AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali struck breezy half-centuries as Royal Challengers Bangalore held their nerves under pressure to eke out a 14-run win over table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in a must-win match and stay afloat in the Indian Premier League at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
After a bad start from openers, AB de Villiers hit 69 runs in 38 balls to not only set the platform for RCB's total but also keep their team in contention.
Afghanistan's leg-spinner Rashid Khan once again shone brightly with the ball for Sunrisers with figures of 3/27 from his four-over & picked up important wickets of Kohli, AB & Ali.
Chasing the mammoth total, Sunrisers started on a positive note by Alex Hales taking the charge with 37 off 24 balls.
De Villiers pulled off a blinder of a one-handed catch at midwicket boundary off Ali to sent the Alex Hales back to the pavilion.
Sunrisers captain Williamson had other intentions as he took the attack to the opposition and hit Tim Southee for consecutive boundaries to keep his team close with the required run rate. He scored 81 runs for 42 balls.
Sunrisers needed 20-run target from the last over. But it was not to be as Williamson's dismissal in the first delivery of the final over sealed Sunrisers fate and they eventually fell short by 14 runs.