In Match 54 of VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL 2019), Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann engineered an incredible turnaround that will linger long in IPL memory, powering Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a four-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at M Chinnaswamy Stdaium in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Both Hetmyer and Gurkeerat hit blazing fifties as RCB recovered from a hopelessly placed 20 for three in the third over to reach the 176-run target with four balls to spare.
The win meant RCB ended what has been a forgettable season on a positive note, while SRH’s hopes of securing a playoffs berth were kept on standby.
During their 144-run partnership for the fourth wicket, Hetmyer smashed half a dozen sixes and four boundaries for his 47-ball 75, while Gurkeerat made 65 in 48 deliveries with the help of eight fours and one maximum.
This was the first time that RCB had a hundred-plus partnership since 2013 when Kohli and De Villiers were not involved.