IPL 7, KXIP vs RCB, Highlights: Pacers, Virender Sehwag script fifth consecutive win for Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab cruised to their fifth successive win this season when they defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets in Dubai on Monday. Catch all the highlights here...
Sandeep Sharma, Man-of-the-Match: I am lucky to get back-to-back awards - am enjoying this moment, playing for Kings XI. It was a big moment dismissing Gayle. I have seen him play so many times and it was awesome for me.
That's the end of this game. It's Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals tomorrow in Abu Dhabi.
George Bailey, Kings XI Punjab captain: It is all working out well and we are working well as a unit. Sehwag is very calm; with him at the top you know you will get your boundaries. We have had a good start to the tournament. It will be good to get back to India now.
Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore, captain: The momentum can turn around pretty quickly in this format. We did not apply ourselves in the batting department but the bowlers did well to drag it till the end. It is important to back yourself - these couple of games have been a phase where we have tried a few things but they have not come off for us. Aaron and Chahal have been putting their hearts on the field. It is really pleasing to see both of them bowling so well for us.
Kings XI Punjab win by five wickets. Royal Challengers Bangalore were completely outplayed as Kings XI kept their calm and overcame a modest target of 125 despite a few tricky phases. RCB, after another mediocre batting performance, bowled and fielded well to repeatedly jolt the Kings XI chase but Virender Sehwag (32) and David Miller (26) played aggressively before Rishi Dhawan (23 not out) and George Bailey (16 not out) stayed cool at the end to steer their team home with seven balls to spare. This was Kings XI Punjab's fifth successive win - they had won the last three games last year and that means they have now won eight on the trot, an IPL record.
23:21 IST: FOUR! A shocker from Aaron - he slides down the leg side and Bailey latches on to it. Kohli can't believe it. KXIP are close now.
23:20 IST: KXIP are 115/5 off 18 overs and need 10 to win off the last two overs. They are still favourites but it could yet be a tricky chase.
23:12 IST: Starc finishes his quota, 4-0-15-0 as KXIP reach 105/5 off 16 overs. Yuvraj will continue.
23:07 IST: KXIP are 101/5 off 15 overs and despite a few nervous moments in the middle, look poised for another win.
23:05 IST: FOUR! Poor line from Yuvraj as Dhawan plays it away to the fence. These are useful runs for Kings XI, who are edging closer to another win. 100 up for KXIP in the 15th over.
23:04 IST: Yuvraj comes on after the timeout. RCB are still in with a chance but they have to be on the button because they don't have too many runs to play with.
23:01 IST: FOUR! Short of length from Dinda and Rishi Dhawan sends it racing to the fence. Good short and he gets an appreciative nod from his captain at the other end. Strategic timeout with KXIP on 93/5 off 14 overs.
22:56 IST: WICKET! Chahal gets another one and this time it's the well-set Sehwag for 32 as KXIP suddenly find themselves in a spot on 88/5, with37 still needed from seven overs.
22:52 IST: WICKET! Chahal gets one to spin sharply as Miller edges it to the 'keeper for 26 off 20 balls. KXIP are 85/4 off 12.2 overs, but the good news for them is that Sehwag is in the middle and he will now be joined by Bailey.
22:50 IST: FOUR! Miller is taking Morkel apart here. This game could get over very quickly if he stays in the mood. Kohli is running out of ideas very soon and the KXIP fans are beginning to sense another victory here. They are 84/3 after 12 overs.
22:48 IST: FOUR! Morkel back into the attack and is welcomed by fellow South African Miller with a crunching shot. FOUR! Miller is now in a hurry to finish this match off.
22:45 IST: KXIP are 70/3 after 11 overs and they have finally settled down after the initial loss of wickets.
22:44 IST: FOUR! Slightly off the mark from Chahal and Miller sends it crashing to the fence.
22:42 IST: Halfway through the innings, KXIP are 63/3 and they need 62 more to win from 10 overs.
22:37 IST: Starc back in the attack after the timeout. After two stunning catches and two good overs, the young Australian will be pumped up.
