Opener Chris Lynn anchored his innings to perfection as Kolkata Knight Riders were back to winning ways with a comfortable six-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in an IPL encounter on Sunday night. Chasing a sub-par target of 176, KKR reached the target in 19.1 overs with Lynn scoring an unbeaten 62 off 52 balls with seven fours and a six. KKR captain Dinesh Karthik relishing his new found role as a finisher, played his part with a 10-ball-23 to make it easy in the end. KKR with eight points remained in fourth place while Virat Kohli's men slumped further with their fifth defeat in seven games. At the onset of the chase, Lynn and Sunil Narine (27 off 19 balls) provided a solid if not spectacular foundation adding 51 runs in the Powerplay overs. (Scorecard)
Earlier, A good opening stand followed by skipper Virat Kohli's unbeaten half-century helped Royal Challengers Bangalore to post 175/4 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie on Sunday. Kohli's unbeaten 68-run knock came off 44 balls, containing five boundaries and three sixes at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Put into bat, Bangalore started on a cautious note as openers Quinton de Kock (29 off 27) and Brendon McCullum (38 off 28) shared a 67-run partnership for the first wicket. KKR spinner Kuldeep Yadav came up with the first breakthrough as he packed de Kock in the ninth over.
With the addition of just seven runs in Bangalore's overall score of 67, Andre Russel jolted the hosts after dismissing McCullum and Manan Vohra (0) in the next over. However, Kohli kept one end tight and added 65 runs for the fourth wicket with Mandeep Singh (19). Mandeep however, didn't show a fight and was dismissed on a Russel delivery in the 18th over with Bangalore's score reading 140/4.
Kohli continued his good work and slammed yet another half-century and some fireworks by him in the final moments helped the hosts reach a respectable total of 175/4. For Kolkata, Russel was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/31 while Kuldeep scalped a wicket for 20 runs.
IPL 2018 highlights of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, straight from M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
00:10 IST: Thank you for joining us for the live blog.
00:04 IST: Four! Shubhman Gill, the new batsman in, hits the winning run. Kolkata beat Bangalore by six wickets.
00:02 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders need 4 runs in the last over.
00:01 IST: OUT! Kohli takes an absolute screamer to dismiss Dinesh Karthik for 23. Anushka Sharma in the stands is thoroughly impressed.
00:00 IST: Kolkata need 5 runs in 8 balls.
23:58 IST: Six! Karthik is taking his team over the line. Slams the Siraj length ball for a maximum.
23:57 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders need 15 runs in 12 balls.
23:55 IST: Four! Short delivery from Southee and Karthik pulls with with power to collect another boundary. This match is going down to the wire.
23:52 IST: Four! Lynn starts off the over with a boundary straight down the ground. Brute power from the Australian.
23:51 IST: Four! Full length delivery from Siraj, Dinesh Karthik drives it with power for a boundary.
23:48 IST: OUT! Siraj gets the big fish. Short delivery and Russell miscues as De Kock takes a good catch. Pressure building on the visitors.
23:46 IST: Nitish Rana has left the field due to back injury. Andre Russell is the new man in.
23:43 IST: Four! Poor fielding from Chahal at the boundary. Width provided by Siraj and Rana latches onto it. Much-needed boundary for KKR.
23:38 IST: Strategic timeout -- Kolkata Knight Riders 133/2 in 16 overs, need 43 more runs in 24 balls.
KKR - 133/2, 16 Overs. Need 43 runs from 24 balls.— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 29, 2018
Required rate (10.75) is piling up but we've got wickets in hand. Time to switch gears now! #RCBvKKR #IPL2018 #KKRHaiTaiyaar pic.twitter.com/3Ei05oOost
23:32 IST: A brilliant over from Tim Southee, concedes only four runs.
23:28 IST: Chris Lynn scores his 5th IPL fifty. What an innings this has been from the Australian. Can he take KKR over the line?
23:25 IST: Four! Lynn, down on one knee, sweeps Chahal powerfully for a boundary. Good start to the over.
23:23 IST: Nitish Rana is the new man in.
