Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers power RCB to convincing win over KKR; stay alive in IPL 2016

Virat Kohli (75*) and AB de Villiers (59*) smash brisk fifties to help RCB gun down 184 with eight balls to spare.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 22, 2016 5:26 pm
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers shared a brisk 115-run stand which saw RCB home with eight balls to spare. (Source: BCCI/IPL)

RCB keep their road to last four alive with a thumping nine-wicket win over KKR at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday. Virat Kohli was the star of the show with an unbeaten 75 and he was ably assisted by AB de Villiers (59*) and Chris Gayle (49).

As it happened!

2315 hrs IST: RCB stay alive with a thumping nine-wicket win over KKR. (Kohli 75*, De Villiers 59*)

2311 hrs IST: Russell trips on the follow-through and he’s on the ground. Looks in pain. Not good for KKR as Russell walks off the field

2310 hrs IST: SIX! Kohli welcomes Russell with a whip which travels 91m. Moves into the 70s

2307 hrs IST: Four and 100-run partnership between Kohli and AB comes up

2306 hrs IST: FIFTY for AB de Villiers, off only 29 balls

2301 hrs IST: Kohli’s 734* is the most in a single season of the IPL. A new record for the Delhi dasher

2300 hrs IST: Kohli with the reverse-sweep off Shakib, and beats Morkel for another boundary. He’s doing it in style for the RCB now

2259 hrs IST: SIX! AB ends another over with maximum. Narine on the receiving end this time. RCB 144/1 after 16

2257 hrs IST: SIX! AB slog-sweeps Shakib for a maximum to end the over in fine fashion

2254 hrs IST: FIFTY for Kohli. His fifth of the tournament. He has already scored three hundreds

2251 hrs IST: 13 from the Chawla over. RCB 125/1 after 14 overs. Need 59 more from 36 balls

2249 hrs IST: SIX! All Pandey could do was see it sail over the ropes as Kohli hits one for 89m

2247 hrs IST: Kohli muscles one straight down the ground and Pandey does well to cut that off in the deep

2240 hrs IST: Kohli and AB are on the charge in the 184-run chase. RCB need 76 from 46 balls

2238 hrs IST: That’s 100 for RCB. If AB, Kohli stay for some time they will finish the chase in a hurry

2234 hrs IST: At the half way mark, RCB are 91/1. Kohli and AB in the middle

2227 hrs IST: AB cuts one powerfully to the ropes. Gets into position early and plays wide of the backward-point fielder

2226 hrs IST: AB de Villiers is the new man in. He joins Kohli in the middle

2224 hrs IST: WICKET! Narine traps Gayle in front. The opener is out after scoring a 31-ball 49. RCB 71/1

2221 hrs IST: SIX! Gayle charges Narine and hits the spinner all the way for his fourth six

2220 hrs IST: Just two from Ankit Rajpoot’s first over. Kept it tight there. Never easy bowling to on-song Gayle and Kohli

2216 hrs IST: After five good balls, Chawla concedes a SIX off the last. Gayle moves into the 40s

2215 hrs IST: Piyush Chawla to bowl the sixth over. He has plenty of variations in the kitty and Gambhir eyeing wickets. A slip in place for the leggie

2212 hrs IST: Gayle is unstoppable today! Hits Narine for consecutive boundaries to bring up the FIFTY for RCB

2209 hrs IST: Kohli charges Morkel and hits the seamer over covers for a SIX!

2207 hrs IST: Gayle leans back for the Morkel delivery and hits it for a boundary. Gambhir wears a worried look as Gayle moves to 25 off only 14

2204 hrs IST: Make that 2/2 for Chris Gayle. RCB move to 32/0 after three overs. Gayle’s in the mood today

2203 hrs IST: Gayle moves into double digits for the first time in the tournament with a SIX

2201 hrs IST: The big man follows it up with another boundary. Crowd chants “RCB, RCB”

2200 hrs IST: Gayle goes after Morkel and gets a boundary. RCB need him to fire in this 184-run chase

2154 hrs IST: Short and Kohli is away with a boundary off first ball he has faced today

