However, in their ongoing game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, the bowlers have managed to set things up ideally for the batsmen to complete the rest.
Williamson has been in fine form throughout the 2018 IPL and was on hand to anchor the Sunrisers innings once again in front of their home fans at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
But now it’s time for them to bring out something different since because one more defeat would spell their ouster.
Virat Kohli, who had looked a notch below his usual standards this season, attacked right from the start.
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Fortunately, skipper Kane Williamson stepped up to the plate and knocked a mighty half-century.
Alex Hales fell early, bowled by a cross-seam delivery by Tim Southee.
The victory means Sunrisers are now two points clear at the top of the table and destined for a place in the play-offs, while Bangalore’s hopes of making it through look extremely bleak.
Despite a 64-run partnership between Williamson and Shakib, SRH could only go as far as 146 all out in 20 overs. Parthiv Patel’s performance in the last game proved that he is capable of giving starts at top of the order. In the death overs, the hosts needed a final flourish.
RCB’s woes compounded in the next over when Afghanistan’s wonder spinner Rashid went through the defence of unsafe AB de Villiers (5) with a wrong’un. Umesh Yadav was also given the chance to bowl overs and he responded by giving 36 runs and taking the one wicket – the crucial one of Kane Williamson.
Mohammad Siraj (4-25-3) gave him good support from the other end as he dismissed Shikhar Dhawan (13) in the last over of the Poweplay.
SRH spinners once again came to the party as they dealt blows at regular intervals with Shakib Al Hasan (2/36) and Rashid Khan (1/31) kept the scoring under check. There might be even some dew during the later stages of the innings which will make it hard for the bowlers to have a proper grip on the ball. He fell for an impressive 39-ball 56.
Umesh Yadav leaked runs in the 14th over as Williamson made a decision to shift gears. Within 50 runs, the team lost 3 important wickets. In batting their batsmen Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, and Brandon MC Cullum are totally failed to perform anything for the team.