IPL RCB vs KXIP: Royal Challengers Bangalore won their first match in Bengaluru after beating Kings XI Punjab by 4 wickets. Chasing a tricky total of 156, Bangalore lost early wickets including Brendon McCullum and Virat Kohli but AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock resisted well and stitched a strong partnership. Later, RCB lost wickets in quick succession but De Villiers stood strong at one end and went on to score a half-century. The South African was undone by Andrew Tye but that didn’t really affect the result of the match as Washington Sundar completed the win for RCB as he hit the winning stroke.
IPL 2018 RCB vs KXIP Highlights: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore
Umesh Yadav gets Man of the Match
Umesh Yadav gets man of the match for his three-for. He scalped three wickets in one over and his dismissals included Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch and Yuvraj Singh. That's all from our side for from this match. Join us for more coverage of IPL 2018!
Virat Kohli hails team's perfromance
"Very happy. First home game is crucial. Last year, we couldn't get off to a start. Crowd has a lot of expectations, and tonight was a game we wanted badly, especially in the initial stages of the tournament. We knew new ball will come on nicely, and thie batsmen hit some good shots. Umesh bowled well; getting three wickets in an over is great. Our mindset is - we want our best bowlers to step up and get confident early on. When only five are playing, you have to hit your areas well. They have done well. I think 170 would have been par. (The pitch is) slightly better than the last year but against the older ball, middle overs can be difficult. We have lost two wickets in two balls in the last two games, so we have to work on them. Maybe stitch a little partnership. Back to back wickets pushes you back in the eight ball," he said
AB de Villiers anchors RCB to win
"Really wanted to get over the line. Wanted to be not out in the end but feel sorry that I got out and put pressure on the lower order batsmen. I love guiding the team to victory being unbeaten, unfortunately couldn't do that. Anyways, credit to their bowling unit. The wicket was little bit on the slower side and Yuzi (Chahal) and Sundar bowled well. They got the important wickets and got the momentum our way at half stage. It's a really special place to play cricket - the Chinnaswamy. Get a lot of crowd support here!," ABD said.
R Ashwin seems satisfied with the perfromance
"(On the result) I am really proud of the way the boys fought. Always thought we had our backs against the wall because we were about 20-30 short. Still we fought hard and I am proud of the guys. (If the toss is crucial this season) Cannot always depend on the tosses, tournaments are won on good performances. (Whether the RCB top order is intimidating) Not that intimidating to be honest, pressure is on them actually due to their reputations. I thought our boys did well by putting in a good effort. (On captaincy) It's good so far, I am really enjoying it. Cannot ask for anything better from the boys. (If KXIP are spin-heavy) I think the best bowlers are still going to be the best ones. This wicket wasn't exactly great for spin bowling with the dew around but we showed them what we are capable of. At the end of the day, good bowlers are still good bowlers," he said after the match.
RCB win by 4 wickets
RCB grab a win by 4 wickets against Kings XI Punjab. After facing a defeat in the first match, RCB came back strong and won their first match in IPL 2018
Mandeep Singh departs after he fails to make his ground. A good throw from Mayank Dagar. RCB lose 6th. They still need 6 off 8. It isn't a difficult task though especially Washington Sundar out there in the middle
RCB have lost AB de Villiers and it's the fifth wicket that has gone down. De Villiers tried to hit that one away for another six but didn't time it completely and Karun Nair takes a good catch in the deep
AB de Villiers is one fire as he completes his half-century with a six. He came down the track against Mohit Sharma and send the ball for a maximum to long on boundary
AB de Villiers takes on the dangerous Mujeeb as he strikes two back to back sixes off him. RCB now need 22 off 18 with 6 wickets in hands. These two deliveries have surely changed the course of the game
KXIP look for more wickets
Kings XI Punjab need to remove both these batsmen. AB de Villiers has the ability to guide his side home but Mandeep Singh is also dangerous when he gets going. He has shown his abilities in previous matches while playing for RCB
100 for RCB
With the end of 14 overs, Royal Challengers Bangalore have brought up their 100. They are 100/4 and need 56 more in 36 balls with AB de Villiers and Mandeep Singh out there in the middle
Two in two for Aswhin and Sarfraz departs for a golden duck. Sarfaraz tried to guide that one to the third man but he edged the ball and it went straight to Nair's hands
Quinton de Kock has been sent back in the hut by R Ashwin. The left-hander came down the track but missed the ball completely. RCB 87/3
Bangalore 79 for 2 after 10
Quinton de Kock makes it a big over for Bangalore. A four and a six off Ashwin in the 10th over. Bangalore are 79 for 2 at the halfway stage. They need 77 runs off 60 balls
So the timeout has been taken and RCB is 67/2 in 9 overs. Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers are out there in the middle and these two need to stay for a long time to take the hosts over the line
Quinton de Kock survives. It was a loud appeal from Kings XI Punjab but the umpire doesn't give that out. KXIP go upstairs but the impact is Umpire's Call and de Kock survives. This is a bit unlucky for KXIP but that how the decision stands.
