IPL 2013: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders - As it happened...



IPL 2013: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders - As it happened...Feroz Khan/Zeenews Sports Bureau

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RCB Overs: 17.3 II Score: 158/2

AND RCB HAVE COMFORTABLY SAILED TO VICTORY AT HOME! Gayle-storm has hit KKR hard blowing them away as they win this match by eight wickets with 15 deliveries remaining. Gayle ended the chase with a six over long on. Earlier in the over he had already hit a six off the second delivery. Gayle returns unbeaten at 85 runs.
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RCB Overs: 17 II Score: 145/2

Runs are coming nice and easy for RCB. AB de Villiers hits a six straight over Bhatia's head off his third delivery. Apart from the biggie, four runs were scored in singles taking the count from the over to 10 runs.
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RCB Overs: 16 II Score: 135/2

Kallis into his final over. Gayle has plundered him for consecutive sixes and a boundary. The first over long off while the next over long off and worse it's a no ball. Gayle, scores a boundary of the free-hit. A slow bouncer follows and Gayle leaves it safely. Off the final Gayle adds another single to the RCB total. 18 runs from the over. Just 20 runs needed off 24 deliveries. Time for astrategic break.
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RCB Overs: 15 II Score: 117/2

Narine to bowl his last over. He has to return wicketless today. Just two runs from his final over. He has been economical today.
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RCB Overs: 14 II Score: 115/2

Kallis back into the attack. This should be an interesting contest. Kallis bowls a tight over leaking just five runs that included a wide. A couple was scored off the final delivery that saw Gayle struggling to reach the strikes' end for the second run.
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RCB Overs: 13 II Score: 110/2

Fifty for Mr. Gayle! Chris reaches his half-century with a single off Narine. He has taken 32 deliveries to reach the landmark. Earlier, de Villiers, began the over with a boundary. Not a convincing boundary though as he has flummoxed by the carrom ball and ended up edging it to third man region. Six runs from the over.
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RCB Overs: 12 II Score: 104/2

The third delivery from Balaji was outside off and de Villiers smacked it through covers. Tiwary dived but couldn't hold on to the catch. Meanwhile, Gayle is on a joyride of his own and deposits the final delivery miles into the stands. Nine runs from the over.
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RCB Overs: 11 II Score: 95/2

An over that was turning out to be a tight one from Sangwan was spoiled as Gayle pulled the fifth delivery of the over flat over midwicket boundary for a six. The next one was a wide outside off and Bisla failed to collect it properly giving Gayle the opportunity to take a single. AB de Villiers ended the over with a boundary through covers. 15 runs from it.
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RCB Overs: 10 II Score: 80/2

Balaji is back and the change has worked for KKR as Kohli has been caught by Eoin Morgan at sweeper cover. A slower one from Balaji and Kohli lofted it straight into the hands of Morgan. He scored 35 (27b, 4X4, 6X2). A few words exchanged between Kohli and Gambhir. Kohli is furious with something Gambhir might have said to him as he was heading for the dugout. The umpire and the fielder stop the situation from spinning out of hands. Meanwhile, Gayle cuts the final delivery of the over through point region for a boundary. Five runs from the over and a big wicket as well. AB de Villiers is the new batsman.
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RCB Overs: 9 II Score: 75/1

Pradeep Sangwan introduced into the attack. An expensive first over! Gayle welcomed him with a boundary through mid off. He took a ingle off the next. Kohli then smashed back-to-back sixes employing pull to deep midwicket and fine leg. 19 runs from the over.
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RCB Overs: 8 II Score: 56/1

Lakshmipathy Balaji to bowl his first over. Kohli starts off with an easy single. Gayle back on strike. He lets it go safely into the gloves of keeper. Kohli ends the over on a high with a cover drive for four. Six runs from the over. Time for strategic break.
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RCB Overs: 7 II Score: 50/1

The onus is on Narine to make the breakthrough. After his first four deliveries went for just two, Kohli broke the stalemate with a late cut for a boundary. Seven runs from the over. The score has reached 50-run mark.
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RCB Overs: 6 II Score: 43/1

Ryan McLaren back into the attack. A good over for Bangalore. Kohli scored two boundaries off it. The first one via a pull while the next was played over mid on. A single off the fourth brought Gayle on strike. Gambhir took his time in setting the field for the Jamaican but it wasn't worth anything as Gayle smoked McLaren for consecutive sixes. The first over midwicket while the next over covers. Ah! He is back! 22 runs from the over.
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RCB Overs: 5 II Score: 21/1

