RCB needed a win and on Saturday they got a massive one. Virat Kohli (109) and AB de Villiers (129) smashed marvellous knocks to take the home side to a huge total of 248. In reply, GL lost wickets right from the get go to be bowled out on 104. The 144 run win stands as the biggest IPL victory. (AB, Kohli set Twitter and record books on fire with TONS)
AS IT HAPPENED:
1913 hrs IST: Next ball, Baby gets the wicket of Kaushik! RCB win by 144 runs!
1912 hrs IST: Sachin Baby strikes! Aaron Finch tries to go for a big one but is taken with ease by Aravind.
1910 hrs IST: Lions reach 100 from 17.2 overs. At this stage GL were 203/1
1908 hrs IST: Gujarat Lions are 98/8 after 17.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 14, 2016
1854 hrs IST: Kohli has the ball! Finch smacks Kohli for a SIX on the fourth delivery. But this feels too little, too late.
1851 hrs IST: BOWLED! Chris Jordan bags his fourth wicket. Dhawal Kulkarni the one departing this time – another one played on.
1847 hrs IST: BOWLED! Praveen Kumar tries to swing but misses, hits the pad and the off stump. GL are 69/7
1843 hrs IST: Chahal with a beauty! Lovely flight and it has Akshdeep Nath dazzled. Tries to go for a big slog sweep but gets nothing on it – BOWLED! GL are 68/6.
1828 hrs IST: If things weren’t bad enough for GL, they’ve just lost Dwayne Bravo. Plays Chahal for a leg spin but it straightens and gets the West Indian LBW. GL are 47/5.
1807 hrs IST: Gujarat 26/1 at the end of four overs. Have lost Smith early in the 249-run chase
1800 hrs IST: Both Aravind and S Binny doing a fine job so far. It’s an impossible task for Gujarat, and RCB would like to restrict them as low as they could
1755 hrs IST: WICKET! Aravind strikes early for RCB, castles Smith. Gujarat, chasing 249, are 7/1
1750 hrs IST: McCullum and Smith are out in the middle for mammoth chase. Both are capable but it would take some doing to gun this total down
1733 hrs IST: Praveen Kumar picks up another from the last ball. Watson the one departing. RCB close on 248/3.
1731 hrs IST: GONE! Kohli tries to go for one down the leg side but is taken by Bravo. Kohli exits for 109 (55; 5 X 4, 8 X 6)
1729 hrs IST: SIX! Kohli smashes a full toss straight down the ground. His third hundred this IPL. INSANE!
1727 hrs IST: Penultimate over: 6, 4, 6, 6, 6, 2 = 30 runs of Kohli’s bat.
1726 hrs IST: SIX! Straight down the ground and it has cleared the boundary. Next ball, another six over covers now.
1724 hrs IST: Kohli getting into the act. SIX, FOUR and SIX! Shivil Kaushik getting hammered mercilessly.
1723 hrs IST: Blimey!
After 4 overs #RCB were 9-0. Next 14 they’ve made 194
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 14, 2016
1721 hrs IST: SIX AND SIX and AB gets RCB over 200. 203/1 after 18.
1720 hrs IST: This is absolute carnage in Bangalore. Anything and everything AB touches is turning into boundaries.
1712 hrs IST: HUNDRED FOR AB DE VILLIERS! 100 from just 43 balls – nine fours and eight sixes.
1709 hrs IST: BACK-TO-BACK SIXES!!
1708 hrs IST: AB goes down on one knee and plays it behind for a HUUUUUGE SIX!
1703 hrs IST: SIX AND FOUR! Pravin Tambe can only look on in bewilderment as he gets smacked around. RCB are 136/1 after 15.
1701 hrs IST: Now FIFTY FOR KOHLI! Sixth fifty and two hundreds this IPL. Incredible stuff!
1659 hrs IST: Steve Smith is watching even if he’s not playing:
What about @ABdeVilliers17 striking at 200 yet again. Serious batting performance
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) May 14, 2016
1658 hrs IST: 100 run stand for Kohli/AB now from only 60 deliveries. Breathtaking!
1653 hrs IST: SIX!!! Ravindra Jadeja bowls it on the leg stump and AB clears the foot and smacks it into the second tier. Four and now a six! 12 from the over. RCB are 115/1 with AB on 63.
1650 hrs IST: FIFTY FOR AB! 51 from 25 balls. Brought on, fittingly, with a boundary – six fours and three sixes in the knock.
1649 hrs IST: Add a thumping four to the mix. Bisecting two fielders with utmost ease.
1648 hrs IST: And now AB goes after Kulkarni into the same region. Slight swivel and HUGE SIX!
1647 hrs IST: Kohli slow? I’ll take that back. He’s just gone down the track and absolutely pummeled Kulkarni for a six over long on!
1645 hrs IST: AB continues to go after one and all. He’s raced off to 37 from 22, Kohli once again playing calmly is on 36 from 31. RCB are 81/1 after 11.
1631 hrs IST: AB is relentless and now a wee bit lucky. Goes after Bravo but not enough height on it. Fingertips by fielder at mid-off but it goes to the ropes on a bounce. 29 from 13 for AB.
1625 hrs IST: AB shifts focus to Pravin Tambe with a four and then a six. Well that’s what you get for keeping it mighty short to AB!
1621 hrs IST: ABD comes on and he just takes little time to get going. Second ball and he goes on the backfoot to punch Shivil Kaushik for a SIX!
1615 hrs IST: Slower delivery by Kulkarni and Gayle chops on to the leg stump. Departs for just 6 from 13 balls – his poor run continues.
1614 hrs IST: Small ground and a pacey delivery equals to four runs for Chris Gayle. Just gently steers it with no third man in place.
1612 hrs IST: So utterly needless by Ravindra Jadeja! Has a go at the non-striker’s end with Chris Gayle comfortably inside the crease and it deflects to the ropes for an overthrow. Kulkarni is not happy!
1608 hrs IST: Praveen Kumar with an outswinger and Kohli slashes it for a four. Not in control of that shot as it goes over the jumping fielder.
1607 hrs IST: Slow start for RCB. 3/0 after 2 overs.
1604 hrs IST: Dhawal Kulkarni from the other end.
1603 hrs IST: Just one run in the first over – a leg bye.
1600 hrs IST: Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle in the middle. Praveen Kumar with the ball.
1600 hrs IST: RCB in a shiny green kit. Their ‘away’ kits…
1545 hrs IST: Akshdeep Nath comes in for Suresh Raina who misses his first ever IPL game.
No changes for Bangalore.
1540 hrs IST: TEAMS:
GL XI: DR Smith, B McCullum, E Dwivedi , D Karthik, A Finch, DJ Bravo, R Jadeja, P Kumar, D Kulkarni, S Kaushik, P Tambe
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 14, 2016
RCB XI: C Gayle, L Rahul, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, S Watson, S Baby, S Binny, C Jordan, S Aravind, V Aaron, Y Chahal
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 14, 2016
1530 hrs IST: Gujarat Lions win the toss and opt to bowl first.
THE BUILD UP:
In a must-win situation in their remaining four matches, Royal Challengers Bangalore leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Friday said his team seeks to take inspiration from Mumbai Indians, who bounced back last year from a dismal position to lift the IPL title.
Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson and KL Rahul. RCB batting is as formidable as it could get. With core of the previous editions retained, addition of Watson only added more depth. Not to forget the contributions Rahul has made at top of the order.