Rajasthan Royals come up against Royal Challengers Bangalore © IANS
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Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 134/1 | Overs 16.1 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Virat Kohli 62(46), AB de Villiers 47(34)

And RCB have won at last! De Villiers smacks one through the leg-side and it is a four. A good game for RCB! They have won by nine wickets. Kohli is walking back a happy man.

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 130/1 | Overs 16 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Virat Kohli 62(46), AB de Villiers 43(33)

Kohli and de Villiers continue to knock it around. RCB are getting closer and closer.

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 124/1 | Overs 15 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Virat Kohli 58(39), AB de Villiers 39(28)

Tambe comes back and Kohli welcomes him with a six over long-on. They then get a couple of singles. Kohli is trying to finish this quickly.

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 114/1 | Overs 14 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Virat Kohli 50(39), AB de Villiers 39(28)

Kohli charges down the ground and lofts Watson straight for a six. Kohli then gets a single and completes his fifty. De Villiers pulls one over wide long-on for a couple. De Villiers hits down the ground for a four.

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 98/1 | Overs 13 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Virat Kohli 41(36), AB de Villiers 32(25)

James Faulkner is into the attack. Kohli gets a couple and then a single. De Villiers then gets a single. RCB move closer and closer.

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 93/1 | Overs 12 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Virat Kohli 37(31), AB de Villiers 31(24)

Tambe is in to bowl. This over fetches them six runs. No Problems for them at all!

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 87/1 | Overs 11 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Virat Kohli 33(26), AB de Villiers 30(23)

Both batsmen continue to knock it around the ground. The fifty partnership is up and they do not need to do any extraordinary stuff here.

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 83/1 | Overs 10 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Virat Kohli 29(22), AB de Villiers 29(21)

Kulkarni is into the attack. The batsmen are now doing it easily as they knock it around. De Villiers hits one through the off-side for a couple. They continue to work the strike around.

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 76/1 | Overs 9 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Virat Kohli 27(19), AB de Villiers 24(18)

Tambe continues and de Villiers hits him over mid-wicket for a four. He then works it around for a single. Kohli then drives down the ground for a single. De Villiers then works one fine off his pads for a four through fine-leg.

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 66/1 | Overs 8 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Virat Kohli 26(18), AB de Villiers 15(13)

Watson continues. Kohli gets a single to begin the over. De Villiers then knocks it down the ground for a single. Kohli then plays it to fine-leg and runs for one. The fieldeer there overran the ball and Kohli gets another. Kohli then guides a short ball through third-man for a single.

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 60/1 | Overs 7 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Virat Kohli 22(15), AB de Villiers 13(10)

Tambe is into the attack. Kohli launches the third ball, which is a bit short, over mid-wicket for a massive six. Kohli then plays it through the leg-side and gets a couple. Kohli then gets a single through the leg-side.

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 49/1 | Overs 6 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Virat Kohli 12(11), AB de Villiers 12(8)

Chants of “AB, AB” go around the ground! He gets a couple off the first ball. he then smacks Faulkner through point and it has gone for a four. De Villiers then smacks one through mid-off for a four. It was slow and short and he has smacked it well. he then plays it to that close in fielder and Kohli runs across for a quick single. Kohli ends the over with a single.

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 37/1 | Overs 5 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Virat Kohli 11(10), AB de Villiers 1(3)

OUT! Chris Gayle 20(17)

Chris Gayle is gone! Watson bowls a slower bouncer and Gayle tries to pull, while checking his shot. The ball takes the top-edge and is taken by Sanju Samson. AB de Villiers is in and Watson has a third-slip in. In fact, that fielder is standing close in.

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 36/0 | Overs 4 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Chris Gayle 20(14), Virat Kohli 11(10)

Kohli is facing Kulkarni and he gets a single. Then Gayle works it around for another single. Kohli then pulls one through mid-wicket for a four. Kohli then works it fine through third-man for a couple.

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 28/0 | Overs 3 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Chris Gayle 19(13), Virat Kohli 4(5)

Kohli gets a single first ball off Morris. Gayle then plays out a dot. Gayle then smashed it through cover for a four! That was punched and it has gone to the ropes. Gayle then smashes one over cover as Morris comes from around the wicket. That has gone for a four! Gayle smashes it over long-on for a six!

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 13/0 | Overs 2 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Chris Gayle 5(8), Virat Kohli 3(5)

Dhawal Kulkarni is the new bowler. Kohli gets a single off the second ball. Gayle gets one on the body and he gets a feather through fine-leg for a four. He tickled it, but wait, it is given a leg-bye. Gayle then smacks the next ball over mid-off for a four. He flat-batted it over the fielder there.

Live Cricket Score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 4/0 | Over 1 | Target: 131

Batsmen: Chris Gayle 1(4), Virat Kohli 2(2)

Chris Morris is the bowler. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli are opening the batting. Gayle gets a single off the second ball. Kohli gets off the mark first ball as he drives to cover. Morris bowls a beauty to Gayle. It was a yorker, shaping in, and he has done very well to keep it out. He gets a single then. Kohli gets a single as he edges one through the cover.

