Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in match 48 of  the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. This is Pramod Ananth and I Will be bringing you updates of today’s clash. RCB are currently in the sixth position with 10 points in their 11 matches. It is KKR however, who are in a commanding position in the tournament. They are placed in the second position with 14 points out of 11 games played. A win for both teams is a must as it will take them that much closer to a place in the top four. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016, Match 48 at Kolkata

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Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 186/1 | Overs 18.4| TARGET: 184| Batting: Virat Kohli 75 (51), AB de Villiers 59 (31): Russell now. SIX! He is welcomed with a huge six through mid-wicket. He walks off with an injury and Chawla finishes the over and concedes a four to finish the game. KOHLI IS NOW THE LEADING RUN SCORER IN A SINGLE IPL SEASON! Take a bow! RCB thrash KKR by 9 wickets.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 157/1 | Overs 18| TARGET: 184| Batting: Virat Kohli 66 (48), AB de Villiers 55 (30): Ankit Rajpoot into the attack. He is greeted with a cracking boundary from Kohli. To add insult to injury, Rajpoot bowls a no ball as well. FIFTY for AB. What an incredible knock. Rajpoot has been decimated and RCB need less than a run-a-ball in the remaining two overs.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 157/1 | Overs 17| TARGET: 184| Batting: Virat Kohli 58 (44), AB de Villiers 48 (27): Shakib into the attack. Both batsmen going at it now. A couple of boundaries flowing out of the bat of AB and Kohli. Shakib is frustrated, but there doesn’t seem to be anything he can do at the moment. Some quick running to eases the pressure on RCB.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 144/1 | Overs 16| TARGET: 184| Batting: Virat Kohli 52 (41), AB de Villiers 41 (24): Narine to bowl his final over. AB finishes yet another over with a huge six over deep square leg. AB now moves into the forties. This is RCB’s match to lose.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 135/1 | Overs 15| TARGET: 184| Batting: Virat Kohli 50 (37), AB de Villiers 34 (22): AB and Kohli are piling on the runs as Kohli reaches yet another fifty in this edition. What a wonderful effort from the RCB skipper. KKR need to break this partnership soon. SIX! AB finishes the over with a huge six over deep square leg.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 125/1 | Overs 14| TARGET: 184| Batting: Virat Kohli 48 (34), AB de Villiers 26 (19): Chawla continues. Both batsmen look very comfortable against him. Bit Kohli reads the wrong one and smashes Chawla out of the park. Kohli also becomes the first Indian to score 700 runs in a single IPL season.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 112/1 | Overs 13| TARGET: 184| Batting: Virat Kohli 39 (31), AB de Villiers 22 (16): Shakib continues. He had conceded just five from his first over. AB this time goes inside out to a flighted delivery and clears the cover fielder with ease. Good for for RCB, 11 off it. They are keeping up with the required run rate.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 101/1 | Overs 12| TARGET: 184| Batting: Virat Kohli 38 (30), AB de Villiers 13 (11): Chawla now. TWO! Kohli plays the ball delicately on the on side and the batsmen run two in a blink of an eye. 100 up for RCB. Just 4 from that over, a good one again for KKR.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 97/1 | Overs 11| TARGET: 184| Batting: Virat Kohli 34 (26), AB de Villiers 12 (9): Shakib now. DROPPED! Gambhir drops the catch of his counterpart Kohli. How much will that cost them. A good over by Shakib otherwise. RCB still in control though.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 91/1 | Overs 10| TARGET: 184| Batting: Virat Kohli 31(22), AB de Villiers 10 (7): Sunil Narine continues. He has managed to kepp both batsmen quiet. But Kohli, cuts the ball with ease to the fence to give his side some respite. Nine from that over from Narine.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 82/1 | Overs 9| TARGET: 184| Batting: Virat Kohli 22 (16), AB de Villiers 10 (7): Ankit Rajpoot continues. He conceded just a couple of runs in his first over. FOUR! ABD plays an easy square drive, collects his first boundary. FOUR! Smashed back past the bowler this time. Another good over for RCB.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 72/1 | Overs 8| TARGET: 184| Batting: Virat Kohli 21 (15), AB de Villiers 1 (2): Sunil Narine continues. SIX! Gayle just stands and delivers. Dispatches it over the long off fence off the backfoot. OUT! Narine traps Gayle in fron one short of a fifty. A huge wicket! It’s AB time now! Plays his first ball cautiously. AB is off the mark off his second delivery. Good over for KKR  OUT! Chris Gayle LBW b Narine 49 (31)