22:34 IST: Strategic timeout as KXIP reach 56/3 off 9 overs, chasing 125 for victory.
22:30 IST: FOUR! leg byes as Aaron bowls a short one to Sehwag - the ball ricochets off the helmet and runs away to the fence. KXIP are 51/2 after 8 overs.
22:26 IST: FOUR! But Sehwag is playing another game and remains undaunted by the loss of quick wickets at he other end, as David Miller joins him in the middle.
22:24 IST: WICKET! Aaron strikes again. Starc takes a brilliant catch again. And Maxwell is off to the hut. KXIP are 40/3 in 7.1 overs.
22:20 IST: Chahal in the attack and Maxwell will face him and he is off the mark with a two.
22:17 IST: WICKET! Saha picked it offAaron and hit it to deep fine leg, where Starc covered good ground to take a stunning catch. KXIP are 33/2 off 5.5 overs.
22:10 IST: WICKET! Dinda in the attack and he strikes immediately, getting rid of Pujara. KXIP are 22/1 off 4.1 overs.
22:06 IST: FOUR! Half-volley from Aaron and Sehwag helps himself to some easy runs. This is not good bowling from RCB, defending a low score.
21:58 IST: KXIP are 12/0 off two overs.
21:57 IST: FOUR! Pujara times it nicely off Albie Morkel as Alan Wilkins describes the Indian batsman as an accumulator of runs.
21:52 IST: Just two off the first over from Starc as Pujara starts watchfully.
21:49 IST: Starc with the new ball and he's on his way to Pujara, who once again opens with Sehwag.
21:34 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore are 124/8 off their 20 overs. After being put in to bat, RCB came up with another poor performance, this time against Kings XI Punjab. A lot was expected of Chris Gayle, who was playing in his first game of the IPL 2014. However, after a frenetic start to the innings, when he took 20 runs off the first over from Glenn Maxwell, the southpaw was castled by Sandeep Sharma in the second. That dismissal triggered a top order collapse as Virat Kohli, Yogesh Takawale and Parthiv Patel followed soon after. There was a hint of a stand between AB de Villiers and Yuvraj Singh but when the South African exited, the writing was once again on the wall for the Royal Challengers. Yuvraj top scored with 35 but he perished to Rishi Dhawan not long after as RCB were restricted to yet another modest total.
Chris Gayle admits he was rusty: I batted a lot in the nets but I was a bit rusty, no doubt about that. I was on the go (having taken Maxwell for 20 in the first over), so I tried to calm myself down.
21:19 IST: FOUR leg byes. They need all the runs they can here.
21:18: 100 up for RCB, at the end of the 16th but they have also 7 wickets.
Chris Gayle admits on air: I got a bit carried away. I was given a bit of a license to take it away from ball one and I just wanted to stay aggressive, stay with the momentum, which unfortunately did not happen today.
21:11 IST: Strategic timeout as RCB reach 98/7 off 15 overs.
21:08 IST: WICKET! Dhawan strikes to remove Yuvraj Singh. RCB are 97/7 off 14.3 overs.
21:07 IST: RCB are 94/7 off 14 overs as Rishi Dhawan comes on.Â
21:03 IST: Mitchell Starc arrives at the crease to join Yuvraj.
21:02 IST: WICKET! Balaji back in the attack and he removes Morkel. RCB are 93/6 off13.2 overs.
21:00 IST: FOUR! Yuvraj sweeps in typical fashion and another one from Maxwell finds its way to the ropes. RCB are getting a move-on here and how. They are 93/5 with seven overs to go.
20:59 IST: SIX! Morkel sits on his knee and slams that Maxwell delivery into orbit. The sound off the bat reverberated throughout the middle-east. Top shot.
20:57 IST: RCB are 80/5 off 12 overs. Yuvraj and Morkel can be dangerous yet, only if they stay at the crease for a while.
20:51 IST: Maxwell back into the attack, with two aggressive left-handed batsmen in the middle. Brave move by Bailey.
20:50 IST: Three off the over and a wicket. RCB are 69/5 halfway through the innings.
