IPL 2016, Match 44 - Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions - As it happened...

Riding on two scintillating tons by AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, Bangalore made today's encounter with Gujarat a lop-sided affair. 

IPL 2016, Match 44 - Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions - As it happened...

Gujarat Lions innings

Over 18.3 || Score 104/10 (Tambe 7)

Sachin Baby has come to bowl the penultimate over off the match. The bowler picked two wickets off consecutive balls to end Gujarat's innings. And with that Bangalore crushed the visitors by record 144 runs. It's a 'paisa wasool' performance by RCB, especially AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, who smashed record-breaking tons. 

S Kaushik c Aravind b Sachin Baby 0 (1b)  

AJ Finch c Aravind b Sachin Baby 37 (38b​)

Over 17 || Score 98/8 (Finch 32, Tambe 7)

Sreenath Aravind back into the attack to bowl his 3rd over. Three from the over.  

Over 16 || Score 95/8 (Finch 30, Tambe 6)

Chris Gayle into the attack to bowl his first over. Now it's just a formality for RCB to win the match. 

Over 15 || Score 94/8 (Finch 29, Tambe 6)

Tambe gave away eight runs in the over. Gujarat need 155 more runs from 30 balls to seal the game, which is an impossible task to achieve.   

Over 14 || Score 87/8 (Finch 28, Tambe 5)

Skipper Virat Kohli himself has come into the attack for the first time. Finch hit him for a six off the fifth ball. 13 came from the over. Gujarat need 162 off 36 balls. 

Over 13 || Score 74/8 (Finch 19, Tambe 0)

Wickets are falling like a pack of cards for Gujarat. Jordan picked two more wickets in the over as visitors have virtually lost the game.  

DS Kulkarni b Jordan 2 (3b)

P Kumar b Jordan 1 (4b)

Over 12 || Score 69/6 (Finch 18, Praveen 1)

Excellent display of spin bowling by Chahal. He picked up his 3rd wicket in the form of Nath, who was clean bowled by the leggie.  

AD Nath b Chahal 3 (6b)

Over 11 || Score 67/5 (Finch 17, Nath 3)

Varun Aaron into the attack. Finch broke the shackles in the over by hitting the pacer for two back-to-back boundaries. 13 runs came from the over.  

Over 10 || Score 54/5 (Finch 6, Nath 2)

Another superb over by Chahal as he conceded mere three runs. Gujarat need 195 more runs from 60 balls to win the match. 

Over 9 || Score 51/5 (Finch 4, Nath 1)

Chahal to continue. Another blow for Gujarat as the leggie trapped the West Indian in front of the wicket. Seven came from the last two overs. 

DJ Bravo lbw b Chahal 1 (2)

Over 7 || Score 44/4 (Finch 0)

Double bowling change as now Chris Jordan has come into the attack. Twin-strike by the bowler. He first sent Karthik back to the pavilion and then got the better of Jadeja off the next ball. He still has a chance in the next over to pick up a hat-trick.   

RA Jadeja c & b Jordan 21 (19b)

KD Karthik c de Villiers b Jordan 2 (4b)

Over 6 || Score 41/2 (Jadeja 19, Karthik 1)

Shane Watson set to bowl his opening over. Dinesh Karthik has come to the middle. Tight over first up the seamer as he gave mere four runs.  

Over 5 || Score 37/2 (Jadeja 18)

Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl his first over. Jadeja hit the tweaker for a boundary and a six, before McCullum gave away his wicket off the last ball. Gujarat are in deep trouble as both their openers are back in the hut inside five overs.   

BB McCullum c de Villiers b Chahal 11 (13b)

Over 4 || Score 26/1 (McCullum 11, Jadeja 7)

Jadeja, who is promoted up the order in the absence of Raina, and McCullum are now trying to up the ante. 17 runs came in the last two overs.  




Over 2 || Score 9/1 (McCullum 2, Jadeja 0)

Poor start by Gujarat while chasing 248 runs as they lost their opener Dwayne Smith in the 2nd over of the innings. 

DR Smith b Aravind 7 (6b) 

Royal Challengers Bangalore innings

Over 20 || Score 248/3 (De Villiers 129)

Praveen Kumar to bowl the last over. Single from the first. Double from Kohli's willow off the next. Off the next ball, Kohli smacked a six straight down the ground to complete his hundred. Third ton of the season for Kohli. Fourth ball, another six. Fifth ball, Kohli Out! Watson to play the last ball. Watson Out! RCB put up a mammoth total of 248 runs in front of Gujarat. 

Over 19 || Score 233/1 (De Villiers 128; Kohli 95)

Kaushik to bowl the 2nd last over of the innings. Incredible! There is no stopping Kohli and ABD. Kohli hit four sixes and a boundary to collect 30 runs from the over. 

Over 18 || Score 203/1 (De Villiers 128; Kohli 65)

Bravo to bowl the over. Kohli started the over on a high as he hit the bowler for a boundary and a six. ABD then took over the charge and smacked the bowler for a boundary and two massive sixes. 30 runs from the over.   

Over 17 || Score 173/1 (De Villiers 112; Kohli 52)

ABD hit two sixes off the last two balls as Jadeja gave 14 runs. 

Over 16 || Score 159/1 (De Villiers 100; Kohli 51)

Strike bowler Praveen Kumar back into the attack. 2nd ball was smacked out of the park by ABD. Next ball, and another six. Superman is looking unstoppable. Boundary, straight down the ground,  off the next. Another six. Carnage! He is hitting boundaries at will. Single off the last ball as AB de Villiers hit 5th hundred of the IPL season nine. This is the fastest IPL hundred as he used mere 40 balls to reach the mark. 23 runs came from the over.       

