Indian Premier League 9: Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - As it happened...
McCullum (42) and Karthik (50) helped their side to chase down the big total.
Gujarat Lions Innings
Over 19.3 || Score 182/4 (Karthik 50; Bravo 4)
Watson to bowl the last over. First ball, foot no-ball, and a free hit along with the single. Karthik took a single off the next and with that he completed his fifty as well. 2nd ball, a wide. Jadeja Out! Bravo hit a boundary over the bowlers head to finish off the match. And with that Gujarat Lions beat RCB by six wickets with three balls to spare.
RA Jadeja c Rahul b Watson 12 (10b)
Over 19 || Score 174/3 (Karthik 49; Jadeja 11)
Abdulla to bowl the crucial over. First ball, Karthik swept the bowler for a boundary. Single off the next. Third ball, another single. Four runs came from the next two balls. Last ball, Karthik collected a boundary. 14 came from the over. Lions need 7 off 6 balls.
Over 18 || Score 160/3 (Karthik 36; Jadeja 10)
Richardson with his last over. Richardson dropped Karthik off his own bowling. No boundary came in the over. Six runs from the over. Lions need 21 off 12 balls.
Over 17 || Score 154/3 (Karthik 33; Jadeja 8)
Iqbal Abdulla with his 3rd over. Jadeja slogged the 2nd ball towards mid-wicket for a huge six. 12 came from the over. Lions need 27 off 18 balls.
Over 16 || Score 142/3 (Karthik 29; Jadeja 1)
Chahal gave RCB a crucial wicket in the form of Raina. Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in. Super over by the leg spinner as he gave mere six runs away and picked up a wicket as well. Lions need 39 off 24 balls.
SK Raina c Iqbal Abdulla b Chahal 28 (24b)
Over 15 || Score 136/2 (Karthik 25; Raina 27)
Tabraiz Shamsi with his last over. Excellent over by the spinner, gave mere six runs. Lions need 45 off 30 balls.
Over 14 || Score 130/2 (Karthik 20; Raina 26)
Shane Watson back into the attack. Raina broke the shackles and slogged the bowler towards square leg to get a much-needed boundary. Lions need 51 off 36 balls.
Over 13 || Score 121/2 (Karthik 17; Raina 20)
Chahal to bowl the over. Just single and doubles came from the over, still the bowler conceded eight runs.
Over 12 || Score 113/2 (Karthik 13; Raina 16)
Richardson back into the attack. Big boundaries are still not coming consistently for Gujarat. Fifth ball was hit towards extra cover region by Raina to pick up his 2nd boundary of the innings. 11 from the over.
Over 11 || Score 102/2 (Karthik 9; Raina 10)
Shamsi to continue. Raina danced down the wicket hit the spinner for a boundary over his head. Gujarat crossed the 100-run mark. Still the bowler gave mere seven runs.
Over 10 || Score 95/2 (Karthik 7; Raina 6)
Watson with his 2nd over. Karthik hit his first boundary towards points region off the third ball. Eight came from the over.
Over 9 || Score 87/2 (Karthik 0; Raina 5)
Exciting left-arm spinner gave RCB a crucial breakthrough by getting the better of McCullum. Dinesh Karthik is the new man in and is yet to open his account.
BB McCullum c & b Shamsi 42 (24b)
Over 8 || Score 83/1 (McCullum 38; Raina 5)
Iqbal Abdulla back in action. Another tight over by RCB as the left-arm spinner conceded five from it.
Over 7 || Score 78/1 (McCullum 35; Raina 3)
Tabraiz Shamsi to bowl his opening over. The left-arm spinner bowled a fine over as he gave mere six runs.
Over 6 || Score 72/1 (McCullum 33; Raina 0)
Richardson picked up a wicket off his 2nd ball of the match in the form of Smith. Skipper Suresh Raina has come to the middle. McCullum hit the bowler for two sixes and two boundary to collect 24 runs from the over.
DR Smith c de Villiers b Richardson 32 (21b)
Over 5 || Score 47/0 (McCullum 32; Smith 13)
Shane Watson to roll his arm for the first time.Off the 2nd ball, McCullum hit the bower straight down the ground to hit a boundary. Still a fine first over by the Australian as he conceded mere six in it.
Over 4 || Score 41/0 (McCullum 31; Smith 8)
Iqbal Abdulla into the attack. 2nd ball was dispatched towards mid-on for a boundary by Smith. After the gap of one ball, Smith drove the ball towards cover to get yet another boundary.
Over 3 || Score 31/0 (McCullum 22; Smith 7)
Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl the over. Smith smacked the bowler for a maximum over deep square leg. Expensive over by the leggie as he leaked 16 runs.
Over 2 || Score 15/0 (McCullum 6; Smith 8)
Openers Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum have added 15 runs in the first two overs, while chasing a huge total of 180.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Innings
Over 20 || Score 180/2 (Rahul 51; Kohli 100)
Dwayne Bravo to bowl the last over. Two runs came from the first two balls. Third ball was a dot one. Next ball was launched towards cow corner for a six by Kohli. Next ball, wide. Fifth ball, slapped over bowlers head for a yet anther boundary. Last ball and another boundary. With that Kohli has slammed his first T20 hundred. What a knock!
Over 19 || Score 163/2 (Rahul 50; Kohli 85)
Kulkarni to bowl the penultimate over of the innings. KL Rahul took a single off the first ball to complete his fifty. Fifth ball, a slower one, and Kohli hit it towards extra covers for a boundary. 11 runs came from the over.
Over 18 || Score 152/2 (Rahul 49; Kohli 75)
Dwayne Bravo with his 3rd over. The bowler conceded no boundary in the over and gave mere eight runs.
