Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of the Qualifier 1 of IPL 2016, between the top two sides, Gujarat Lions (GL) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). While the Gujarat Lions (GL) finished at the top position in IPL 2016, the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) found their mojo late into the tournament, and finished the league round on a high. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were at the second spot in the IPL 2016 Points Table, and hence, they face the table-toppers Gujarat Lions (GL) in the Qualifier 1 of IPL 2016 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru tonight. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2016 Qualifier 1 at Bengaluru

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 159/6 in Overs 19.2: AB takes a single, lets Abdulla finish the game. The left-hander gets the second ball on pads, he connects well to deep midwicket to take 2 runs and put RCB in final of IPL. BATTING: AB de Villiers 79 (47), Iqbal Abdulla 33 (25)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 156/6 in Overs 19: FOUR! AB gets a boundary on the first ball from Bravo, it’s a leg bye! A MASSIVE appeal for caught behind, but umpire is unmoved. A wide, down the leg, too slow. GL players are all over the umpires. FOUR! Pathetic bowling, short and wide on the leg, Abdulla gets enough bat to beat the fine leg fielder. FOUR again, past the wicketkeeper! Abdulla gets a thick edge, and RCB are now in touching distance of a win. FOUR! This has to be the worst over ever by Bravo. Wide, on the pads, Abdulla beats fine leg again. BATTING: AB de Villiers 78 (46), Iqbal Abdulla 31 (24)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 156/6 in Overs 18: FOUR! AB gets a boundary on the first ball from Bravo, it’s a leg bye! A MASSIVE appeal for caught behind, but umpire is unmoved. A wide, down the leg, too slow. GL players are all over the umpires. FOUR! Pathetic bowling, short and wide on the leg, Abdulla gets enough bat to beat the fine leg fielder. FOUR again, past the wicketkeeper! Abdulla gets a thick edge, and RCB are now in touching distance of a win. FOUR! This has to be the worst over ever by Bravo. Wide, on the pads, Abdulla beats fine leg again. BATTING: AB de Villiers 78 (46), Iqbal Abdulla 31 (24)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 138/6 in Overs 17:  SIX! HUGE! AB clears deep midwicket. FOUR! A reverse sweep and AB says I am the boss! A full toss, AB retains strike with 21 more needed off 18. BATTING: AB de Villiers 77 (43), Iqbal Abdulla 20 (21)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 126/6 in Overs 16: SIX! Jakati comes on, AB lifts him over deep backward square leg boundary. A single to AB, Abdulla then hits well to long off to raise the 50-run stand. Another single to AB. Looks far better now with those two bit hits. SIX! A full toss, and Abdulla manages to clear deep midwicket. RCB on top! Abdulla is opening up, he is hitting them really well. RCB need 33 off 24. BATTING: AB de Villiers 66 (38), Iqbal Abdulla 19 (20)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 110/6 in Overs 15: AB brings up his fifty with a FOUR down the ground off Smith, but the job is far from done. A SIX! AB hits just over Finch at long on! Another hard hit, Bravo does well to save runs for his side. AB looked sure that he had hit a FOUR. Two runs to Abdulla, this is where they begin the charge. Need 49 off 30. BATTING: AB de Villiers 58 (35), Iqbal Abdulla 11 (17)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 96/6 in Overs 14: AB takes a single to deep cover off Bravo. A short ball, Abdulla tries the upper cut misses. Loud appeal by Gujarat, declined. A mishit, ball lands safely and RCB get a run. AB plays one back to Bravo, a misfield and another run for RCB. A dot to Abdulla, pressure rising on RCB. A single to end the over, RCB need 63 off the last 6 overs. BATTING: AB de Villiers 47 (32), Iqbal Abdulla 8 (14)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 92/6 in Overs 13:  Jadeja fires two dots to Abdulla after AB takes a single. Abdulla plays the fourth very late and delicately for a single. AB hits the next to deep cover for another single. Need to hit out a little more. RCB need 67 off 42, time for the break. BATTING: AB de Villiers 45 (30), Iqbal Abdulla 6 (10)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 89/6 in Overs 12: Bravo to bowl now. A sharp single taken by Abdulla. An appeal for run out against AB, but he is safe. Abdulla is batting well, plays one very gently to third man for a single. Lovely, AB! Through the cover, FOUR! AB hits on the leg side, to deep midwicket, but only for a single. He knows he has to do it all by himself and that too at calculated risk. RCB beed 70 off 48. BATTING: AB de Villiers 43 (27), Iqbal Abdulla 5 (7)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 81/6 in Overs 11:  Jakati begins with a few tight balls, but then the ball slips out of his hands and RCB get a free hit. SIX! AB is not going to miss out connecting the ones that are pitched up to him. AB plays the next gently to deep point, takes a single. RCB need 78 off 54. BATTING: AB de Villiers 37 (24), Iqbal Abdulla 3 (4)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 70/6 in Overs 10: A single to AB off Jadeja on the first ball. Binny opens the face of the bat, takes a run on the second. A single to AB on the third, pushes on off side with soft hands. WICKET! Binny tries to sweep, but is rapped on the pads in front of the wickets. This is a PATHETIC decision, the ball pitched outside, hit his pads outside the line of off. Abdulla is away with a single. BATTING: AB de Villiers 29 (20), Iqbal Abdulla 1 (1)