Spin in Sunil Narine introduced into the attack. A good start from the West Indian. Just two runs from his first over.
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RCB Overs: 4 II Score: 19/1

Oh superb stuff from Kallis. A maiden! In this format a maiden over can be compared to a wicket! Kohli did attempt to break the shackles off the third delivery but lost control of his shot and missed it completely.
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RCB Overs: 3 II Score: 19/1

Ryan McLaren rewarded for some tight bowling as Mayank Agarwal is dismissed caught behind. He scored 6 (8b, 4X1). RCB skipper, who is in devastating form, comes in at No. 3. That delivery was outside off and Agarwal was looking to play it to third man region but ended up edging it to wicketkeeper Bisla. Gayle ends the over on a positive note with the first six of the RCB innings over long on. A wicket and eight runs from the over.
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RCB Overs: 2 II Score: 11/0

Jacques Kallis will share the new ball with his fellow countryman Ryan McLaren. Agarwal greets him with a boundary off the first delivery. A loud appeal for a catch follows off the fourth delivery but umpire in not interested. Seven runs from the over.
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RCB Over: 1 II Score: 4/0

So, RCB will begin there chase with Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal opening the innings. Ryan McLaren, playing his first match of the season has the new ball. Brett Lee is on the bench for this game today. Gayle gets off the mark with a boundary employing a pull to deep square leg region. Four runs from the over.
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KKR Overs: 20 II Score: 154/8

RP will bowl the final over. He is turning the heat at M Chinnaswamy Stadium! After conceding a single off his first, RP effects a run-out off his second. A low full toss and McLaren plays it back to Singh. he wants to steal a single but this is RP's day as he finds the timber. McLaren scored 2 (3b). He follows that up with the wicket of Bhatia who attempted a paddle sweep but failed to offer bat to the ball as it crashed on the stumps! Bhatia scored 13 (7b, 4X2). An edge off the final delivery takes the KKR score to 154/8.
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KKR Overs: 19 II Score: 148/6

Vinay to bowl his final over. Bhatia takes two off his first delivery. He follows that with back-to-back boundaries - both to fine leg region. A single off fourth and a couple off the final takes the loot from the over to 13 runs.
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KKR Overs: 18 II Score: 135/6

RP is on. And RP gets the crucial wicket of Eoin Morgan denting KKR's hope of a big total. A full toss and Eoin loos to clear the long on fielder. he fails in his endeavour and Dan Christian completes the catch. Morgan scored 2 (5b). In walks Rajat Bhatia. The left-arm pacer adds another wicket to his kitty off the final delivery after removing Tiwary who was caught by de Villiers at mid-wicket. Tiwary scored 23 (16b, 4X2). Ryan McLaren is the new man in the middle.
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KKR Overs: 17 II Score: 130/4

Vinay back into the attack. Tiwary takes a single off the first. Gambhir on strike. He goes for the pull but he is disappointed as he ends up top-edging it. Vinay runs and takes the catch safely. Gauti scored 59 (46b, 4X7, 6X1). Eoin Morgan is the new man in the middle. Off the third delivery, KKR added five runs to their total thanks to an overthrow from RP Singh that went for a boundary. Seven runs and a wicket from the over.
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KKR Overs: 16 II Score: 123/3

An over that was proving to be a good one was ruined as Gambhir deposited it to deep square leg region for a maximum. 10 runs from the Unadkat's fourth over. Gambhir is on fire today! He is hitting boundaries, cursing - all at the same time!
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KKR Overs: 15 II Score: 113/3

Murali to start his fourth and final over of the match. His first is a flighted one and Tiwary comes forward and lifts him over cover region for a boundary. Four more runs added to the total - all in singles. Eight runs from the over. Time for a strategic break.
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KKR Overs: 14 II Score: 105/3

Unadkat to bowl his third over. Off his first delivery, Tiwary scores a boundary towards third man region. That was an edge and a Vinay put in a diving effort but couldn't stop that from crossing the fence. Nine runs from the over including a boundary, a couple and three singles. Meanwhile, Gauti has completed his fifty.
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KKR Overs: 13 II Score: 96/3

Henriques is back. Gambhir, who already has exchanged a few words with the Portuguese-born Australian all-rounder, lifts his first delivery over leg for a boundary to backward square leg region. Three deliveries later, Henriques gets the danger-man as Yusuf Pathan is caught by Vinay Kumar at long on. It was a full blooded strike from Pathan but he failed to clear Vinay. He scored 27 (17b, 4X3, 6X1). Manoj Tiwary is the new man in the middle. So, a successful over comes to an end. A wicket and eight runs from it.
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KKR Overs: 12 II Score: 88/2

