IPL 2019, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders latest updates: Russell blitz hands KKR miraculous win over RCB
Will RCB's winless streak break tonight?

So there we have it folks, KKR have done the unthinkable. They scored 65 runs in the last 3.1 overs to register a five-wicket win over RCB. They are now 2nd on the point table. RCB, well… you can’t help but feel for them. They scored 205 with fifties from Kohli and de Villiers, and as it turns out even that wasn’t enough. Poor bowling from RCB in the death, triggered by that no-ball from Siraj in the 17th over. And then came Andre Russell. How does he do this match after match? He’s clearly been the most impactful player of this IPL season. 

That’s game for KKR. Shubman Gill scampers through for a single and Kolkata Knight Riders have registered a stunning victory, a victory from the jaws of defeat, as cliched as it may sound. What hitting from Russell. KKR are home by 5 wickets. RCB lose their 5th straight game.

End of Over 19: The Beast is awake. Andre Russell has turned the tables. As impossible as it may be, but listen to this. Russell has hit FOUR sixes in the penultimate over from Tim Southee to finish on 48 off 13 balls. KKR… and hear us out… KKR have done the unthinkable and are at the doorstep of a miraculous win. Just 1 needed off six balls.

End of Over 18: Well, if we were to name one man who can win this game for KKR, he’s at the opposition camp. Mohammed Siraj continues to have a horrendous match. After giving away 28 in two overs and dropping two matches, he now bowls a second beamer, which not only takes him out of the attack but also goes for a SIX. Marcus Stoinis completed the remaining over and even he took a pounding from Russell, who took the Australia allrounder for back-t0-back sixes. Three SIXES in a row in that over and KKR need 30 off 12 balls.

End of Over 17: OUT! Karthik perishes in the deep having struck a FOUR and SIX earlier in the over. Such is the equation that KKR need to go for the maximum every ball. They need 53 off 18 with five wickets in hand. It’s a herculean task, even for Andre Russell. This has to be the over.

End of Over 16: OUT! Chahal strikes with the wicket of Nitish Rana. KKR lose their 4th wicket for 139. But is that a blessing in disguise for them? Andre Russell walks out to bat. Dinesh Karthik survives an LBW shout after opting for a successful review. Terrific spell from Chahal; he finishes with 1 for 24. RCB 140/4, need another 66 off 24 balls.

End of Over 15: Negi keeps KKR alive with a 14-run over. He gets KKR’s first boundary in 21 balls and caps off the over with a SIX over midwicket. Much-needed over for KKR. They need more of this though. KKR 134 for 3, need another 72 off 30 balls.

End of Over 14: Chahal bowls a crucial over. Gives away just 6. KKR 120 for 3 and the asking rate has jumped to an alarming 14.28 an over. With every passing delivery, RCB’s hopes are rising. Did KKR miss a trick here by not sending Andre Russell ahead of Rana?

End of Over 13: Just three off that over from Navdeep Saini. KKR 114 for 3.

End of Over 12: WICKET. Whoa! Negi strikes, and Siraj would breathe a sigh of relief. Lynn charged down the wicket but gets beaten for the turn and is cleaned up. Ripper from Negi. Good over for RCB. One wicket and four runs. KKR 111 for 3.

End of Over 11: This is turning out to be a brutal match for Mohammed Siraj. First he gives away 28 runs in two overs and now he drops a sitter – an absolute sitter of Chris Lynn to give the batsman a lifeline. It was coming straight to him at deep extra cover but Siraj made a mess of it. Kohli is fuming. He wouldn’t want to be near him. Imagine what it could have done to RCB tonight? First Uthappa and then Lynn. Unfortunately foe RCB however is that Lynn is out there set on 43. To make matters worse, a direct-hit from Chahal got the ball to ricochet off the stumps and went for FOUR. Nothing going right for RCB. KKR 107 for 2

End of Over 10: Success for RCB. Pawan Negi strikes in his first over. Robin Uthappa doesn’t middle it well and lobs it to Southee at long-off. Crucial wicket this for RCB, one they really needed. KKR still going strong at 95 for 2.

End of Over 9: One tight over, followed by an erratic one. Mohammed Siraj has been super expensive giving away 28 off his first two overs. RCB bleeding runs. That previous over consisted a SIX off a no-ball and a couple of boundaries from Uthappa. Both have forged a crucial partnership – 64 off 44. KKR are surging at 92 for 1.

End of Over 8: RCB 73 for 1 after a tight second over from Yuzvendra Chahal. The spinners have leaked far fewer runs than the pacers tonight and Chahal is expected to tie KKR down.

End of Over 7: And now Robin Uthappa… err, our bad… ROBBIE Uthappa sets the tempo with a couple of crisply timed boundaries. He steered the ball behind point and later glanced Mohammed Siraj fine on the leg side. This has been a positive reply from KKR, who have reached 68 for 1. 

