IPL 2016, RCB vs SRH as it happened: Kohli, de Villiers power Bangalore's 45-run win over Sunrisers

Apr, 12 2016 IST

  • 23:49 (IST)

    Sunrisers started off well, but Parvez bowled well and Watson has a lot of experience. - Kohli

    AB showed he's the best batsman on this generation -  Kohli

    AB de Villiers is named the Man of the Match for his 82 off 42.

    "It was pleasure playing with Virat tonight, we love running between wickets. I've been a bit scratchy in the last few weeks, even in the nets I felt horrible but it all matters what you do in the middle" - ABD

    "These are signs of very good things to come in the season " - ABD

  • 23:39 (IST)

    "Ashish Nehra is going to be out for a couple of games, he has picked up a groin injury"  - David Warner

    "We'll try and take positives from the game and hope for a quick turnaround." - Warner praises Mustafizur (2-26 from his 4 overs)

  • 23:36 (IST)

    And it's all over, Royal Challengers Bangalore win by 45 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad. RCB start the ninth season of IPL in style. Kohli continues his otherworldly form with yet another 50, AB chose the day to return to form, new addition Watson gave an all-round performance (19 runs that had 3 sixes, and 2 wickets), Sarfaraz played a blistering cameo. A complete and dominating performance.

    Shikhar Dhawan's form would be a cause of worry for SRH, Warner though looked in fine nick. But the bowling left much to be desired. Nehra's injury also needs to be taken into stock, it could be a big blow if the in-form veteran is sidelined.  

  • 23:31 (IST)

    After 19 overs,Hyderabad 173/6 ( Eoin Morgan 21 , Karn Sharma 19)

    Karn Sharma resisting a lost cause, he's muscled a couple fours and six in the last two overs. But all too little and too late. Sunrisers need 55 runs off the last over. Impossible is the word that jumps to mind. This game has been one-sided.

  • 23:24 (IST)

    SRH need 69 more runs from 14 balls. Only Kohli and AB batting together can make that seem target seem possible.

  • 23:18 (IST)

    After 16 overs,Hyderabad 147/6 ( Eoin Morgan 15 , )

    OUT! Reddy's cameo ends, he departs on 32 off 18 balls. Watson bowls him out and gets his second wicket on the night.

  • 23:15 (IST)

    After 15 overs,Hyderabad 139/5 ( Eoin Morgan 8 , Ashish Reddy 31)

    Reddy continues his fightback and Rasool becomes the target this time in the 15th over. He first slogs on the leg side for four and then a maximum over long-on. 14 runs off the over, but much more needed. 89 off 30 balls the chase now.  RRR touching 18 now.

  • 23:08 (IST)

    After 14 overs,Hyderabad 125/5 ( Eoin Morgan 6 , Ashish Reddy 19)

    Reddy slams two sixes off Chahal, hammers one over long-on and then sent the second one over extra cover. Reddy is fighting, but it's too little too late for SRH. 

  • 22:57 (IST)

    After 12 overs,Hyderabad 106/5 ( Eoin Morgan 5 , Ashish Reddy 1)

    OUT! Hooda departs, he pulls Chahal but AB is again there to catch it. Chahal scalps his second on the night, SRH lose 3 wickets in 3 overs. 

    Eoin Morgan sweep that goes for four isn't enough to pull back things now. RCB are cruising towards a big victory.

  • 22:53 (IST)

    OUT! Henriques' misery ends, Milne gets the wicket. Speed got Henriques, a short ball, he couldn't time it well, got a top edge and Rasool took the easy catch.

  • 22:49 (IST)

    After 10 overs,Hyderabad 92/3 ( Moises Henriques 19 , Deepak Hooda 0)

    Terrible spell for SRH, 2 overs, 2 wickets, just 9 runs. they'll have to accelerate now to stay in the chase. RRR is over 13 now.

  • 22:44 (IST)

    OUT! Naman Ojha walks, he goes to tonk Chahal over long-on but finds de Villiers waiting for him there. Ojha goes on a duck. RCB in command here, looks really difficult for SRH to come back from here.

  • 22:38 (IST)

    OUT! Warner is removed by Watson. Short ball, Warner is forced to play, swings and doesn't connect the hook properly and is caught by Milne on square leg boundary. He goes on 58 off 25. Big wicket! 

  • 22:34 (IST)

    After 8 overs,Hyderabad 83/1 ( David Warner (C) 58 , Moises Henriques 11)

    50 for Warner, the SRH captain reaches his half century off just 21 balls, with 4 fours and 4 sixes. He brings up his fifty in style with six straight down the ground. Chahal bears the brunt in the over, he goes for 19 runs, 2 sixes and a four; all Warner's doing. 