Jaydev gets another go. And Pathan lifts his first delivery that was on off to deep midwicket region for a maximum. The young pacer does well to keep the pair quiet as only four more runs were added to the total. 10 runs from it. The partnership is now worth 34 runs.
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KKR Overs: 11 II Score: 78/2

RP Singh is back into the attack. Gauti takes a single off his first delivery. Pathan pulls his fifth delivery and takes a couple. Six runs from the over.
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KKR Overs: 10 II Score: 72/2

Murali is making sure that runs won't come easy for KKR from his end. Just four runs from the over -- all in singles.
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KKR Overs: 9 II Score: 68/2

And Vinay strikes! Kallis has been caught by Henriques at sweeper cover region. He scored 16 (19b, 4X2). In walks big-hitting Yusuf Pathan. Gambhir takes a single off the second delivery and gets Pathan on strike. He starts off magnificently hitting Vinay for three consecutive boundaries -- the first one over the bowler's head, the next to backward point while the third to fine leg region. 14 runs and a wicket from the over.
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KKR Overs: 8 II Score: 54/1

Murali continues. Gambhir brings up the 50-run partnership for the second wicket with a boundary off the fourth delivery to deep midwicket. Seven runs from the over including a boundary and three singles.
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R Vinay comes in to bowl his first over. A good start from the pacer. Just three runs from his first.
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KKR Overs: 6 II Score: 44/1

Spin in Muttiah Muralitharan introduced into the attack. Gambhir greets him with a a beautifully executed drive through covers for a boundary. The next from the Sri Lankan is a no-ball and umpire signals it as a free-hit. Gambhir lofts this to long-on for a boundary. Just two deliveries and eight runs have already been scored in this over. The final delivery from the tweaker is short and Gambhir pulls it to deep backward square leg region for a couple. 13 runs from the over.
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KKR Overs: 5 II Score: 31/1font

Henriques is back. After safely negotiating the first two deliveries, Kallis takes the aerial route and scores his first boundary to long off region. Nicely lofted shot this from the South African. KKR collect two more runs off the next three deliveries. Six runs from the over.
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KKR Overs: 4 II Score: 25/1

Jaydev Unadkat replaces Henriques. Off his fourth delivery, Kallis mishit one to Kohli at cover. Gambhir was backing too far and so Kohli had a shy at the non-strikers' end. There was no one backing up the throw and as a result, a it went for a boundary. Unnecessary runs this. Kohli is unhappy. Five runs from the over.
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KKR Overs: 3 II Score: 20/1

Henriques continues. Seven runs from the over including a boundary to Gambhir off the fourth delivery. Off the final delivery, RCB added a couple to their total.
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KKR Overs: 2 II Score: 13/1

RP Singh to share the new ball with Henriques. Off the second delivery, Kohli fired in a throw from cover, Kallis sent Gambhir back and he was well out of his crease. However, the throw failed to meet the stumps! And Gambhir survives. Off the fourth delviery, Gambhir struck the first boundary of the innings through covers. He finished the over with another boundary again through covers. 10 runs from the over.
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KKR Over: 1 II Score: 3/1

Right, here we go! Gautam Gambhir and Manvinder Bisla are in the middle. Moises Henriques has been handed the new ball. Bisla on strike and first up is full. Second is drifting down the leg and umpire gives it as wide. First runs on the board for Kolkata. The next one is outside off and swinging away, Bisla goes after it and gets beaten. Off the fifth fourth delivery, Bisla steals a quick single. Gambhir gets off the mark with a single to square leg. Bisla back on strike and Henriques strikes for Bangalore! Outside off and Bisla cuts it to point and Rahul takes the catch! A wicket and three runs from the first over. Jacques Kallis is the new batsman in the middle.
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TOSS: RCB have won the toss and elected to bowl first.

On a high after extracting revenge against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to continue their winning streak when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL match today.

Led by the energetic Virat Kohli, RCB trounced Hyderabad by 19 runs on Monday and the RCB skipper will be hoping that his men will not go haywire after making a good start, which was their story until the last IPL.

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On the other hand, after losing to Rajasthan Royals in their previous encounter, KKR will look for a reversal of when they play their third match against the southern powerhouse.

Teams (from):

Kolkata: Manvinder Bisla(w), Gautam Gambhir(c), Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Eoin Morgan, Ryan McLaren, Rajat Bhatia, Pradeep Sangwan, Sunil Narine, Lakshmipathy Balaji

Bangalore: Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Moises Henriques, Lokesh Rahul, Arun Karthik(w), Vinay Kumar, Jaidev Unadkat, RP Singh, Muttiah Muralitharan