Virat Kohli slammed his 29th fifty but Rising Pune Supergiant thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 61 runs. With this loss, RCB’s chances to qualify for the play-offs have taken a huge hit while Rising Pune Supergiant have consolidated their fourth spot. Get full highlights of Rising Pune Supergiant vs Royal Challengers Bangalore here. (Scorecard) (Live streaming info)
19:44 hrs IST: That is all we have from here. Hop over to the next match between Gujarat Lions and the Mumbai Indians which will be played in Rajkot.
19:42 hrs IST: Lockie Ferguson, Man of the Match: We thought we were 15-20 runs short. The start with the ball was very good and it made my job easier. I tried to keep it as simple as possible and bowled the cutters as well.
19:40 hrs IST: Steve Smith: We didn’t know what was a good score to be honest. It was a complete performance. Maybe we were 10-15 runs short, Bangalore have quality batsmen, but I thought the bowlers bowled beautifully. Tripathi and Tiwary are big players for us going forward
19:29 hrs IST: Virat Kohli: It’s hard for a captain to stand here and talk when the team is performing like this. We lost that game rather than them winning it. We are almost not in the race for the play-offs
19:25 hrs IST: A boundary by Sreenath Aravind but RCB end on 96/9 and lose by 61 runs. For them, their chances of going to the play-offs have taken a massive hit while Rising Pune Supergiant have moved to fourth spot.
19:18 hrs IST: Lockie Ferguson finishes with figures of 4-1-7-2. Simply brilliant. Rising Pune Supergiant close in on win.
19:13 hrs IST: Game, set and match! Kohli slices a full ball to deep cover and Mayank Agarwal, the substitute, takes the catch. Virat Kohli c (sub) Mayank Agarwal b Dan Christian 55 (48)
19:11 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Kohli mistimes the pull to deep mid wicket and it is dipping on Manoj Tiwary who runs to his left but the ball hits him on the knee, couple taken.
19:08 hrs IST: WICKET! Badree misses the googly and Tahir gets his third, ends with figures of 4-0-18-3. Samuel Badree b Imran Tahir 2 (7).
19:07 hrs IST: WHACK! RCB finally hit a boundary after 12 overs. Tahir shortens the googly and Kohli launches it into the deep mid wicket stand. Gets to his 29th IPL fifty but it will be in a losing cause.
19:03 hrs IST: Samuel Badree is just defending the balls from Unadkat. Have RCB given up? It looks like they have. But until the asking rate is beyond doubt, till then, keep hoping.
18:59 hrs IST: WICKET! RCB sink further. The googly from Tahir and Milne flicks it to short mid wicket where Steve Smith takes the catch. Adam Milne c Steve Smith b Imran Tahir 5 (8), RCB 71/7 in 15 overs.
18:56 hrs IST: Unadkat concedes just five runs in the 14th over. It is getting more and more difficult for Kohli to time his strokes.
18:49 hrs IST: Only one run in Tahir’s second over. It is getting even more difficult for RCB now as they need 97 off 42 balls. The asking rate has jumped close to 14. This time-out could make or break RCB’s chase.
18:47 hrs IST: WICKET! Tahir gets Negi and RCB’s woes deepen. Full and flat delivery outside off, Negi mistimes the lofted shot and finds Christian at long off. Pawan Negi c Dan Christian b Imran Tahir 3 (7).
18:44 hrs IST: RCB have not hit a single boundary for close to six overs now. The bowling has been super accurate. Credit to Smith for his shrewd captaincy.
18:41 hrs IST: Pawan Negi needs to strike some big hits. Kohli holds the key but RCB require 106 off 54 balls at an asking rate of close to 12. Nothing can be ruled out in the IPL but on this deck, it could be a bit too hard even for the chase-master Virat Kohli. But, stranger things have happened.
18:36 hrs IST: WICKET! Ferguson continues to impress. Short ball and Binny top-edges the pull to long leg where Washington Sundar takes the catch. Stuart Binny c Washington Sundar b Lockie Ferguson 1 (7), RCB 48/5.
