IPL 2016, RCB vs KXIP as it happened: Kohli ton powers big RCB win in rain-shortened match

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IPL 2016, RCB vs KXIP as it happened: Kohli ton powers big RCB win in rain-shortened match
  • 00:48 (IST)

    That's all from us over here. We'll be with you when Kohli hits another ton. 

  • 00:41 (IST)

    Kohli is named Man of the Match

  • 00:36 (IST)

    No prizes for guessing the Man of the Match. Okay? Okay.

  • 00:36 (IST)

    Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 82 runs (D/L method)

  • 00:27 (IST)

    KXIP need 92 off the last over, but rain has come to spare them the ignominy

  • 00:24 (IST)

    OUT! Mohit Sharma goes on 14, Watson and Sachin Baby combine to run him out. Good fielding and throw from Watson. KXIP 105/9.

  • 00:22 (IST)

    KXIP need 107 more runs from 18 balls. Maybe Kohli could have a go at that.

  • 00:21 (IST)

    OUT! Gurkeerat departs on 18, Chahal picks up his fourth on the night. The game is all but over. It's just a formality now.

  • 00:16 (IST)

    OUT! Chahal strikes twice in the over, dismisses Behardien and Abbott both in the same over. AB takes another catch at long on send Behardien back. And he took yet another catch (how many will he take?) right at the ropes. Takes it at the ropes, realises he's going over so tosses the ball up, goes beyond and comes back in to take it the second time. Regular T20 stuff.

  • 00:08 (IST)

    OUT! Axar Patel falls on 16, Watson strikes again. Axar swung but couldn't get as much bat on the ball as he'd have liked, Kohli runs in from long-off to take the catch.

  • 23:56 (IST)

    After 6 overs,Punjab 59/4 ( Gurkeerat Singh Mann 1 , Axar Patel 2)

    KXIP's chase can hardly be called on course. They've lost thier top order batsmen and the target must be looking like Mount Everest from this point.

  • 23:51 (IST)

    OUT! Miller departs on 3, Watson strikes in his first ball, ABD takes the catch at long on. The KXIP chase is collapsing.

  • 23:44 (IST)

    SIX & OUT! Amla departs on 9, he miscues a shot and Jordan takes and excellent diving catch at mid off

  • 23:37 (IST)

    OUT! Saha departs on 24, he's trapped leg-before. Controversial decision, the third umpire called in favour of the bowler on the matter of overstepping. It was close, the foot might just be ver the line.

  • 23:26 (IST)

    OUT! Vijay departs two balls after hitting a six. He gets an inside edge off Aravind, the ball then hits his pad and then goes onto the hit the stumps. Unlucky. The skipper departs on 16

  • 23:22 (IST)

    After 1 overs,Punjab 11/0 ( Murali Vijay (C) 10 , Hashim Amla 1)

    And Vijay starts with intent. Two fours off the first two balls. One a short ball dispatched to midwicket, the other a fortunate slip from Sachin Baby near the ropes.

  • 23:16 (IST)

    All around the park. Kohli is an artist.

  • 23:10 (IST)

    Indeed.

  • 23:05 (IST)

    After 15 overs,Bangalore 211/3 ( Lokesh Rahul (W) 16 , Shane Watson 1)

    After 15 overs, RCB end up at 211/3, courtesy another century by Virat Kohli and a blistering knock from Chris Gayle as well.

  • 23:02 (IST)

    Another feather in his cap

  • 22:59 (IST)

    After 14 overs,Bangalore 199/3 ( Lokesh Rahul (W) 5 , )

    OUT! He's gone, Kohli is out on 113. A mis-hit off Sandeep. Miller takes the catch at long off. The numbers: 113 (50b 12x4 8x6) SR: 226.00

  • 22:57 (IST)

    Out of 7 centuries in the ongoing IPL, 4 belong to Virat Kohli.

  • 22:56 (IST)

    It's a century, again. Majestic, otherworldly, impossible, ridiculous. Kohli reaches 4th IPL century. 

  • 22:52 (IST)

    Just 5 runs away from his FOURTH (!) century in the ongoing IPL. No words. 