End of Over 6: Oh what a hit! It’s out of the ground. After a tight four balls from Chahal, Lynn dances down the track, spots the googly and launches the ball into the night sky. It made a crunching sound and the ball kept soaring, and eventually was sent out of the ground. GIGANTIC hit. They don’t call him Lynnsanity without no reason. KKR 59 for 1 at the Powerplay. RCB at the same point were 53 without loss.

End of Over 5: FIFTY up for KKR. Uthappa brings it up with a crunching boundary over the infield on the off side. Two more boundaries was hit in that over. Chris Lynn, who was struggling to get his timing, middled a couple too. KKR 51 for 2.

End of Over 4: Navdeep Saini really cranking it up. The first ball was bowled at over 152 kmph, which beat Lynn outside off. Uthappa however used the same pace to guide a short ball with a pull over Parthiv Patel and get his first boundary. KKR 38 for 1.

End of Over 3: Great second over from Tim Southee to give away just 3 runs. Chris Lynn survives a direct hit from Klaasen. KKR 31 for 1.

End of Over 2: OUT! Negi takes a sharp catch at third man to dismiss Narine for 10. He roars back after a poor first four deliveries. He started off with a bouncer which Narine pulled for a boundary. He followed it up with a no-ball and the free hit was a terrible full toss dispatched to the boundary. But Narine wasn’t going to be lucky the next ball as he again tried to pull a short ball from Saini and holed out to Negi, who ran well and timed his jump well to help RCB get that first wicket. KKR 28 for 1.

End of Over 1: Poor start from RCB to give away 17 runs off the first over. Plenty in that over – two FOURS, 5 wides and an extremely tough chance spilled. Lynn sets the tone with consecutive boundaries.

Phew! That was some action-packed first innings. RCB needed something special to take the first step towards victory and who better than Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to help get them going. Both scored half-centuries and added 108 runs for the second wicket to help RCB sail along in the middle overs.

Kohli missed his century, falling for 84, while ABD was dismissed for 63. But Stoinis finished the innings in style, taking RCB to over 200 in that final over. 205 is a strong total but this deck still looks wonderful for batting. Can KKR chase it down? Join us shortly to find the answer.

End of Over 20: RCB cross 200. They finish on 205 for 3 after Prasidh Krishna bowls an expensive 18-run final over. Poor call from Karthik. He could have given the ball to Andre Russell or Lockie Ferguson and the move backfired. Stoinis finished strongly with two FOURS and a SIX to finish on a high.

End of Over 19: KKR pulling it back towards the end. Narine keeps the batsmen to singles and the pressure resulted in the big wicket of AB de Villiers, out caught at long-off. A fine knock comes to an end. And with that an equally good spell from Narine, who gives away just 6 off the penultimate over. RCB 187 for 3. Can they get to 200?

End of Over 18: GONE! It won’t be a HUNDRED for Kohli as Kuldeep Yadav takes a sharp return catch to send back the RCB captain for 84. Full ball and Kohli hits the ball hard but straight back to the wristspinner. Marcus Stoinis meanwhile is off the mark with a FOUR. RCB 181 for 2. 

End of Over 17: Oh this is vintage stuff from Kohli and ABD. When these two get going, it’s carnage. And unfortunately, KKR are at the receiving end. Kohli takes 10 off the first two with a FOUR and a SIX, before de Villiers caps off the over with a fourth SIX. RCB 172 for 1. A hundred is definitely for the taking for Kohli, who is 84 off 48 balls.

End of Over 16: A fine over from Prasid ruined off the last two balls as de Villiers helps himself to a 28-ball half-century. This is stunning stuff from him and Kohli as RCB reach 153 for 1. KKR being pummelled.

End of Over 15: And now Kohli joins the party. A FOUR and SIX to start the over from Nitish Rana, followed by another thumping MAXIMUM from ABD. Rocks onto the backfoot and literally swats that over the ropes. 18 runs off the over. RCB are in overdrive at 142 for 1. Kohli is 68 off 40 and a CENTURY is pretty much within reach.

End of Over 14: WHAM! What a way to bring up the fifty-run stand that this. Andre Russell, in his first over, dropped one short and AB de Villiers unleashed the brutal pull shot and launched the ball into the second tier – an 88 meter long SIX. Two balls later, it was another one right in the slot and de Villiers went for the full monty. 16 off that over takes RCB to 124 for 1.

End of Over 13: De Villiers shifting gears. Begins the over with a boundary between mid off and deep extra cover and tonks another FOUR off the penultimate ball. The 100 comes up for RCB as they reach 108 for 1.

End of Over 12: A quiet over from Kuldeep Yadav as he almost gets his wicket. He had de Villiers in a tangle, getting him to miscue a slog sweep. Lockie Ferguson charged in from Mid-off to get underneath it but fell short. RCB 96 for 1.

