Good Evening, Sata srī akāl, Śubha san̄je! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the Match 39 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016, between hosts Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and visitors Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali on Monday. I am Devarchit Varma, and I will be bringing to you all the live updates from tonight’s action. It’s a clash of the bottom two team in the league, as both the teams have failed to come up with a stellar performance as they both lie in the bottom phase of the table. A win for either team here would bring them back in the picture for the playoffs. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016 at Mohali

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 174/4 in Overs 20: Jordan to bowl the final over. A full toss on the pads, a single to Behardien on the leg side. FOUR! Stoinis makes room, cracks through cover. SIX! Stoinis gets hold of one, hits over long off! A dot ball, outside off, Stoinis in double mind misses it as he tries to hit it behind the legs but changes mind to play on the off at the end. 6 needed off 2. A full toss, one-handed stroke on the off side gets 2 to Stoinis. KXIP need 4 off 1. A full toss on the final ball, 2 runs, RCB win by 1 run! BATTING: Marcus Stoinis 34 (22), Farhaan Behardien 9 (7)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 159/4 in Overs 19: Watson begins with a dot outside off. Behardien misses to connect. Next ball is short, Behardien mistimes it towards deep backward square leg for a single. FOUR! A low full toss outside off, Stoinis puts it to deep backward point. A dot again, Stoinis misses an upper cut. A single to long on. A single to end the over, KXIP need 17 off the final over.  BATTING: Marcus Stoinis 20 (17), Farhaan Behardien 8 (6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 152/4 in Overs 18: Farhaan Behardien starts off with a FOUR, aided by a fumble from Head at deep point. A full toss, only a single to long on. Full toss again, single to long on. Another single, this time to long off. Stoinis works the next nicely on leg side for 2 runs. They need boundaries desperately. FOUR! Stoinis scoops over short third man. 24 needed off 12. Jordan leaks 13 runs.  BATTING: Marcus Stoinis 15 (14), Farhaan Behardien 6 (3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 139/4 in Overs 17: Watson begins with a dot to Stoinis. A short ball is hit well to deep midwicket for a single. Vijay hits again in the air to deep cover, but long boundaries here are denying him the boundaries that would have been the case elsewhere. Two runs. A swing and a miss again. Another dot, very close, Dharamsena felt it was not a WIDE. WICKET! Vijay gets hold of one, but Chahal takes a nice catch at deep square leg! BIG BLOW! BATTING: Marcus Stoinis 8 (11)

OUT! Murali Vijay c Yuzvendra Chahal b Shane Watson 89 (57)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 136/3 in Overs 16: Stoinis gets a single on the first ball from Chahal. FOUR! Vijay moves across, swats the next past short third man. A single on the leg side to Vijay. A reverse hit, not a sweep, and Vijay gets another FOUR! Two runs to end the over. KXIP need 40 off the last 4.  BATTING: Murali Vijay 87 (53), Marcus Stoinis 7 (9)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 123/3 in Overs 15: Single to Stoinis on the first ball off Aaron. A single to Vijay to deep cover, no, he runs well, makes it to 2. Stoinis was at risk taking a single, but there was no direct hit. Vijay clears leg to hit in the air, but the ball lands way inside the ropes and the KXIP batsmen run for 2. FOUR! Past point, a poor effort by Chris Jordan in the deep gives away 3 more runs. A swing and a miss to Vijay. KXIP need 53 off 30. BATTING: Murali Vijay 76 (49), Marcus Stoinis 5 (7)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 114/3 in Overs 14: Abdulla starts off with a single to Vijay, followed by a dot, as the next ball is played for a single. The fourth delivery is played for four towards deep third man, followed by another boundary off Vijay, straight down the ground, as the over ends with a dot. BATTING: Murali Vijay 68 (44), Marcus Stoinis 4 (6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 104/3 in Overs 13: Jordan into the attack, as the first ball is played for a boundary towards covers by Vijay, followed by a single towards square leg, as the next ball is a dot. The fourth ball is a single towards square leg, followed by a boundary towards sweeper cover, as the over ends with a single. BATTING: Murali Vijay 60 (40), Marcus Stoinis 3 (4)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 93/3 in Overs 12: Marcus Stoinis is the new man in, as Watson starts off with a single to Vijay, followed by another to Stoinis, as the next ball results in a dot. The fourth ball is a single again, followed by another, as the over ends with a single, while Vijay brings up his half-century. BATTING: Murali Vijay 50 (36), Marcus Stoinis 2 (2)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 88/3 in Overs 11: A single to Vijay on the first ball from Chahal, and Saha hits the second to long on for one run. A sharp single on the third ball, Vijay was in trouble. Saha hits the fourth ball well, 2 runs to deep cover. STUMPED? Rahul misses another chance behind the wickets but Saha was too far away to make it in time with the wicketkeeper affecting the dismissal on the second chance. They check it for long, and Saha has been adjudged OUT! And another WICKET! Miller ventures out on the first ball, and Rahul makes no mistake this time! Atrocious season for Miller continues. BATTING: Murali Vijay 47 (32), 

