20 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | RCB: 141/6 (6 runs required, RR: 7.05)

  • Mandeep Singh21 (23b)
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar4-0-27-1
  • Siddarth Kaul4-0-25-1

For the optimistic RCB fans, here's something from our stats editor S Rajesh: "In fact, it's still so open that RCB could go through with 14 without NRR coming into play. they could go through on 14 with three teams on 12 and one on 10."

I'll sign off with this analysis piece that we'd done earlier. What makes the SRH attack so good? Hope to see you tomorrow. Until then, this is Shashank Kishore saying goodbye. Be well, cheers

Ex-correspondent Arun Venugopal says: "David Warner will have a tough time wresting the SRH captaincy back from Kane Williamson once he returns to action."

A very emotional Guruprasad Rao writes: "Its time for Dan Vettori to own up and quit the coach role. Kohli should answer a simple question "Why he shouldn't be in leadership role despite poor failures for the fourth season?"

Santhosh L N: "Time to question Kohli's captaincy. Very poor team selection and didn't see encouraging any new face unlike other team in this entire season."

Kane Williamson is the Player of the Match for a sparkling half-century on a tough surface. "We're playing on tough surfaces, this was another one. We were aiming for 150 and we weren't far away, so we were right in the game. With the ball, we struggled a little bit, fielding was sloppy. In hindsight, if fielding was clinical, we could've operated better, but to come away with a win with some of our experienced campaigners stepping up was superb. Bhuvi and Sid Kaul have done it for a long period of time, did very well last year, doing well this year. Hope we can continue to back them at the death. It's just about trying to adapt to the surfaces at a number of venues. We spoke about the playoffs. It's about improving. As a fielding group, we pride ourselves on being better. Still with bat and ball, there are things we need to touch upon."

On his knock: It was hard work initially. It was nice to get a few boundaries away towards the end. It was a tough surface to get momentum. It was about partnerships to put up a competitive total. Often we see on flat surfaces it's 180-200. On these surfaces, you've to take that out of the mind."

Prashanth : "Can't wait to see Rashid and Mujeeb in tandem against India."

SRH, who are now sitting pretty on 16 points, have batted first four times this IPL and defended their score on all occasions.

118 v MI
132 v KXIP
151 v RR
146 v RCB

Shows how they're the best bowling side!

Gaurav Sundararaman: "This result has only ensured that MI have a very good chance to make the final 4. They must be pleased with this result."

How do SRH manage to defend totals like these? The secret: solid bowling depth, empowering their bowlers to take smart decisions, according to Kane Williamson. If it's not Bhuvneshwar, it's Sandeep. If not for Sandeep, it's Kaul. If it's none of them, it's Rashid.

RCB can kiss goodbye to their 2018 campaign? Well, not yet. There's still a very very slim mathematical chance, but really, you'd be living in an alternate universe to believe the stars will align themselves. All said and done, they still have to win their remaining games, which under the current circumstances looks very very tough. Dan Vettori and the RCB team management have a lot of questions to answer.

Virat Kohli, the losing captain: "That's how this game goes. Not good enough, not up to the mark. We deserve to lose this game. Didn't show enough application. The kind of shots we played were not on at that stage. Mandeep, de Grandhomme showed there was a chance if you got stuck in. This has been the story of our season. 10-15 lesser would've been ideal, should have done better with the ball, we were upto the mark on the field. If you have strong characters, you will always do well. SRH had a few guys who did well under pressure, that's been the story of their season. They understand strengths, know their limitations. That's why they've been successful. From the bowling point of view, SRH is the strongest. Overall, maybe you'd pick Kings XI or CSK."

Prateek : "Mighty impressed with Rashid khan...he is definitely a legend in making... wondering what will he do on spinning tracks.. probably will rip the opposition apart."

Kumar to de Grandhomme, OUT, and their season goes out the window. RCB all but out of the tournament. De Grandhomme walks across a long way and tries to whip it but the yorkers angles into him and sneaks from underneath the bat to smash the stumps

C de Grandhomme b Kumar 33 (29b 1x4 2x6) SR: 113.79

RCB need a six off the last ball to stay alive in this tournament.