End of Over 11: AB de Villiers gets his first boundary, plays Chawla with the spin, taking the aerial route. Meanwhile, Kohli helps himself to a half-century off 31 balls – his first of the season and 35th overall in the IPL. Piyush Chawla bowls out. RCB 90 for 1.

End of Over 10: Kuldeep strays down leg and Kohli whips it behind the keeper to collect his sixth boundary. He is striking the ball at over 160 at the moment. Partnering him is Ab de Villiers. RCB 78 for 1 at the half-way mark.

End of Over 9: KKR won’t mind this. Five singles off the over. RCB 69 for 1 and with that we’ll have the first strategic time-out.

End of Over 8: Wicket! Success at last for KKR. Nitish Rana gets Parthiv out LBW with his off spin. Slightly full and straight and Parthiv missed connecting. Would have crashed onto middle and leg. He goes for Parthiv. RCB 64 for 1. Rana could have had two in that over had Sunil Narine held on to Kohli’s catch. He played the first ball of the over on the offside but it just went through Narine. He almost didn’t react.

End of Over 7: And now Kuldeep being handed the ball. Frequent changes being made by Dinesh Karthik but that doesn’t seem to effect Kohli and Parthiv’s scoring. Two overs without a boundary but RCB can probably afford it with their flying start. RCB 60 for 0.

End of Over 6: A rare boundary-less over for RCB, their first of the innings. RCB 53 without loss after the Powerplay.

End of Over 5: Chawla back and Parthiv sweeps him for another four. Boundaries leaking as RCB are off to their best start of the season. 49 without loss.

End of Over 4: So just two overs between Prasidh and Chawla as Lockie Ferguson bowls his first over. And RCB skipper Kohli takes him for three boundaries. With that first FOUR, Kohli becomes just the second Indian batsman after Suresh Raina to accumulate 8000 runs across all T20 competitions. He follows that up with two more crunching boundaries. Five boundaries for the skipper off just 13 balls. Now that’s more like him. RCB cruising at 41 for 0.

End of Over 3: KKR not wasting time to shuffle their bowlers. Sunil Narine into the attack and Parthiv welcomes him with a FOUR near long-on. Fuller delivery and the pint-sized Parthiv lofts him over the infield. RCB look a different unit, a much more composed and positive unit. Good start to reach 28 without loss.

End of Over 2: RCB batsmen showing intent. Piyush Chawla starts off well but Parthiv and Kohli are going for shots. A sweep from Parthiv went aerial but landed safely. A couple of doubles and three singles in that over as RCB move to 20 without loss.

End of Over 1: Emphatic start from RCB. Prasidh Krishna drops it short, down leg and Parthiv Patel pulls it to collect his first boundary. Then came Kohli on strike. First two balls, two cover drives and two fours. RCB 13 without loss.

Playing XIs

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

Royal Challengers 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

Captain’s Corner

Dinesh Karthik: We had a five-day break after a tough game against DC. We will bowl first. Just the one change, Sunil Narine comes back in.

Virat Kohli: The key is not to be desperate about what we want to achieve. We want to play fearless cricket. I would back my skills and we want to execute our plans in this match. We have made a couple of changes. We want more balance in our bowling so Tim Southee replaces Hetmyer and Pawan Negi comes in place of Umesh Yadav. I want more bowling options when situation becomes difficult.

TOSS

Kolkata Knight Riders opt to bowl against RCB after Dinesh Karthik wins the toss. For the two-time IPL champions, Sunil Narine returns and takes his place in the side in place of Nitin Naik. Meanwhile, two changes for RCB. Virat Kohli stressed on having options in bowling, keeping which in mind, Tim Southee and Pawan Negi get a game. The players to miss out are Umesh Yadav and Shimron Hetmyer.

Hello everyone and a warm welcome to CricketCountry‘s coverage of Game 17 of the 2019 Indian Premier League in which the Royal Challengers Bangalore host Kolkata Knight Riders. RCB have been winless, while KKR have two wins from three games, their only loss coming in the Super Over.

PREVIEW

It’s been almost two weeks since the 12th season of Indian Premier League (IPL) began. A lot has happened since March 23 – the day of the season opener. One thing that has remained constant from the Day 1 is Royal Challengers Bangalore‘s struggles. Other teams who didn’t have the best of the starts have adjusted and gained some ground, but not RCB. They have fluctuated between hopeless at worst to competitive at best.

They have played four matches so far and lost all of them which is their worst start for any edition of the league. Their latest test is against Kolkata Knight Riders, a team that has beaten them on all four meetings in the previous two seasons.

KKR on their part have had an impressive season so far despite tasting defeat in their previous contest which was decided by the Super Over. Twice they have crawled back into contests from difficult situation. What has remained constant for them is the form of their batters, especially allrounder Andre Russell who has been in superb touch. Given the way RCB have struggled across departments, KKR look the overwhelming favourites.