OUT! Wriddhiman Saha st KL Rahul b Yuzvendra Chahal 13 (10)

OUT! David Miller st KL Rahul b Yuzvendra Chahal 0 (1)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 83/1 in Overs 10: Vijay hits a FOUR on the first ball to deep cover from Abdullah. KXIP then take 3 singles off the next 3 balls. Two runs to end the over with Kohli nearly effecting a run out. BATTING: Murali Vijay 45 (30), Wriddhiman Saha 13 (10)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 74/1 in Overs 9: Aaron begins with a dot to Vijay. The next is on pads, a single to deep fine leg. Single to Saha on the third, and Vijay mishits the fourth to mid off. SIX! A short ball on the leg stump, Vijay clobbers it over backward square leg! A single to end the over, 9 runs taken off it. BATTING: Murali Vijay 39 (27), Wriddhiman Saha 10 (7)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 65/1 in Overs 8: Iqbal Abdullah comes on. Vijay and Saha looking to rotate the strike, Kohli not happy leaking the singles. The asking rate is hovering around 9, no real hurry for KXIP. 8 runs off the over. BATTING: Murali Vijay 31 (22), Wriddhiman Saha 9 (6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 57/1 in Overs 7:  Width on off side from Varun Aaron, and Saha gets his first FOUR past third man. An easy single to third man on the second ball. Aaron improves his line and length, bowls two dots to Vijay in a row. A single on the leg side on the fifth ball. A single to end the over. BATTING: Murali Vijay 25 (18), Wriddhiman Saha 7 (4)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 50/1 in Overs 6: A single to Vijay on the first ball from Shane Watson. GONE! Amla hits a slow bouncer straight to short midwicket! Wriddhiman Saha begins with a dab to third man for a single. A slow ball outside off, Vijay gets himself in trouble by getting beaten outside off. FOUR! Vijay connects this time, hits past third man. KXIP need 126 off 14 overs. BATTING: Murali Vijay 24 (15), Wriddhiman Saha 1 (1)

