Hello and welcome to Match 20 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengalurur where the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are up against Delhi Capitals (DC).

7.33 pm: That’s a wrap for now, folks. Moving on from the RCB fiasco, Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and opted to bowl against Rajasthan Royals. Stick around for all the post-match presentation copies, reports and much more. From all of us here, it’s goodbye.

7.31 pm: Here’s what Virat Kohli had to say at the post-match presentation:

“We thought 160 was going to be competitive. Even 150 was about par. It was quite dry underneath and we knew it would be slow. Not as good as the last game. That was exactly the case in the first innings. We kept losing wickets at regular intervals – couldn’t really explode. Even 150 would have been difficult if we had held on to our chances. We need to grab our chances when they come our way. We can’t keep giving excuses every game. We weren’t good enough on the day again. That’s the whole story of our season so far.

“When AB got out I had to dig deep, the other guys had to strike around me, Stoinis was good, Moeen was good and Aksh too. When there are two senior batsmen in the deep and one gets out, the other has to take the deep and that the whole idea of that innings. The pitch also didn’t allow us to play freely. I wasn’t too happy to get out to a ball like that. When the mind is cluttered you wouldn’t be focused on the chances that come your way. Shreyas was dropped on 4. There is nothing more to say to the team. We need to accept it. Just play expressive cricket in the games well. The key is to take it easy, relax. We want to enjoy ourselves as a team.”

Delhi Capitals innings

7.29 pm: STAT ATTACK: RCB have now lost 7 successive matches (6 in IPL 2019) to record their worst losing streak

7.27 pm: Some initial reactions after RCB’s horrible show:

Summary: So, RCB don’t have what it takes to eke out a win, they simply cannot do it. Captain Virat Kohli top scored with 41, an uncharacteristic innings from him as the hosts slumped to 149/8. Prithvi Shaw played an entertaining knock, but Shreyas Iyer’s fine 67 stood out. Don’t forget Kagiso Rabada’s four wickets that played a crucial role in the RCB innings. 

19th over: WICKET! Siraj sends Pant (16) back, DRAMA in Bengaluru, DC need 3 off 10. IT’S ALL OVER! Sixth straight loss for RCB, Delhi win by 4 wickets

18th over: Saini back into the game, DC need 5 runs to win. WICKET! Iyer can’t finish it off, caught by Chahal, a fine innings comes to an end, departs for 67. DRAMA, Saini has ANOTHER, Morris departs for a DUCK. Brilliant over, 1 run and 2 wickets, but it’s too little, too late. DC 145/5 (Pant 16)

17th over: Chahal to continue and Rishabh Pant joins the party, terrible delivery by the leggie and Pant smashes it past point. Iyer too had his share of the pie tonking a HUGE SIX down the ground. RCB bowling in shambles. 13 runs in this over. DC 144/3 (Iyer 67, Pant 15)

Strategic timeout!

16th over: Moeen Ali to continue. This RCB bowling attack is all over the place, lacks any sort of sting. RCB are inching towards creating a history of consecutive losses. 8 runs coming in this over. DC 131/3 (Iyer 60, Pant 10)

15th over: Saini to continue and Iyer will keep scoring, he picks up the short ball and slashes it to the third man region for a boundary. 9 runs off this over. DC 123/3 (Iyer 58, Pant 4)

14th over: WICKET! Finally, Moeen Ali strikes, traps Colin Ingram plumb lbw, he departs for 22. But wait a minute, the dangerous Rishabh Pant has joined Shreyas Iyer, who has scored a fine half-century, his 11th IPL fifty, this one in just 37 balls. DC 114/3 (Iyer 51, Rishabh Pant 3)

13th over: Yuzvendra Chahal back into the attack and Colin Ingram welcome him with a boundary. Delhi Capitals are motoring along here. 12 runs off this over. DC 108/2 (Iyer 48, Ingram 22)

12th over: Moeen Ali to continue, good over, just 2 off it. DC 96/2 (Iyer 44, Ingram 15)

11th over: Negi to continue, and he’s bludgeoned by Colin Ingram for a MASSIVE SIX. Delhi Capitals are running away with this one. 14 runs in this over, including a boundary by Ingram as well. DC 94/2 (Iyer 43, Ingram 14)

