AB de Villiers' (57) brilliant knock helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab by four wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Friday. Chasing 156, opener Brendon McCullum (0) departed in the first over and skipper Virat Kohli (21) also wasted the start and went back in the fifth over. De Villiers and opener Quinton de Kock (45) then forged a crucial 54-run partnership for the third wicket before in-form de Kock was sent packing by Ravichandran Ashwin in the 12th over. Mandeep Singh (22) then came in the middle and supported de Villiers by playing some beautifully crafted shots around the ground. (Scorecard)
But just when Bangalore side was at the brink of the win, the South African player was dismissed by Andrew Tye in the 19th over. His 40-ball innings was laced with two boundaries and four sixes. Just after that, Mandeep also got run out in the same over. But at that time, it was just a formality and lower-order batsmen Chris Woakes (1 not out) and Washington Sunder (9 not out) completed it with ease.
Earlier, Kings XI Punjab were bowled out for 155 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Lokesh Rahul (47) and skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (33) were the top scorers for Punjab. For Bangalore, pacer Umesh Yadav sclaped three wickets while Chris Woakes, Kulwant Khejroliya and Washington Sundar took two wickets each. Put in to bat, Punjab started off on a poor note, losing opener Mayank Agarwal (15), new batsmen Aaron Finch (0) and Yuvraj Singh (4) the fourth over. With the scoreboard reading 32, the Mayank and Finch were dismissed in consecutive balls, while Yuvraj was bowled on the last ball by pacer Umesh Yadav. Unperturbed by the sudden fall of wickets, opener Lokesh Rahul (47) played sensibly and also hammered the bowlers all around the park before getting out in the 12th over to spinner Washington Sundar. In his 30-ball knock, Rahul slammed two boundaries and four sixes.
Middle-order batsmen Karun Nair (29) and Marcus Stoinis (11) also failed to utilise their starts and got dismissed in the back to back overs to make scorebaord read 102/5. With their top-five players sitting in dugout, Punjab's lower-order got exposed early. Ashwin (33), however, tried to pace up the innings but in the process the off-spinner also got out in the penultimate over. Andrew Tye (7) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (0) got out cheaply and Punjab only managed 155 runs in 19.2 overs.
IPL 2018 Highlights of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab match, straight from M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
23:45 IST: Thank you for joining us for the live blog.
23:40 IST: FOUR! Full and wide from Mohit Sharma as Sundar drives him through the covers. He hits the winning runs. Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Punjab by four wickets.
23:37 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore need 1 in 4! Pressure on the bowler.
23:35 IST: FOUR! Boundary on the first ball of the last over from Washington Sundar. Poor bowling from Mohit Sharma. Scores are tied now!
23:34 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore need 5 more runs to win and it is the last over! Pressure is on both the teams.
23:30 IST: RUN-OUT!! Mandeep Singh falls short of the crease and the match is wide open now. Bangalore need 6 more runs to win from 8 deliveries.
23:27 IST: OUT! Andrew Tye dismisses De Villliers. What a turn in the match. Is this the opening Punjab was looking for or there is still some twists left in the match. Thriller of a contest this is turning out to be.
23:24 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore need 15 from 16 now. ABD has changed the complexion of the match with is hitting prowess.
23:23 IST: SIX! Slower delivery from Mohit Sharma and De Villiers stays back in the crease and lifts him straight down the ground for a mammoth maximum. This is 50 for ABD!
23:20 IST: SIX and SIX!! De Villiers sets up the match for the home side as he smokes Mujeeb for consecutive maximums. The first one towards the deep extra-cover and the second one towards the cow corner. Is this the over for RCB?
23:17 IST: FOUR! Short delivery from Mujeeb and Mandeep quickly rocks back and pulls it powerfully as the ball bisects the two fielders perfectly in the deep
23:10 IST: Magnificent bowling by Andrew Tye, concedes just six runs. Now, Royal Challengers Bangalore need 41 runs in 24 balls. It has been a balanced match so far as both the teams have given their best and are fighting hard for a victory. This match will definitely go down to the wire as the hosts are desperate for a win. AB de Villiers and Mandeep Singh have their task cut out for them!