2152 hrs IST: Gayle is struggling for runs, will today be his day? He enjoys batting here, especially against KKR

2150 hrs IST: RCB are out in the middle for the 184-run chase. Cracking chase on the cards

2138 hrs IST: KKR post 183/5 against RCB at the Eden Gardens. (Gambhir 51, Pandey 50; Aravind 2/41)

2132 hrs IST: SIX! Russell hits Jordan straight, and it travels the distance. 10 from the 19th

2129 hrs IST: Jordan has been good so far. Pitching them right up there, giving nothing away

2126 hrs IST: DROPPED! Shakib slices one to Aravind at third-man and the seamer makes a mess…

2124 hrs IST: SIX! Watson leaking runs…On Russell’s pads and he flicks it over the ropes, with ease

2122 hrs IST: SIX! Shakib gets down on one knee and hits the Watson delivery way back into the stands

2118 hrs IST: Three to play, KKR 145/5. Shakib and Russell in the middle for the hosts

2115 hrs IST: Russell takes on Chahal and smokes his fullish delivery, pushed wide, through the off-side. No chance for Kohli in the deep

2112 hrs IST: SIX! Short and Russell clears the longer part of the ground with utmost ease

2110 hrs IST: WICKET! Yadav miscues the big hit and Abdulla takes a sharp catch to get rid of him. KKR 125/5

2104 hrs IST: WICKET! And, now it’s Pathan’s turn to make the long walk back as he is out stumped off Chahal. KKR 118/4

2102 hrs IST: Both Gambhir and Pandey fell in quick succession, shortly after scoring their individual fifties

2101 hrs IST: WICKET! Pandey goes big but hits the Aravind delivery to AB in the deep. KKR 113/3

2059 hrs IST: FIFTY for Manish Pandey, off 34 balls. KKR move to 112/2 in the 14th

2057 hrs IST: Abdulla ends his impressive spell with figures of 1/22. Scalped Uthappa in his first over

2052 hrs IST: 100 up for KKR in the 12th over of the innings. Pandey and Pathan in the middle for the hosts

2050 hrs IST: SIX! Pandey hits one flat and it travels 74m for the second maximum of the innings

2046 hrs IST: Yusuf Pathan is the new man in. He’s in good touch this IPL

2044 hrs IST: WICKET! Terrible mix-up and now Kohli is pumped up as Gambhir walks back. KKR 90/2

2040 hrs IST: FIFTY for Gambhir, his 31st in the IPL. He’s all pumped up today, leading the team from the front

2035 hrs IST: After eight, KKR are 74/1. With likes of Pathan and Russell to follow, they should eye a big total here

2034 hrs IST: Terrible mix-up, throw at the wrong end and Pandey just manages to make ground

2032 hrs IST: To contain flow of runs, Kohli introduces Jordan into the attack

2030 hrs IST: Short now, Gambhir rocks back on the back-foot and cuts it away to make it a 16-run Chahal over

2029 hrs IST: Chahal tosses one up to Gambhir and the southpaw lofts it over covers for a boundary

2027 hrs IST: SIX! Pandey sweeps against the spin and hits Chahal all the way for a maximum

2026 hrs IST: Chahal into the attack. His four overs very crucial. Conditions would suit him today

2023 hrs IST: Pandey eases one through the off-side, brings up the FIFTY for KKR. 51/1 after six

2020 hrs IST: Gambhir pulls another short delivery to the ropes. KKR move to 46/1, inside the powerplay

2019 hrs IST: Shane Watson into the attack, he replaces Aravind

2017 hrs IST: Four singles off Abdulla and Gambhir sweeps one fine for a boundary. This is a very good start by KKR, especially after losing Uthappa in the third over

2015 hrs IST: Pandey ends the over with another boundary – third in the over – as KKR move to 33/1 after four

2014 hrs IST: Another short one from Aravind and it’s Pandey’s turn to give it the treatment now. Sits back and dispatches with disdain

2013 hrs IST: Aravind dishes one short and Gambhir has no problems in pulling it away for a boundary

