Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in their final league match by four wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday to end their campaign on a high. There were a lot of standout moments in this interesting game during both first as well as the second innings. These moments included Manish Pandey's lucky escape off Yuzvendra Chahal's delivery and Shimron Hetmyer's debatable catch that ended Pandey's stay in the middle. While in the second innings, RCB skipper Virat Kohli played a short cameo where he played a lofted shot off Khaleel Ahmed into the stumps and Ahmed having the last laugh by dismissing the world-class batsman. However, among all these features, there was yet another stand out feature.
Co-incidentally, it once again featured Hetmyer. It happened in the fifth over of RCB's run chase which was bowled by Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan and Hetmyer was on strike. On the fifth delivery, Khan bowled a full-length ball as the West Indian batsman attempted to play a big shot.
The ball was timed well but the shot could not be perfectly executed as the ball went and struck Gurkeerat Singh's bat at the non-striker's end. Gurkeerat's bat went flying and landed at a few yards away. SRH's Yusuf Pathan picked up the bat and handed it over to the youngster as Hetmyer was seen showing his tongue out in disbelief.
The video of Gurkeerat's bat flying out of his hands was posted on Twitter. Watch the video here:
Chasing a target of 176, RCB were in a spot of bother at 20/3. Shimron Hetmyer ( 75) and Gurkeerat Singh (65) added 144 runs for the fourth wicket. Riding on their splendid knocks, RCB got to the target with four balls to spare.
Earlier, RCB skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and invited SRH to bat first. The 'Orange Army' got off to a good start as their openers Wriddhiman Saha and Martin Guptill added 46 runs for the first wicket. Nonetheless, both the openers were dismissed in quick succession and Manish Pandey also followed them soon. Skipper Kane Williamson then stitched in a 45-run partnership with Vijay Shankar to stabilize SRH's innings. The New Zealand captain played an unbeaten knock of a 43-ball 70 at a strike rate of 162.79 which included five boundaries and four maximums. His captain's knock helped SRH get to a competitive total of 175/7 in their 20 overs.