23:22 IST: Out! A magnificent Robin Uthappa cameo comes to an end. Looking to go for the big one, Uthappa swings, miscues and Southee at the long-off boundary takes a comfortable catch. Murugan Ashwin gets his second wicket of the match. Kolkata Knight Riders need 68 more runs to win.
23:18 IST: Six! Umesh Yadav bowls short and drifts on the leg side, Uthappa says thank you as he pulls it with authority for a maximum. 8 runs come off the Umesh Yadav over. The partnership between Lynn and Uthappa is looking fruitful for the visitors.
23:16 IST: 100 comes up for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 12th over.
23:12 IST: Six! Chahal bowls full, Uthappa clears his front foot and smokes him straight down the ground. That was absolutely crunched!
23:10 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders score 14 runs off the M Ashwin over. Kolkata 88/1 after 10 overs.
23:09 IST: Four! Lynn getting in the act now. Slower delivery from M Ashwin, Lynn waits and pulls him with power for a boundary.
23:08 IST: Four! Smart batting from Uthappa. Back-to-back boundaries off M Ashwin. First he times the over-pitched delivery to perfection and then he revers sweeps him.
23:05 IST: Four! Siraj bowls on the pads, Uthappa shuffles and flicks the ball past the man at short fine for a boundary. Bowler is not impressed with the missed fielding.
23:01 IST: Six! Tossed up delivery from M Ashwin, Uthappa leans forward and lifts straight down the ground. The fielder at the boundary just got his hands on the ball. A very close chance. Uthappa survives.
22:59 IST: Robin Uthappa is the new man in.
22:58 IST: OUT! M Ashwin strikes in the very first ball. He bowls wide and full, Narine tried to hit him for a big one, miscues and Colin de Grandhomme at the boundary takes a good catch to end his stay. A much-needed breakthrough for RCB.
22:57 IST: Murugan Ashwin introduced in the attack.
22:56 IST: Four! Short and wide from Siraj and Lynn shuffles a bit and slams the ball through the off-side for a boundary.
22:55 IST: Mohammed Siraj continues his first over.
22:53 IST: Players are walking out in the middle after a brief halt.
22:45 IST: Play to resume at 10:55 IST. No overs lost.
22:40 IST: UPDATE - It has stopped raining and the covers are off. Groundsmen working hard to get the play started as soon as possible.
22:22 IST: BAD NEWS! It is raining at Chinnaswamy and the covers are on. Kolkata 55/0 in 6.3 overs, need 121 more runs in 81 balls. DLS Par score is 44.
Rain stops play here in Bengaluru. pic.twitter.com/poCi1d6mdv— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 29, 2018
22:18 IST: Strategic time out -- Kolkata Knight Riders 51/0 (Lynn 24*, Narine 25*)
22:17 IST: Four! Short and wide from Chahal, Lynn rocks back and drills the ball through covers.
22:14 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders 47/0 (Lynn 20*, Narine 25*) in 5 overs.
22:10 IST: Four! Full from Umesh Yadav and Lynn slams the ball through covers for a boundary.
22:08 IST: DROPPED! Lynn dropped on 7 by Murugan Ashwin. It was a sitter but he failed to collect it cleanly. Kohli and Chahal look dejected after Lynn's dropped catch. KKR 36/0 in 4 overs
22:07 IST: FOUR! Chahal gets welcomed with a boundary. Not a start he'd have wanted. KKR 33/0 in 3.2 overs
22:04 IST: A good over for KKR. 11 runs off it. KKR 29/0 in 3 overs
22:02 IST: Four! Narine pulls it for a boundary. Southee bowls a poor one and Narine hammers it.
21:57 IST: Four! Narine follows it up with a boundary. Short and wide and Narine guides the ball towards third man.
21:56 IST: Six! Back of a length delivery outside off, Narine stands tall and lifts the ball over covers for a maximum. Effortless.
21:54 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders 5/0 after the first over.
21:53 IST: Close! Short delivery from Southee, Narine looking to guide the ball over the slips but edges it. Virat kohli runs and dives but could not reach the ball in time.