OUT! Stuart Binny lbw Ravindra Jadeja 21 (15)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 65/5 in Overs 9: Jakati to bowl. An inside edge off AB’s bat goes under the ‘keepers legs, 3 runs taken. FOUR! Binny hits in the air, over short third man. Much-needed boundary. Binny reaches out, hits another FOUR past short fine leg. A wide down the leg, Binny lets it go. SIX! Shot, Binny bhai! He dances down the wicket, sends it down the ground. Jakati gets 2 dots to end the over. RCB need 94 off 66.  BATTING: AB de Villiers 26 (17), Stuart Binny 20 (13)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 47/5 in Overs 8: Nearly a run out! Binny sets off for a single and Jadeja misses out on a direct hit despite having all the time in the world to have a go at it. A single to AB on the second ball. Binny hits in the gap, takes 2 with the man at deep cover fumbling. Another single, good batting this by Binny. A mishit by AB off Kulkarni to short midwicket. A single inside out to end the over. RCB need 112 off 72.  BATTING: AB de Villiers 23 (16), Stuart Binny 6 (8)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 41/5 in Overs 7: Jadeja continues. Binny and AB look for singles, cannot afford a counter-attack at the moment. AB gets a boundary, off a leading edge that looks deliberate, past the first slip. FOUR again! A misfield by Kulkarni at deep cover gets another boundary to the Saffer. BATTING: AB de Villiers 21 (13), Stuart Binny 2 (5)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 31/5 in Overs 6: A single off Kulkarni’s first ball to AB. Baby plays a dot, but then hits straight to extra cover! Fourth wicket to Kulkarni! A thick edge off AB’s bat goes to third man for a single. RCB need to bat with a lot of responsibility here. BATTING: AB de Villiers 12 (10), Stuart Binny 1 (2)

OUT! Sachin Baby c Shadab Jakati b Dhawal Kulkarni 0 (3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 28/4 in Overs 5: Ravindra Jadeja into the attack. AB takes a single on the first ball, and Watson gets a leading edge towards mid on for a sharp single. A single to AB on the third. A dot to Watson, and a bit of a mix up. WICKET! Watson goes for a pull on a short ball, an edge off the bottom of the bat gets him walking back to the hut. RCB in tatters! Need 131 off 90 balls. BATTING: AB de Villiers 8 (6), Sachin Baby 0 (1)

OUT! Shane Watson c Dwayne Smith b Ravindra Jadeja 1 (6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 25/3 in Overs 4: Another chopped on! Gayle goes for his shot, gets an inside edge. RCB in trouble, it is drizzling in Bengaluru. GONE! KL Rahul surprised with a ball that rises sharply on him, he has been caught at first slip! Shane Watson is the new man in, RCB in all sorts of trouble. He begins with three dots. BATTING: AB de Villiers 8 (6), Shane Watson 0 (3)

OUT! Chris Gayle b Dhawal Kulkarni 9 (12)

