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Royal Challengers Bangalore’s AB de Villiers takes the catch of Alex Hales of Sunrisers Hyderabad during their Indian Premier League match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday

The over started on an interesting note as Parthiv was dropped by Hooda on the very first ball. To make things crazier, he caught it one hand!

De Villiers rocked the cricketing world on Thursday with another moment of individual brilliance, this time with his fielding when he pulled off a one-handed catch on the boundary that sent the Bangalore crowd wild.

"I got in a bad position". In the next over, new batsman Colin de Grandhomme found a thick outside edge that gave him a boundary off his second ball. "We're nearly playing with nothing to lose", Moeen Ali said in Indore the other night; it is a mentality that has served the team well over the last two games. ABD also top-scored with 69 for his team. After 6 overs, RCB were 44/2.

Rashid Khan double strike slowed down RCB's innings. He leaked 70 runs from his four overs. Rashid Khan came for the next over, Moeen smashed him for a six followed by a double.

The Indian captain lauded de Villiers' catch, saying it was "Spiderman stuff" but, at the same time, insisted he is getting used to such efforts from his RCB teammate. The remaining 12 overs, however, cost almost 145 runs.

SRH were chasing RCB's 218 when Alex Hales stepped out and tried to smash Moeen Ali out of the park. The run rate was 9.33 per over. It was helpful that he had de Villiers at the other end, though Moeen sometimes put the dazzling South African in the shade. Two wickets in a short span. With still 5 overs to play, those two wickets could have proved to be a difference of 15-20 runs in the favor of SRH in the end. "I think we are going to face that tomorrow night". For them to go past MI's current NRR of +0.384, they need to win their last game by a margin of around 40 runs or approximately by 25 balls to spare. There was elevation but not the distance as the ball nestled in the hands of Grandhomme. A misfield led to a boundary in the next ball.

RCB's run this season hasn't been up to par.

The physics-defying catch took place on the last ball of the 8th over.

The target was set.

But Yuzvendra Chahal ended the stand by dismissing Dhawan (18) in the first ball of the sixth over.

Umesh Yadav returned for the 7th over, just four singles came off the over.

Manish Pandey replaced Hales. SRH needs 219 runs to win.

After Over 10: SRH - 91 runs with the loss of 2 wickets. Pandey smacked a six and a four off Siraj to take the score to 184/2, which changed the equation to 35 off 12 balls.

It was all downhill from there and for once, skipper Kane Williamson was left devoid of options as he had gone into the match with just five bowlers. These three will be instrumental in guiding RCB to any victory they might enjoy.

It was RCB's sixth win in 13 games.

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