OUT! Hashim Amla c Stuart Binny b Shane Watson 21 (20)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 43/0 in Overs 5: Amla hits in the air, one bounce to mid on, no run. Amla is beaten on the second ball. A sharp single on the third ball to mid on. The fifth ball is short and wide to Amla, who cracks a FOUR! A sharp run on the final ball, but Chahal collects the ball quickly from his follow-through and breaks the stumps. Amla is safe. KXIP need 133 off 90 balls. BATTING: Hashim Amla 18 (17), Murali Vijay 20 (13)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 36/0 in Overs 4: Binny bowls on pads, Vijay takes 2 on the leg side. In the air, Vijay hits towards deep point but the ball lands safely. An easy single to Amla on a slow ball outside off. A wide, way over the batsman. A single to Vijay again, and he ends the over with a FOUR past mid on. BATTING: Hashim Amla 13 (12), Murali Vijay 20 (12)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 25/0 in Overs 3: Chris Jordan begins with a bouncer, Amla pulls it to the leg for a single. FOUR! Vijay hits in the air, over in-field. Jordan strays down leg, a big WIDE. A single to Vijay on the third ball, works it on the leg. Single to Amla, cuts past point. A short ball, Vijay lifts in the air towards midwicket for another FOUR! 13 runs off the over. BATTING: Hashim Amla 11 (10), Murali Vijay 12 (8)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 12/0 in Overs 2: Yuzvendra Chahal comes on. FOUR! He bowls on pads, and Amla gets enough bat to hit past short fine leg. A single on the next ball. A dot to Vijay. On the pads again, Vijay takes a single hitting it to short fine leg. A dot to Amla. A single to end the over. BATTING: Hashim Amla 9 (8), Murali Vijay 2 (4)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Kings XI Punjab 5/0 in Overs 1: Stuart Binny starts with a slow ball on off stump, a single to Hashim Amla. Vijay is off the mark too, with a single on the second delivery. A short of length delivery, some bounce, Amla deals with it with soft hands. A nice shot on a delivery swinging away, with deep point in place Amla gets a single. A sharp single on the fifth ball to Vijay. A single to Amla to end the over. BATTING: Hashim Amla 3 (4), Murali Vijay 2 (2)

We are back for the chase. KXIP might have done well to restrict RCB, but their batting is fragile enough to collapse at any stage…

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 175/6 in Overs 20: Two runs to Head with a fumble by Vijay at extra cover. Two more runs, a full toss by Sandeep is hit in the air for 2 runs by Head. A wide, finally, outside off. Head hits down the ground, gets a FOUR. Outside off again, 2 more runs to Head with a stroke to deep cover and excellent running. WICKET! Head plays it very high in the air, Vijay makes a long chase and takes a fine catch. Baby is run out on the final ball, KXIP need 176 to win. BATTING: Stuart Binny 0 (0)

OUT! Travis Head c Murali Vijay b Sandeep Sharma 1 (2)

OUT! Sachin Baby run out 32 (28)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 163/4 in Overs 19: Baby hits past short fine leg for 2 runs on the first ball, but Mohit follows him on the next to make it a dot. A swing and a miss on the third ball, Baby makes room and Mohit follows him again, outside leg. This time again on the leg, Baby does not move, it is a WIDE. A single to deep midwicket on the fourth ball. A single to Head on the fifth ball. A wide down the leg again. Two runs on leg side to end the over. BATTING: Sachin Baby 32 (28), Travis Head 1 (2)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 155/4 in Overs 18: SIX! Over deep fine leg, A poor ball, full toss outside leg by Sandeep. FOUR! A full toss outside off, de Villiers smashes it past long on. A short ball, ABD is tangled up in playing this but still gets a single. Baby hits in the air, gets a single to long on. OUT! De Villiers plays is straight to short third man! A swing and a miss for Travis Head on the first ball.  BATTING: Sachin Baby 27 (23), Travis Head 0 (1)

