But KS Bharat (78 off 52) and Glenn Maxwell (51 off 33) stitched an unbeaten 111-run stand to take RCB over the victory line in the last ball. Bharat struck a six off the final delivery to seal the victory.
On Thursday, fans witnessed something which doesn’t happen most often at the stands. IPL got romantic after Chennai Super King’s (CSK) Deepak Chahar surprised everyone by proposing his girlfriend Jaya Bharadwaj in the stands, after the match with Punjab Kings (PBKS).
Ambati Rayudu crunched Avesh Khan for boundaries through backward point and extra cover in the 12th over as he and MS Dhoni started to rebuild Chennai's innings. Rayudu brought up Chennai's hundred in the 17th over with a full toss from Kagiso Rabada slammed down the ground.
Throughout the innings, Kolkatas bowlers made life difficult for Hyderabad's batters, hardly providing any breathing space
With this win, RCB now have 16 points and became the third team after CSK and DC to have made it to the last four stages
Despite the two dismissals, Gaikwad and Moeen Ali struck boundaries and rotated strike to keep the scoreboard ticking. Ali hit a four and a six off Mayank Markande in the 13th over to get going. Gaikwad brought up his half-century in 43 balls, his second of the UAE leg of the tournament.
Apart from Iyer and Ashwin , skipper Rishabh Pant (26) also played a vital knock for Delhi.
KKR did their chances lot of harm by picking only four bowlers in order to get an extra batsman -- hoping that Venkatesh Iyer and Nitish Rana, who did well for them with the bat, will make good of the four overs. But the two batting-allrounder cost them 37 runs in 3.3 overs which in the end thwarted them.
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 134/7 in 20 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 44, Abhishek Sharma 18, Josh Hazlewood 3/24, Dwayne Bravo 2/17) lost to Chennai Super Kings 139/4 in 19.4 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 45, Faf du Plessis 41, Jason Holder 3/27, Rashid Khan 1/27).
Inserted into batting first, Wriddhiman Saha hit Deepak Chahar for two sixes over mid-wicket and long-off in the third over. Hyderabad lost their first wicket as Jason Roy bottom edged a cross-seamer from Josh Hazlewood to keeper MS Dhoni in the fourth over.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) cruised to a 7-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the Match 43 of IPL 2021 at Dubai on Wednesday.
KKR thus moved to 10 points from 11 matches and maintained their chances of reaching the knockout stage.
Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma after the toss said, "Just feel that we have tried everything in the two games we have played. From here on, every game is important. Need to focus on the game at hand... Keep ticking the small boxes and see what we can do as a team here. [Hardik] is very passionate about the game and the comeback. He is playing tonight. Saurabh misses out, and we have Hardik back."
The 32-year-old has played 298 innings before Sunday's match and has scored runs at an average of 41.61 with the help of five hundreds and 73 fifties. His highest individual score was 113. His career strike-rate has been an impressive 134 plus.
KKR got off to a bad start, consolidated in the first 10 overs, lost some momentum between overs 14-16, and then finished with a flourish as they kept alive their hopes of using the slow track to their benefit.
Chris Gayle's quiet time at the crease ended with Rashid Khan getting one to turn in, trapping him lbw in the eleventh over. Nicholas Pooran slammed Sandeep Sharma for a six over deep mid-wicket.
DC spinner Ravichandran Ashwin added another feather to his illustrious cap when he dismissed Rajasthan Royals batsman David Miller to grab his 250th wicket in T20 cricket. Ashwin became only the third Indian after Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla to do so.
Chennai Super Kings registered an assertive six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah
After electing to field first, Kolkata started the innings with Nitish Rana taking the new ball. His first ball was driven by Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma for a creamy drive through extra cover. It was an indication of what was to come in the power-play.
The deadly Covid-19 virus has come back to haunt IPL 2021 yet again. This time Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer T Natarajan tested positive for the virus in a scheduled RT-PCR test. The 30-year-old has isolated himself from the rest of the SRH squad and is currently asymptomatic.