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  • 7:30 PM IST

    THAT’s IT! RCB have only themselves to blame. They are eliminated. RR have done everything asked from them. They have given them a sniff for the playoffs, and deserve to make it there unless MI pull off another MI. Gopal and Sodhi’s 8 overs set things up, and Unadkat-Archer added onto the pressure. RCB managed 134 in 19.2 overs.

    RR move to the top four, but with a negative run-rate. We move onto the next tie, SRH host KKR.
  • 7:10 PM IST

    Ben Laughlin adds more to RCB woes. He missed out on a hattrick but RCB need 53 off 25 balls. Come on RR, finish this soon.

  • 7:00 PM IST

    After 14 overs, RCB 102-6. They need, a miracle, and 62 off 36 balls. Some spectacular leg spin and flight from Ish Sodhi-Shreyas Gopal has almost dented RCB’s campaign.

    It is, however, important for RR to win comprehensively. Their net run-rate would otherwise remain in the negative.
  • 6:45 PM IST

    From 75 for 1, RCB struggling at 87 for 4. Few soft dismissals have led to enormous pressure on ABD. Will he keep RCB breathing in the tournament? He would need some support from Colin de Grandhomme.

    Shreyas Gopal’s three strikes has lit up this encounter.
  • 6:16 PM IST

    RCB 45-1 (5). RR were 45 for 1 after 6 overs. ABD is taking his chances and looking dangerous as ever. Despite Kohli’s fall, ABD-Parthiv have kept the run-rate high.

  • 6:09 PM IST

    So have we seen the end of Kohli in IPL 2018? He was 56 away from becoming the first to 5,000 IPL runs. He falls short by 52.

  • 6:08 PM IST

    BLOW! BIG BLOW. Kohli perishes off Gowtham; trying to just flick it for a single. RCB surely didn’t need this when Parthiv Patel had broke the shackles with few maximums. ABD and Parthiv in the middle. RCB 27-1 (3.2).

  • 5:41 PM IST

    RCB have the lineup to chase down this total. Kohli and ABD will like to bat higher up the order, and take the momentum — if any — to end the match within 16 overs.

RCB lost their last game against RR © AFP
RCB lost their last game against RR © AFP

Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore updates: Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the VIVO IPL 2018. We head to the Match 53 of the tournament where Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) clash. We will bring you match updates and important stats highlights in this space. This is a must-win game for both sides, RCB are ahead of RR on run-rate despite being on 12 points each.

In their last match, RR trounced over RCB by 34 runs. Sanju Samson scored 92* that enabled propelled RR to 217. In response, RCB were helped by Virat Kohli’s valiant 57, with other big guns failing. RR will be damaged by the absence of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, who are away on national duties. Shane Warne too has headed back home.

RCB’s sudden change of fortunes is due to the form of AB de Villiers, Kohli and Umesh Yadav. RR, however, will hope that Ajinkya Rahane, D’Arcy Short step up their game in this crucial crunch match.

Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore squads:

RR: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klaasen, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Ben Laughlin, Dushmantha Chameera

RCB: Virat Kohli, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Sarfaraz Khan, Brendon McCullum, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Murugan Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Tim Southee

Editorial team of CricketCountry.