18:31 hrs IST: WICKET! Umpire Shamshuddin gives it out. Sachin Baby flicks a short ball to short mid wicket where Steve Smith lunges forward to take the catch. It looked like Smith got the fingers just underneath. Sachin Baby c Steve Smith b Washington Sundar 2 (4).
18:30 hrs IST: In the air but is the catch clean? Steve Smith immediately said he is not sure. Replays suggest that it might have bounced. But, in some replays, it shows the ball going in. Lots of replays being shown. Benefit of doubt could go to the batsman. But it has been given out.
18:27 hrs IST: Washington Sundar into the attack. The pressure is mounting on RCB. Kohli holds the key.
18:23 hrs IST: WICKET! Never run of a misfield. Kedar Jadhav does not heed that old cricket saying. He cracks a short ball to point but the fielder dives and fires the throw to the bowler who fumbles, Jadhav and Kohli think about a quick single and Kohli sets off, Jadhav hares down the track but he is sold down the river as he is run-out. Kedar Jadhav (run-out) 7 (12).
18:21 hrs IST: Lockie Ferguson continues to impress with his line and length. So far, in 1.3 overs, he has conceded just four runs.
18:17 hrs IST: Imran Tahir is into the attack now. How RCB play him will be the key. This pitch is becoming more sluggish. After seven overs, RCB are 43/2.
18:13 hrs IST: Steady start for Christian, could have been better had Ferguson not misfielded. RCB are 39/2 in six overs, Virat Kohli holds the key.
18:11 hrs IST: Dan Christian is into the attack. On this wicket, he could be a handful. But he misses his length and Jadhav hammers the pull shot to the deep mid wicket fence.
18:09 hrs IST: Hostile beginning for Kedar Jadhav as he is greeted by a bouncer from Ferguson. Can Jadhav reproduce his early season heroics when he slammed a hundred against England?
18:07 hrs IST: WICKET! Tame dismissal. AB de Villiers chips a full ball to short cover where Manoj Tiwary takes the catch. AB de Villiers c Manoj Tiwary b Lockie Ferguson 3 (8), RCB 32/2 in 4.4 overs.
18:05 hrs IST: Lockie Ferguson is into the attack. Maybe on this slow deck, extra pace is probably the key.
18:02 hrs IST: Stifled appeal for an LBW but not given. AB de Villiers tries to work a full ball to the leg side but he misses it and gets hit on the pad, maybe that was pitching outside the leg stump.
17:59 hrs IST: RCB have moved to 25/1 after four overs, Kohli has already struck four boundaries and is looking in great shape.
17:56 hrs IST: BANG! Kohli pulverises a full ball from Deepak Chahar to the cover boundary as Tahir misfields. Next ball, he edges a full ball to the third man fence while he follows up next ball with a flick to deep mid wicket.
17:54 hrs IST: WICKET! Unadkat strikes. Head looks to knock a shortish ball to the off side but drags it back on to the stumps. Travis Head b Jaydev Unadkat 2 (5), RCB 11/1 in two overs.
17:51 hrs IST: WHAM! Poor ball from Jaydev Unadkat. He bowls a full and wide ball outside off and Kohli creams the drive to cover for a boundary.
17:49 hrs IST: Steady start for RCB as they reach 4/0 in the first over. As the game progresses, run-scoring might get easier.
17:46 hrs IST: Deepak Chahar will open the bowling. Head on strike. RCB need a positive start and they need Kohli to step up.
17:41 hrs IST: The RPS team are in the huddle. They will have to bowl really well if they are to restrict RCB’s power-packed line-up. Still saying power-packed despite being bowled out for 49 against Kolkata Knight Riders. Travis Head and Virat Kohli are ready to take guard.
17:27 hrs IST: No late glory from Dhoni and Rising Pune Supergiant finish on 157/3 after 20 overs, a decent total on a sluggish wicket.