20:47 IST: WICKET! It's the big one after the timeout. Rishi Dhawan gets rid of AB de Villiers, whogives Maxwell at backward point a catch. RCB are 67/5 off 9.2 overs. Albie Morkel is the new man in.
20:42: Strategic timeout as RCB reacj 66/4 after 9 overs.
20:40 IST: Another bowling change as Akshar Patel replaces Johnson. SIX! Imperious from Yuvraj. That ball was headed only one way as soon as it left Yuvraj's bat.
20:36 IST: Bowling change. Balaji replaces Sandeep Sharma in the attack. FOUR! Yuvraj frees his arms and hammers that to the off-side fence.
20:35 IST: RCB are 50/4 at the end of th 7th and it looks like AB has taken it upon himself to rebuild for the side and give them a decent score.
20:30 IST: End of the powerplay and RCB are 44/4.
20:28 IST: FOUR! Far too much width from Sandeep and de Villiers crashed that through the off-side. He is looking in great touch tonight.
20:26 IST: Five overs gone and RCB are 34/4. A lot depends on this pair of de Villiers and Yuvraj. Both batsmen can turn a game on its head.
20:22 IST: FOUR! de Villiers hammers Johnson straight down the ground. A million-dollar shot.
20:20 IST: Yuvraj Singh in the middle with AB de Villiers as RCB reach 26/4 after four overs.
20:19 IST: WICKET! Sandeep Sharma is on fire. He has taken his third as Patel edges it to Saha as RCB crash to 26/4 off 3.5 overs.
20:16 IST: WICKET! Another one goes down as Johnson strikes - he has removed Takawale for a duck. RCB are in all sorts of trouble at 26/3 off three overs.
20:14 IST: Mitchell Johnson in the attack. It will be a challenge for Takawale to face this class of pace.
20:10 IST: Takawalke in the middle with Patel after two of the biggest names in world cricket were removed in the space of two balls. RCB are 25/2 after 2 overs.
20:09 IST: WICKET! Sandeep Sharma hits Kohli on the pads and appeals. Billy Bowden raises the crooked finger as Kohli looks on with disbelief. The ball seemed to be missing the leg-stump. RCB 25/2 off 1.4 overs.
20:08 IST: FOUR! Kohli comes out and smashes that to the fence. What a way to get off the mark.
20:06 IST: WICKET! Gayle gives him the charge and Sharma gets one to shape away and hits timber. Gayle is gone for 20 off 7 balls. What drama in the middle. RCB 21/1 off 1.2 overs.
20:05 IST: Sandeep Sharma for the second over. Parthiv Patel dutifully takes a single and hands strike back to Gayle.
20:03 IST: SIX! That is the Chris Gayle we know. He sends that packing over the ropes. Brutal from Gayle. SIX! Gayle goes aerial again as Maxwell leaks 20 off the first over - a taste off his own medicine for the Australian.
20:02: FOUR! Streaky from Gayle again, as he clears the in-field. But the big West Indian is playing true to character.
20:01 IST: Glenn Maxwell with the new ball and FOUR! Not very convincing from Gayle but the edge runs away to the fence, past a diving Sehwag at slip.
19:59 IST: Loud cheers as Chris Gayle walks out to bat with Parthiv Patel. Weren't the Royal Challengers waiting for this moment! Gayle is fit to play and he will take first strike.
19:40 IST: Here are the playing XIs:
Kings XI Punjab: Cheteshwar Pujara, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, George Bailey (Captain), Mitchell Johnson, Rishi Dhawan, Akshar Patel, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Sandeep Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers, Yogesh Takawale, Albie Morkel, Ashok Dinda, Mitchell Starc, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Aaron
19:33 IST: Kings XI Punjab will bowl. Chris Gayle back for Royal Challengers Bangalore, in place of Ravi Rampaul. Varun Aaron returns in place of Sachin Rana. Kings XI are unchanged.
19:20 IST: Toss in a few minutes from now. But TV footage shows Chris Gayle shadow-batting on the pitch. His return will be a huge boost for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
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