Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh scored brilliant half centuries, as Royal Challengers Bangalore ended their season by defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets at Bengaluru on Saturday.
Bangalore included Washington Sundar, Shimron Hetmyer and Colin de Grandhomme in place of Pawan Negi, Marcus Stoinis and Klaasen while Hyderabad brought in Yusuf Pathan for Abhishek Sharma.
After being sent into bat by RCB skipper, SRH opening pair of Martin Guptill and Wriddhiman Saha got the team off a flying start as the duo added 46 runs for the first wicket, before Navdeep Saini got the breakthrough by dismissing Saha for 20.
Guptill looked good in his short stay, before Sundar brought the home side back into the game by snaring the former and Manish Pandey in succession leaving the visitors in spot of bother at 61/3.
Kane Williamson and Vijay Shankar steadied the ship with a 45 run stand for the fourth wicket, before the latter was caught by De Grandhomme for a quickfire 27.
Yuzvendra Chahal claimed his 100th IPL wicket when he bagged Yusuf Pathan to leave Sunrisers at 127 for five.
Skipper Williamson reached his fifty off 38 balls. The skipper took 28 runs off Umesh Yadav’s final over, as Hyderabad posted a competitive total of 175/7 at the end of their allotted 20 overs.
The 19 year old Sundar was Royal Challengers Bangalore best bowler as he bagged 3/24, while Navdeep Saini claimed 2 wickets.
Chasing a target of 176, Bangalore started disastrously as they lost wickets of Parthiv Patel, skipper Kohli and former South African star batsman AB de Villiers in the first 3 overs as the home side were reeling at 20/3.
Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh batted sensibly and took on Sunrisers bowlers with some lusty hitting, as the duo added a valuable 144 run stand for the fourth wicket, before Rashid Khan provided a vital breakthrough by dismissing the former for a brilliant 75. His knock comprised of 4 fours and six sixes.
Khaleel Ahmed claimed wickets of Mann and Sundar in successive balls to bring the visitors back into the game.
With 6 needing off the final over, Umesh Yadav held his nerve by hitting two boundaries as RCB reached the target with 4 balls to spare.
Shimron Hetmyer was declared the Man of the Match for his blistering knock.
The 55th match of the Indian Premier League will be played between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings at Chandigarh, while Mumbai Indians will be squaring off against Kolkata Knight Riders at Mumbai on May 5, Sunday.