10th over: Moeen Ali has been introduced into the attack and he’s gone for 6 runs, which includes a boundary by Shreyas Iyer, who guided a cheeky one to short fine leg for a boundary. DC 80/2 (Iyer 41, Ingram 2)

9th over: WICKET! Pawan Negi has delivered, that’s the wicket RCB were looking for. Prithvi Shaw gets caught by Nath at the deep, Shaw departs for 28. Colin Ingram joins Iyer in the middle. 6 runs and the wicket. DC 74/2 (Iyer 37, Ingram 1) 

8th over: Mohammad Siraj has been brought into the attack. 7 runs comes in this over, which also includes a fierce boundary from Iyer towards the point zone. DC 68/1 (Iyer 32, Shaw 28)

7th over: Pawan Negi, the left-arm orthodox spinner, comes into the attack and has conceded 8 runs in this over. DC 61/1 (Shaw 27, Iyer 26) 

Strategic timeout!

6th over: Chahal into his next over and he’s gone for 6 runs. DC 53/1 (Shaw 26, Iyer 20)

5th over: Saini replaces Southee and Shaw has attacked him from the word go, dispatches this full toss down the ground. Iyer too struck a boundary to the deep mid-wicket region. 12 runs off this over. DC 47/1 (Shaw 26, Iyer 14)

4th over: The legspinner, Yuzvendra Chahal, comes into the attack, just the 5 runs coming off it. DC 35/1 (Shaw 21, Iyer 8)

3rd over: Tim Southee to continue, and Shaw has smashed him for a hat-trick of boundaries, with the fourth one coming via leg-byes. 20 runs coming in this over. DC 30/1 (Shaw 18, Iyer 5)

2nd over: Navdeep Saini will share the new ball from the other end and he concedes just 2 in his first over. DC 10/1 (Iyer 6, Shaw 2)

1st over: WICKET! We’re underway with the run-chase. Prithvi Shaw will face Tim Southee and the New Zealander has struck first blood. Pitches this one up, Shikhar Dhawan looks to drive, but the edge flies to short third man where Navdeep Saini makes no mistake to catch it. Dhawan departs for a DUCK. Shreyas Iyer joins Shaw in the middle. 8 runs off this over. DC 8/1 (Shreyas Iyer 5, Prithvi Shaw 1) 

5.46 pm: Here’s what Delhi Capitals’ man of the moment Kagiso Rabada said to the broadcasters after getting the Purple Cap:

“Watching the games in Bangalore, there is a lot of bounce and pace on this track. Everyone bowled well, we just kept it simple. They were finding it tough against cross-seam, usually, I keep it between seam-ups and cross seam. Confident that we can chase this score down, we have spoken a lot about chasing in our team meetings.”

Royal Challengers Bangalore innings

Summary: Clinical bowling by Delhi Capitals with Kagiso Rabada leading from the front with four wickets in his four overs conceding just 21 runs. The South African is now the Purple Cap holder. Captain Kohli was the top scorer for RCB with 41, while Moeen Ali played a handy cameo adding 32 to the total, but none of the other batsmen played any significant role. AB de Villiers was once again disappointing, departing for 17. It’s not your typical M Chinnaswamy wicket, and Yuzvendra Chahal will be key for RCB if they want to register their first win. Stick around for the run-chase in a few moments from now…

20th over: Rabada to bowl the final over. He’s gone for just 7 runs, brilliant over by the South Africa pacer and RCB finish at 149/8.