2010 hrs IST: It’s good start by RCB. They have taken the early wicket, important they build pressure now

2009 hrs IST: Pandey goes big straight away as he sweeps Abdulla for a boundary

2008 hrs IST: Manish Pandey is the new man in, he joins Gambhir in the middle

2007 hrs IST: WICKET! The spin trick works as Uthappa is out early. Abdulla takes a sharp return catch to get rid of the right-hander. KKR 14/1

2005 hrs IST: Early spin! Abdulla into the attack now. He replaces Binny

2004 hrs IST: Aravind introduced from the other end and he concedes six from the over. KKR 14/0

2002 hrs IST: Gambhir hits Binny for a couple of boundaries in the first. KKR 8/0

2000 hrs IST: Stuart Binny to commence proceedings with the new ball for RCB

1955 hrs IST: KKR openers Gambhir and Uthappa are out in the middle for the high-voltage fixture

1940 hrs IST: Virat Kohli and his boys are out for the warm-ups. It’s a must-win clash for RCB

1932 hrs IST: The teamsheets are out. Here’s a look at the two XIs

KKR XI: G Gambhir, R Uthappa, M Pandey, S Yadav, S Al Hasan, Y Pathan, A Russell, P Chawla, M Morkel, A Rajpoot, S Narine

RCB XI: C Gayle, V Kohli, L Rahul, AB de Villiers, S Watson, S Baby, S Binny, C Jordan, S Aravind, I Abdulla, Y Chahal

1930 hrs IST: Both captains happy with the toss as Gambhir was anyways looking to bat first, and let his three spinners do the job later in the day

1928 hrs IST: Team News! KKR are unchanged for this contest while RCB have brought in an extra spinner as Aaron makes way for Abdullah

1926 hrs IST: TOSS! RCB have won the toss and elected to field first against KKR in a must-win IPL 2016 contest at the Eden Gardens

THE BUILD UP:

I believe more in my ability to hit sixes now: Kohli

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Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, who has been on a rampage with three centuries in the ongoing ninth edition of IPL feels that he now has more belief in his ability to hit sixes.

We have home advantage against RCB: Yusuf Pathan 

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Royal Challengers Bangalore might be coming with a lot of confidence after their record win in their previous match but Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Yusuf Pathan on Sunday said his side would start as favourites when the two sides clash in an IPL match on Monday.

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli: Playstation players for RCB

Live Cricket Score, live score cricket, cricket live score, kkr vs rcb live, live kkr vs rcb, kolkata vs bangalore live, live kolkata vs bangalore, kolkata vs bangalore live, kkr vs rcb IPL 2016 live score, kkr vs rcb IPL live score, kkr vs rcb ipl match match live score, kolkata vs bangalore ipl 9 live score, kkr vs rcb ipl cricket live score, ipl 2016 live kkr vs rcb ipl 2016 live streaming, live streaming cricket video, cricket live streaming Live Cricket Score, KKR vs RCB, IPL 2016: Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers put together 229 runs for the second wicket against Gujarat Lions. (Source: PTI)

By his own admission, this golden run has had a lot to do with a change in mindset. Three months ago, during the Asia Cup in Bangladesh, Virat Kohli had discussed threadbare his T20 batting and credited the positive change to keeping things simple. He used to over-plan a bit during his early T20 life.

Scorecard: KKR vs RCB, IPL 2016 (CLICK HERE)

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  1. M
    Mohan Malik
    May 16, 2016 at 4:18 pm
    I have must rcb winning
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  2. G
    gulzar mohmmed
    May 20, 2016 at 1:44 pm
    kkr ke teme may change ho na cahe aa
    Reply
  3. I
    imtipokyim longkumer
    May 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm
    KKR batsmen consume too many balls and couldn't score 4s and 6s. Bowlers bowls too many short balls and concedes too many 4s and 6s. What are the coaches doing? In this status KKR are not Champions material.
    Reply
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    amit
    May 17, 2016 at 7:59 am
    an interesting contest was announced after the match, can anyone advise , i noted the question, but could not note as where to send the answer,
    Reply
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