Glenn Maxwell’s strong batting form continued while Dan Christian starred with the ball in hand but it was not enough for Royal Challengers Bangalore in a four-run IPL defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Maxwell’s dismissal was a critical moment in the game, with RCB looking on course for an easy win as he smashed 40 off 25 balls after captain Virat Kohli (5) and Dan Christian (1) failed with the bat chasing a target of 142.
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But Williamson’s brilliant direct hit caught Maxwell out of the crease before Kumar and Jason Holder made a strong comeback, bowling the two last overs for 13 runs.
“Maxi’s run-out was the game-changing moment,” Kohli said post-game.
Maxwell had hit three consecutive half-centuries to storm into form in the IPL, with Aaron Finch calling him “destructive as anyone in the world” on Wednesday when speaking to reporters.
Christian, meanwhile, took 2-14 off three overs to help restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to 141 runs.
Kane Williamson-led Hyderabad are bottom of the league table but their nailbiting victory effectively dashed any chance of Kohli’s Bangalore finishing second.
Devdutt Padikkal scored 41 off 52 balls and Shahbaz Ahmed contributed a quick 14 off 9 balls.
But Kumar (1-25) held his nerve in the final over against AB de Villiers, who ended unbeaten on 19, and George Garton.
Sunrisers batted first after losing the toss but made a shaky start with Abhishek Sharma (13) losing his wicket to Garton in the second over.
His dismissal was followed by a 70-run stand between opener Jason Roy (44) and Williamson (31) before pacer Harshal Patel knocked over the skipper.
Priyam Garg scored 15 off 11, Wriddhiman Saha 10 off 8 and Holder made a brisk 16 off 13 balls.
Harshal Patel finished with bowling figures of 3-33.
Chennai Super Kings will face Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.
The top four teams will go through to the play-offs from Sunday.