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Kings XI Punjab Innings
Over 18.5 || Score 127/5
10 runs required off 12 balls. Aaron to bowl the penultimate and most important over of the match. First ball, Bailey chipped it towards fine-leg for a boundary. Single came off the next. Third ball was a dot. Off the next came a single from Dhawan's willow. Bailey then guided the fifth towards third-man for yet another single. In the last ball, Dhawan slapped the bowler for a boundary towards long-on to seal the game for KXIP. So, KXIP won their fifth match in a row by beating RCB by five wickets, with seven balls to spare.
Over 18 || Score 115/5
15 runs required from 18 balls.Dinda to bowl his third over. KXIP are dealing in singles at the moment. And that is what they required to seal the match. Five singles from the first five balls. Last one was a dot. So five runs came from the over.
Over 17 || Score 110/5
20 runs required off 24 balls.Yuvi to continue. Three singles form the first four balls. RCB need a couple of wickets here to get back into the match. Single off the next. In the last Bailey took another single by placing the ball towards long off. Five from the over.
Over 16 || Score 105/5
24 runs required of 30 balls Starc to bowl the over. Single came from the first two balls. Third ball was a dot. Fourth ball, Bailey placed the ball towards third-man for a single. Fifth ball, Dhawan failed to connect the ball, dot. Last ball, Dhawan placed the ball towards cow-corner for a double. Four came from the over.
Over 15 || Score 100/5
32 runs are required from 36 balls It can still be anyone's game. Skipper Bailey and Dhawan are in the middle. Yuvraj Singh has been given the ball for the first time. Single from the first. Off the next, Dhawan played a late cut towards fine third man for a boundary. Double from the fourth. Single from the last. Eight runs conceded from the over. Meanwhile, KXIP touched the mark of 100 runs.
Over 14 || Score 93/5
Dinda is set to bowl his second over. From the first four ball came a single. Off the next, Rishi Dhawan, the new man to the crease, slashed the ball for a boundary towards third man. Five runs came from the over.
Over 13 || Score 88/5
Chahal to continue. Miller Out! The leg-spinner bowled a googly to get the outside edge of Millers' bat. What a bowl by the leggie! Double blow for KXIP! After a gap of three balls, Chahal got a bit of extra bounce from the pitch and produced the outside edge from Viru's bat. What a bowler he is turning out to be for RCB.
V Sehwag c & b Chahal 32 (26b)
DA Miller c Patel b Chahal 26 (20b)
Over 12 || Score 84/3
Albie Morkel is being given the ball. No run from the first ball. Off the second came a double from the bat of Miller. Off the next, Miller slapped the bowler for a boundary towards cow-corner. In the fourth, he again smacked the bowler for a four towards mid-wicket. Three consecutive boundaries for Miller. Off the next the southpaw picked square leg area to hit the third boundary. Last ball was a dot.
Over 11 || Score 70/3
Chahal to bowl his third over. Two singles from the first three balls. Off the next, Miller smacked the ball towards cover region for a boundary. Single from the last. Seven runs came from the over.
Over 10 || Score 63/3
Starc has been called back into the attack. First ball was a huge wide down the leg side. Next ball, again a super wide, batsmen ran two runs as well, as Parthiv couldn't stop it. Single off the next. Third ball was a dot as Miller played it straight to short cover. Miller took a single off the fourth. Fifth ball, Sehwag played it, no run. Last ball was dot one. Seven runs conceded in the over.
Over 9 || Score 56/3
Chahal to continue. Tight over by the leg-spinner as mere five runs came from it.
Over 8 || Score 51/3
Aaron to continue. Maxwell Out!Maxwell tried to pull the bowler for a six over square leg, but couldn't quite connect it, and once again Starc took a wonderful catch. David Miller is the new man in. In the second ball, Sehwag flicked the ball towards square leg to collect his fourth boundary. Off the last ball too came four extras, as Aaron's bouncer, hit Sehwag's helmet and went past the third man to cross the boundary line. 11 from the over. Meanwhile, KXIP crossed the mark of fifty runs.
GJ Maxwell c Starc b Aaron 6 (6b)
Over 7 || Score 40/2
Chahal has been introduced into the attack for the first time in the innings. In his first over he gave seven runs. So far in IPL-7, the young leg-spinner has done really well for his franchise.
Over 6 || Score 33/2
Aaron to bowl his second over. Two runs came from the first four balls. Saha Out! Saha flicked the ball towards square leg for a six, but found Starc at the deep, who took a sensational catch. Two runs came from the over along with the wicket of Saha.
WP Saha c Starc b Aaron 2 (6b)
Over 5 || Score 31/1
Dinda to continue. Pujara Out! Pujara tried to place the ball towards third-man but looked in two minds and end up giving a simple catch to Parthiv, behind the wickets. Wriddhiman Saha is the new man in. Off the fourth ball Viru used his wrists to play the ball towards mid-wicket and the ball ran away for a boundary. Nine from the over.