21:51 IST: First ball -- Southee bowls full, Lynn leans forward and defends it.
21:50 IST: Welcome back to the chase. Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine opening the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders. Tim Southee opening the bowling for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
21:34 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore 175/4 in 20 overs.
21:33 IST: Six! Johnson bowls on the pads and Kohli smokes him for a maximum to end RCB's innings.
21:31 IST: Six! Johnson bowls wide and full and Colin de Grandhomme slices him over point for a maximum.
21:28 IST: Last over to go. RCB 159/4, how many more can they get?
21:23 IST: Six! Kohli has changed gears now, smokes Russell for a maximum over long-on. Brilliant use of the wrists.
21:22 IST: Virat Kohli scores his third half-century of the season.
21:21 IST: OUT! Slower short delivery from Russell, Mandeep pulls with great power but finds Shivam Mavi on the boundary. He departs for 19.
21:18 IST: Six! Kohli starts off the 18th with a maximum. Full delivery from Russell and Kohli swats the ball over long-on. The crowd loved it.
21:16 IST: Four! Length ball from Narine and Mandeep dispatches the ball rows back in the audience.
21:13 IST: Four! Mavi goes short and wide and Kohli repeats the same shot, this time he goes over the cover.
21:12 IST: Four! Kohli welcomes Mavi back with a boundary. Mavi bowls slower delivery outside off and Kohl lifts the ball over short third man for a boundary.
21:08 IST: Four! Kohli starts off with a boundary after the break. Kohli slices the loft over one-bounce boundary.
21:06 IST: Strategic time out -- RCB 100/3 (Kohli 20*, Mandeep 6*)
21:04 IST: 100 comes up for RCB in the 14th over.
21:02 IST: Four! Full and outside off from Johnson, Kohli stands tall and drives it for a boundary. Effortless from the RCB captain.
21:00 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore 91/3 (Kohli 13*, Mandeep 4*) after the 13th over.
20:56 IST: Four! Russell bowls half-volley outside off and Kohli drives the ball immaculately through the covers. This shot is bread and butter for Kohli.
20:54 IST: Dropped! Short delivery from Russell, Mandeep looking to glide the ball down to the third-man edges the ball as it flies towards the short third man. Nitish Rana, at short third, runs backwards but spills the catch. Mandeep Singh survives. Captain Kohli at the other end is not impressed with the shot selection.
20:48 IST! OUT! Andre Russell castles Manan Vohra, the new man in, on the last ball of his first over. What a birthday he is having. Five runs and two wickets in his first over is not a bad start for the birthday boy. Royal Challengers Bangalore 75/3 in 10 overs.
20:46 IST: OUT! Andre Russell, the birthday boy, gets his gift. McCullum was looking to pull the short delivery but edges it back to the keeper. McCullum departs for 38. A huge wicket for RCB.
20:42 IST: Kuldeep bowls a brilliant over after the break, concedes just three runs and takes the wicket of De Kock.
20:41 IST: Virat Kohli is the new man in.
20:40 IST: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav strikes in the first ball after the break. Hoe bowls wide and slow, De Kock comes down the track and lifts it over covers, miscues and Shubhman Gill takes a comfortable catch. De Kock departs for 29, RCB 67/1 in 8.1 overs.
20:35 IST: Strategic time-out -- Royal Challengers Bangalore 67/0 (De Kock 29*, McCullum 35*). This is RCB's best opening partnership in this season.
20:34 IST: Four! Piyush Chawla this time goes short and wide, McCullum rocks back and cuts it with brute force and bisects the point and short third.
20:33 IST: Four! An absolute ripper from Piyush Chawla catches McCullum off guard. The ball pitches on middle and off, turns sharply and beats McCulluma on all ends. The ball misses the bat, clips the thigh pad and runs away for a boundary. However, the umpire adjudges that as run.
20:30 IST: Six! Kuldeep Yadav goes full and ends the over with a disaster. McCullum was quick to pick up the ball and sweeps it for a flat maximum. A good over ends with a boundary.
20:26 IST: Shivam Mavi concedes just four runs in his first over.
