Kolkata Knight Riders teammates greet batsman Andre Russell (C-R) after he led the team's victory during the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders(AFP)
Kolkata Knight Riders teammates greet batsman Andre Russell (C-R) after he led the team's victory during the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders(AFP)

RCB vs KKR, IPL 2019, Highlights: Kolkata snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against Bangalore

Highlights: Andre Russell came up with another sensational display of power hitting to fire Kolkata Knight Riders to a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in Bengaluru on Friday. Needing 66 runs off 24 balls, KKR were up against it before Russell came in and smashed an unbeaten 48 off 13 balls to complete the job with five balls to spare. ((Full scorecard))

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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2019 11:16 AM IST
23:52 hrs IST

‘We are still optimistic,’ says Virat Kohli

There is no guessing there (about where they lost), the last 4 four overs that we bowled was just unacceptable. We needed to be more clever, nothing came off and we just cracked under pressure. That’s been our story this season so far. If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crucial overs, it’s always going to be difficult against power-hitters like Russell. I wasn’t really happy getting out at that moment, could’ve got 20-25 more. AB didn’t get much strike in the end. I thought the runs were enough on the board, we didn’t have enough composure. But if you can’t defend 75 in the last four overs, then I don’t know if you can defend 100. We can have a bit of chat about what went wrong, apart from that nothing much you can say. I don’t think talking enough helps all the time. You need to give the guys some space and come back stronger in the next game. It’s been a disappointing season so far, but we are still optimistic about our chances. We just have to believe in ourselves that we can turn things around.

23:45 hrs IST

KKR win by five wickets

Shubman Gill knocks the ball on the leg side and takes KKR to a five-wicket win. RCB have now lost all five of their games in IPL 2019. Russell remains unbeaten on 48 runs off 13 balls.

23:44 hrs IST

Russell smashes Southee for four sixes

RCB were in the driver’s seat. They were supposed to win their first match of IPL 2019, but no, today is also not their day. Andre Russell smashes Southee for four sixes! And KKR need just one run from the last over.

23:38 hrs IST

Russell plays a blinder

Southee is not doing RCB a favour by bowling length balls. Russell smacks Southee for three sixes in a row. Surely RCB always have to find a way to lose!

23:34 hrs IST

Russell smacks two sixes

Andre Russell is keeping KKR in the game with two consecutive sixes of Stoinis’ bowling. KKR need 30 more runs from two overs to win.

23:32 hrs IST

Siraj out of the attack

Siraj’s poor night continues. He bowls another ball over the waist line and therefore he is not allowed to bowl anymore. Stoinis takes over.

23:26 hrs IST

Chahal takes a brilliant catch

Karthik goes for a big six, but the ball finds Chahal’s hands instead. The leg-spinner judges the catch brilliantly at the deep. RCB are on their way to collect their first points of the tournament.

23:23 IST

Saini keeps things tight

Saini doesn’t give any room to Russell and the KKR batsman scrambles for a single. The Kolkata Knight Riders need 59 runs from 20 balls.

23:14 IST

Rana falls just after Siraj puts down another one

Siraj put down another catch, this time off Rana’s bat. But in the very next delivery off Chahal induced another catch and Klaasen didn’t disappoint. Rana goes for 37 as KKR need 67 more.

23:10 hrs IST

Rana finally finds a boundary

Negi bowls a slightly widish delivery and Rana smacks it through the point region for a boundary. KKR will need more of these in the upcoming overs. They need 80 runs from 32 balls to win.

23:06 hrs IST

Karthik and Rana take their time

The Kolkata Knight Riders have played out a couple of quiet overs. Karthik and Rana are finding it difficult to get going. If RCB can just contain Karthik and Rana at the crease, they will surely win. But a wicket will lead to Russell at the crease.

22:59 hrs IST

Saini bowls a terrific over

Saini bowls a terrific over! He concedes just three runs in the 13th over. KKR are under pressure now, they need 13.14 runs per over in the last seven overs. Karthik and Rana are still finding their feet in this innings.

22:52 hrs IST

Negi on fire!

Negi bowls a perfect delivery to bowl out Lynn for 43 runs. The KKR batsman stepped out of his crease and completely missed the line of the ball. Can RCB continue to chip away?

22:46 hrs IST

Siraj drops Lynn

Lynn strikes the ball towards sweeper cover and Siraj latches onto it, but the ball drops out of his hands. Big big moment for RCB! Surely they can’t keep dropping catches like this! Virat Kohli is absolutely distraught.