Over 17 || Score 128/2 (Rahul 38; Kohli 62)
Praveen Kumar back into the attack. First ball was hit for a boundary by Kohli. Rahul then slapped two more boundaries as the bowler leaked 16 runs.
Over 17 || Score 144/2 (Rahul 47; Kohli 69)
Kulkarni is back into the attack. Rahul struggled to score runs in the over before he hit the seamer for two consecutive sixes to finish off the over, 13 came from it.
Over 15 || Score 115/2 (Rahul 26; Kohli 61)
Bravo with his 2nd over. Kohli sliced the 4th ball towards third man to get another boundary. Expensive over as 11 runs came in it.
Over 14 || Score 104/2 (Rahul 25; Kohli 52)
Rahul came down the track and hit Jakati straight over his head. Kohli took a single off the 4th ball to complete his fifty. RCB have crossed the 100-run mark.
Over 13 || Score 92/2 (Rahul 17; Kohli 48)
Dwayne Bravo to bowl his first over. 2nd ball was hit for a boundary by Rahul towards extra covers. The West Indian gave seven runs in the over.
Over 12 || Score 85/2 (Rahul 12; Kohli 46)
Jakati is back to bowl his 2nd over. Four runs came from the over and all in the form of singles.
Over 11 || Score 81/2 (Rahul 10; Kohli 44)
Jadeja with his 3rd over. No loose ball by the spinner as he conceded mere five runs in the over.
Over 10 || Score 76/2 (Rahul 9; Kohli 41)
Tambe to continue. 4th ball by the leggie was slapped towards mid-wicket for a boundary by Kohli. Once again the bowler leaked eight from the over.
Over 9 || Score 68/2 (Rahul 7; Kohli 35)
Jadeja to bowl. Rahul hit his first boundary off the fourth ball. Eight came from the over.
Over 8 || Score 60/2 (Rahul 1; Kohli 33)
Tambe to bowl. AB OUT! A a bit of flight in the ball, AB went for an uppish drive but Raina took a sharp catch inside the circle. KL Rahul walked in to bat.
AB de Villiers c Raina b Tambe 20 (16b)
Over 7 || Score 55/1 (AB 17; Kohli 32)
Now it's time for Ravindra Jadeja to bowl. Tight opening over by the left-arm spinner as he conceded mere five in it.
Over 6 || Score 50/1 (AB 14; Kohli 30)
Shadab Jakati, another spinner onto the attack. Rain of boundaries at Rajkot. AB and Kohli hit the bowler for one boundary each. RCB touched the 50-run mark as well.
Over 5 || Score 38/1 (AB 8; Kohli 24)
Leg spinner Pravin Tambe to bowl his opening over. Kohli is once again going for his shots. He hit the bowler for two boundaries to get 11 from the over.
Over 4 || Score 27/1 (AB 7; Kohli 14)
Kulkarni with his 2nd over. AB collected his first boundary off the fourth ball by driving the bowler through covers. The pacer leaked eight runs in the over.
Over 3 || Score 19/1 (AB 1; Kohli 12)
Parveen to continue. Fifth ball was short and wide by the seamer and Kohli gave it a right treatment by cutting it towards point region for a boundary. Kohli then drove the ball towards covers to collect another boundary. Ten from the over.
Over 2 || Score 9/1 (AB 0; Kohli 3)
Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl the over. First ball was dispatched towards mid-wicket for a boundary by Watson. But the bowler took the revenge soon as Watson walked back to the pavilion after giving a high catch to Jadeja. Star batsman AB de Villiers has come to the middle.
SR Watson c Jadeja b Kulkarni 6 (6b)
Over 1 || Score 2/0 (Watson 1; Kohli 1)
Shane Watson has been promoted up the order as he has come with Virat Kohli to open the inning for RCB. Praveen Kumar to bowl the first over. Kohli took a single off the 2nd ball to open the account of RCB. Watson also got off to the mark with a single. Two runs came from the over.
RCB XI: V Kohli, AB de Villiers, S Watson, M Singh, S Khan, K Jadhav, S Binny, I Abdulla, Y Chahal, K Richardson, T Shamsi
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GL XI: A Finch, B McCullum, S Raina, D Karthik, DR Smith, R Jadeja, DJ Bravo, P Kumar, D Kulkarni, S Jakati, P Tambe
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Kohli won the TOSS and elected to bat first.
New Delhi: Welcome to our live updates of the Indian Premier League's 19th match, which is being played between Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot.
Gujarat Lions will look to get their winning momentum back in today's tie against Virat Kohli-led RCB. Gujarat have started their IPL campaign on a good note by winning their first three matches on the trot. However, in their last game, Lions suffered a humiliating 10-wicket loss at home against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
On the other hand, star-studded RCB have had mixed fortunes thus far in the tournament, winning two and losing two. But they would take the heart from their victory over Rising Pune Supergiants at Pune last night.
Kohli and AB De Villiers are in terrific form and RCB's batting would rely heavily on these two.
Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (Capt), Sarabjit Ladda, Akshdeep Nath, Amit Mishra, Dwayne Bravo, Paras Dogra, Eklavya Dwivedi, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dinesh Karthik, Shivil Kaushik, Dhaval Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Brandon McCullum, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Umang Sharma, Dwayne Smith, Dale Styne, Pravin Tambe and Andrew Tye.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Capt), Varun Aaron, Abu Nechi, 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, Adam Milne, Harshal Patel, Lokesh Rahul, Parveez Rasool, Kane Richardson, Sachin Baby, Mitchell Starc, Vikas Tokas, Shane Watson, David Wiese and Tabraiz Shamsi.