Quinton de Kock continues his form
RCB might have lost skipper Virat Kohli but opener Quinton de Kock hasn't been hesitant in dispatching the bad deliveries to the boundary rope. Quinton De Kock is out in the middle with AB de Villiers
WICKET! Virat Kohli b Mujeeb
GONE! Big wicket for Kings XI and Mujeeb! Sensational delivery from the youngster. It's googly and Kohli has missed it completely. Bowled through the gate
Kohli-De Kock gets going
Kings XI need to get Kohli out if they want to stop Bangalore. Virat Kohli has raced to 21 off just 13 balls. Bangalore are 32 for 1 after four overs
Virat Kohli in
10 runs off the first over! Virat Kohli is the new man in for RCB and Bangalore crowd loves it. Ashwin will take the new ball from the other end
WICKET! Brendon McCullum c Mujeeb Ur Rahman b Axar Patel
What a start for Kings XI! McCullum is gone second ball of the innings. Just a tame dismissal for him
Bangalore get chase underway
Brendon McCullum and Quinton de Kock are out in the middle for Royal Challengers Bangalore. They are chasing 156 against Kings XI. Bangalore crowd is ready for this
Kings XI bowled out for 155
That is all for Kings XI! Woakes picks up his second wicket as Mujeeb is caught at short third man and that is the end of the Kings XI innings. They are bowled out for 155 in 19.2 overs
WICKET! R Ashwin st Quinton De Kock b Yuzvendra Chahal
WICKET! Kings XI captain R Ashwin has to go. He got that six off Chahal and then tries to come down the track and play a big shot. But Chahal has thrown it wide and Ashwin has missed it. De Kock removes the bails
SIX, Ashwin gets one
Ashwin opens up his arms! That is a powerful shot over straight down the ground. Just over the boundary ropes. Brilliant shot and a much needed one for Kings XI
WICKET! Andrew Tye c Virat Kohli b Chris Woakes
Wicket number eight down! Andrew Tye tries a big shot and it goes high up in the air. There is no distance on this. Kohli takes it at long off. Kings XI eight down
8 runs off the 18th
Ashwin and Tye take eight runs off the 18th over for Kings XI. They need boundaries at this stage and around 10 runs per over. Chris Woakes will bowl the 18th over
16 overs bowled in Bangalore and Kings XI are 127 for 7 with R Ashwin and Andrew Tye at the crease. They need a big finish here to put on a good total. Will be a challenge for them
WICKET! Axar Patel LBW b Kulwant Khejroliya
Another one down for Kings XI! End of the 15th over and Kings XI are 122 for 7. Khejroliya bowls a full and straight delivery which hits Axar on the pads. Umpire has no doubt in his mind. Axar has so he reviews. All three red!
WICKET! Marcus Stoinis st De Kock b Washington Sundar
SIX and OUT! Marcus Stoinis goes for one too many. Down the pitch to Stoinis and misses it. Quinton De Kock removes the bails with ease. Second wicket for Sundar
SIX! Marcu Stoinis goes big
That is wonderful shot from Marcus Stoinis over the back of the bowler's head. Big shot which give him six.
WICKET! Karun Nair b Kulwant Khejroliya
Karun Nair gone! A big heave from Nair and he has missed it completely. Loses his stumps and Khejroliya is pumped with that wicket. Kings XI 102 and half of the team is back in the hut
Can RCB capitalise?
Now that KL Rahul is gone, can RCB build pressure and then keeps Kings XI down to a small total. After 12 overs, Kings XI are 98 for the loss of four wickets. Karun Nair and Marcus Stoinis are at the crease
WICKET! KL Rahul c Sarfaraz Khan b Washington Sundar
GONE! Big wicket for Bangalore as Washington Sundar sends back KL Rahul for 47. KLRahul was playing so good and he tries to attack Sundar. Mistimes and it goes high up in the air. Third man catches it
Kings XI 84 for 3
KL Rahul and Karun Nair have taken their time in rebuilding this innings. RCB need a sixth bowler. Washington Sundar has to bowl in the middle over
Bangalore fail to pick a wicket after that burst from Umesh Yadav. Karun Nair and KL Rahul take their team to 79 for the loss of three wickets from 9 overs. Strategic time out in Bangalore
Kings XI slow down
KL Rahul and Karun Nair can hit the big shots as we saw against Delhi Daredevils but this is an imporant partnership for Kings XI. They need these two to stay for long.
SIX! KL Rahul clears the fence
Wow! That is a stunning pull shot from KL Rahul. Chahal bowled a short one and Rahul is quick to get on the back foot. Flat and quick over square leg for a six
End of powerplay
50 up for Kings XI in that powerplay! Royal Challengers Bangalore will be happy with this start. Kings XI would not have liked those three wickets in the powerplay but KL Rahul going strong
Kings XI 48/3 after 5
It was good start for Kings XI but now it has changed completely after that stunning over from Umesh Yadav. After five overs, Kings XI are 48 for 3.