OUT! AB de Villiers c KC Cariappa b Sandeep Sharma 64 (35)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 143/3 in Overs 17: A single to Baby on the first ball from Mohit, with a mistimed stroke. A yorker, ABD is lightening quick and Baby responds, 2 runs with the ball travelling all the way to long off. A slow ball, a mishit past the bowler, a misfield, and RCB once again manage 2 with Baby putting in a huge dive. ABD picks up a slow ball, rams it down the ground over the bowler for FOUR! And again! FOUR, 50 for ABD as he gets on knees to smash it to deep square leg. A single to end the over. BATTING: AB de Villiers 53 (31), Sachin Baby 26 (22)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 129/3 in Overs 16: Sandeep Sharma comes on for this second over after the break. Singles to both ABD and Baby on the first two balls. SIX! A low full toss on the leg stump, and ABD’s brilliance sees it flying over the deep fine leg boundary! The next ball is in the block hole, ABD still gets 2 by the time Farhaan Behardien gets in. FOUR! ABD makes room, swats it over extra cover with a lot of power. ABD makes room again, takes 2 hitting to deep cover, 16 runs off the over! BATTING: AB de Villiers 40 (26), Sachin Baby 25 (21)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 113/3 in Overs 15: Patel comes on. A single to ABD on the first ball. Two runs to Baby, he hits it past extra cover. FOUR! A short ball, Baby gets on knees to beat the deep square leg fielder. He hits in the air again, but can only get a single to deep midwicket. A single to ABD to long off. Baby hits to deep midwicket, and collects 2 with the fielder fumbling.  BATTING: AB de Villiers 25 (23), Sachin Baby 24 (20)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 102/3 in Overs 14: Single to ABD on the first ball from Cariappa. A full toss to Baby, who plays it to long off. ABD plays in the same zone on the next ball. RCB bring up their 100 in the 14th over. Baby sweeps to square leg, Akshar fumbles but saves a boundary. BATTING: AB de Villiers 23 (19), Sachin Baby 15 (16)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 95/3 in Overs 13: Stoinis returns, two runs off the first two balls. Baby hits over the bowler in the air on the third to take another single. ABD shrugs off some pressure, hits a much-needed FOUR on the off side. Baby takes 2 on the final ball, 10 runs off the over. BATTING: AB de Villiers 21 (17), Sachin Baby 10 (12)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 85/3 in Overs 12: Cariappa returns, ABD takes 2 off the first ball hitting past short fine leg. A single on the second ball to deep cover. RCB batsmen deal in singles, add 6 more to their total. BATTING: AB de Villiers 15 (14), Sachin Baby 7 (10)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 79/3 in Overs 11: Patel keeps ABD pinned on the strike for a couple of balls, following which he collects 2 towards wide long on. RCB need de Villiers to go bonkers tonight, he can get all the support from the remainder of their batting. As of now, it is KXIP in command with their charged up spinners and fielders cutting down on runs. Six runs off the over. BATTING: AB de Villiers 11 (11), Sachin Baby 4 (6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 73/3 in Overs 10: ABD takes 2 off Anureet’s second ball, towards deep midwicket. Baby plays another dot, and takes 2 with sharp running between the wickets. A single to Baby on the final ball, 6 off the over. BATTING: AB de Villiers 6 (6), Sachin Baby 3 (5)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 67/3 in Overs 9: Patel comes back. A single to ABD on the first ball. Watson is off the mark with a single to long on. WICKET! Watson has been cleaned up, beaten by the slow pace and a ball that kept low! KXIP back in command! They take the mandatory break. Sachin Baby is here, he begins with two dots. BATTING: AB de Villiers 3 (3), Sachin Baby 0 (2)

OUT! Shane Watson b Akshar Patel 1 (3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 64/2 in Overs 8: KC Cariappa is hit for a single to long on by Rahul on the first ball. A single to Kohli to long off, no turn for the spinner. BOWLED HIM! Rahul gets on the knees to sweep, but misses the line and has been cleaned up with the ball passing under his legs! AB de Villiers is in, and is off the mark with a single to midwicket. OUT! MASSIVE BLOW! Kohli caught at extra cover! Poor stroke by Kohli, who plays in the air and that too straight to extra cover.  BATTING: AB de Villiers 1 (1), Shane Watson 0 (1)

OUT! KL Rahul b KC Cariappa 42 (25)

