Watch: Master blaster Colin de Grandhomme launches sixes all over in quickfire innings to help Bangalore conquer Sunrisers

Black Caps all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme fired off a quickfire 40 runs to help Royal Challengers Bangalore overcome fellow Kiwi Kane Williamson and Sunrisers Hyderabad this morning.

De Grandhomme smacked four sixes and a four in his short stay at the crease (17 deliveries) as the Royal Challengers posted 218/6 in the first innings.

The late flourish came after AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali posted 69 and 65 respectively.

"Tonight, AB, Moeen and Colin were outstanding. With the ball, there were difficulties but they did well," Bangalore captain Virat Kohli said.

"Team's don't want us to win, looking at the strength, they want us to not win. We sense fear and we pounce."

Williamson attempted to pull off an incredible chase for the Sunrisers, scoring 81 runs off 42 balls in reply.

But when the Black Caps captain was dismissed off the first ball of the final over, chances of a successful chase were all but scratched and Sunrisers Hyderabad finished with 204 runs.

"RCB have a fantastic batting line-up and put us under pressure," Williamson said.

"When you're chasing a total like that, you need to make right decisions, at key times in the chase, we didn't. But there's a lot to learn as we move forward."

With the win, Bangalore remain in the hunt for a playoff spot, sitting fifth on the table behind the Mumbai Indians on Net Run Rate.

Hyderabad have already qualified for the finals with one regular game remaining, sitting top of the table.


Watch: Mitchell McClenaghan snares wicket of T20 giant Chris Gayle early before denying Kings XI with superb death bowling

The Mumbai Indians have secured a vital win as they continue their pursuit for an IPL playoff spot after outlasting Kings XI Punjab by three runs this morning.

Chasing 186 to win, IPL leading run-scorer KL Rahul knocked three sixes and 10 fours for his sixth fifty of the tournament, but his efforts weren't enough as he was dismissed in the penultimate over to Jasprit Bumrah for 94 runs.

Mumbai moved into the fourth and final playoff spot with one round robin game remainng thanks to the win but before they face the Delhi Daredevils on Monday, Royal Challengers Bangalore can move ahead of them on net run-rate with a big win over Sunrisers Hyderabad tonight.

Mumbai managed 186-8 after being put into bat by Kings XI with Kieron Pollard scoring an even 50 off 23 balls.

Kiwi bowler Mitchell McClenaghan chipped in late with a quickfire 11 runs after smacking a four and six in the final over.

McClenaghan then added to his evening with the crucial wicket of Chris Gayle, dismissing the T20 superstar for 18 runs.

McClenaghan then held his nerve with some supurb death bowling to successfully defend 17 in the final over to give Mumbai the win.



White Ferns stars make other sporting sacrifices to embark on six week UK tour

The White Ferns are to embark on a six week tour of the United Kingdom with a number of players having to put other sporting commitments on hold.

All-rounder Kate Ebrahim has played rugby for Canterbury and Taranaki as a halfback.

"I jumped in and played for the Canterbury team, something I didn't think would happen, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Canterbury rugby team," said Ebrahim.

Not wanting to pick up a rugby-related injury before the UK tour, Ebrahim is putting all her focus on cricket.

"I thoroughly enjoy that position (halfback) working hard in behind the forwards and feeding the backs."

With most of the White Ferns being part-time it means they often have opportunities to fit other sports around cricket.

Jess Watkins is yet to make her debut for the White Ferns, her recent double century at an age group tournament she partially credits to the fact she's still playing club hockey.

"When you are younger you play a lot of sports and usually with hand eye (co-ordination), you are usually good at other hand eye sports," said Watkins.

The 20-year-old has also played representative hockey.

"Hockey is fantastic there's a lot of cross overs in hockey, with the swinging over a hockey stick and swinging of a cricket bat."

Kate Ebrahim played half for the Canterbury and Taranaki women’s rugby sides. Source: 1 NEWS