Live Updates

  • 11:44 PM IST

    RCB register their first win in Vivo IPL 2018. It was de Villiers who played a responsible knock of 54 which insured the win for RCB. The 17th over was bowled by Mujeeb Zadran turned the match in RCB’s way.

  • 11:20 PM IST

    AB de Villiers is on a role here. After a lot of discussion Mujeeb was handed over the ball for the 17th over and he leaks 19 runs off it. Is this a match here? maybe

  • 11:04 PM IST

    100 up for RCB! Ab de Villiers will play an important role here. He is the most experience batsmen left in the side. Mandeep Singh should hold on the other side. Chris Woakes is the next batsman in.

  • 10:42 PM IST

    Ab de Villiers and De Kock have held the crease well. De Kock just survived a LBW review due to umpires call on the impact of the ball. Bangalore need 89 from 66 balls can they chase it down comfortably ?

  • 10:21 PM IST

    OUT! Mujeeb Zadran gets the big fish. It is Virat Kohli who has to depart for 21. Bangalore are two down under Powerplay. It would be interesting how Ab de Villiers plays Mujeeb. Another Afghan player making his mark in IPL.

  • 10:09 PM IST

    Eventful first 10 minutes in the RCB innings. Akshar Patel gets Brendon McCullum for a golden duck. A mis-field gives Kohli a boundary off the first ball. De Kock gets a boundary off the last ball of the first over. Ashwin comes to bowl from the other end. Kohli greets him with a fine late cut for four. De Kock joins the act and produces a glorious cover drive for a boundary.

  • 9:46 PM IST

    OUT! wicket off the second ball of the last over and RCB need 156 to win. Punjab were surely aiming for more when they started. Virat Kohli on the other hand will think he has made a right decision choosing to bowl first. Will it be another match where the chasing team will win or can Ashwin turn around things with his balling and captaincy.

  • 9:44 PM IST

    OUT! Ashwin has done his bit here. He has scored 33 off 21 with 3 fours and 1 six. With last over to go and 1 wicket in hand what will be the final score? Can Punjab manage 170?

  • 9:40 PM IST

    Umesh Yadav’s over changed the game for Bangalore

  • 9:26 PM IST

    Ashwin has hit 2 fours till now, how much more can he score? Tye has come to accompany him in the middle. The star bowler for RCB has been brought back to ball his last over for the day.

Virat Kohli © AFP
Virat Kohli © AFP

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the VIVO IPL 2018. We head to the Match No.8 of the tournament with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) taking on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. This will be RCB’s first match at home this season. Last season, they lost five games at home as they finished last in the tournament. They will hope for a turn around. Stay tuned in our blog for updates, interesting tweets and stat facts.

The big news is Chris Gayle is back to his second home, in Bengaluru but he will turn up in the other reds, i.e. for KXIP. In fact, Bengaluru fans will have plenty of local boys playing in the opposition camp. Karun Nair, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal are all Bengaluru boys.

IPL 2018, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, Match No. 8 at Bengaluru: Preview, Predictions and Teams' Likely 11s
IPL 2018, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, Match No. 8 at Bengaluru: Preview, Predictions and Teams' Likely 11s

With the likes of Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, and Rahul in action. Expect a power-packed batting exhibition at the compact ground. It will be interesting to see how the pitch plays at Chinnaswamy. Renowned for aiding batsmen, the wicket here has slowed down considerably in the past year. The nature of the surface will make a massive difference to the game.

Head-to-head, KXIP have won 12 of their 20 games against RCB. Last year, KXIP emerged triumphant from both games. However, this is RCB’s territory and despite a defeat in the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their first game, they start favourites.

Squads

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Brendon McCullum, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Quinton De Kock (wk), Mohammed Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, M Ashwin, Parthiv Patel (wk), Moeen Ali, Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Pavan Deshpande, Anirudha Ashok Joshi.

Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Akshar Patel, KL Rahul (wk), Andrew Tye, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Karun Nair, Mujeeb Zadran, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, David Miller, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Yuvraj Singh, Christopher Gayle, Ben Dwarshuis, Akshdeep Nath, Manoj Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Manzoor Dar, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar

Editorial team of CricketCountry.