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 65/0 | Overs 7| TARGET: 184| Batting: Chris Gayle 43 (28), Virat Kohli 21 (14): Ankit Rajpoot into the attack. It has started raining at Eden Gardens! But the players are staying on. Rajpoot bowls three dot balls to Gayle. Good start indeed. Gayle goes off the strike, bringing Kohli on strike. Just a couple of runs from the over. Just what KKR needed at this stage.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 63/0 | Overs 6| TARGET: 184| Batting: Chris Gayle 42 (24), Virat Kohli 20 (12): Piyush Chawla into the attack. Kohli smashes the ball on the offside, but it is stopped well. SIX! Gayle mistimes, but clears the long on fence. He is looking in excellent form today.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 53/0 | Overs 5| TARGET: 184| Batting: Chris Gayle 35 (21), Virat Kohli 17 (9): Sunil Narine is now into the attack. FOUR! Gayle doesn’t spare him either as he sweeps with ease. FOUR! This time it is driven through the covers. 50 up for RCB.  NINE off this over from Narine.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 44/0 | Overs 4 | TARGET: 184| Batting: Chris Gayle 26 (15), Virat Kohli 17 (9): Morkel contuinues. Meanwhile Russell walks out of the field. FOUR! Gayle smashes the ball this time, he is looking in good touch. ONE! He then sensibly takes a single. SIX! Inside out and Kohli elegantly puts the ball over the deep cover fence. 

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 32/0 | Overs 3 | TARGET: 184| Batting: Chris Gayle 21 (13), Virat Kohli 10 (5): Andre Russell continues. FOUR! Kohli flicks it with utmost ease and gets a boundary to mid-wicket. SIX!This time Gayle smashes the ball over the bowler’s head. This is the first time Gayle has gone into double figures. SIX MORE! Short of length and Gayle smashes it to the crowd.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 15/0 | Overs 2 | TARGET: 184| Batting: Chris Gayle 9 (10), Virat Kohli 5 (2): Morne Morkel bowls the second over. Gayle swings and misses couple of times. He is itching to get to the other strike, but the fielders are keeping a close tab. FOUR! Gayle collects this time and gets a boundary towards long on. FOUR MORE! Gayle this time pulls. This is the first time he has scored two boundaries in IPL 2016. Good over form RCB.

Live cricket Score and Updates Royal Challengers Bangalore 7/0 | Overs 1 | TARGET: 184| Batting: Chris Gayle 1 (4), Virat Kohli 5 (2): Andre Russell to bowl the first over for KKR. Gayle is off the mark off the third delivery to bring Kohli on strike for the first time. FOUR! Kohli pulls and finds the fence off his very first ball. ONE! Takes a single off the very next delivery.

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 183/5 | Overs 20 | Batting: Andre Russell 39 (19), Shakib Al Hasan 18 (11): Watson to bowl the final over. He has been expensive over today. Watson starts off well. His first couple of balls are on target. Full toss outside off around the wicket from Watson and Russell smashes it without any hassle. WIDE! Shakib looks for a heave and misses, the ball is called wide and the batsmen run through. Russell is on strike for the final ball of the innings and concedes a couple.

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 171/5 | Overs 19 | Batting: Andre Russell 31 (15), Shakib Al Hasan 16 (9): Chris Jordan back into the attack. What a ball! Ball right in the block hole, Shakib digs it out and falls down as well. Another yorker and this time Shakib hits it to deep mid-wicket.WIDE! The ball looked to be well within the line but the umpire thought otherwise. First three balls were spot on from Jordan. DOT! Right on money once again and this time it is Russell who trips and falls. SIX! In the slot and Russell dispatches it over the long off fence. Good spell from Jordan today though.

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 161/5 | Overs 18 | Batting: Andre Russell 24 (12), Shakib Al Hasan 14 (6): Shane Watson is brought back into the attack. Starts around the wicket to Russell, who squeezes a full ball to long leg. Watson goes over the wicket for Shakib. SIX! Shakib clobbers the ball a little outside off over deep mid-wicket boundary. 150 up for KKR. ONE! Shakib looks to go over the top over long off, but does not time it well and falls just short of the incoming fielder. SIX! Around the wicket for Russell and just a flick of the wrists and Watson is dispatched over the square leg fence. DROPPED! Shakib edges one straight to Aravind at third man but he drops it!