The crunch stage of the game has now arrived.— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 13, 2018
The second and the final strategic time-out of the innings has now been taken with Royal Challengers Bangalore at after overs.#RCBvKXIP #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi
23:09 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore need 47 runs in 30 balls.
23:07 IST: FOUR! Low full toss just outside off and De Villiers shuffles across and slams the ball for a boundary on the leg-side. Brute power from the South African.
23:04 IST: 56 runs needed from the last 6 overs. Can RCB overhaul the target or will Punjab stamp their authority?
23:02 IST: Tye has maintained his line and length. RCB are in desperate need of boundaries now. They haven't seen them for a while. This over started with a wide and yet another good over. 100 up for RCB after 14 overs
23:00 IST: Andrew Tye is back onto the bowling attck for the Kings XI Punjab.
22:56 IST: A lot riding on de Villiers now. If he gets out now, RCB will be in trouble. They don't have much batting left after this pair. The required rate is just climbing up. A good 13th over by Axar Patel. Just 5 runs off it. KXIP 93/4 in 13 overs
22:54 IST: A superb over for Ashwin. Two wickets for the Punjab captain. KXIP 88/4 in 12 overs, need 68 more runs in 48 balls
22:51 IST: OUT! Two-in-two for Ashwin as Sarfaraz Khan departs for a duck. Punjab is right back in the game. Beautiful, beautiful bowling from Ashwin.
22:50 IST: OUT!! Ashwin strikes as he castles de Kock for 45. A big, big wicket for Punjab.
22:38 IST: SIX!! Short delivery from Mohit Sharma and De Villiers reads it quickly and crunches it over mid-wicket for a powerful flat maximum. This is the 100th six of this IPL.
22:25 IST: FOUR! De Kock comes down the track and launches Mujeeb over mid-wicket. Effortless!
22:19 IST: OUT! Mujeeb ur Rahman weaves his magic yet again! He bowls a flighted delivery, slower through the air. Kohli looking to drive, fails to read the ball and gets castled. The Afghan bowler is elated. Bangalore lose two big guns.
22:15 IST: FOUR! Length delivery from Tye and Kohli drives the ball beautifully through the cover for a boundary. Brilliant shot from a magnificent player.
22:10 IST: FOUR! Poor ball from Tye as he angles the ball in his body and Kohli shuffles across to whip it away for a boundary.
22:04 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli, the new man in, gets off the mark with a boundary on the off-side. Poor fielding at point as the fielder lets the ball slip through his fingers.
22:03 IST: OUT! McCullum was looking to start the innings with a bang but fails miserably. Axar Patel bowls wide of off and McCullum who had come down the wicket, has to reach for the ball and sends it straight to the man at point. Punjab get a dream start.
22:00 IST: Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock open for RCB. Axar Patel begins proceedings with the ball for Kings XI Punjab.
21:46 IST: Punjab is all-out for 155 in 19.2 overs.
Innings Break!— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 13, 2018
Some stellar bowling performances by the @RCBTweets bowlers and #KXIP are all back in the hut for 155 runs in 19.2 overs.
Chase in 15 minutes, stay tuned. #RCBvKXIP pic.twitter.com/Vu6pxItrJh
21:42 IST: OUT! Chahal gets the Punjab captain. Chahal bowls wide again, Ashwin comes down the wicket in search of a big one, however, perishes as De Kock takes off the bails in a jiffy.
21:39 IST: SIX!! Wide and full from Chahal and Ashwin gets a much-needed boundary. The Punjab steps down the wicket and slaps Chahal straight down the ground for a maximum. Ashwin in trying to up the ante.
21:35 IST: OUT! Andrew Tye departs in search of quick runs as the boundaries have tried up for Punjab. Woakes bowls a slower delivery on a good length and just outside off, Tye miscues as the ball takes the bottom edge of the bat and flies high up in the air. Punjab 142/8 in 17.5 overs.