OUT! KL Rahul c Dwayne Smith b Dhawal Kulkarni 0 (1)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 25/1 in Overs 3: SIX! ABD gets going, hits on the up, over long off. AB moves across, works the ball on leg for a single. RCB need to be a little careful here. Another ball on the pads, RCB take a sharp single. RCB need 134 off 17 overs. BATTING: Chris Gayle 9 (10), AB de Villiers 8 (6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 17/1 in Overs 2: Kulkarni comes on, puts it on pads and Gayle gets an easy single. BOWLED! Kohli dismissed for a duck, played on! Chinnaswamy is devastated. ABD is in, begins with a stroke to point. A misfield, ABD is off the mark. A short ball, Gayle is surprised as it hits the grille of his helmet. Smiles after being hit. CLOSE! FOUR! A mishit, Gayle gets a lifeline of sorts as the ball sails right over mid off. BATTING: Chris Gayle 9 (8), AB de Villiers 1 (2)

OUT! Virat Kohli b Dhawal Kulkarni 0 (2)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/0 in Over 1:  Praveen Kumar begins with a wide down the leg to Chris Gayle. FOUR! On the pads, Gayle helps it down to the boundary. Some movement off the pitch, Gayle lets one go which nipped away from him. A dot, Gayle hits a wide ball to mid on, checks the bat, and asks for a replacement. A dot, and then  a big wide, down the leg, beats Dinesh Karthik and races down to the boundary. A single on the second last ball, Kohli defends the final ball. BATTING: Chris Gayle 5 (5), Virat Kohli 0 (1)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 158 all-out in Over 20: A single on the first ball to Praveen off Jordan. Another good shot, but Gujarat could have taken 2 with deep cover taking time to come and throw it back. BOWLED! Praveen’s off stump has been knocked down. Jakati gets a bouncer on leg, but not a wide. A single on the penultimate ball of the over. A run out, Gujarat bowled out for 158. BATTING: Shadab Jakati ()

OUT! Praveen Kumar b Chris Jordan 1 (2)

OUT! Dhawal Kulkarni run out 10 (4)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 154/8 in Over 19: SIX! Dwivedi dances down, hits over cover off Watson! Great shot! A short ball is pulled over deep midwicket, this is excellent batting! WHAT A CATCH! Kohli takes a mind-blowing low catch at long on, despite the fumble he seems to have collected it well. He lets the expletives flow out, but Kumar Dharamsena says it’s NOT OUT! It’s a very tough one, no good camera angles. OUT! Kohli takes off his caps and bows to the umpire for declaring it was OUT. BOWLED! Bravo’s wickets are shattered as he misses a straight ball. A hat-trick chance, Watson bowls a slow wide outside leg. A misfield by Kohli, the ball passes under him to the boundary and he is livid at himself. SHOT! Kulkarni hits towards cover on the final ball. BATTING: Dhawal Kulkarni 8 (2), Praveen Kumar 0 (0)

OUT! Dwayne Bravo b Shane Watson 8 (6)

OUT! Eklavya Dwivedi c Virat Kohli b Shane Watson 19 (9)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 130/6 in Over 18: Jordan begins with a dot for Dwivedi. A sharp single taken on the second ball. The next ball is a wide down the leg. FOUR! Bravo hits well in the gap on the off side, twirls the wrists to get a boundary. The next ball is hit well, but to long off for a single. A loud appeal for leg-before, Jordan thinks it is out as Dwivedi is rapped on the pads. The ball races to boundary, the fielding team is not happy, umpire has no reaction. Appeal for lbw again, batsman is safe.  BATTING: Dwayne Bravo 8 (5), Eklavya Dwivedi 6 (6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 121/6 in Over 17: Chahal starts off with a single to Bravo towards square leg, followed by a SIX by Smith over mid-wicket, as the next ball is a wicket again in the form of Smith, who hands it to Kohli at long on. The fourth ball is a single by Bravo towards square leg, followed by a boundary by Dwivedi towards deep fine leg, as the over ends with a single towards covers. BATTING: Dwayne Bravo 3 (3), Eklavya Dwivedi 5 (2)