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 130/9 | Overs 20

Batsmen: Chris Morris 3(3), Pravin Tambe 2(4)

OUT! Dhawal Kulkarni 1(2)

Kulkarni is bowled by Starc off the first ball of the last over. RR are folding up here! After a couple of balls, Tambe gets Faulkner on strike. Morris then gets a single as he tries an expansive shot over mid-off, but doesn’t get it properly. Tambe gets one off the last ball. RR finish on 130 for nine.

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 127/8 | Overs 19

Batsmen: Chris Morris 2(2), Dhawal Kulkarni 1(1)

OUT! James Faulkner 4(5)

Harshal continues. Morris gets off the mark first ball. Faulkner then works it around for a single. Morris then hits down the ground for a single. James Faulkner is gone to a magnificent catch! He walked across his stumps and tries to scoop it. He got it down the leg-side, but Karthik dived across to his left to take it one-handed. What a catch!

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 122/7 | Overs 18

Batsmen: James Faulkner 2(2), Chris Morris 0(0)

OUT! Steven Smith 31(28), Stuart Binny 20(20)

Steven Smith is out to Starc! He tries to swing across the line and gets a top-edge. Dinesh Karthik takes the catch! James Faulkner is the new man in the middle. Binny gets a single after a couple of balls. Faulkner gets off the mark first ball. And Binny is gone! He tries to go over cover and has holed out to the deep!

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 119/5 | Overs 17

Batsmen: Steven Smith 31(27), Stuart Binny 19(17)

Binny changes his footing to Chahal and reverse-sweep him for a four over short third-man. He then gets a single through cover. Smith follows that up with a single. Binny goes over cover, but doesn’t get it. It falls between three fielders as they get two.

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 109/5 | Overs 16

Batsmen: Steven Smith 29(25), Stuart Binny 11(13)

Stuart Binny comes down the track and hits Wiese over long-on. It has gone high in the air. Long on gets underneath, but has dropped it! Binny then gets a single through mid-wicket. Smith gets a single through cover. Binny then hits through long-off for a single. Smith walks across to the off-side and pulls it past the short fine-leg for a four.

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 100/5 | Overs 15

Batsmen: Steven Smith 24(22), Stuart Binny 7(10)

Binny gets a single down the ground and then Smith too gets a single. Harshal is the bowler. After a couple of dots, Binny plays one fine through third0man for a four. Very well played! The hundred is up!

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 93/5 | Overs 14

Batsmen: Steven Smith 23(21), Stuart Binny 2(5)

Smith gets a single off the second ball as Wiese continues. Binny gets off the mark with a single through the leg-side. Smith gets a single then. Only four runs off this over.

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 89/5 | Overs 13

Batsmen: Steven Smith 21(18), Stuart Binny 0(2)

OUT! Sanju Samson 4(7)

Chahal is back in the attack and he is bowling to Samson. After a couple of dots, Samson smashes one through the off-side and gets a couple. Samson is bowled! He tries to sweep across the line and the ball spins past him and shatters the stumps. Stuart Binny is the new batsman.

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 87/4 | Overs 12

Batsmen: Steven Smith 21(18),Sanju Samson 2(3)

OUT! Deepak Hooda 1(3)

Hooda is gone! Abdulla castles him and shatters his stumps! Samson is in and he gets off the mark first ball. Samson has had a rapid demotion in the batting line-up.

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 82/3 | Overs 11

Batsmen: Steven Smith 19(16), Deepak Hooda 1(2)

Wiese continues and Smith gets a single first ball. Deepak Hooda is the new man and he plays the first one solidly. He gets off the mark second ball by driving through the off-side. Smith then moves across his stumps and flicks it for a four through fine-leg. What a shot! He then gets a couple. He retains strike with a single.

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 73/3 | Overs 10

Batsmen: Steven Smith 11(12), Deepak Hooda 0(0)

OUT! Karun Nair 16(14)

Chahal is back into the attack. Nair hits one back to Chahal, who only went to his right in his follow through. He could only get a hand to it, but could not stop it. He seems to be in pain. And he has gone off! Kohli comes on to bowl. Smith works the third ball of the over for a single. They work it around for singles! But wait is there a wicket there! Smith drives through the off-side and calls for two. The fielder from the deep threw it well and Kohli collected and hit it to the stumps.

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 67/2 | Overs 9

Batsmen: Steven Smith 8(8), Karun Nair 14(12)

David Wiese is into the attack and Nair gets a single through third-man, first ball. Smith then puts it through cover for a single. Nair then drives down the ground for another single. The singles continue.

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 63/2 | Overs 8

Batsmen: Steven Smith 6(5), Karun Nair 11(9)

Singles continue. Nair goes over mid-off, but it goes on the bounce to long-off. No damage done. The batsmen continue to knock it around as Iqbal Abdulla comes into the attack. Straight bated shots being the order of the over. But then, Nair smashes one ovr mid-wicket and it is a six. He swept it in front of square and has got enough on it.