    The SRH skipper continues with his solo charge, he has raced to 58 off 24. 

  • 22:29 (IST)

    After 7 overs,Hyderabad 64/1 ( David Warner (C) 40 , Moises Henriques 10)

    Just 15 runs off the last two overs. Required RR has climbed over 12. Warner needs to unravel, and soon. Moises Henriques is having trouble gwtting it on, he's on 10 off 14 balls. 

  • 22:22 (IST)

    After 5 overs,Hyderabad 49/1 ( David Warner (C) 33 , Moises Henriques 3)

    Warner is leading the charge here for SRH. Another six and a four pair off Patel's over. First the Australia lofts one over long-off for a massive six. Then he picks one from his leg stump and send sit down fine leg for four. 11 off the over, Warner on 33 off 15.

  • 22:14 (IST)

    OUT! Dhawan continues his horrible form from the World T20, he's bowled by Rasool, who sends Dhawan's off-stump flying. 

  • 22:12 (IST)

    After 3 overs,Hyderabad 35/0 ( David Warner (C) 22 , Shikhar Dhawan 8)

    Warner finally lets loose. A six and a four. Milne hasn't had a good day. First Warner slams it over mid-wicket for four, then he picks up a lenghth delivery and hammers it over long-on. Juts what SRH needs to keep doing. 13 runs off the over.

  • 22:06 (IST)

    After 2 overs,Hyderabad 22/0 ( David Warner (C) 11 , Shikhar Dhawan 6)

    Watto into the attack. Warner decides this is the over. But RCB fielders decided other wise. 3 certain boundaries saved by a diving Binny, then a diving Kohli and then a diving Rasool. But Dhawan managed to dissect the fielders on the 4th ball, drives on a wide and full delivery that makes it to the ropes in the cover. 

  • 22:00 (IST)

    After 1 overs, Hyderabad 12/0 ( David Warner (C) 6 , Shikhar Dhawan 1)

    Milne didn't bowl bad in that first over, he was scorching; 144, 148, 149. But SRH and Warner were lucky to squeeze two fours out of the over. First, 5 wides, going down leg. ANd then Warner got an edge on 148 speeding bullet that raced to the third man fence. 12 runs off the over, Milne must be disappointed. 

  • 21:54 (IST)

    David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan open for SRH. Adam Milne to bowl the first over.

  • 21:46 (IST)

    After 20 overs,Bangalore 227/4 ( Sarfaraz Khan 35 , Kedar Jadhav (W) 8)

    Take a bow Sarfaraz, he slams another six and a four off the last ball to take RCB to 227/4. Sarfraz ended up at 35 not-out off 10 balls, 5 fours and 2 sixes. Chris Gyale says he's like a son to him. What more can we say. It's been a stupendous batting performance from RCB, they've flexed their willows. AB, Kohli, Watson and Sarfaraz have done more than enough. SRH will have to go bif from teh first ball, chasing a target of 228. Will it be a Warner night?

     

  • 21:42 (IST)

    After 19 overs,Bangalore 214/4 ( Sarfaraz Khan 23 , Kedar Jadhav (W) 7)

     

    WHAT AN OVER FOR RCB! 28 runs off it, Sarfraz Khan has gone berserk and decided to go one up over AB and Kohli. He has raced to 23 off 6 balls. 5 fours and a six from the over. 

    Ball 1: No ball, Kedar Jadhav sends the beamer to point.

    Ball 1: Single. Now Sarfraz goes on strike.

    Ball 2: Four, driven away by Sarfraz

    Ball 3: Full toss, Four, scooped, 200 up for RCB

    Ball 4: SIX! What a shot, he just lays his bat out, opening the face and the ball, as if just bouncing on the bat, sails to third man for maximum.

    Ball 5: Full toss again, this time on leg, scooped again. he is connecting everything.

    Ball 6: Bhuvi finally lands the ball, but Srafraz slams it through extra cover.

    Sarfraz has murdered Bhuvi here.

  • 21:33 (IST)

    After 18 overs,Bangalore 186/4 ( Sarfaraz Khan 1 , Kedar Jadhav (W) 2)

    Excellent over from Mustafizur, just 3 runs off and it and 2 crucial wickets. This could prove telling in SRH's chase. 

  • 21:31 (IST)

    OUT! Watson walks, Mustafizur claims another wicket. He rolls his wrist for a cutter down the leg side, Watson's bat kisses the ball before it goes into Ojha's hands

  • 21:25 (IST)

    OUT! AB de Villiers departs on 82 off 42 balls, 7 fours and 6 sixes. Mustafizur claims the wicket with excellent change of pace. AB goes for another big one, skies it and Morgan takes a good catch.