19th over: Morris to continue, he’s taken the wicket of Mohammad Siraj, trapped lbw. Siraj departs for 1. 4 runs and the wicket this over. Yuzvendra Chahal joins Southee in the middle. RCB 142/8 (Southee 3)

18th over: BIG WICKETS! After taking the wicket of ABD, Kagiso Rabada has now added another, an equally big one of Kohli, who was looking to go big, but ended up getting caught at long-on by his opposite number Shreyas Iyer. Kohli fell for 41. Pawan Negi is the new batsman in the middle. MORE DRAMA in this over, Nath becomes Rabada’s fourth victim, departs for 19. Negi too falls. 5 runs and 3 wickets in this over. RCB 138/7 (Tim Southee 1, Pawan Negi 0)

17th over: Lamichhane to continue. 19 runs comes in this over, which includes 2 HUGE SIXES by KOHLI. It’s that time of the innings. RCB 133/4 (Kohli 41, Akshdeep Nath 15 )

16th over: Chris Morris back into the attack and he concedes just 6 runs in this over. RCB 114/4 (Kohli 27, Akshdeep Nath 10)

15th over: WICKET! Lamichhane into the attack now, and Moeen smashes this one straight over long-off. But Lamichhane has his man, Moeen, comes down the ground, but misses it completely leaving Rishabh Pant complete his rituals behind. The Englishman departs after playing a handy cameo, goes for 32. Akshdeep Nath has joined Kohli in the middle. 11 runs and the wicket in this over. RCB 108/4 (Kohli 26)

14th over: Ishant Sharma comes back into the attack and Moeen attacks him straightaway with a MASSIVE hit over deep mid-wicket. He didn’t stop there and followed it up with a cracking boundary. He somehow managed to squeeze that yorker for a boundary past backward point. 14 runs off this over, a good one for RCB 97/3 (Moeen 26, Kohli 26) 

Strategic timeout!

13th over: BOOM! It was just a matter of time before Moeen Ali attacked one of these spinners, he’s targeted Axar, smokes this one over the cow corner fence. 11 runs coming in this over. RCB 83/3 (Kohli 26, Moeen 13)

12th over: Lamicchane to continue bowling his second over and he’s concedes 6 runs. RCB 72/3 (Kohli 25, Moeen 3)

11th over: WICKET! Axar to continue and RCB’s third wicket goes down. Just when Stoinis was settling in, he tried to pull this one straighter than he would have liked and picked out long-on by Rahul Tewatia. The Australian departs for 15. Moeen Ali has joined Kohli in the middle. Good over by Axar, 3 runs and the wicket. RCB 66/3 (Kohli 22)

10th over: SIX! Sandeep Lamichhane, the spinner from Nepal, comes into the attack and Stoinis says, welcome to the IPL, Sandeep, smashes it over the long-on boundary. 10 runs from Lamichhane’s first over. At the half-way mark, RCB 63/2 (Kohli 20, Stoinis 14)

Strategic timeout!

9th over: Axar bowling his second over. He’s zipping through his over, this one goes for 6 runs. RCB 53/2 (Kohli 18, Stoinis 6)

8th over: Rabada to continue bowling his second over. Just 5 runs coming off it. RCB 47/2 (Kohli 15, Stoinis 3)

7th over: Axar Patel introduced into the attack and he concedes just 2 in his first over. RCB 42/2 (Kohli 12, Stoinis 1)

6th over: BOWLING CHANGE: Kagiso Rabada comes into the attack and he’s taken the BIG WICKET of AB de Villiers, who didn’t get a hold of his shot, going up high in the air, and landed safely in the hands of Colin Ingram even as he ran back from mid-on. De Villiers departs for 17. Marcus Stoinis is the new batsman who has joined Kohli in the middle. RCB 40/2 (Kohli 11)

5th over: FOUR! Ishant to continue and he’s gone for 10 runs in this over, which includes a boundary by De Villiers to the sweeper cover region. RCB 36/1 (De Villiers 16, Kohli 9)

4th over: BOOM, ABD goes aerial! AB de Villiers isn’t going to hold back if it’s there to be slogged. Morris bangs it short, and the South Africa was quick to get under it, pulls it over midwicket and it sails over the ropes for a MAXIMUM. RCB 26/1 (De Villiers 8, Kohli 8)

3rd over: Ishant to continue for his second over and he concedes just 2. RCB 18/1 (Kohli 7, De Villiers 1)

2nd over: WICKET! Chris Morris introduced into the attack and Kohli welcomes him with a boundary to the third man region. Morris concedes xx runs in his first over, but he managed to cap it off beautifully sending the inform Parthiv Patel back for just 9. Parthiv went after it, but edged it to Sandeep Lamichhane running in from third man. Parthiv departs for just 9. 10 runs and the wicket in this over. AB de Villiers joins Kohli in the middle. RCB 16/1 (Kohli 6)

