• Wiese claims two wickets in vital win

    A total of 218 runs were scored in 17 overs on Friday, as Royal Challengers Bangalore won their rain affected match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad to put one foot in the playoffs.

    The Sunrisers, spearheaded by yet another David Warner half-century, posted 135-3 from 11 overs, before further rain left RCB needing 82 from six overs, which they did with a ball remaining in a Virat Kohli-inspired chase.

    Wiese claimed the first wicket of Shikhar Dhawan for just eight, but the tournament’s leading run scorer Warner was in sublime form once again. Countryman Moises Henriques however, was even more damaging, as the pair smashed their way to a 103-run stand.

    Henriques eventually fell for 57 off 22 balls thanks to Wiese’s second wicket of the match, while Warner finished unbeaten on 52.

    Kohli and Chris Gayle, in what has proved to be one of the most destructive partnerships in this season’s IPL, inflicted complete carnage. Gayle fell in the third over, but he had already notched up 35 from 10 balls.

    Still needing a lot to do in a short space of time Kohli provided a one-man show. AB de Villiers fell for a golden duck while Mandeep Singh perished for a single. They needed 14 off the final over, but Man of the Match Kohli did it with a ball to spare.

    Kohli’s charges are now in second place with one game remaining, and thanks to a healthy net run rate they look good value for a spot in the playoffs. In what is one of the tightest finishes to an IPL campaign, the Sunrisers are in fourth but they’ll have to win their last match against the Mumbai Indians to seal their spot.

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    Tom Sizeland