22:41 hrs IST

Negi dismisses Uthappa

After three consecutive dot balls, Uthappa felt the heat and chipped the ball up in the air for Southee to take a catch. He goes for 33. Can RCB keep taking wickets from here?

22:34 hrs IST

Uthappa and Lynn string 50-run stand

Siraj bowls a full-toss and Lynn isn’t going to miss out on it. He sends the ball soaring over the mid-wicket boundary. KKR move to 82/1 in 8.2 overs.

22:27 hrs IST

Siraj leaks too many runs

Mohammed Siraj is not able to bowl at a consistent line in his first over of the match. Lynn has pounced on a delivery with width for a boundary in the seventh over. Siraj concedes nine runs as KKR move to 68/1.

22:21 hrs IST

Lynn takes on Chahal

Lynn skips down the track and sends a delivery off Chahal for a six over the long-on boundary. KKR finish the Powerplay overs at 59/1.

22:15 hrs IST

Lynn, Uthappa power KKR on

It’s a wonderful wicket to bat on at Bengaluru and Chris Lynn is not going to miss out. He hits Tim Southee for two consecutive boundaries to take KKR to 46/1 in 4.4 overs.

22:10 hrs IST

Southee and Saini pull things back

After the departure of Sunil Narine, Tim Southee makes a brilliant comeback in the third over. The New Zealand pacer concedes just three runs as KKR move to 31/1.

22:03 hrs IST

Negi takes a brilliant catch

Pawan Negi takes a brilliant catch at the fine-leg to dismiss Sunil Narine in the second over. Navdeep Saini gets the breakthrough for RCB. KKR: 28/1 in 2 overs.

21:56 hrs IST

Expensive first over

Tim Southee concedes 17 runs from the first over and 15 runs came after the fourth delivery, when the dropped catch took place. Lynn hit a boundary towards fine leg and then Southee gave away five wides. Lynn finished the over with a boundary towards the covers to get KKR off to a good start.

21:52 hrs IST

Dropped catch

Tim Southee almost had a wicket in the first over of the KKR chase as he produces a top-edge off Chris Lynn and the ball went high in the air. Keeper Parthiv and Navdeep ran towards the falling delivery and in the end, Navdeep dropped the catch even after reaching it. Lynn survives for 1.

21:49 hrs IST

KKR chase underway

Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn are opening the innings for Kolkata while Tim Southee has the new ball in his hands. We are about to get underway with KKR chase now. They need to get off to a good start in order to get close to this big score.

21:43 hrs IST

Stat attack

Virat Kohli has surpassed Suresh Raina as the leading run-getter in the IPL.

AB de Villiers now take the second spot in the list of highest run getters for RCB

The century stand between Kohli and ABD was 15th 100+ stand for RCB in IPL.

21:35 hrs IST

RCB finish on a high

Royal Challengers Bangalore finish at 205/3 in 20 overs and after the initial onslaught from Kohli and de Villiers, Stoinis gives finishing touches to the innings with a quick fire 28 off 13 deliveries in the end. KKR will now have to score 206 to win their third match of the season.

21:27 hrs IST

Stoinis on the attack

Marcus Stoinis is taking the attack to Prasidh Krishna in the last over of the innings as he hits a huge six and then a boundary off the next delivery. He has taken the RCB over the 200-run mark in the last over with some sublime hitting.

21:23 hrs IST

AB de Villiers departs as well

KKR are finishing strong as Sunil Narine now gets rid of Ab De Villiers for 63 (32). There are two new batsmen in the middle now for the last over of the innings and its a win for the visiting team. Had Kohli and ABD stayed, they would have made RCB score go past the 200-run mark. The question is can Stoinis and Moeen do it and had RCB the psychological advantage of scoring 200+?

21:18 hrs IST

Virat Kohli falls!

Kuldeep Yadav has done the trick for KKR as he gets rid of Virat Kohli for 84 (49). The right hander hit the balls straight at Kuldeep and he good a brilliant catch to remove the RCB skipper. Bangalore have lost their second wicket as Marcus Stoinis joins ABD in the middle.

21:14 hrs IST

100-run partnership

It’s raining fours and sixes here at the Chinnaswamy Stadium as Kohli now takes the attack to Lockie Ferguson and hits him for a six and a four off the first two deliveries. Then, ADB hits him for a huge six on the last ball of the over to make it 19 from the 17th over. The 100-run partnership is also up between these two players.