1st over: Ishant Sharma to open the attack for Delhi, at the other end Parthiv Patel will face him. Parthiv, the man in form for RCB, smashed the first boundary for the home side, clipping it over mid-wicket. 6 runs coming in this over. RCB 6/0 (Parthiv Patel 6, Virat Kohli 0)

STAT ATTACK: Since 2016, this is only the third time Delhi are playing unchanged XIs in two consecutive matches (48 matches)

3.38 pm: Captains have their say at the toss:

Virat Kohli: “We were looking to bowl first as well. the ball comes onto the bat nicely in the evening. We needed to show some composure in the last few overs, nbeed to be brave while executing it’s all about enjoying your performance. We are playing the same team, same batting order.”

Shreyas Iyer: “We would bowl first. Some grass on the surface, should be a good batting surface. Always difficult to assess the conditions in the afternoon, we have made no changes, want to stick to a consistent line-up. That will give some confidence to the players as well.”

3.35 pm: Here are the playing XIs:

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

Delhi Capitals Playing XI: Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Rahul Tewatia, Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane

3.30 pm: TOSS: Shreyas Iyer wins the toss and Delhi Capitals elect to field.

3.20 pm: Oh, and btw, today’s ‘Go Green’ day for RCB, which means all the players will don green jerseys. Meanwhile, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan in his pitch report says that it’s full of runs. RCB should bat first here. Isn’t sure about what Delhi Capitals would do.

3.10 pm: Just to give you a heads up of where these two teams stand on the points table. RCB are firmly occupying the bottom position, while Delhi are at the sixth spot with four points from five games. FULL POINTS TABLE

3.05 pm: This one’s in fact a virtual do or die for RCB. Can Virat Kohli and Co. snap their losing streak?

3 pm: To pump up your excitement, here are some stats for today’s game: 

Delhi Capitals have the third best economy and the highest average of wickets taken in the middle phase (2.8) this season

Amit Mishra is just one away from 150 IPL wickets.

Colin Ingram is 35 runs away from scoring 6000 runs in T20s.

2.48 pm: Is there a way out for RCB? Do they have what it takes to bounce back after five losses? Will the M Chinnaswamy Stadium dish out something special for Virat Kohli and Co? It’s all about RCB, but hey, Delhi Capitals can prove to play spoilsport. It’s the first of Super Sunday’s double header.

Can Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) or do RCB have the arsenal to throw the kitchen sink at everything to pull off a desperate win against Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) on Sunday?

That’s the burning question that the Virat Kohli-led side, down and totally out if not knocked out, are left with specially on the back of losing all their opening five matches that have now seen the Bangalore outfit at the bottom of the eight-team table. (ALSO READ: The eight balls of Andre Russell mayhem that had Royal Challengers Bangalore crushed)

RCB seemed to have come out of the slump in their last match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Despite AB de Villiers and Kohli smashing half-centuries RCB bowlers failed to restrict KKR, who were powered by Andre Russell‘s explosive knock as the two-time champions chased the 206-run target with five balls to spare. (ALSO READ: Last four overs from us were just unacceptable: Virat Kohli)

Kohli’s captaincy has come the under the scanner following RCB’s dismal defeat to KKR at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore – venue for their make or break encounter against Delhi Capitals. It was surprising to see Moeen Ali, the England allrounder, not being used on a spin-friendly wicket.

Delhi, occupying the fifth place after two wins from their five matches, are also aiming to get back to winning ways after succumbing to a five-wicket defeat to last year’s finalists – Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at home. DC’s batting left a lot to be desired after they were restricted to 129/8 in their last match with only captain Shreyas Iyer registering noteworthy score of 43. (ALSO READ: One over in T20s can change momentum, so I never give up: Andre Russell)

The likes of the South African duo of Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris would look to impose themselves more against RCB while Shikhar Dhawan, Iyer, Pant and Prithvi Shaw will aim to make light of RCB’s poor bowling attack. Let’s wait and watch to see which team gets the better of their opponents. It’s the first of Super Sunday’s double header!