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 145/5 | Overs 17 | Batting: Andre Russell 16 (9), Shakib Al Hasan 6 (3): Chahal to bowl his final over. FOUR! Chahal bowls full outside off and Russel smashes it to the deep cover fence. Kohli drops the catch in the deep, but a very very difficult chance that. Decent over though. Kohli has gone off the field as he has hurt himself while attempting that catch. Nothing serious, hopefully!

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 137/5 | Overs 16 | Batting: Andre Russell 9 (4), Shakib Al Hasan 5 (2): Aravind continues. He is inot his final over of the day. OUT! In the air and Abdullah takes it easily. Suryakumar has to walk back into the pavilion. SIX! Short ball and RUssell pulls the ball with ease. Poor ball to follow the wicket delivery. New batsman Shakib guides it to the vacant third man boundary. Expensive over, but a wicket off this over.  OUT! Suryakumar Yadav c Abdullah b Aravind 5 (5)

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 124/4 | Overs 15 | Batting: Andre Russell 1 (1), Suryakumar Yadav 5 (4): Chahal continues. OUT! Pathan goes for a big heave, misses and Rahul removes the bails. Pathan is short of his crease and has to walk back to the hut. Two new batsmen at the crease, just what RCB would have wanted at this stage. Suryakumar Yadav is the new batsman. FOUR! After watching the fist ball cautiously, but plays a delicate late cut off the next ball. DROPPED! Rahul drops a tough chance. Another excellent over from Chahal. OUT! Yusuf Pathan st Rahul b Chahal 6 (12)

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 118/3 | Overs 14 | Batting: Yusuf Pathan 4 (8), Andre Russell 0 (0): Sreenath Aravind is back into the attack. FOUR! A late cut off Aravind and Pandey picks up a much needed boundary. ONE! Pandey strikes a single to mid on and gets to his FIFTY! GONE! Pandey holes out in the deep immediately after getting to a half-century. Andre Russell is the new batsman.A slightly expensive over, but a crucial wicket came off it too.  OUT! Manish Pandey c de Villiers b Aravind 50 (35)

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 107/2 | Overs 13 | Batting: Manish Pandey 45 (32), Yusuf Pathan 4 (8): Abdullah continues. Abdullah managed to kept things tight. Abdullah bowls yet another excellent over. 7 off it. Pathan is being very cautious at the moment.

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 100/2 | Overs 12 | Batting: Manish Pandey 43 (29), Yusuf Pathan 1 (5): Watson is back. Pathan is off the mark with an awkward shot. SIX! Pandey strikes a flat six through mid-wicket. ONE! KKR bring up their 100 as Pandey punches one down the ground. Watson however keeps at it and beats Pathan. Pathan’s wicket will be crucial for RCB from here.

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 91/2 | Overs 11 | Batting: Manish Pandey 35 (26), Yusuf Pathan 0 (2): Abdullah now. Kohli ringing in the changes here. RUN OUT! Both batsmen end up at the same end. Gambhir after getting to his fifty is dismissed. Big blow for KKR. Yusuf Pathan walks out to the middle. Good over for RCB this. Just 4 runs and a wicket off it.  OUT! Gautam Gambhir run out 51 (34)

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 87/1 | Overs 10 | Batting: Gautam Gambhir 50 (32), Manish Pandey 33 (24): Jordan continues. Gambhir gets to his fifty off just 32 deliveries. He has looked at ease throughout his innings so far. KKR on their way to set a big score. Just five off that over from Jordan.

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 82/1 | Overs 9 | Batting: Gautam Gambhir 46 (29), Manish Pandey 32 (21): Chahal continues. Pandey sweeps and misses. The next ball is a wide outside off. The batsmen just knock it around for ones and twos for the rest of the over. It eventually ends up being an eight ball over.

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 74/1 | Overs 8 | Batting: Gautam Gambhir 43 (27), Manish Pandey 29 (17): Chris Jordan bowls his first over. Gambhir is timing the ball beautifully today. Also running the twos very well. Jordan too is mixing it up quite well. He is high on confidence after a stellar show in the previous game. Mix up at the final ball of the over. Throw at the wrong end ensures Pandey survives. Excellent start by Jordan.