CA Pujara c Patel b Dinda 10 (18b)
Over 4 || Score 22/0
Varun Aaron has been given the ball. Double came from the first ball. Next ball, Sehwag played a crunching shot towards point region for a boundary. Two more singles from rest of the over. Aaron conceded eight runs from his first over.
Over 3 || Score 14/0
Starc to continue. Two runs conceded in the first four balls. Last two balls were dot. Tight over by the left-arm seamer. But RCB are still looking for their first breakthrough.
Over 2 || Score 12/0
Ashok Dinda is sharing the new ball with Starc. Three singles came from the first three balls. Next ball was a big wide down the leg side. Off the next, Pujara played an elegant shot by flicking the ball towards fine-leg for a boundary. Fifth ball was dot. Next ball was wide. Single from the last. Nine runs conceded from the over.
Over 1 || Score 2/0
Cheteshwar Pujara and Virender Sehwag are in the middle to open the innings for KXIP. Mitchell Starc has the new ball in hand. First five balls were dot from the Australian seamer. Off the last came a double from the bat of Pujara. Two from the over.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Innings
Over 20 || Score 124/8
Johnson to bowl the last over. First ball, Starc Out! Johnson bowled a slow yorker which crashed into the stumps of Starc after hitting the bottom edge of his bat. Ashok Dinda is the new man in. From the next two balls came a single. Next ball was a foot-no ball from the Australian. In the last three balls came a single. So, eventually, RCB once again failed to put up an on-par score, whereas, KXIP bowlers proved their worth in second consecutive match.
MA Starc b Johnson 8 (17b)
Over 19 || Score 120/7
Dhawan to bowl the penultimate over of the innings. Single came form the first two balls. Off the next came four extras of leg-byes. Single came from the next. In the fifth and sixth balls came two doubles from Aaron's bat. Ten from the over.
Over 18 || Score 110/7
Balaji is ready with his last over. Four singles from the first four balls. Next was a dot. Off the last came the fifth single of the over. Balaji ended up an impressive figures of -- 4-0-17-1
Over 17 || Score 105/7
Akshar Patel to bowl the over. Off the third ball came a boundary from byes. That was the only poor ball in the otherwise good over. Five from it.
Over 16 || Score 100/7
Balaji to continue. Varun Aaron is the new man in. Tight over by the right-arm seamer. Two singles came from the over. Meanwhile, RCB crossed the mark of hundred runs.
Over 15 || Score 98/7
Dhawan to bowl the over. Now Yuvi has to play till the last over if RCB want to put up a challenging total in front of KXIP. First two balls were dot. Yuvi Out! Yuvi tried to pull the short ball out of the park but couldn't manage to clear the deep mid-wicket fielder and Miller took a simple catch in the end. It's a big blow for RCB. One run form the over.
Yuvraj Singh c Miller b Dhawan 35 (32b)
Over 14 || Score 97/6
Balaji is back with his second over. Morkel Out! Off the second ball, Morkel tried to hit the ball hard towards covers but got the thick inside edge off his bat and got played on. Three runs conceded from the over.
JA Morkel b Balaji 15 (14b)
Over 13 || Score 93/5
Maxwell is ready with his third over. Two singles came from the first three balls. Off the next three balls, Yuvi collected a six and a four. Yuvi is looking good with the bat today. 13 came from the over.
Over 12 || Score 78/5
Dhawan to continue. First two balls were dot from the right-arm medium. Three singles from the next three balls. Off the last, Albie placed the ball towards third-man for another single. Four runs from the over.
Over 11 || Score 76/5
Maxwell has been reintroduced into the attack. Four runs came from the first three balls. Albie Morkel is the new man in. Six runs came from the over.
Over 10 || Score 69/5
Now it's Rishi Dhawan's turn to bowl. And he strikes straight away! Short and wide ball over off stump and AB slaps it hard towards point region but straight into the hands of the fielder. It's tenth over of the innings and half of the RCB batsmen are back in the pavilion. Three conceded form the over.
AB de Villiers c Maxwell b Dhawan 17 (15b)
Over 9 || Score 66/4
Akshar Patel, the left-arm spinner, has been given the ball. Off the third ball, Yuvraj came down the ground and launched the bowled towards cow-corner for a maximum. What a hit! Four singles also came from the over along with the six. Ten from the over.
Over 8 || Score 56/4
Balaji has been introduced into the attack for the first time. Off the third ball Yuvraj Singh played 'smokin hot' cover drive for a boundary. Both the batsmen are looking in good touch. Apart form the boundary, mere two singles came from the over. Six from it.