17:24 hrs IST: The 150 is up for RPS and Tiwary gets another streaky boundary. Can they reach 160? Two balls to go.
17:21 hrs IST: Luck favours Rising Pune Supergiant as Manoj Tiwary gets an inside edge. After 19 overs, RPS are 147/3. Looking good for 160-170.
17:16 hrs IST: Two overs to go. RPS are 139/3. Dhoni holds the key if they are to get to 160.
17:14 hrs IST: MS Dhoni hits the 400th six of the 2017 Indian Premier League. Brutal hit! He seizes this full ball from Aravind and blasts it flat down the ground for a six. What power. Whew!
17:12 hrs IST: 14 runs off Milne. RPS need more such overs if they are to reach 160. Dhoniand Tiwary hold the key.
17:07 hrs IST: Great start for RPS and Dhoni after the time-out. He pounces on a short and wide ball from Milne and crashes it to the deep point fence for a boundary.
17:04 hrs IST: MS Dhoni has moved to just 2 off 7 balls. RPS are 115/3 after 16 overs. Can they go past 150? This wicket is slightly on the sluggish side.
17:02 hrs IST: Excellent spell from Pawan Negi comes to an end. Finishes with 4-0-18-1. Can RCB tie down Dhoni?
17:01 hrs IST: After 15 overs, RPS are 111/3. This is MS Dhoni territory. With all the continued criticism, will he play a blinder?
16:57 hrs IST: WICKET! Kohli will heave a sigh of relief. Binny floats a full ball on off stump and Smith heaves it to long leg, Milne takes a juggling catch on the second attempt. Steve Smith c Adam Milne b Stuart Binny 45 (32).
16:54 hrs IST: This period is hurting RCB here. Smith grows in confidence by cracking two boundaries off Stuart Binny. The partnership between Tiwary and Smith is worth 50 and looking dangerous.
16:52 hrs IST: 16 runs in the previous over and 13 in this over. Rising Pune Supergiant are making a move on.
16:50 hrs IST: WHAM! Now Tiwary joins the party. He dances down the track to Yuzvendra Chahal and wallops him into the stands at deep mid wicket. That was the 399th six in the 2017 IPL.
16:48 hrs IST: BANG! Smith breaks the shackles. He spanks a flighted delivery over deep mid wicket for a big six and then carves a flatter delivery through point. Next ball, luck eludes Badree as the edge goes to the third man fence. 16 runs in the over and RPS are 85/2 after 12 overs.
16:45 hrs IST: Only six runs in two overs. Royal Challengers Bangalore are bowling brilliantly and not allowing RPS to score freely. RPS are 69/2 after 11 overs.
16:38 hrs IST: Manoj Tiwary gets off the mark in style by sweeping Negi to the fine leg fence. The onus is on Smith to get RPS to a big total.
16:37 hrs IST: WICKET! Quick and short delivery outside off from Negi, Tripathi attempts the cut but gets the faint edge that is taken by Kedar Jadhav. Rahul Tripathi c Kedar Jadhav b Pawan Negi 37 (28), RPS 58/2 in 8.2 overs.
16:35 hrs IST: Stifled appeal for a catch! Tripathi looked to upper-glide a short ball from Binny but misses it, the bowler appeals but there was no edge
16:33 hrs IST: Smith and Tripathi are moving along at a decent rate but they must pick the run-rate up. Tripathi is scoring consistently but is unable to find the boundary.
16:31 hrs IST: The team fifty is up for RPS in the seventh over. Smith and Tripathi have built a good, steady stand.
16:28 hrs IST: Pawan Negi is into the attack. RCB need to take wickets at regular intervals.
16:24 hrs IST: Tripathi continues to play with a flourish as he lofts Chahal to the long on fence for another boundary. 12 runs in the leg spinner’s first over and Rising Pune Supergiant are 43/1 after 6 overs.
16:22 hrs IST: Tripathi looking in great touch. He slices a short legbreak past the gap at cover and point for a boundary. The placement was excellent.