21:09 hrs IST

Fifty for ABD

De Villiers hits back to back boundaries off the 16th over from Prasidh Krishna and with that he goes past the 50-run mark off just 30 deliveries. Bangalore have also gone past the 150-run mark and there is still four overs to go.

21:04 hrs IST

Sixes galore

Virat Kohli started the 15th over from Nitish Rana with a six and a four and then ABD finishes it by hitting a huge six down the ground. 18 runs came from that over as Kohli and ABD have now put together 78 runs for the second wicket.

20:59 hrs IST

50-run partnership

Andre Russell bowls short and wide and AB de Villiers give himself room and cuts the ball over the third man fielder’s head for a his first six of the innings. With that, the 50-run partnership also comes up between the two superstars. ABD then celebrates his partnership by hitting a huge six straight down the ground on the last ball of the over. Russell being given out the same treatment he gives to others as he concedes 16 runs from the over.

20:54 hrs IST

RCB cross 100

AB de Villiers now joins in the fun as he hits his second boundary off Sunil Narine. The spinner dropped the ball short and ABD cross batted the ball for a boundary towards long off. Then couple of deliveries later, he played the same shot for another boundary. 12 runs came from that over from Narine.

20:49 hrs IST

Fifty for Kohli

Virat Kohli plays the late cut off Kuldeep and with that he completes his well deserved half century. This is his 35th IPL half-century and he is looking in imperious form in the innings. 15 runs came from that last over from Kuldeep as KKR are leaking runs at a rapid pace.

20:45 hrs IST

De Villiers take his time

AB De Villiers is off to a steady start in the innings as he is not taking any unnecessary risks and just stroking the ball around for singles and doubles. He has faced seven deliveries so far and scored 5 runs. Kohli and ABD are looking to build another good partnership after the fall of first wicket.

20:40 hrs IST

ABD joins Kohli

Virat Kohli is now joined by AB de Villiers in the middle and the duo will look to continue the momentum after Parthiv Patel’s dismissal. Piyush Chawla conceded just five singles in the first over after Parthiv’s wicket as KKR look to come back into the match strongly.

20:35 hrs IST

Crucial breakthrough for KKR

Nitish Rana has provided KKR with a crucial breakthrough as he gets rid of Parthiv Patel to break the 64-run opening stand. The southpaw missed the line of the delivery and the ball crashed into his pads. The umpire raised his finger in not time as Parthiv heads back into the hut for 25. This after Virat Kohli (35) was dropped on the first ball of this over by Sunil Narine at short mid wicket.

20:30 hrs IST

Tidy over from Kuldeep

Kuldeep Yadav keeps things tight as be gives away just seven runs from his first over and now boundaries. Kohli and Parthiv are looking to hit everything and so far they have connected as well. Things are looking ominous for the visiting team.

20:26 hrs IST

RCB cross 50

Royal Challengers Bangalore have already crossed the 50-run mark and we are still in the 6th over of the innings. Kohli and Parthiv have ensured they have give RCB a flying start and made a base for further assault in the innings.

20:21 hrs IST

Another good over for RCB

Parthiv Patel is matching Virat Kohli shot for shot as he now hits a thumping boundary off Piyush Chawla. He hits the ball towards backward square leg with incredible speed. RCB openers are on fire as they now score 8 runs off the fifth over of the innings.

20:16 hrs IST

Milestone for Kohli

Virat Kohli becomes the second Indian after Suresh Raina to slam 8000 T20 runs. Kohli is on fire at the moment as he is taking the attack to every KKR bowler. He now hit three boundaries off the over from Lockie Ferguson to pile on the pressure on the visitors. 13 runs came in that over from Ferguson.

20:12 hrs IST

Second boundary for Parthiv

Parthiv Patel now slog sweeps a Sunil Narine delivery for a boundary towards deep square leg. This is Parthiv’s second boundary of the innings as Narine concedes 8 runs from the third over of the night. RCB are moving at a good pace as they have scored 28 runs in the first three overs.

20:08 hrs IST


Piyush Chawla came to bowl the second over of the innings and he almost got the first wicket of the night. Parthiv went for the sweep short but top edged the delivery. Luckily for him, the ball landed in no-man’s land at deep mid-wicket and he survived. Seven runs came from that over but no boundary.

20:03 hrs IST

Boundaries to start proceedings

Krishna dropped the ball short and Parthiv went for the pull short and got a boundary towards square leg. Then Kohli played couple of glorious cover drives off the last two deliveries to get back to back boundaries. 13 runs came from that first Krishna over.

