Chasing a target of 156, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by four wickets with one ball to spare in the 20th over at Chinnaswamy Stadium’s first match of the season on Sunday.

For RCB, AB de Villiers top scored with 89* runs off just 41 balls, in what was one of his great IPL innings, while Chris Gayle scored a valuable 27 runs. AB de Villiers during his knock smashed 5 fours and 8 sixes.

For SRH, Karan Sharma was the most successful bowlers returning with figures 3 for 17 in his four allotted overs, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up two wickets.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) managed to score 155/6 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

For SRH, David Warner was the top scorer with a brilliant 61 runs, while Shikhar Dhawan managed to score 37.

For RCB, Mitchell Starc and Varun Aaron picked two wickets each, while Harshal Patel and Ashok DInda took wicket each as Bangalore managed to restrict powerful Hyderabad batting line-up to just over 150, and at half-stage will be confident of chasing the target.  

Earlier, at the toss, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper invited Sunrisers Hyderabad to bat first in their first home game of the season.

Virat Kohli said, and in fact even Shikhar Dhawan concurred, that the pitch will remain same over the entire 40 overs of the match, and given the small boundaries in Bangalore Virat Kohli logically backed his batsmen to chase down any target. On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Shikhar Dhawan said it was a good pitch to bat on, but added that the new-ball bowlers might get some assistance early on.

Talking of the team changes now, Bangalore made two of them, as Vijay Mallya owned franchise handed South African opener Rilee Rossouw his first game of the season, as fellow Protea  Albie Morkel made way, while spinner Harshal Patel came in for Yogesh Takawale. Bangalore brought in Rossouw into their squad after the injured Australian batsman Nic Maddinson went home early playing just two matches this season.

Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad dropped Amit Mishra to make way for Ishant Sharma, which left them slightly light on spin bowling front as Karn Sharma was their only recognized spinner. Mishra had endured a poor IPL so far and was hence was rightly rested. Heading in to this match both teams have similar number of wins – 2 – from the five matches they have played.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1Chris Gayle, 2 Parthiv Patel (wk), 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 Rilee Rossouw, 7 Harshal Patel, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Ashok Dinda, 10 Varun Aaron, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

Sunrisers Hyderabad:  1 Aaron Finch, 2 Shikhar Dhawan (capt), 3 David Warner, 4 KL Rahul (wk), 5 Darren Sammy, 6 Naman Ojha, 7 Irfan Pathan, 8 Karn Sharma, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Bhuvneshwar Kumar.