Over 15 || Score 136/1 (De Villiers 77; Kohli 51)

Tambe to bowl. Kohli took a single off the first ball to complete his fifty. He is the form of his life. Incredible is the word. From the other end, ABD is hitting the bowlers all over the park. He hit a boundary and six to get 14 from the over.  

Over 14 || Score 122/1 (De Villiers 65; Kohli 49)

Bravo with his 2nd over. Decent comeback over by the West Indian as he gave just seven in the over. Kohli is one run short of his fifty. 

Over 13 || Score 115/1 (De Villiers 63; Kohli 44)

ABD is literally toying with the bowlers at the moment. He hit Jadeja for a six and a boundary as RCB collected 12 runs from the over.  

Over 12 || Score 103/1 (De Villiers 52; Kohli 43)

Kulkarni back into the attack. Kohli welcomed him with a massive six over long on. After a gap of one ball, ABD smacked him towards deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Off the next ball, he hit the bowler for a boundary towards cow corner. Rain of boundaries and sixes as ABD hit yet another boundary off the next ball to complete his fifty in style. He used mere 25 balls to reach the mark, with the help of six boundaries and three sixes. 22 runs came from the over. 

Over 11 || Score 81/1 (De Villiers 37; Kohli 36)

Jadeja bowled a tight over. The left-arm spinner conceded just five runs in the over. 

Over 10 || Score 76/1 (De Villiers 36; Kohli 32)

McCullum is juggling his bowlers too much in a desperation to break this partnership. Dwayne Smith with his first over. 13 from the over. 

Over 9 || Score 63/1 (De Villiers 31; Kohli 24)

Ravindra Jadeja to bowl. AB de Villiers proved lucky in the over as he survived two close chances - stumping and run out! Four runs came from the over.

Over 8 || Score 59/1 (De Villiers 30; Kohli 21)

Dwayne Bravo to bowl his opening over. Third ball was smacked towards cover region by ABD for a boundary. Bravo proved expensive as he leaked nine in it. 

Over 7 || Score 50/1 (De Villiers 22; Kohli 20)

Even after a poor first over, McCullum showed trust in Kaushik as he is set to bowl the over. ABD is dealing in boundaries at the moment as he collected a boundary in this over as well. Hosts touched the 50-run mark.    

Over 6 || Score 42/1 (De Villiers 16; Kohli 18)

Spin from both ends as after Kaushik, Pravin Tambe to bowl the over. But ABD is in a dangerous mood. He hit the leggie for a boundary and a six to collect 11 from the over.  

Over 5 || Score 31/1 (De Villiers 6; Kohli 17)

Spin for the first time as Shivil Kaushik is set to bowl the over. Expensive first over first up by the young spinner as he was hit for a boundary and a six.  

Over 4 || Score 19/1 (De Villiers 0; Kohli 12)

Gayle's poor form continues as he got out after scoring mere six runs. Dangerous AB de Villiers has come to the middle. 

CH Gayle b Kulkarni 6 (13b)

Over 3 || Score 10/0 (Gayle 2; Kohli 7)

Praveen to continue. Kohli collected his first boundary off the opening ball off the over towards point region. That was the only big shot in the over. Seven from it. 

Over 2 || Score 3/0 (Gayle 1; Kohli 1)

Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl. Another tight over as mere two came off it. But both the batsmen have opened their account with the help of a single. 

Over 1 || Score 1/0 (Gayle 0; Kohli 0)

Praveen Kumar to bowl the opening over of the match as Gayle and Kohli have come to the middle. Single came from the over that too in the form of an extra (leg bye). Both the batsmen are yet to open their account.    

Gujarat Lions have won the toss and decided to bowl first. 

Welcome to our LIVE UPDATES of 44th match of Indian Premier League's ninth edition, which is being played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. 

Currently lying at a lowly sixth position in the points table, Bangalore needs to win their remaining four matches to possibly make the playoffs and Virat Kohli's men will go full throttle tomorrow to boost their confidence.

The Royal Challengers will like to forget their last game against defending champions Mumbai Indians, who thumped them in their own backyard.

A loss tomorrow, however, will shatter their dreams to make into the playoffs and as usual the onus will be on skipper Kohli, who has come out all guns blazing so far, putting the rivals on the mat.

Though Gujarat skipper Suresh Raina won't be able to play in today's encounter as he has flown to Holland to be with his wife, who gave birth to a baby girl.    


Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Varun Aaron, Abu Nechim, S Arvind, Samuel Badree, Stuart Binny, Yuzuvendra Chahal, AB De Villiers, Praveen Dubey, Chris Gayle, Travis head, Iqbal Abdulla, Kedar Jadhav, Akshay Karnewar, Sarfraz Khan, Vikramjeet Malik, Mandeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Lokesh Rahul, Parveez Rasool, Kane Richardson, Sachin Baby, Vikas Tokas, Shane Watson, David Wiese, Chris Jordan, Tabraiz Shamsi.

Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (c), Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Ishan Kishan, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik, Sarabjit Ladda, Amit Mishra, Akashdeep Nath, Dwayne Bravo, Paras Dogra, Eklavya Dwivedi, Shadab Jakati, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Umang Sharma, Dale Steyn, Pravin Tambe, Andrew Tye.


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