  • 22:51 (IST)

    After 13 overs,Bangalore 181/2 ( Virat Kohli (C) 95 , Lokesh Rahul (W) 5)

    AB might have departed but Kohli has continued unperturbed. He is raining down sixes and fours on Punjab and is now well on his way to another century. He hits back to back 3 fours off Sharma's first 3 balls. Century around the corner. He then takes a single to move to 94.

  • 22:40 (IST)

    OUT! AB de Villiers has gone for a duck! Unbelievable! AB was chasing a really wide one from Abbott and got an inside edge onto his stumps.

  • 22:38 (IST)

    Good news: Gayle is out.

    Bad news: AB de Villiers has come out to bat.

  • 22:37 (IST)

    OUT! Gayle is gone, he wont be reaching a 100 tonight, he goes for another big one but finds Miller at long off. He departs after a blistering 73 off 32, 4 fours and 8 sixes. Strike rate of 228.12. 

  • 22:36 (IST)

    The entire game has become a highlights reel. Axar Patel has been taken to the cleaners by Gayle now. The big man smashes it over wide long on, on three occasions. The typical T20 slog, hammered over cow-corner. It looks like Gayle is going for a century, and he might just reach it too. 

  • 22:34 (IST)

    After 10 overs,Bangalore 129/0 ( Chris Gayle 55 , Virat Kohli (C) 69)

    It's a hitting party now. After Gyale hit a couple of maximums in the last over, Kohli goes on to hit three in the over. 3 sixes! And the man not too long ago said he's not good at clearing the park! Liar! Cariappa bears the brunt, sending spinners to Kohli and Gayle at the moment is career suicide. RCB has managed in 10 overs what many teams don't manage in 20.

  • 22:33 (IST)

    After 7 overs,Bangalore 82/0 ( Chris Gayle 37 , Virat Kohli (C) 43)

    Kohli goes nuts again. It's hard to think of any batsman who has enjoyed such form. He executes the typical-Kolhi inside out drive lofted over covers right off the bat. And Cariappa loses his line to bowl a high full toss which is dispatched for a maximum over square leg. The resulting free hit is deposited into the stands as well at long off. Virat Kohli is unstoppable and 7 runs away from another half century.

  • 22:30 (IST)

    Meanwhile Chris Gayle reaches his half century as well

  • 22:28 (IST)

    FIFTY for KOHLI! YET ANOTHER MASTERCLASS. HE IS UNSTOPPABLE, 50 off 28 balls, his fastest 50 of this IPL. 6 fours and 3 sixes. You can't get better than this, right? Go on Virat prove us wrong.

  • 22:25 (IST)

    Kohli is now getting predictably boring.

  • 22:24 (IST)

    After 7 overs,Bangalore 82/0 ( Chris Gayle 37 , Virat Kohli (C) 43)

    Kohli goes nuts again. It's hard to think of any batsman who has enjoyed such form. He executes the typical-Kolhi inside out drive lofted over covers right off the bat. And Cariappa loses his line to bowl a high full toss which is dispatched for a maximum over square leg. The resulting free hit is deposited into the stands as well at long off. Virat Kohli is unstoppable and 7 runs away from another half century.

  • 22:21 (IST)

    After 5 overs,Bangalore 53/0 ( Chris Gayle 35 , Virat Kohli (C) 17)

    Cariappa now faces the Gaylestorm. And he doesn't fare any better. A slog off the first ball barely clears the the midwicket rope for a six and then advances just the next ball and drives to send the ball through the gap in the covers. After Gayle's brutality, it's time for Kohli's class. He dances a bit in his crease, makes room and plays an inside-out loft that carries the ball for another six over at wide long off. Another fruitful over and 50 comes up for RCB in quick time. RCB cruising here.

  • 22:11 (IST)

    After 5 overs,Bangalore 53/0 ( Chris Gayle 35 , Virat Kohli (C) 17)

    Cariappa now faces the Gaylestorm. And he doesn't fare any better. A slog off the first ball barely clears the the midwicket rope for a six and then advances just the next ball and drives to send the ball through the gap in the covers. After Gayle's brutality, it's time for Kohli's class. He dances a bit in his crease, makes room and plays an inside-out loft that carries the ball for another six over at wide long off. Another fruitful over and 50 comes up for RCB in quick time. RCB cruising here.