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 67/1 | Overs 7 | Batting: Gautam Gambhir 39 (24), Manish Pandey 26 (14): Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack. Gambhir takes a single off the first ball and Pandey sweeps the ball over the mid-wicket fence. FOUR! Inside out and Gambhir collects a boundary. FOUR MORE! Lose ball and Gambhir cuts.

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 51/1 | Overs 6 | Batting: Gautam Gambhir 30 (21), Manish Pandey 19 (11): Shane Watson now. DOT! Played straight to the cover fielder. DOT! Played and missed outside off. FOUR! Pulled beautifully to the fence. ONE! Squeezed out outside off and played to the deep. ONE! Played to mid-wicket. FOUR! Pandey opens the face and collects yet another boundary.

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 42/1 | Overs 5| Batting: Gautam Gambhir 25 (17), Manish Pandey 15 (9): Abdullah continues. ONE! Gambhir plays on on side. ONE! Played to deep mid-wicket. ONE! Played to deep square leg. ONE! Played with soft hands on the leg side. FOUR! Played to the fine leg fence. ONE! Quick single after playing on off side.

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 33/1 | Overs 4| Batting: Gautam Gambhir 18 (13), Manish Pandey 13 (7): Aravind continues and Gambhir runs him down to third man. ONE! Misfield by the bowler and KKR get a single. FOUR! A bit short outside off and Gambhir pull through mid-wicket. ONE! Gambhir charges down the track and plays it to mid-on. FOUR! Cross batted but Pandey pulls it to the vacant deep mid-wicket boundary. FOUR MORE! Cross batted once again and a boundary in the same region once again.

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 18/1 | Overs 3| Batting: Gautam Gambhir 12 (10), Manish Pandey 4 (4): Iqbal Abdullah into the attack. DOT! Reverse sweep, Uthappa misses and wrapped on the pads. Umpire turns it down. OUT! Outside edge and the ball goes back to Abdullah. Big scalp! Manish Pandey walks in at No. 3. FOUR! Pandey sweeps and gets a boundary to deep mid-wicket. DOT! Played on the off side by Pandey and doesn’t take a single. DOT! Played to cover. DOT to finish.  OUT! Robin Uthappa c & b Abdullah 2(4)

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 14/0 | Overs 2| Batting: Robin Uthappa 2 (2), Gautam Gambhir 12 (10): Sreenath Aravind to bowl the second over. DOT! Bang on target, Gambhir survives. Gayle is on the microphone, chatting with the commentators. TWO! Meanwhile, Gambhir plays it to deep square leg. ONE! Quick single to mid on. DOT! Hit pads, to the keeper. DOT! On off, Gambhir depends. FOUR! Just a flick of the wrists and Gambhir collects a boundary.

Live cricket Score and Updates Kolkata Knight Riders 8/0 | Overs 1| Batting: Robin Uthappa 1 (1), Gautam Gambhir 7 (5): Stuart Binny to open the bowling once again for RCB, Uthappa takes strike. ONE! Uthappa is immediately off the mark with a quick single to mid off. DOT! Gambhir leaves the ball outside off. DOT! Gambhir plays an awkward short off the backfoot on the offside. TWO! Gambhir off the mark with a couple due to a misfield at long leg. FOUR! Good drive on the offside. ONE to finish the over.

KKR XI: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Morne Morkel, Ankit Rajpoot, Sunil Narine

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

RCB have made just one change. They have roped in Iqbal Abdullah in place of Varun Aaron. KKR have retained the same playing XI.

TOSS: RCB have won the toss and elected to bowl first.

 

RCB will want to carry on from where they had left off. Virst Kohli and AB de Villiers had scored centuries to help their side to a commanding 248 for 3 against Gujarat Lions (GL). They will look to continue their run in this match as well and win as every match is crucial for them. KKR on the other hand registered a thumping win against Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) by eight wickets in a rain-curtailed game. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2016, Match 48 at Kolkata: Preview

The match is being played at Eden Gardens, where the humidity is very high and as a result there may be rain in the night, just like it was in the previous match. KKR won the previous match against RCB and RCB will be looking to avenge their loss at home. With the major players in form for both sides, this should be yet another exciting contest.

Squads:

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Gautam Gambhir (c), Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa (wk), Sheldon Jackson, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Jason Holder, Colin Munro, Rajgopal Sathish, Manan Ajay Sharma.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadav, KL Rahul (wk), Chris Jordan, 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.

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