19:57 hrs IST

Match begins

The players are making their way out in the middle and we are about to get underway in Bengaluru. Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel are opening the innings for Bangalore. Prasidh Krishna was the new ball in his hand and he will bowl the first over of the innings.

19:52 IST

RCB’s opening conundrum

Parthiv Patel has walked out to bat with a new partner in each of RCB’s four matches in this IPL. Will Virat Kohli open the batting with Patel again? We will have to wait and see.

19:45 hrs IST

Captains corner

Virat Kohli: We want to play fearless cricket and the idea is to not get desperate about what we want to achieve. I would us to back our skills and execute our plans during the match.

Dinesh Karthik: We had a five-day break after that tough match against Delhi Capitals and we have made just one change in Sunil Narine.

19:38 hrs IST

Playing XIs

Bangalore: Virat Kohli(c), Parthiv Patel(w), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj

Kolkata: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna

19:31 hrs IST

Toss update

Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and they have opted to field first against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Dinesh Karthik says Sunil Narine is back in the line-up while RCB have made couple of changes themselves as they look to win their first match of the season.

19:26 hrs IST

Pitch report

The pitch seems like a regular Bangalore pitch where runs will flow aplenty. Brendon McCullum tells the official broadcasters that it looks like a pitch where scoring 170 180 won’t be diffcult. However, he himself thinks that the teams should go past the 200-run mark easily considering the players two teams have in their ranks.

19:21 hrs IST

Stat attack

61: Runs Virat Kohli needs to become the leading run getter in IPL and surpass Suresh Raina, who has 5086. Virat Kohli has 5026 IPL runs till date.

• 9: Runs needed by Russell for completing 1000 runs in IPL for KKR.

• 17: Runs needed by Virat Kohli to complete 8000 runs in T20s o He will become the 7th player to do so. Only the 2nd Indian after Raina (8110 runs)

• 2: wickets needed by Russell for completing 50 wickets in IPL for KKR.

• 16.1: Andre Russell has the best bowling strike for KKR in IPL. (Min: 250 balls)

• 4: Runs needed by Parthiv Patel to complete 500 IPL runs for Bengaluru.

• 160.02: Highest Strike rate by AB de Villiers in RCB. (Min: 125 balls faced)

19:16 hrs IST

Chahal wants consistent playing XI

“The tournament isn’t so long, so you need to think on your feet on what the best XIs are. We will sit down and talk to see how we can balance our team and allow our players to create some match-winning performances.We still have 10 games and we have a chance of coming back. If we think negative, then no point playing. So we need to be positive.”

19:08 hrs IST

Russell to create havoc again?

This season has been all about Andre Russell - with the bat and ball. As KKR get ready to face RCB, his numbers against Virat Kohli’s side should worry the home fans. He strikes the ball at 201.92 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, which is second best against all the IPL teams. He has scored 78.10 % runs from boundaries against RCB which is 3rd best after Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab. Currently, he is the fourth best batsman this season with an average of 79.5. As far as strike rate is concerned, Russell with 188.40 has the best strike rate for KKR in the IPL. He is now nine runs shy from completing 1000 runs for KKR. With the ball, he is just two wickets away from completing 50 wickets in the IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

19:00 hrs IST

Chawla still wary of RCB

“We all know what type of game RCB has got and four games down doesn’t mean that they are down and out. We know the quality of players they have, they are going to bounce back. They will come even more hard at us. We have to prepare in that way and play some good cricket to beat them,” Piyush Chawla said ahead of match against RCB.

18:54 hrs IST

ABD’s poor record

AB de Villiers averages 24.92 against KKR in 18 matches - the lowest for him against any opponent. AB has struggled to pick the googly which could make Dinesh Karthik toss to the ball to either Piyush Chawla or Sunil Narine when the South African takes strike. He’s been out to the off break or googly in the three games so far, and has a strike-rate of only 100 against spinners this season. Also, he averages only 5.60 against the googly and 9.75 against the off break, a trend Karthik should exploit.