20:23 IST: The beautiful M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
20:22 IST: Shivam Mavi introduced in the attack.
20:21 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore 36/0 (De Kock 22*, McCullum 11*) after 5 overs.
20:19 IST: Four! Narine bowls full and De Kock sweeps him with brute force for a boundary, beats the man at mid-wicket.
20:14 IST: Six! McCullum welcomes back Piyush Chawla with a boundary. Chawla bowls the wrong 'un, McCullum, down on one knee, sweeps him fine for one-bounce boundary.
20:12 IST: Six! Johnson goes full but De Kock makes room for himself and carves him inside out over the cover for a flat maximum. Smart cricketing from the South African keeper.
20:10 IST: Four! The short and wide delivery from Mitchell Johnson, the new bowler in, gets the treatment. McCullum dances down the wicket and slaps the ball over cover for a boundary. The ball was crunched!
20:07 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore 9/0 after the second over.
20:06 IST: Four! De Kock sweeps Narine yet again, this time to the left of Uthappa. The ball races away to the boundary ropes.
20:05 IST: Four! De Kock quickly gets down on knee and sweeps Narine in front of square. Robin Uthappa chases the ball, dives but parries it onto the ropes. RCB get their first boundary.
20:03 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore 1/0 after the first over. Brilliant first over from Piyush.
20:00 IST: First ball -- Piyush Chawla starts off with a googly and De Kock negotiates it carefully.
19:59 IST: Quinton de Kock and Brendon McCullum opening the batting for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
19:58 IST: Piyush Chawla opening the bowling for Kolkata Knight Riders.
19:50 IST: Captain DK with Skipper VK!
19:45 IST: Playing XI for both the teams:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Quinton de Kock(w), Virat Kohli (c), Manan Vohra, Corey Anderson, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Murugan Ashwin, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav
19:33 IST: Virat Kohli -- Would have bowled first too, difficult ground to defend. Got to take up the challenge, toss is only in your control that much. Not bad toss to lose actually. Will stay similar throughout as DK mentioned. Hopefully it wears off and spinners get purchase. This ground has always been difficult to defend, we've done that to other teams too. Hats off to them (CSK). Our bowlers have put it behind them. AB is sick, Southee replaces him. Negi replaced by Vohra. M Ashwin comes in for Washington Sundar. AB has got a bit of a viral fever going. If he could, he would play with one leg and one hand. But he's taken the call himself, have to respect that.
19:31 IST: Dinesh Karthik -- We're bowling first. Looks a dry wicket, make best use of it initially. Let's see how it goes. Same team. Trust the same team, wish they bring the goods for us. Important we trust the people we play in the XI. Picked a bunch of players we believe in.
19:30 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik wins toss, opts to field vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.
19:20 IST: Knights got a warm welcome at their arrival yesterday.
19:15 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders.
KKR's concern will be their bowling, which has failed to defend even big totals. The spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine and pacers Shivam Mavi and Tom Curran were plundered by Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi in their last game and will look to bounce back strongly although it will be very difficult at the batting-friendly Chinnaswamy wicket.
On the other hand, RCB, led by Virat Kohli, have never got any momentum. Their two wins have comes against Kings XI (April 13) and Delhi (April 21). In their last match, RCB failed to defend their total of 205/8 against Chennai Super Kings, who rode on half-centuries from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu to win by five wickets.
That loss continued to show RCB's weakness in their bowling department. The spin duo of Yuzuvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar and seamers Chris Woakes and Umesh Yadav have done well in parts and need to bring their best in order to avoid another defeat which could endanger their playoff chances.
In batting, RCB have a top-heavy line-up, with the presence of AB De Villiers (280 runs), Virat Kohli (249 runs) enough to hurt any bowling line-up. Mandeep Singh (171), Quinton de Kock (165) also need to contribute more.
Bangalore however, have failed to find the perfect opening partnerships, which could be a major cause of concern.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Quinton de Kock(WK), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, Tim Southee.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (Captain/WK), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Tom Curran, Prasidh Krishna.