  • 22:08 (IST)

    After 4 overs,Bangalore 35/0 ( Chris Gayle 24 , Virat Kohli (C) 10)

    After thunderstorms it's time for a Gaylestorm! He easily lofts Kyle Abbott over long-off for back to back sixes. Minimum effort, maximum result. Abbott seems to have lost his line due to the hammering, a wide full toss and Gayle dispatches for four in the covers, and he didn't even hit it properly. 18 runs off the over.

  • 22:02 (IST)

    After 3 overs,Bangalore 17/0 ( Chris Gayle 7 , Virat Kohli (C) 10)

    Kohli hammers Sandeep down the track. The ball races away to the straight fence. Behardien reckons the wicket isn't as "sticky" as he expected after the rain. The groundsmen have done a really good job here. 

  • 21:54 (IST)

    After 1 overs,Bangalore 5/0 ( Chris Gayle 1 , Virat Kohli (C) 4)

    And Kohli gets right away into his grove. The in-form batsman punches Sundeep through the covers. He waited and struck the ball on the rise and a bit square. How hard will it be for him to reach a century in a 15-over game? 

  • 21:48 (IST)

    Gayle and Kohli open for RCB, Sandeep to bowl the first over

  • 21:34 (IST)

    KXIP has won the toss and chose to bowl. It will be a 15 over game.

  • 21:33 (IST)

    The rain has stopped and the stagnant water has been cleared from the outfield. Expect the toss to happen soon. 

  • 21:17 (IST)

    Expect a shortened match to take place, if there is one.

  • 19:52 (IST)

    Still no sign of the coin or the game.

  • 19:13 (IST)

    It's thunderstorms in Bengaluru. The covers are on and it's raining heavily. 

  • 19:12 (IST)

    The Virat Kohli-AB de Villiers Machine just cannot stop rolling and RCB now eyes playoffs. KXIP on the other hand is out of the equation. But this game can serve a cracker. Welcome to the live blog for RCB vs KXIP. 

Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look to build on their two emphatic consecutive victories as they continue their push for an Indian Premier League (IPL) play-off berth in a match against laggards Kings XI Punjab in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Placed at the fifth spot with six wins from 12 matches, the Bangalore franchise has gained momentum at the right time with two massive victories in their previous two outings against Gujarat Lions (by 144 runs) and Kolkata Knight Riders (by nine wickets).

On the other hand, languishing at the penultimate spot, Punjab received another massive jolt on Tuesday when in-form Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell was ruled out with a side strain.

Going into Wednesday's encounter at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here, RCB will be aiming to go all guns blazing to seal their berth in the play-offs. The team will once again bank on another solid batting effort from the marauding trio of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers.

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli AB De Villiers. BCCI

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli AB De Villiers. BCCI

Kohli, who sustained a split webbing in his left hand while going for a diving catch against KKR, is the top run-getter with three centuries so far in the tournament coupled with as many half centuries.

South African star de Villers has been equally impressive and has been the backbone of RCB's batting while Gayle found his touch with a 31-ball 49 back in the previous game.

Lokesh Rahul, who opened the batting in Gayle's absence has also been among the runs while veteran Aussie Shane Watson and Sachin Baby have contributed in the limited opportunities they got.

Bangalore's weak link is their bowling, which has time and again fallen apart in crunch situation. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and Watson have been the most impressive for the franchise with 12 and 14 wickets in the tournament so far.

All-rounder Stuart Binny has been far from impressive with the new ball while England's Chris Jordan has bowled decently in bits and pieces.

On the flip side, a depleted Punjab will be aiming to finish another IPL edition on a high. Left with nothing to lose and just four wins from 12, the side could turn out to be party spoilers for RCB.

The team's batting will depend on skipper Murali Vijay and Protea Hashim Amla, who hit a brilliant 96 in the previous match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

With Maxwell out of the tournament, David Miller, stumper Wriddhiman Saha, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis are expected to bolster the middle order.

The bowing will centre around seamers Sandeep Sharma (13 wickets) and Mohit Sharma (12 wickets). Left-arm spinner Axar Patel with 11 wickets, including a hat-trick, has not been bad either but somehow failed to click as a team.

Leg-spinner K.C. Cariappa has also been impressive and the team will wish him to come successful against the right-handed duo of Kohli and de Villiers.


Published Date: May 19, 2016 12:28 am | Updated Date: May 19, 2016 12:48 am


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