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Hyderabad stay alive as playoff race hots up

Sunrisers Hyderabad made short work of Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday as the race for playoff spots heated up for the Indian Premier League.

On a day dominated by bowlers, Hyderabad defeated Bangalore by five wicket to climb fourth from seventh leaving the playoff race wide open. Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders are tied on 12 points each but even with points, Bangalore and Delhi Capitals are not yet assured with playoff spot.

All the teams are left to play one match each and run rate will now be the crucial factor in determining the fate.

All Hyderabad bowlers used in the game picked up at least a wicket before they reduced Bangalore to 120-7 in 20 overs. A half century partnership between Manish Pandey and Wriddhiman Shah for the second wicket was cucial in Hyderabad reaching 121-5 in 14.1 overs.

Bangalore did pick five wickets but the team knew the total was not enough to defend.

Shah, who made 87 in his previous match, added 50 runs for the second wicket with Pandey (26) and despite Hyderabad lost wickets, the target still was negotiable. Shah made 39 off 32 hitting four boundaries and a six and Jason Holder played a 10-ball cameo of 26 that included three sixes and a hit to the fence.

Earlier, Hyderabad contained the Bangalore batsmen from the beginning and were pushed to back foot further once they lost captain Virat Kohli (seven). A 43-run stand between opener Josh Philippe and AB de Villiers (24) for the third wicket was the only bright spot in Bangalore batting.

Philippe top scored with a 31-ball 32 hitting four boundaries. Man-of-the-match Sandeep Sharma (2-20) and Holder (2-27) shared four wickets between them for Hyderabad.

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