  • 21:23 (IST)

    After 17 overs,Bangalore 183/2 ( AB de Villiers 82 , Shane Watson 19)

    SIX, SIX, SIX: And after missing a couple of balls, a failed pull, he pulls again, but this time with maximum success. Watto sends Sharma flying over deep mid-wicket. And as if the floodgates opened, Wtason goes ahaed and plonks two more sixes in the next two balls. Insane stuff. Bear in mind, this gentleman has retired. The second one was slogged to mid-wicket, IPL-style. The third sent sailing over point. 19 runs off that over. Watson has rocketed to 19 off 7 balls. 

  • 21:19 (IST)

    Shane Watson is here to bat. 

  • 21:18 (IST)

    OUT! Kohli is bowled by an excellent yorker from Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. He goes on 75 off 51 balls, 7 fours and three sixes. Kohli and AB partnership was worth 157 runs!

  • 21:14 (IST)

    After 15 overs,Bangalore 156/1 ( Virat Kohli (C) 70 , AB de Villiers 81)

    Seeing all the Kohli carnage, AB can;t contain himself. He vents now. Two huge sixes off Reddy's over. Nehra is being missed. A slog over deep-midwicket and then a tonk over long-on. It's a race to 100 between AB and Kohli. Their partnership has now reached 150!

  • 21:11 (IST)

    Morrison is going mad

  • 21:10 (IST)

    After 14 overs,Bangalore 140/1 ( Virat Kohli (C) 68 , AB de Villiers 68)

    Kohli goes again. a four and six, Henriques bears the brunt. He sends a slower one to Kohli, in hope of something, anything, but Kohli picks it up, waits for it and belts it over long on for maximum. Just the next ball Kohli skips down the track and slices the ball for four. Exceptional batting. Kohli has taken over from AB, and it's the South African's turn to enjoy the show from non-striker's end. 

  • 21:05 (IST)

    FIFTY for Kohli, he brings it up in style, with a massive six. He picks Sharma from his leg-stump, and sends the ball flying over wide long-on. Befire that he conjured another magical drive for four. It's a race between AB and him. Kohli's 50 came in 40 balls, 5 fours and 2 sixes.

  • 21:02 (IST)

    After 12 overs,Bangalore 111/1 ( Virat Kohli (C) 42 , AB de Villiers 66)

    Moises Henriques pays the price now. AB slams him for four through deep cover and then pulls him to square leg. He's raced to 66 off 34

  • 20:56 (IST)

    After 11 overs,Bangalore 99/1 ( Virat Kohli (C) 40 , AB de Villiers 56)

    Ashish Reddy, doesn't do any better though. He continues Nehra's over but is hammered for four twice by AB. He brings up his fifty. Kohli isn't too far from the milestone himslef.

  • 20:54 (IST)

    Nehra is injured and he has left the field. Ashish Reddy takes his place. Though Nehra Ji has been keeping fit, but is end of IPL for him?

  • 20:52 (IST)

    After 10 overs,Bangalore 88/1 ( Virat Kohli (C) 39 , AB de Villiers 46)

    Karn Sharma gets the worst of AB. Or the best of him. Just a matter of perspectives. Two huge sixes back-to-back. First he sends a slog sweep sailing over mid-wicket, then he slog sweeps again over the moon... 

    The second one almost cleared the stadium. 15 runs off the over. 

  • 20:45 (IST)

    After 9 overs,Bangalore 73/1 ( Virat Kohli (C) 38 , AB de Villiers 32)

    After a bit of lull, Kohli let's it all out. He dances down the track to Moises Henriques, swings hard and sends the ball straight into the crowd. Six. The Kohli-ABD partnership has now reached 67, at a RR of 8.73. SRH is desperate need of a wicket here. They take a strategic time-out.

  • 20:33 (IST)

    After 6 overs,Bangalore 49/1 ( Virat Kohli (C) 18 , AB de Villiers 28)

    Mustafizur brought into the attack, but he doesn't escape Kohli's wrath. The skipper glances the ball for a four. But just 6 from the over. A bit of a reprieve after the the brutality of the last 2 overs.

    RCB 49/1 at the end of powerplay

  • 20:28 (IST)

    After 5 overs,Bangalore 43/1 ( Virat Kohli (C) 13 , AB de Villiers 27)

    The show is on the road. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar the victim this time. Kohli lays into him with that eye-candy of a drive that he's been brandishing for a while now. AB then obliges the crowd, slams a flat six, 68 metres, to point. You don't bowl short to AB. Then he drives exquisitely, the ball never stopped kissing the ground on its way to long-off boundary. You don't bowl full to him either. Lesson learnt. 