18:48 hrs IST

RCB predicted XI

Tim Southee should be given a game to shore up the bowling options, while Washington Sundar can be used in the powerplay with the ball and then could be given the license to open the innings and express himself. Likely XI - Parthiv Patel (wk), Washington Sundar, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

18:42 hrs IST

KKR predicted XI

On the eve of the clash, Piyush Chawla revealed Sunil Narine is good to go and he will replace Nikhil Naik at the top of the order. The rest of the side should remain the same as Dinesh Karthik does not believe in tweaking his team too much. Likely XI: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk, c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna

18:36 hrs IST

Player battle: Kuldeep vs Hetmyer

Hetmyer came into this IPL with a lot of expectations but has not been able to translate them into performances so far. However, he has the talent and the game to dominate the spinners which could make Kohli give him an extended rope. The left-hander dominated Kuldeep Yadav in the ODI series against India and RCB would hope for more of the same in this match.

18:30 hrs IST

Player battle: Uthappa vs Chahal

Over the past seasons, Chahal has bowled 30 deliveries to Robin Uthappa and has conceded 39 runs. He has dismissed him once which makes this battle a balanced one and hence, both players would be keen to walk away with bragging rights once the match ends.

18:24 hrs IST

Player battle: Karthik vs Umesh

Dinesh Karthik has been a fine batsman for KKR over the last couple of seasons. He has the game to adapt according to the situation and this is where he holds the key in the middle order. His record against Umesh Yadav is remarkable and has dominated RCB’s pace spearhead. Karthik has faced 32 balls from Umesh Yadav and has smoked 60 runs at a strike rate of 187.50.

18:18 hrs IST

Player battle - de Villiers vs Chawla

AB de Villiers has struggled to pick the googly this season and his record against Piyush Chawla is not entirely flattering. He averages 24.92 against KKR in 18 matches - the lowest for him against any opponent. Against Piyush Chawla, the numbers are quite dismal. He has scored only 45 runs in 46 balls and has been dismissed 4 times over the season.

18:12 hrs IST

Player battle - Kohli vs Narine

Piyush Chawla informed on the eve of the match that Sunil Narine is fit and good to go and Dinesh Karthik will toss the ball to him as soon as Virat Kohli takes guard. Kohli has managed to score only 73 runs in 76 balls from Sunil Narine and has perished twice to the West Indian. This battle in the powerplay overs could well determine the course of this match.

18:06 hrs IST

Russell factor makes KKR favourite

Though KKR lost their last game by 3 runs in Super Over against Delhi Capitals, their confidence level is still high with their batsmen, including Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa and Shubhman Gill, being in top form. Russell has been in sensational form with his incredible power-hitting ability that helped KKR win two matches. Restricting him will be a challenge for Chahal and company.

18:00 hrs IST

Bowling not up to mark either

The bowling department has also been disappointing. Apart from Yuzvendra Chahal, all the other RCB bowlers have not been among wickets and have conceded far too many runs in death overs. RCB will have to completely turn their fortunes around in order to eke out a victory against Dinesh Karthik’s troops, who will be eying their third win of the season.

17:54 hrs IST

Milestones for superstar duo

Despite their struggling form, Kohli and de Villiers are nearing personal milestones. Kohli is 17 runs away from becoming the second Indian cricketer after Suresh Raina to complete 8,000 T20 runs and de Villiers 15 runs short of becoming the second highest T20 run-scorer for RCB. He has 3,406 runs under his belt.

17:48 hrs IST

Bangalore’s batting collapses

Against Chennai Super Kings, RCB were bowled out for a paltry 70 in 17.1 overs after their top-order crumbled before the bowling of Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir. Against Sunrisers Hyderabad, RCB collapsed to an embarrassing 35 for 6 in the eighth over, with Kohli and de Villiers contributing just four runs between them. Against Rajasthan Royals too, RCB top order failed, except Parthiv who scored a half century.

17:42 hrs IST

Batting problems for RCB

Batting collapse is the biggest worrying factor for RCB and to made matters worse captain Kohli’s form has not been up to the mark by his high standards. He has managed a below 20 average in four games. Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers are the only batsmen who have above 20 average.

17:36 hrs IST

Head to head

Last Royal Challengers Bangalore win against Kolkata Knight Riders was in May 2016 at Eden Gardens and since, they have suffered defeats in their three encounters against the Kolkata-based side at Chinnaswamy Stadium. Overall, the two teams have clashed 22 times with KKR winning 13 matches and RCB winning 9. It is not just current form but also previous records which states that KKR are more likely to come out victorious from this clash.

17:30 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

A very warm welcome to the live blog of the Match 17 of the Indian Premier League between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. RCB are still searching for their first win of the season and standing in front of them are a formidable side in KKR. This will be a match-up between two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum with Bangalore being at the bottom of the table with four losses while Kolkata are in the top half of the table with two wins in three matches.

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