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 54/2 | Overs 7

Batsmen: Steven Smith 5(4), Karun Nair 3(4)

Harshal continues and Smith gets a single first ball. The singles and twos continue in this over. Time for consolidation.

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 48/2 | Overs 6

Batsmen: Steven Smith 1(1), Karun Nair 1(1)

OUT! Shane Watson 26(22)

Steven Smith is the new man in the middle. Yuzvendra Chahal will bowl to Watson and he has been welcomed with a six over the leg-side. Well played by Watson. And then, he dances down the track and lofts it over mid-on for a four. And Watson is gone! He went for another one over the leg-side and is caught by Mitchell Starc at cow corner.  Karun Nair is the new man and he gets off the mark first ball. Smith also gets a single.

 

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 36/1 | Overs 5

Batsmen: Shane Watson 16(18)

OUT! Ajinkya Rahane 18(12)

Harshal Patel is into the attack. Rahane gets a single through mid-on off the second ball. Later in the over, Rahane punched one down the ground and it is four as Sarfaraz dived and missed. Rahane is now leg before. Harshal hit him in front and that is a big wicket!

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 30/0 | Overs 4

Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 13(8), Shane Watson 15(16)

Abdulla is back and Rahane pulls it over mid-won for a six. What a good shot. A fraction short and he has capitalised on that. Off the next ball, he takes a single. Watson then smacks one down the ground for a single. Rahane then sweeps one over square-leg and that is a four. Well done! It was over the inner ring.

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 17/0 | Overs 3

Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 1(3), Shane Watson 14(15)

Starc continues. Watson plays a dot. After two dots, Starc pitches it short. Watson pulls it in front of square for a four. He did not hit it too well, but was safe and has gone to the boundary. Off the last ball, Watson cuts one over point and it is a four. That was well played again!

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 9/0 | Overs 2

Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 1(3), Shane Watson 5(9)

Iqbal Abdulla is brought in. So there is spin early on. Watson plays out the first three balls and cannot get a run. He hits the fourth one back to Abdulla, no run again. He then charges and hits it to mid-on, no run again. Finally, a single down to long-off off the last ball.

Live Cricket Score: Rajasthan Royals 8/0 | Over 1

Batsmen: Ajinkya Rahane 1(3), Shane Watson 5(3)

Mitchell Starc stars proceedings to Ajinkya Rahane. The first ball hits Rahane on the pads but it is shaping down the leg-side. The next ball is a wide down the leg-side. Rahane then gets off the mark with a drive for a single down the ground. Shane Watson comes on strike. Starc bowls another wide down the leg-side. He is getting shape into the right-handers here. Watson gets off the mark with a fantastic drive through mid-off for a four. What a shot! He leaned forward and drove it with ease. Watson then edges it to third-man for a single.


 

Chris Gayle is in and so is Mandeep Singh. RR have made one change as Dhawal Kulkarni is back in the team. Here are the two teams of the day:

Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wk), Karun Nair, Steven Smith, Stuart Binny, James Faulkner, Deepak Hooda, Chris Morris, Pravin Tambe, Dhawal Kulkarni

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Dinesh Karthik (wk), AB de Villiers, David Wiese, Sarfaraz Khan, Iqbal Abdulla, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mitchell Starc, Harshal Patel

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

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 match between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). This match will be played at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera in Ahmedabad. Here you have two teams at the opposite ends of the spectrum. While RR is in the upper half, having lost the solitary game, RCB are down low as they have only recorded one victory. Thus, teams with contrasting fortunes are taking on each other in a game where RR may be considered favourites. They know the home conditions at Ahmedabad well, having played many games there. For RCB, a team that is trying to find its form, this will be no easy task.

The big question is: Will Chris Gayle play? He missed out on the last game and it is said he opted out. But, if RCB are to make progress, they need him to come good. The time is now for them as they need to act soon to ensure they get back to winning ways. With Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers in the side, they have numerous match-winners and need to get their act together. RR are an efficiency side, relying on different parts of their machinery to make it work. They are about team effort rather than one or two big performers. IPL 2015: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Preview

Squads:

Rajasthan Royals (RR): Shane Watson (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, Sanju Samson (wk), Pravin Tambe, Tim Southee, James Faulkner, Karun Nair, Dhawal Kulkarni, Chris Morris, Vikramjeet Malik, Rajat Bhatia, Stuart Binny, Ben Cutting, Ankit Sharma, Brainder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Abhishek Nayar, Dinesh Salunkhe, Rahul Tewatia, Dishant Yagnik, Sagar Trivedi, Juan Theron, Pradeep Sahu.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Darren Sammy, Mitchell Starc, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Subramanium Badrinath, Sean Abbott, Adam Milne, Nic Maddinson, Ashok Dinda, Manvinder Bisla, Varun Aaron, Vijay Zol, Sarfaraz Khan, Jalaj Saxena, Shishir Bhavane, Iqbal Abdullah, David Wiese, Rilee Rossouw, Abu Nechim, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sandeep Warrier, Yogesh Takawale, Jalaj Saxena.

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