OUT! Dwayne Smith c Virat Kohli b Yuzvendra Chahal 73 (41)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 108/5 in Over 16: Watson starts off with a dot to Jadeja, followed by another dot, as the next ball is a wide, followed by a single towards third man. The fourth ball is another single off Smith towards fine leg, followed by a wicket in the form of Jadeja, who is caught by Gayle at point, as the over ends with a single to Dwayne Bravo. BATTING: Dwayne Smith 67 (39), Dwayne Bravo 1 (1)

OUT! Ravindra Jadeja c Chris Gayle b Shane Watson 3 (7)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 104/4 in Over 15: Abdulla starts off with a single to Smith towards mid-wicket, followed by another single off Jadeja on the mid on, as the next ball is full toss and dispatched over mid-wicket for six. The fourth ball results in a dot, followed by a single towards mid-wicket, as the ends with a single again towards point. BATTING: Dwayne Smith 66 (28), Ravindra Jadeja 2 (3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 94/4 in Over 14: Jordan comes on. Two singles off the first two balls. The third is hit to deep square leg for a single again. A mishit, but Karthik gets 2 runs by the time fine leg’s throw comes in. Played on! Karthik tries to scoop but plays it onto his wickets. BATTING: Dwayne Smith 58 (34), Ravindra Jadeja 0 (1)

OUT! Dinesh Karthik b Chris Jordan 26 (30)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 89/3 in Over 13: FOUR! Abdulla is hit on the first ball by Karthik, Gujarat are opening up. The next ball is a wide. Karthik fails to connect on the next, a dot. A single to the right-hander on the third ball. A mishit, but in the gap as Smith gets another FOUR. SIX! HUGE! Half-century for Smith with a stroke down the ground!   BATTING: Dinesh Karthik 23 (27), Dwayne Smith 56 (32)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 72/3 in Over 12: Chahal continues with the wide slip being taken off. A single to Smith on the second ball. A dot to Karthik, who then hits in air, one drop to long on. A dot to Smith with some sharp turn. SIX! Over deep midwicket, Chahal punished for being short. BATTING: Dinesh Karthik 18 (24), Dwayne Smith 45 (29)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 64/3 in Over 11: FOUR! Abdulla is punished for bowling on the pads, as Karthik and Smith have added more than 50 now. A couple of singles on the next deliveries. Abdulla then bowls two dots to Karthik, and a dot to end the over.  BATTING: Dinesh Karthik 17 (22), Dwayne Smith 38 (25)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 58/3 in Over 10: SIX! Smith hits the first ball over long on, clean strike off Chahal! A swing and a miss on the next, the ball pitched outside leg. FOUR! Smith hits in the air, beats ABD at long off. A single to Smith, towards deep cover. A quick single to Karthik, and an inside edge off Smith passes under Rahul’s legs for a FOUR!  BATTING: Dinesh Karthik 12 (17), Dwayne Smith 34 (24)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 42/3 in Over 9: Stuart Binny comes on, a single to Karthik who plays to long on on the up. A short, slow ball outside off, Smith cannot find a run. A swing and a miss outside off for Smith. A short ball is then hit to deep midwicket, only for a single. Karthik then hits it very straight, the ball hits the wickets. Only 4 runs off the over. BATTING: Dinesh Karthik 11 (16), Dwayne Smith 22 (19)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 38/3 in Over 8: Yuzvendra Chahal comes on, Karthik takes a single hitting inside out. Smith then plays it to long on for another single. A single to Karthik. towards deep point. Smith hits in the air, the ball drops safely in front of deep cover. Some sharp turn, a single to Karthik on the second last ball. A dot to end the over. BATTING: Dinesh Karthik 9 (14), Dwayne Smith 20 (15)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 33/3 in Over 7: Chris Jordan begins with a wide down the leg. A single to Karthik. A dot to Smith, inside edge crashes into the pads. SIX! Fantastic shot, short-arm pull over fine leg. A single on the second last ball to fine leg, Gujarat need to keep doing the same for a few more overs. BATTING: Dinesh Karthik 6 (11), Dwayne Smith 18 (12)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 23/3 in Over 6: A leading edge off Karthik’s bat drops way short of third man. A single to Smith on the leg side on the second ball. A dot to Karthik, plays well but to cover. CLOSE! Karthik beaten outside off! A misfield at point gets a single off the final ball. BATTING: Dinesh Karthik 5 (9), Dwayne Smith 11 (8)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 20/3 in Over 5: Abdulla returns, begins with a dot to Smith. A single to the right-hander on the next ball on the leg side. Another single, Karthik plays on off side with soft hands. A short ball, and Smith hits it on leg side for the first FOUR of the innings. Width again, and Smith makes use of the opportunity, strikes another FOUR, on off side. A dot to end the over. BATTING:  Dinesh Karthik 3 (4), Dwayne Smith 10 (7)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 10/3 in Over 4: Shane Watson to bowl now, begins with a dot to Raina. A fuller delivery, played straight to mid on. Dot. Width on the third, Raina not able to get runs here, struggling with timing. OUT! Raina dismissed off a short ball, short fine leg! Dwayne Smith is in, nearly a leg-before. A flick on the leg side for a single to end the over. BATTING:  Dinesh Karthik 2 (3), Dwayne Smith 1 (2)