21:20 IST: OUT! Kulwant Khejroliya bowls full as the ball pitches in and around middle stump. Axar looking to work the ball around, misses and finds himself plumb. Huge appeal from Khejroliya and the umpire raises his finger. However, Ashwin and Axar goes upstairs. Ball tracker shows there's no bat involved. The impact is in front of middle. Three reds and Axar is back in the hut. Khejroliya gets his second.
21:18 IST: FOUR! Length delivery outside off from Khejroliya, Ashwin stands tall and drives it beautifully for a boundary. Picture perfect shot from Ashwin.
21:15 IST: FOUR! Khejroliya bangs the ball in short and gets punished. Ashwin, on strike, reads the ball early and pulls the ball with authority. The man at the boundary fails to cut off the ball. Occasional boundaries will definitely help Punjab's cause, who are in trouble now.
21:12 IST: OUT! RCB is all over Punjab at the moment. Marcus Stoinis going for the big heave, dances down the wicket and misses the ball completely. De Kock, behind the stumps, collects the ball comfortably and takes off the bails in a flash. Punjab lose their sixth wicket.
21:08 IST: OUT! Khejroliya gets in the action now. Short delivery and Nair was attempting a pull. He missed and the stumps are all aver the place. RCB have come back strongly in the match and controlling the tempo as well.
20:56 IST: OUT!! Washington Sundar gets the important breakthrough as KL Rahul miscues and Sarfaraz Khan takes a comfortable catch at short-third man. Sundar bowls quicker through the air and bowls a bit of off, Rahul, who was going for the big one, doesn't get near the pitch of the ball and sends the ball high up in the air.
20:50 IST: Punjab 84/3 after 10 overs. KL Rahul and Karun Nair are out in the middle.
20:46 IST: FOUR! Chahal strays down the line and Rahul swivels and guides the ball fine for yet another boundary. Nair and Rahul have steadied the innings perfectly after early triple jolts.
.@klrahul11 rings in the strategic time-out with the finest of#39;s.— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 13, 2018
He looks in the form of his life and has got his score up to
after overs.#RCBvsKXIP #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi pic.twitter.com/qJCPx3ysTh
20:40 IST: FOUR! Short delivery around off, Nair rocks back and guides the ball straight down the ground for a boundary.
20:35 IST: SIX! Chahal strays on the leg side, Rahul Shuffles and pulls it over the man at deep square leg for a flat maximum. The audience enjoyed it as Rahul is not letting the bowlers settle.
20:33 IST: 50 comes up for Punjab in the sixth over. KL Rahul and Karun Nair are out in the middle.
20:20 IST: Umesh Yadav has brought his team back in the game. Punjab 36/4 after four overs.
20:19 IST: CASTLED! Umesh Yadav is running through the Punjab top order batting line-up. Umesh fires in a length delivery around off that forces Yuvraj to defend. He misses the connection as the ball crashes into the stumps. PUnjab is in trouble after a solid start. Umesh Yadav is elated! Beautiful beautiful delivery from the Indian pacer. Captain Kohli and his men are pumped up!
20:18 IST: FOUR! Yuvraj Singh, the new batsman in, pulls a short delivery off Umesh to get off the mark in style.
20:16 IST: OUT!! Umesh Yadav is on fire. Aaron Finch, who missed the first match, departs for a first-ball duck. Umesh bowls a length delivery around middle and off, Finch trying to flick the ball on the leg-side, misses and gets rapped on the pads. Huge appeal from Umesh and the on-field umpire raises his finger. However, Finch and KL Rahul opt for the review. Ball tracker shows that it is pitching in line, impact in line and clipping the bails just enough for it to be umpire's call.
20:15 IST: OUT! Umesh Yadav gets the much-needed breakthrough. Umesh bowls full with a bit of width. Mayank, looking to blast the ball over cover for a maximum, edges the ball back to the keeper as the ball swings late. De Kock, behind the stumps, dives to his right and takes an incredible catch. Mayank departs after yet another entertaining cameo.