Over 7 || Score 50/4
Johnson to continue. A tight over by the left-arm pacer as he gave mere six runs, all in singles and doubles. Meanwhile, RCB crossed the mark of fifty runs.
Over 6 || Score 44/4
Sandeep Sharma is ready with his third over. Yuvraj and AB are in the middle for RCB. Off the first ball, Yuvraj used his wrists quite well to collect his first boundary of the match towards square leg. After the gap of a ball, AB played a ball towards cover region to collect the second boundary of the over. Ten came from the over.
Over 5 || Score 34/4
Johnson to continue. AB de Villiers is the new man in. Off the second ball of the over, AB collected his first boundary towards long-on. Eight conceded form the over. KXIP bowlers are once again proving their worth.
Over 4 || Score 26/4
Sandeep Sharma to continue. No run in the first four balls. Parthiv Patel Out!Pathiv went for an expensive drive towards cover region but only managed to get an outside edge of his bat and wicket-keeper took his second catch of the match. RCB are in deep trouble.
PA Patel c Saha b Sandeep Sharma 2 (7b)
Over 3 || Score 26/3
YV Takawale is the new man in. Mitchell Johnson is being introduced into the attack, as the ball is moving a bit. Single from the first ball. No runs conceded in the next four balls. Off the last ball, third wicket down for RCB. A length ball, and it took the outside edge of Takawale's bat and went inside wicket-keeper's gloves. One run from the over.
YV Takawale c Saha b Johnson 0 (7b)
Over 2 || Score 25/2
Sandeep Sharma is sharing the new ball with Maxwell. Gayle's show is over. Gayle stepped up to smack the bowler out of the park but missed the line completely, and the ball crashed into his stumps. Virat is the new man in. Kohli cut the first ball for four towards point region. Double strike! Kohli tried to flick the ball, missed the line as it hit his front pad. Umpire raised his finger, without giving it a second thought. In replay, it was clearly visible that the ball was going down the leg side. Poor decision by the umpire. Kohli was stunned by the decision. Five runs came from the over.
V Kohli lbw b Sandeep Sharma 4 (2b)
CH Gayle b Sandeep Sharma 20 (7b)
Over 1 || Score 20/0
Murderous hitter Chris Gayle and Parthiv Patel are ready to open the innings for RCB, whereas, Maxwell is bowling the first over. It's Maxwell vs Gayle first up.First ball, Gayle got the outside edge and it went for four. Next was a dot. Off the next another four. In the last two balls, Gayle launched the offie for two sixes. First over long off and next over mid-on. What a start by the West Indian. 20 runs conceded from the first over.
Toss: KXIP have won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Good news for RCB fans. Monstrous hitter Chris Gayle is playing in today's match. KXIP are unchanged, whereas, two changes in RCB. Gayle is in, Ravi Rampaul out, while Varun Aaron is replacing Sachin Rana.
Within a few minutes from now, the 18th match of Indian Premier League`s seventh edition will kick start, in which Kings XI Punjab will lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. It`s the only match of the day.
After two back-to-back losses, RCB will now face a robust Kings XI Punjab, a side which is still unbeaten in this edition of the League. It would be an interesting contest as both the teams have some big hitters in their ranks. But RCB have so far played without their monstrous West Indian opener, Chris Gayle, who is nursing a sore back.
In the last match against Rajasthan Royals, RCB`s batting line-up collapsed when they came to bat first and later in the match RR chased the paltry total of 70 runs quite comprehensively. RCB`s batting line up is their strength and they have to focus on that. Yuvraj Singh who has been bought by franchise at a whooping sum of 14 crores, this season, has been scoring decently but the pace of his scoring remains a major concern for the franchise.
It would certainly be a difficult task for the RCB to beat KXIP team in today`s encounter, who have batsmen like Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Virender Sehwag and George Bailey in their side. Most importantly, the form Maxwell and Miller are in, it wouldn`t be easy for RCB bowlers to contain them.
In fact, in the last match against KKR, it was Punjab`s bowlers who won it for their franchise. It proves that KXIP are a well balanced team.
It`s still not clear if Gayle will play in today`s match or not, but if he plays in the match, then it would certainly give the Bangalore franchise a real boost. Though there is still no confirmation about it.
Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey (c), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Virender Sehwag, Mitchell Johnson, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhaman Saha, Thisara Perera, Glenn Maxwell, Rishi Dhawan, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Akshar Patel, Beuran Hendricks, Karanveer Singh, Murali Kartik, Shivam Sharma, Shardul Thakur, L Balaji, Parvinder Awana, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Mandeep Singh.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, Parthiv Patel, Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, Ashok Dinda, Ravi Rampaul, Muttiah Muralitharan, Nic Maddinson, Varun Aaron, Vijay, Sachin Rana, Yogesh Takawale, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shadab Jakati, Sandeep Warrier, Harshal Patel, Tanmay Mishra.