We witnessed another crackerjack of an encounter between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, and in the end it was Bangalore who held their nerves and managed to upstage the opposition by 17 runs at M. Chinnaswamy in Bangalore to stay alive in the tournament. SCORECARD
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RESULT: Bangalore beat Punjab by 17 runs (Nicholas Pooran 46, Umesh Yadav 3/36)
4 wickets in last 9 deliveries. Match turns in favor of Bangalore.
27 needed off 6 balls
WICKET: Miller tried to play over the long on fielder but went straight into the hands of AB de Villiers.
Stoinis drops Nicholas Pooran!
So 36 more needed off 18 balls! Pooram has scored 43 off 23 balls! RCB needs to take his wicket fast, if they wish to stay in the game for long. After 17 overs, 167/3.
Three Sixes for Nicholas Pooran in the fourteen over. After 14 overs, it's 135/3
WICKET: First ball wicket for Moeen Ali. KL Rahul goes down the ground but couldn't clear long off fielder. Third wicket down.
WICKET: It was a short of a length delivery and Mayank tried to go over the top but smashed it straight into the hands of fielder. Departs after well-made 35 (21).
100 up for Kings XI Punjab in mere 8.5 overs!
50-run partnership between KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal.
KL Rahul along with Mayank Aggarwal are making the chase look easy. Having scored 86 runs off 8 overs, Punjab is now just 117 runs away!
The way Punjab is batting, every dot ball is being appreciated. Bangalore in serious trouble.
Kings XI Punjab is off to a flying start. As of now, they are scoring 11 runs per over, and looking for even more. After 6 overs, it's 68/1.
220.127.116.11.4.6 - This was the last over! Just wow!
100-run partnership between Stoinis and AB de Villiers.
18.104.22.168.1 - What an over this has been for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sheer class from AB de Villiers. Momentum shifts. After 19 overs, it's 175/4.
150 up for Royal Challengers Bangalore!
ALERT: AB de Villiers gets to his 33rd IPL fifty!
Both Stoinis and AB de villiers are trying to get bangalore innings back on track. They are trying hammer the loose ball and tick singles here and there. After 17 overs, it's 138/4.
Both Marcus Stoinis and AB de Villiers are struggling to open their arms against Punjab bowlers. It's pin drop silience at M. Chinnaswammy. After 14 overs, it's 109/4.
100 up for Royal Challengers Bangalore!
RCB scored 70 in first 6 overs, but have only been able to add 19 runs in next 5 overs and have lost three wickets in process. The road is getting difficult for Bangalore here. After 11 overs, it's 89/4.
WICKET: Simplest of catches. It was a slower length delivery and Akshdeep Nath didn't pick it at all. RCB is in serious trouble.
WICKET: Knocked him over. Royal Challengers Bangalore losing its track here. Moeen Ali out for 4. Ravi Ashwin picks first for tonight.
WICKET: Just what RCB didn't want. Parthiv Patel truied to flick the ball onto the on side but gets a top-edge and went straight to the fielder. OUT for 43 (24).
The powerplay belongs to Royal Challengers Bangalore even when they have lost Virat Kohli. Parthiv Patel is looking solid for big and striking at a strike-rate of 195.55. After 6 overs, it's 70/1.
WICKET: Mandeep Singh didn't do any mistake. Mohammad Shami picks big fish. Virat Kohli was early in his shot and couldn't clear cover fielder. OUT for 13 (8).
Well Royal Challengers Banglore is off to a flying start. Both Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli are hammering the ball all around the ground. Hardus Viljeon dropped Kohli on 3. The score after 2 over looks 27/0. Yes, you read that right.
Punjab in last hurdle before the game. Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel are also out in the middle and so are the umpires. It's game time.
Here are the playing eleven for two sides:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Hardus Viljoen, Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami
BIG NEWS: Dale Steyn is not playing! Tim Southee to replace.
TOSS: Punjab opt to bowl vs Bangalore
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The toss is scheduled to happen in 60 minutes time and team winning the toss will look to have a bowl first as chasing has been easy on Bangalore wicket. However, this remains to be seen if toss-winning captain goes with the same thought.
Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, has had a mix season so far. They have won five and lost as many games in the tournament.
After a disastrous start to the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Royal Challengers Bangalore has finally found themselves on the right track as they managed to win two successive games this season.
Hello and a warm welcome. We are all set for another cracker jack of an encounter as Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore hosts Kings XI Punjab at M. Chinnaswamy in Bengaluru.