OUT! Suresh Raina c Sreenath Aravind b Shane Watson 1 (9)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 9/2 in Over 3: Aravind continues. Karthik works on leg side on the first ball for a single. A dot to Raina on the second, ball misses inside edge. Beaten outside off, Raina struggles to time a slower ball. A dot again, Raina plays the next to short midwicket. Raina is off the mark, finally, with a single on the leg side. A dot to end the over. BATTING: Suresh Raina 1 (5), Dinesh Karthik 2 (3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 7/2 in Over 2: BIG WICKET! BMac has been caught by AB de Villiers at long on! Abdulla makes the breakthrough and that too a huge one! FOUR! A thick outside edge off Aaron Finch’s bat flies right over Chris Gayle at first slip, too tough a catch. GONE! Finch caught at first slip, RCB on fire! Dinesh Karthik is the new man in, and is off with a single. A dot to end the over. BATTING: Suresh Raina 0 (1), Dinesh Karthik 1 (1)

OUT! Brendon McCullum c AB de Villiers b Iqbal Abdulla 1 (4)

OUT! Aaron Finch c Chris Gayle b Iqbal Abdulla 4 (6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Gujarat Lions 2/0 in Over 1: Sreenath Aravind starts off with a dot to Finch, followed by another dot, as the next ball is flicked for a single towards square leg off leg byes. The fourth ball results in a dot to McCullum, followed by another dot, as the over ends in a quick single. BATTING: Aaron Finch 0 (3), Brendon McCullum 1 (3)

TOSS: Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and Virat Kohli says his team will be bowling first. Both RCB and Gujarat have retained their teams.

Gujarat Lions: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Aaron Finch, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Eklavya Dwivedi, Praveen Kumar, Shadab Jakati, Dhawal Kulkarni

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, KL Rahul (wk), Shane Watson, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Chris Jordan, Sreenath Aravind, Iqbal Abdulla, Yuzvendra Chahal

For Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), it has been their captain Kohli who has carried them into the IPL 9 playoffs. Kohli has so far struck 4 centuries in IPL 9 — most by any batsman in IPL history — and is 81 runs short of scoring 1,000 runs in a single season for the very first time. If Kohli does that, he will become the first-ever batsman to score 1,000 runs in IPL 2016.

On the other hand, Gujarat Lions (GL) did lost their way in between but recovered well to finish at the top. The distinguishing factor with the Lions is that they do not depend on specific players for winning games, and this remains as their biggest strength.

The winner of this clash will face either of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) or Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who finished at the 3rd and the 4th spot in the IPL 2016 Points Table.

Squads:

Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Praveen Kumar, Dale Steyn, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Dwayne Smith, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aaron Finch, Eklavya Dwivedi, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan, Jaydev Shah, Shadab Jakati, Pravin Tambe, Pradeep Sangwan, Amit Mishra, Shivil Kaushik, Akshdeep Nath, Sarabjeet Ladda, Umang Sharma, Paras Dogra.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadav (wk), Mitchell Starc, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Stuart Binny, Kane Richardson, Samuel Badree, Travis Head, Praveen Dubey, Vikramjeet Malik, Akshay Karnewar, Iqbal Abdullah, Sachin Baby, Vikas Tokas.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD & BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARY: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2016 Qualifier 1 at Bengaluru