Sunrisers Hyderabad took control of its IPL destiny by beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday. The win places the side fourth (12 points), but with a more than healthy net run rate of +0.555, all it needs is a victory over Mumbai Indians on the final day to make the playoffs.
RCB too has its fate in its own hands, despite letting go of three opportunities to record the solitary win it needs. Monday’s game against Delhi Capitals will be a shoot-out for the second spot.
Chasing 121, Manish Pandey (26, 19b, 3×4, 1×6) and Wriddhiman Saha (39, 32b, 4×4, 1×6) carried SRH to 58 for one in the PowerPlay. But Yuzvendra Chahal broke through in the seventh over by having Manish caught by Chriss Morris running in from long-on.
The wily leggie then had Saha stumped, before…