16:21 hrs IST: Good comeback from Aravind after being hit first ball for six. Rising Pune Supergiant are 31/1 after five overs, not such a good start in the powerplay for the RPS team.
16:19 hrs IST: HUGE! Tripathi stands on the crease and deposits Sreenath Aravind into the stands at long on for a massive six. That was 98 meters the distance.
16:16 hrs IST: Steve Smith gets going with a boundary. Rising Pune Supergiant are 24/1 after four overs and they will be wanting to maintain a healthy rate.
16:14 hrs IST: WICKET! No 4000 runs for Ajinkya Rahane. He looks to paddle a low full toss but ends up top-edging it to short fine leg. Ajinkya Rahane c Adam Milne b Samuel Badree 6 (8).
16:13 hrs IST: DROPPED! Virat Kohli spills Tripathi at mid wicket. The batsman charged down the track and miscued the pull but Kohli could not hang in
16:12 hrs IST: Inside edged but safe! Milne bangs another short ball and Tripathi goes for the pull, but the inside edge goes past leg stump and to the fine leg fence.
16:09 hrs IST: Only five runs from Badree’s first over. Run-scoring might be a bit hard on this deck. It looks sluggish. However, Tripathi breaks the shackles by slamming Milne to deep mid wicket for the first boundary of the match.
16:09 hrs IST: Samuel Badree is into the attack now. He will be crucial on this wicket. However, his cause is not helped by Adam Milne who misfields at short fine leg.
16:05 hrs IST: Steady start for Milne as he concedes just four runs in the first over. RCB have to begin positively.
16:03 hrs IST: Great fielding from Yuzvendra Chahal. Tripathi comes down the track and flays the cut to point but Chahal dives to his left to prevent a certain boundary. Sharp work.
16:02 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Short ball from Milne and it hurries onto Rahul Tripathi, he goes for the pull but luckily for him, it lands safely at mid on.
16:00 hrs IST: Rahul Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane are out in the middle. Adam Milne will open the bowling. Rahane is on the verge of getting to 4000 runs in T20s.
15:47 hrs IST: The musical chairs continue around the foreign players. Gayle’s contribution in his last two games has been 8 and 7, so it made sense to bench him.
15:38 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both teams.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli(c), Travis Head, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav(w), Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Samuel Badree, Adam Milne, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal
Rising Pune Supergiant: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith(c), MS Dhoni(w), Manoj Tiwary, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Jaydev Unadkat, Lockie Ferguson, Imran Tahir
15:36 hrs IST: Chris Gayle is out for RCB while Adam Milne comes in. For Rising Pune Supergiant, Locie Ferguson replaces Faf du Plessis
15:32 hrs IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and chosen to bowl versus Rising Pune Supergiant.
15:23 hrs IST: The absence of Ben Stokes for Rising Pune Supergiant could make a massive difference. Apparently, Lockie Ferguson, the New Zealand pacer, could be playing today in order to bolster the bowling.
15:22 hrs IST: It is round two of the clash between Steve Smith and Virat Kohli. In the first match, Rising Pune Supergiant registered a crucial win. Will Kohli turn the tables in this match?
15:20 hrs IST: On the other hand, Rising Pune Supergiant will be aiming to bounce back and keep their chances of qualifying alive after being blown away by Kolkata Knight Riders in their previous match.
15:18 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the match between Rising Pune Supergiant and Royal Challengers Bangalore from Pune. RCB need to win all their remaining matches and hope for some results to go their way if they have to keep their chances of qualifying for the play-offs alive.
The last time the two teams met was at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore when Steve Smith-led RPS earned a 27-run win on April 16 vs Virat Kohli’s RCB. (RESULTS)
Royal Challengers Bangalore are in desperate need of points. They are seventh and second last in the standings with only five points and need wins if they want to have any chance of qualifying for the playoffs. (STANDINGS)
On the other hand, Rising Pune Supergiant have four wins and equal number of losses each so far and are much better positioned.
However, RPS will want the required points which will assure them of a playoff spot after a dismal first season last year.