OUT! Virat Kohli c Murali Vijay b KC Cariappa 20 (21)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 61/0 in Overs 7: Rahul gets a single off the first ball from Stoinis. The bowler does well to allow only singles to the RCB batsmen, there are no lose balls being bowled early on. A full toss to end the over, but David Miller at deep point makes in a dive to keep it to 2. BATTING: KL Rahul 41 (23), Virat Kohli 19 (19)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 56/0 in Overs 6: Akshar Patel comes on. FOUR! Rahul dances down, brings up RCB’s fifty with a boundary to long on. RCB batsmen deal in single, and then convert a single into two with their excellent running.  BATTING: KL Rahul 39 (21), Virat Kohli 16 (15)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 49/0 in Overs 5: Rahul gets a single past extra cover off Anureet’s first ball. A single to Kohli with a soft-handed dab to third man. A single to Rahul, misfield by Murali Vijay at short midwicket. A dot, better line and length on the off stump. A single to Rahul on the fifth ball, plays well to third man. Kohli ends the over with a dot. BATTING: KL Rahul 34 (18), Virat Kohli 14 (12)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 44/0 in Overs 4: A single to Kohli on the first ball from Marcus Stoinis. FOUR! Rahul gets enough bat on it to hit it at fine leg. FOUR! Short ball, Rahul plays in the air and beats the deep midwicket fielder. SIX! Over deep cover, as Rahul makes room to smash the first six of the game! FOUR! Plays it late, gets a boundary past the wicketkeeper! A single to short fine leg to end the over, 20 runs off it. BATTING: KL Rahul 30 (14), Virat Kohli 12 (9)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 23/0 in Overs 3: Mohit Sharma begins with a wide, too short as it travels over the head of the batsman. Rahul tries to punch it on off, but fails to connect. FOUR! Rahul goes on back foot, punches it in the air to beat the third man. A dot, as an airplane flies over the PCA Stadium making a lot of noise. A single to the right-hander, a short ball on the pads is worked on the leg side. FOUR! Kohli hits over the in field, it was in the air, but still runs for the right-hander. DROPPED! Kohli has been dropped at point on the final ball, a big chance missed by Marcus Stoinis. BATTING: KL Rahul 11 (9), Virat Kohli 11 (9)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 13/0 in Overs 2: Anureet Singh comes on for the second over. He is playing his first match for KXIP in this IPL. Rahul plays two dots, and takes a single on the third. Kohli dabs to third man for another single on the fourth. Big match for this team. The fifth ball cramps Rahul for room, no run. A single to end the over. BATTING: KL Rahul 6 (5), Virat Kohli 7 (7)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE & UPDATES Royal Challengers Bangalore 9/0 in Overs 1: Sandeep starts off with a dot to Kohli, followed by a boundary through covers, as the next ball results in a dot. The fourth ball is a single towards square leg, followed by another four towards covers by Rahul, as the over ends with a dot. BATTING: KL Rahul 4 (2), Virat Kohli 5 (4)

TOSS: Kings XI Punjab have won the toss, and they have decided to field first against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Here are the teams:

Kings XI Punjab: Murali Vijay (c), Marcus Stoinis, Hashim Amla, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Axar Patel, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, KC Cariappa.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Lokesh Rahul (wk), AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Chris Jordan, Iqbal Abdulla, Varun Aaron, Yuzvendra Chahal.

RCB finally registered their third win of IPL 2016 three consecutive losses, thanks to skipper Virat Kohli’s second hundred of this season of IPL. While RCB have played eight matches, Punjab have played an extra game with their campaign more or less finished. However, if RCB go on to win all the remainder of their matches, there are chances they can make it to the final four of IPL 9. Until RCB’s game against Pune, it was just David Warner who had two IPL centuries to his name and Kohli equalised that in just one season or rather in a couple of matches. KXIP vs RCB, IPL 2016 at Mohali: Preview

Meanwhile, Punjab’s all-round performance in their fixture against high on confidence Delhi Daredevils helped them win only their third match of this season. Despite having power hitters like Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Manan Vohra and Murali Vijay, the batsmen have really been out of form to make any impact. Even the bowling department, barring Mohit Sharma, no other bowler has really chipped in with a consistent match-winning performance. The positive for KXIP has come in the form of Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who has been impressive with both bat and ball in KXIP’s recent wins.

Squads:

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): David Miller, Murali Vijay (c), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchel Johnson, Kyle Abott, Farhaan Behardien, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Mohit Sharma, Gurukeerat Singh, Manan Vohra, Sandeep Sharma, Hashim Amla, Akshar Patel, Rishi Dhawan, Marcus Stoinis, Swapnil Singh, Shardul Thakur, Anureet Singh, K C Carriappa, Nikhil Naik, Arman Jaffar, Pradeep Shahu.

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

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016 at Mohali