The toss was to be held at 7:30 p.m. and the match was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m © AFP
The toss was to be held at 7:30 p.m. and the match was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m © AFP

Bengaluru: Heavy downpour on Wednesday evening has delayed a crucial league tie for hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Chinnaswamy stadium. “As it is still raining, toss will be held only after it stops and umpires inspect the ground to assess its condition to start play,” a Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) spokesman told IANS. The toss was to be held at 7:30 p.m. and the match was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Though the 22-yard pitch and most of the ground has been covered with tarpaulins, heavy rain for over an hour from 6:30 p.m. onwards, flooded the outer field and kept hundreds of fans away from the stadium. Live Cricket Scorecard: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2016 Match 50 at Bengaluru

With the depression in the Bay of Bengal advancing into the state’s southern region from the east, a cloudy day turned into a rainy night with lightning and thunderstorm lashing the city, which witnessed a worst-ever summer in 2016. With 12 points from six wins in 12 games, the home team is at fifth position in the points table and waiting to win this make-or-break match against Punjab for moving up the table for a place in the play-offs next week. RCB will play their last league tie against Delhi DareDevils on May 22 at Raipur for a must win to keep their hopes of playing in the play-offs alive. Live Cricket Updates: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2016 Match 50 at Bengaluru

A resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be hosting an insecure Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Match 50 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday. RCB are currently fifth on the IPL 9 Points Table with 12 points from 12 matches. A win will take them to 14 points. RCB’s excellent Net Run Rate ensures that if it comes down to that, they will have a big chance of going through to the playoffs of the tournament. If they win against KXIP they will be red-hot favourites against Delhi Daredevils in their final match.