how to keep calm while your bowlers not giving good performance. I think AB Devilliers can be a better captain than Kohli.

  • POSTED BY Speng on | May 20, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    As a WI fan it's very disappointing to see how Gayle is performing in IPL. I haven't seen any of the matches, does he look injured or something? He hasn't had much form in almost a year I think. RCB hasn't had much power at the top of the lineup (which most thought they would with Kohli and Gayle) and ABD should probably bat higher. As it is they are carrying two batsmen, Yuvraj and Gayle, that they were expecting to be stars but at best are inconsistent. In this game the two of them took up 45 balls scoring at less than 80 which is unacceptable. There will have to be big changes for next season...

Sunrisers v Royal Challengers, IPL 2014, Hyderabad May 20, 2014

Sunrisers spice up fight for fourth

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran
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Sunrisers Hyderabad 161 for 3 (Dhawan 50, Warner 59) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 160 for 6 (Kohli 67) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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Warner's 59 inspires win for Sunrisers

Sunrisers Hyderabad appeared to be coasting towards their target of 161 after a strong opening stand, but managed to drag the chase into the last over to win by seven wickets and upset Royal Challengers Bangalore's plans of making the playoffs. Sunrisers needed 20 off the last two overs but Darren Sammy's salvo took them through with two balls to spare. Despite the victory, Sunrisers still need other results to go their way, as do Royal Challengers - both have ten points with two remaining games.

A predominantly one-sided chase turned competitive at the start of the 17th over, when Sunrisers needed 35 off 24 with nine wickets in hand. David Warner, set on 59, carved a high full toss from Varun Aaron straight to cover and his exit increased the required rate as Yuvraj Singh bowled a tight 18th over, giving away just seven runs. It came down to 17 off ten and a boundary was needed. Naman Ojha then sent the ball soaring over the second tier at deep cover and Aaron had his revenge when Ojha tamely scooped the next ball to cover.

Darren Sammy didn't need any sighters as he bashed his first ball flat over the straight boundary, bringing the equation down to less than a run a ball. He sealed the win by chipping a slower ball from Mitchell Starc over cover, giving Sunrisers a foot in the door as the scramble for fourth place got tighter.

Just as pleasing for Sunrisers was the fact that Shikhar Dhawan, who was relieved of the captaincy for the sake of his batting form, scored his first fifty. Sunrisers were dominant in the Powerplay, scoring 51. Dhawan scored boundaries off more conventional strokes while Warner wasn't afraid to play the reverse sweep against Muttiah Muralitharan. Royal Challengers used five bowlers inside the first ten overs but they had to wait till the 13th over for their first breakthrough. It came via a run-out, as Warner pushed the ball to backward point and set off but Dhawan wasn't quick enough to beat Yuvraj's throw.

The spinners did well in parts to keep the runs down, but when Warner struck Yuzvendra Chahal for consecutive sixes, the pressure was released. Royal Challengers did well to stay in the game after Warner departed, but 160 was only competitive, but insufficient.

Royal Challengers began sluggishly, scoring just two boundaries in the Powerplay. Sunrisers, in contrast, scored nine. Chris Gayle limped his way to 14 before falling cheaply and Yuvraj fell for a chancy 25-ball 21.

Royal Challengers managed only 48 off the first ten overs, but in the second half the innings picked up. Kohli took 19 off a Karn Sharma over with big hits down the ground and in two overs, they had scored 31. Sammy leaked 19 off his only over as Kohli and AB de Villiers helped themselves to a six each.

Kohli, who hadn't scored a fifty in the competition, finally got the monkey off his back. He lofted Irfan Pathan over long-on but was caught the following ball in attempting to clear long-off. He wasn't smiling in the end though, as Royal Challengers were left expecting favours from other sides to go through to the last four.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo