Hyderabad claim vital win

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The Sunrisers Hyderabad recorded a seven-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday, staying alive in the contest but with a lot of life support, thanks to their opening batsmen.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad recorded a seven-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday, staying alive in the contest but with a lot of life support, thanks to their opening batsmen.

Bangalore posted a below-par 160 for six thanks only to skipper Virat Kohli's half century, and then Sunrisers openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan scored the bulk of the runs in a final-over win.

RCB won the toss and oddly chose to bat first, given their penchant for chasing, and were soon in the mire. They lost Chris Gayle and Parthiv Patel early on, leaving them on 23 after five overs.

Kohli and Yuvraj Singh then settled the ship a bit, with Kohli doing the bulk of the scoring and pushing the tally to 80 before Yuvraj was dismissed. He fell for 21, caught by Dale Steyn off Parveez Rasool.

AB de Villiers then joined Kohli and they also added a valuable stand, with De Villiers making 29. But Kohli was out for 67 off 41 balls, also caught by Steyn, before AB himself fell five runs later.

With Hyderabad requiring only eight an over from the start, the century stand between Dhawan and Warner was never going to leave RCB with much hope. They scored their ton stand in 12.3 overs, when Dhawan fell for 50 on the dot.

He'd struck one six, while Warner had smashed four in his 59 runs. The Aussie was out with the score on 126 in the 16th over, making it tighter than they would have liked, but Naman Ojha's 24 ensured an easy task for Aaron Finch and Darren Sammy.

Both sides remain barely alive in the play-off race, requiring the other sides above them to mess up badly, but they're both on 10 points and still in with a shout.

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