20:10 IST: FOUR! Kulwant Khejroliya, the new bowler, strays down the line gets punished. Mayank Agarwal will not miss out on these poor deliveries. Short and on the leg and Mayank guides the ball past the keeper for a boundary. Bangalore have been poor with the ball.
20:09 IST: Punjab 25/0 after the second over.
20:08 IST: FOUR! Full length from Umesh and Mayank Agarwal drives it beautifully for another boundary. Impeccable timing from the local boy. Full face of the bat and high elbows, a display of textbook straight drive.
20:06 IST: FOUR! Umesh Yadav, the new bowler, is welcomed to the crease with a boundary. Short and on the pads and Mayank Agarwal pulls it handsomely for a boundary at the deep square leg region. Punjab is putting pressure on Bangalore.
20:05 IST: FOUR! Woakes strays on the pads and Rahul says thank you. The batsman edges the ball fine past the short fine-leg fielder and the ball rolls away for a boundary. 16 runs off the first over of the game. Aggressive batting from the visitors. What a match this will turn out to be.
20:03 IST: SIX and SIX! KL Rahul is starting from where he left the other day. Rahul gets off the mark with a maximum. Back of a length delivery from Woakes, Rahul stands tall and slaps the ball overs cover for a huge maximum. Woakes follows with a full length delivery down the leg side and Rahul flicks it with authority for a humongous six. This has gone in the second tier.
20:00 IST: First Ball -- Woakes starts off with a full length delivery around off, Rahul takes a forward stride and defends it nicely.
19:59 IST: KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are opening the batting for Punjab.
19:58 IST: Chris Woakes is opening the bowling for Bangalore.
19:40 IST: SQUADS:
Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul(w), Mayank Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
19:33 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin: I think it's important to start well and put up a par score. It's very important to have wickets in hand while batting first. I think we have enough bowling ammunition to put them under pressure. We have one team change, Finch comes in the place for Miller. He deserves to come in the team straightaway.
19:32 IST: Virat Kohli: We are gonna have a bowl. I think the crowd thinks the match is decided on the basis of the toss. Looks like this pitch is back to normal, hence the decision to bowl first. It's the same team that played last match. It's good to be back here and the crowd looks excited always. The aim of any good side in the tournament is to play well at home.
19:30 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli wins toss, elects to field vs Kings XI Punjab.
19:20 IST: Batting-heavy Bangalore will take on the high-flying Punjab at Bangalore. The hosts had a torrid time in their last campaign, and did not get off to the best of starts this time around either. Their loss to Kolkata highlighted their glaring weaknesses, something which they haven't exactly addressed properly. The bowling department lacks the proper quality, which puts pressure on the batsmen, pushing them to always do more. Unlike their opponents, Punjab look a more complete and better balanced side. They won their opening fixture with absolute ease, dominating proceedings in all departments. KL Rahul's blazing fifty was the highlight of the game, with the middle order also supporting him quite well and the team doing well on the field on the whole. It will be a stern challenge, for both sides in question.
19:15 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the RCB vs KXIP match straight from M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Coming to the visitors, Punjab are coming into the game on the back of a win, having started the season on a resounding note, beating Delhi Daredevils by six wickets. KL Rahul, who is a local here, smashed the fastest-ever fifty in IPL history. Rahul had smashed six boundaries and four sixes in his 16-ball 51. Karun Nair, who scored a 33-ball fifty, also would be keen to continue the good work. But veteran Yuvraj Singh looked a pale shadow of his former self, huffing and puffing to 12 off 22 balls.
Punjab surprisingly dropped big-hitting West Indian Chris Gayle in the last game but he could open the innings as he knows the conditions well here, the venue where he smashed an incredible 175 in the 2013 edition. Aaron Finch, who was unavailable for the last match, also may get a chance. Punjab's bowlers did a fine job by restricting Delhi with 17-year-old spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman making his IPL debut with a bang, picking up two wickets along with Mohit Sharma.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Sarfraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kulwant Khejroliya.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), AJ Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb ur Rahman.
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