Kumar to Mandeep Singh, 1 leg bye, advances down the ground and gets hit on the pad as he tries to heave it away to the leg side. Rolls into the off side off the pad
Kumar to de Grandhomme, 1 run, yorker, angled into his leg-stump, and all de Grandhomme can do is squeeze it out to long-on. They can't even attempt the second. Top work all around
Kumar to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, slower length ball outside off, Mandeep walks across and paddles but straight to short fine leg. Just a single
Kumar to Mandeep Singh, 2 runs, tries the yorker again and ends up firing a low full toss that's whipped to the right of long-on. They take on the fielder to for a brisk second
Kumar to de Grandhomme, 1 run, excellent delivery to start off, a yorker that's dug out to long-on

Bhuvneshwar. He has 11 to defend.

19 | 7 Runs | RCB: 135/5 (12 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.10, RRR: 12.00)

  • Colin de Grandhomme31 (26b)
  • Mandeep Singh18 (20b)
  • Siddarth Kaul4-0-25-1
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar3-0-22-0
Kaul to de Grandhomme, 1 run, squeezes a yorker to point
Kaul to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, looks to hoick this over midwicket but gets an inside edge that rolls to the off side. They sneak in a single
Kaul to de Grandhomme, 1 run, drills this straight to Williamson at the edge of the ring at cover
Kaul to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, thick inside edge to the keeper, but de Grandhomme risks the run and hares across. Saha's underarm flick hits the striker's end direct but he's in.
Kaul to Mandeep Singh, 2 runs, shot and wide outside off, Mandeep slaps this to sweeper cover. Rashid almost over-ran the ball there, but somehow manged to recover and fire the throw
Kaul to de Grandhomme, 1 run, almighty heave, gets a thick inside edge towards deep midwicket. Sid Kaul got that to reverse back in

Tension building. Here's Sid Kaul

18 | 6 Runs | RCB: 128/5 (19 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.11, RRR: 9.50)

  • Colin de Grandhomme28 (23b)
  • Mandeep Singh14 (17b)
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar3-0-22-0
  • Rashid Khan4-0-31-1
Kumar to de Grandhomme, 1 run, belts this full toss down to long on.
Kumar to de Grandhomme, no run, steers this length delivery to Yusuf at short third man.
Kumar to de Grandhomme, no run, beaten again. Looked to smack the cover off that delivery, another legcutter outside off.
Kumar to de Grandhomme, FOUR runs, thick outside edge, streaky but he'll take the runs. Too full on off, he looked to dive but got the edge that squeezed between keeper and short third man.
Kumar to de Grandhomme, no run, looks to flay this legcutter but is beaten. Too close for comfort
Kumar to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, slower length ball outside off, eased to third man

17 | 14 Runs | RCB: 122/5 (25 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.17, RRR: 8.33)

  • Colin de Grandhomme23 (18b)
  • Mandeep Singh13 (16b)
  • Rashid Khan4-0-31-1
  • Siddarth Kaul3-0-18-1
Rashid Khan to de Grandhomme, no run, didn't pick this properly but somehow managed to get this back to the bowler. Sharp leggie there
Rashid Khan to de Grandhomme, 1 wide, googly that cuts back in to beat the thigh pad. Wide called, extra run
Rashid Khan to de Grandhomme, no run, sees the flight, looks to slog again but lost his shape. In doing so, the backfoot was up in the air Smart grab from Saha, and he whips the bails off, but was the foot plonked back? Difficult decision for the third umpire. Just grounded I reckon. Very close

has he dragged his backfoot outside the crease? Stunning stumping appeal

Rashid Khan to de Grandhomme, no run, swing and a miss. Looked to go over long on, missed.
Rashid Khan to de Grandhomme, SIX runs, goes again, clears deep midwicket again! Didn't quite get to the pitch of the ball, picked the googly and went through with it from outside off. Dhawan was quite a long way in. May have been in a better position to catch if he was at the ropes.

RCB 2nd innings Partnerships

1st24PA PatelM Vohra
2nd36V KohliM Vohra
3rd14AB de VilliersV Kohli
4th6AB de VilliersMM Ali
5th4MM AliMandeep Singh
6th57C de GrandhommeMandeep Singh