Sunil Narine blasted a fifty off 15 balls, the joint-fastest ever in the history of the IPL while Chris Lynn slammed a 21-ball fifty as Kolkata Knight Riders pounded Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets. With this victory, Gautam Gambhir’s team have moved to second in the points table while Virat Kohli’s team end up with just one home win in the 2017 season. Catch highlights of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore here (SCORECARD | STREAMING| IPL 2017 COVERAGE)
19:57 hrs IST: That is all we have from here. RCB will have to hope that Gujarat Lions lose all their remaining if they have to avoid getting the wooden spoon.
19:46 hrs IST: Sunil Narine is the Man of the Match for his 54 off 17 balls. He says, “I’m very surprised. Definitely wasn’t expecting something like this. Lynny just said, keep your eyes on the ball, maintain your focus and swing through the line. I try to keep it simple and back my ability.”
19:42 hrs IST: Gautam Gambhir: I haven’t seen such a partnership to be honest. It was an unbelievable effort. This is the best partnership I’ve seen in my entire career. You don’t see teams getting hundred in six overs.
19:34 hrs IST: Manish Pandey taps Negi to deep point and a single seals a thumping six-wicket win for Kolkata Knight Riders. With this win, they move to second in the points table while Royal Challengers Bangalore end up with just one win at home this season
19:33 hrs IST: Total action in Yuzvendra Chahal’s over. Yusuf Pathan missed the slog sweep thrice, one of them got the edge, Chahal charged and pleaded at the umpire but not given.
19:29 hrs IST: WICKET! The victory celebration will be delayed. Full and wide delivery outside off from Yuzvendra Chahal, Gambhir reaches out and slaps it to short cover where Negi takes the catch.
19:25 hrs IST: WICKET! Stumped! De Grandhomme, after hitting a massive six, tries to finish it in style but gets stumped. KKR need only seven though.
19:17 hrs IST: De Grandhomme finds the boundary and KKR are in cruise mode now. They are closing in on a grand victory.
19:14 hrs IST: De Grandhomme gets into the six-hitting mode as he blasts Badree over deep mid wicket for another six
19:11 hrs IST: Aniket Choudhary is walking off injured. This sums up RCB’s season.
19:03 hrs IST: Lynn falls after reaching fifty now. He misses a pull shot and Pawan Negi cleans him up.
19:00 hrs IST: After all the carnage, there is a wicket maiden by Aniket Choudhary. But, KKR are so well ahead that they can afford this.
18:57 hrs IST: WICKET! Narine looks to pull but gets a faint edge and Aniket Choudhary gets the wicket. Not much celebrations from the RCB camp.
18:55 hrs IST: It is the highest team total in the powerplay. This has been an exhibition and it has been a thrill.
18:54 hrs IST: Lynn pulls Chahal to deep mid wicket and the 100-run stand is up in just six overs. This has been carnage of epic proportions.
18:50 hrs IST: WHAM! Narine, you beauty! He brings up his fifty off 15 balls, which is the fastest ever in the history of the IPL. He launches Aravind for a six down the ground and he goes even better with a four over deep extra cover.
18:46 hrs IST: A hat-trick of sixes, followed by a hat-trick of fours. Narine is tearing RCB apart and is nearing fifty.
18:41 hrs IST: A hat-trick of sixes from Sunil Narine. Samuel Badree is having a tough time. RCB are running out of ideas in the powerplay. This is followed by a boundary. Carnage!
18:39 hrs IST: This is ‘Lynn’sanity at its best. He launches Chahal for a 96-meter six. Another four and 14 runs come off Chahal’s over.
18:37 hrs IST: Yuzvendra Chahal is into the attack now. Smart move considering spin could play a part on this wicket. But, Lynn pounces on a loosener to crack a short ball to deep cover.
18:36 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Narine dances down the track and slices a full ball from Samuel Badree but it goes over short third man for a boundary.
18:31 hrs IST: WHAM! Lynn has gotten going in style. No comeback rust from the Australian. He blasts two consecutive boundaries and a massive six off Choudhary. The distance of that six was 100 meters.
18:27 hrs IST: Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn have come out to open. Not Gautam Gambhir. Aniket Choudhary is opening the bowling.
18:18 hrs IST: Two consecutive sixes from Head and a four in the last over bowled by Umesh Yadav and Royal Challengers Bangalore end with 158/6. Gives their bowlers something to defend.
18:10 hrs IST: Great hitting this from Head as he lofts Chris Woakes over long off for yet another six. Can RCB get to 150?
18:07 hrs IST: Head drills Woakes down the ground for a couple to bring up his maiden fifty. Great knock.
18:02 hrs IST: Once again, the last ball is a loose ball and Head clobbers Rajpoot into the stands at deep mid wicket to come closer to his fifty.
17:57 hrs IST: Poor end to the over from Woakes. After five good balls, he bowls one on the pads and Kedar Jadhav pulls it to fine leg fence.
17:49 hrs IST: WICKET! Narine gets his second, Mandeep miscues the slog sweep and is caught at deep square leg.
