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IPL 2018: SRH bowlers continue to make Kane Williamson proud

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Indian Premier League leaders Sunrisers Hyderabad sent the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore to another defeat on Monday, as the hosts claimed a five-run victory. SRH's start was slow as it lost its opener batsmen Hales and Dhawan early in 3 and 5 over.

Towards the end of the game, Brendon McCullum did most of talking to bowlers, helping them arrange the field. The Hyderabad's skipper knock was decorated with five fours and couple of sixes. In total, Hyderabad lost their last seven wickets for just 34 runs. Last night's performance wasn't their best with the ball, yet when it came to the crunch moments, the bowlers lifted their game and provided the timely breakthroughs. Siraj scalped three wickets each. Shakib had conceded two boundaries in his first over, but came back strongly to dismiss Parthiv Patel.

This, after the home team suffered a big blow in the third over when pacer Tim Southee cleaned up the risky opener Alex Hales with one that swung back to disturb the middle stump. The 28-year-old delivered yorker after yorker with the set batsmen unable to get him away, leaking just five runs and removing the Kiwi with his final ball.

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. A victory against RCB in Hyderabad's Rajeev Gandhi International Stadium will make SRH the first team to secure a place in the play-offs. RCB looked stable until the seventh over when they were cruising at 60/1, owing to the two dropped catches off Rashid Khan's (1/31) spin. If you have strong characters on this team, you're always going to do well. They don't go out of the their limitations and that's why they are so successful so far.

SRH know their primary strength is bowling, so they don't try to be fancy with the bat. Sunrisers are a good team and they understand their strength. Spinner Rashid Khan, pacers Siddharth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma, and spin all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, have been very effective. They required 12 runs off the last over but Bhuvneshwar Kumar ensured SRH's win. This was Sunrisers' fifth consecutive win in the tournament. They are nearly through to the playoffs, while RCB are nearly out of contention for a spot in the last four with just three wins and seven losses on the board.