    De Villers has raced to 27 off 15.

  • 20:23 (IST)

    Crowd is all AB. Kohli must be feeling left out.

  • 20:22 (IST)

    After 4 overs,Bangalore 27/1 ( Virat Kohli (C) 8 , AB de Villiers 16)

    Let the explosions begin. AB goes berserk on Nehra. He sandwiches a massive six between two beautiful fours. He pulls Nehra crisply, the ball races to mid-wicket. It doesn't look brutish for a second. Just the next ball he picks Nehra, hits him all the way through for a straight six. Big hit. Two balls later, AB cuts beautifully to point, unstoppable.  

     

  • 20:17 (IST)

    Meanwhile, we are still trying to decipher things from the IPL 2016 score display. It's all over the place and looks right out of a bad sci-fi movie. Just a heads up IPL, somethings are the same for years because they work. Like the cricket score display.

  • 20:15 (IST)

    After 2 overs,Bangalore 8/1 ( Virat Kohli (C) 5 , AB de Villiers 1)

    Early pickings for Sunrisers and Bhuvaneshwar. It's been a cautious start from RCB, maybe too cautious. But the pitch has something for the seamers. That was a good over from Bhuvi. Another wicket, and Sunrisers would have crippled RCB's batting trinity 

  • 20:13 (IST)

    Yes, we all vote for him to stay with team India.

  • 20:10 (IST)

    "AB, AB, AB, AB...." You know who's in town now.  

  • 20:10 (IST)

    OUT! No Gaylestorm in Bengaluru tonight. Gayle deaprts on 1, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bowls him out, taking his leg-stump out. The ball nipped in, Gayle, rusty, cannot defend. Tha ball ricochets off his thigh and takes out his leg-stump.

  • 20:07 (IST)

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

    Gayle survived a scare on the first ball itself, sluggish start from him. Nehra getting some swing from the soil. But the umpire waved away the leg-before appeal, ball was drifting away from Gayle's off-stump. Kohli wrapped his bat around a short ball going wide on the leg-side, it raced away to for fine leg fence

  • 20:02 (IST)

    Ashish Nehra to bowl the first over. He has enjoyed good form in the World T20

  • 20:01 (IST)

    Bengaluru crown is in a frenzy, they are confused. They don't know whether to chant "Kohli" or "Gayle"

Preview: Formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore will aim to get their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign off to a winning start when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Kohli has been in sublime form lately, especially in the recent World Twenty20 with 273 runs in five matches to bag the Player of the Tournament. The right-handed batsman will hope he continues his good form in the cash-rich T20 League.

Besides Kohli, the presence of swashbuckling batsman from the Caribbean Chris Gayle, Proteas’ AB de Villiers and recently retired Australia all-rounder Shane Watson make a fearsome batting line-up in the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Kohli and AB de Villiers put up a 157-run partnership. BCCI

Kohli and AB de Villiers put up a 157-run partnership. BCCI

RCB will miss injured Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc, but New Zealand's Adam Milne is likely to lead the bowling attack alongside Kane Richardson, Harshal Patel, Sreenath Arvind and Varun Aaron.

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s performance has been a trifle disappointing in the past few seasons despite having match-winners in the squad.

The team, led by Australia's hard-hitting batsman David Warne, will aim to put aside their poor performance in the past and start afresh on Tuesday against a good and well balanced RCB.

Hyderabad will miss the services of India star batsman Yuvraj Singh who is nursing an ankle injury.

But their batting line-up comprising of skipper Warner, India’s Shikhar Dhawan, England’s Eoin Morgan, Kiwi Kane Williamson and all-rounder Moises Henriques makes a good unit.

India’s veteran pacer Ashish Nehra will add experience to the side alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kiwi pacer Trent Boult in the bowling department.

Squads:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Kane Richardson, Samuel Badree, Travis Head, Praveen Dubey, Vikramjeet Malik, Iqbal Abdulla, Sachin Baby, Akshay Karnewar, Vikas Tokas, K.L. Rahul, Parvez Rasool, Abu Nechim, Harshal Patel, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Ahmed, S. Arvind, Varun Aaron, Yuzvendra Chahal, A.B. de Villiers, David Wiese, Adam Milne and Chris Gayle.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ricky Bhui, Trent Boult, Moises Henriques, Abhimanyu Mithun, Siddarth Kaul, Mustafizur Rahman, Naman Ojha, Karn Sharma, Tirumalsetti Suman, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Ashish Reddy, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Eoin Morgan, Vijay Shankar, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Kane Williamson.