17:47 hrs IST: Mandeep Singh gets to his fifth fifty. Can he help RCB go past 150?
17:30 hrs IST: The match will restart at 17:45 hrs IST: No reduction in overs.
17:26 hrs IST: The covers are being removed. A loud roar goes up in the stadium. Not long before the start of play.
17:15 hrs IST: The rain has gotten heavier at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. This will not help Kolkata Knight Riders one bit.
17:11 hrs IST: The covers are on. The rain is a bit heavier than expected. We are in for some delay. RCB will be hoping it is not a big one.
17:06 hrs IST: Head keeps his cool as he pounces on a tossed up delivery from Narine and slog sweeps it over the ropes at deep mid wicket. 12 runs in the over. RCB need more such overs.
17:02 hrs IST: Mandeep Singh survives a run-out as he nears his fifty. He holds the key if RCB are to get to a decent total on this sluggish deck.
16:57 hrs IST: The first boundary after 31 balls and it comes from Travis Head. The partnership is nearing fifty and Mandeep is looking in great touch.
16:52 hrs IST: No boundaries hit in the last 25 balls. KKR have applied the pressure well. RCB need to get some big hits.
16:48 hrs IST: After 10 overs, RCB are 63/3. It is in this period where they have struggled.
16:45 hrs IST: There is a small partnership building between Mandeep and Travis Head. However, they need to build on and register a good total.
16:38 hrs IST: Mandeep is looking in confident touch. He needs to carry on for RCB.
16:30 hrs IST: Oh boy! That was a nasty moment. Umesh Yadav’s ankle twisted as he was about to deliver and he lands awkwardly. However, he is alright.
16:24 hrs IST: WICKET! De Villiers was looking so dangerous but he departs. The South African batsman moves to the off side and looks to sweep but misses a quick and flat ball to get bowled.
16:20 hrs IST: De Villiers finds the boundary. Mandeep is looking to play pro-actively, first time any RCB player other than Kohli or de Villiers who is trying to do that.
16:14 hrs IST: WICKET! Horror shot from Kohli and he falls cheaply again. Umesh bowls an off-cutter slightly short and it keeps low, Kohli goes a slog across the line and gets hit on the back pad.
16:12 hrs IST: DROPPED! Piyush Chawla makes a hash off it. Mandeep mistimed the lofted shot to mid off where Piyush runs back but fails to hold on to it.
16:11 hrs IST: Mandeep is looking in great touch as he slams another four off Umesh. He is capitalising on the short ball well here.
16:10 hrs IST: Mandeep Singh gives the crowd something to cheer as he slams an upper-cut four and a lofted six in successive deliveries of Chris Woakes.
16:06 hrs IST: Fantastic over from Umesh Yadav. RCB jolted again. It is now up to Virat Kohli to revive their weak batting along with AB de Villiers.
16:04 hrs IST: WICKET! Second consecutive duck for Gayle. He looks to turn a good length ball on the pads to mid wicket but gets a leading edge that is taken at short cover by Gautam Gambhir.
15:58 hrs IST: Out come the two openers Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli. The West Indies left-hander is playing his 100th IPL game. Can he come up with a special knock to give Royal Challengers Bangalore something to cheer?
15:42 hrs IST: In every edition of the IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore have played at least one match with the Green Jersey. Has that changed their fortunes? Not really.
RCB in Green:— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) May 7, 2017
2011: Won v KTK
2012: Lost v MI
2013: Lost v KXIP
2014: Lost v CSK
2015: No result v DD
2016: Won v GL
2017: ??? v KKR
15:36 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the teams
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav(w), Pawan Negi, Sreenath Aravind, Samuel Badree, Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir(c), Chris Lynn, Manish Pandey, Sheldon Jackson(w), Yusuf Pathan, Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme, Ankit Rajpoot, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav
15:35 hrs IST: Chris Lynn is back in the KKR side after he suffered a shoulder injury against Mumbai Indians. For RCB, Travis Head has replaced Shane Watson in the side.
15:31 hrs IST: Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and have chosen to bowl. Royal Challengers Bangalore are playing with the green jersey today as part of their Earth Day celebrations.
15:23 hrs IST: The wicket is under covers because there is a slight drizzle at the moment. Maybe might not affect the toss or the start of the match.
15:18 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. Gautam Gambhir’s team must win this game if they are to progress to the play-offs in a smooth manner while Virat Kohli’s side will be desperate to get off the bottom.
The last time Royal Challengers Bangalore squared off against Kolkata Knight Riders, Kohli’s team were bundled out for 49, the lowest total in the history of the IPL. RCB never recovered from that result and they are languishing at the bottom. They can only spoil the play-off chances of some teams and Royal Challengers Bangalore can achieve it against Kolkata Knight Riders.
For Gautam Gambhir’s team, they seem to have suffered a loss in momentum after losing two consecutive games against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiant. A win today will make their path to the play-offs easier but a loss could give the likes of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab and even Delhi Daredevils a lifeline.
With only three spots available in the play-offs following Mumbai Indians’ qualification, the pressure will be on Gambhir to snap this losing streak.