Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog post of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 Match No. 41, between the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI). The game will be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, and it will of course be the home game for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Virat Kohli’s team needs to win 4 out of their remaining 5 matches in the IPL 9, in order to qualify for the playoffs for this season. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have so far played 9 games, they have won 4 and have lost 5. Live Cricket Scorecard: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2016, Match 41 at Bangalore

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 153/4 in Overs 18.4: Aaron starts off with a single to Pollard towards long on, followed by a wide, as the next ball is a dot, while the third ball is a no ball, that results in a single towards mid-wicket, as the free-hit results in a single towards extra cover off Pollard. The fourth ball is a SIX over long on, as MI win by 6 wickets. BATTING: Kieron Pollard 35 (19), Jos Buttler 29 (11)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 142/4 in Overs 18: Jordan into the attack, as he starts off with a single to Buttler towards long on, followed by another single towards third man, as the next ball is another single towards long on. The fourth ball results in a single again towards mid wicket, followed by a SIX over long on by Buttler, as the over ends with a SIX towards mid-wicket. BATTING: Kieron Pollard 33 (17), Jos Buttler 22 (8)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 136/4 in Overs 17: Watson into the attack, as he starts off with a wide, followed by a SIX off Pollard over long off, as the next ball is a single towards covers, while the third ball is a single again. The fourth ball results in a FOUR over deep third man, followed by another FOUR towards square leg, as the next ball is another wide, while the over ends with a dot. BATTING: Kieron Pollard 31 (15), Jos Buttler 8 (4)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 108/4 in Overs 16:  Aaron begins with a wide outside off. GONE! ABD pulls off a stunning catch running in from long on to get rid of Rayudu! What a catch! A single to Pollard on the second ball. Jos Buttler is the new man in. Jos Buttler begins with a single. A single to Pollard on long off. I don’t know how to describe it, but Buttler scoops it over the wicketkeeper for a FOUR. A mishit, in the air but Binny fails to get around it on time. 44 needed off 24. BATTING: Kieron Pollard 16 (10), Jos Buttler 7 (3)

OUT! Ambati Rayudu c AB de Villiers b Varun Aaron 44 (47)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 97/3 in Overs 15: SIX! Watson is smacked straight down the ground very hard by Pollard. A swing and a miss, a WIDE! FOUR! Watson bowls a fuller ball outside off, Pollard cracks it through cover. Third ball is a dot outside off, Pollard wanted to play it to third man but is beaten. A single to long off, and another, to Rayudu on the fifth ball. A swing and a miss on the final ball. Mumbai need 55 off 30.  BATTING: Ambati Rayudu 44 (46), Kieron Pollard 14 (8)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 84/3 in Overs 14: Loud appeal for caught behind off Aravind but Rayudu’s bat had hit the ground. 2 runs off the first 3 balls. Another single to long on to Rayudu. Pollard ends the over with another single. 5 runs off the over, Mumbai need 68 off 36.  BATTING: Ambati Rayudu 43 (45), Kieron Pollard 3 (3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 79/3 in Overs 13: Chahal begins with 2 dots, and there is an appeal for stumping on the third ball! Rahul is quite sure about it. NOT OUT, says the third umpire. Three dots now, pressure rising. A single on the fourth ball to long on, past the bowler. Two runs to Rana, but Binny takes a blinder at deep midwicket to get rid of Rana! BATTING: Ambati Rayudu 41 (42)

OUT! Nitish Rana c Stuart Binny b Yuzvendra Chahal 9 (11)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 76/2 in Overs 12: Rayudu begins with a MASSIVE SIX down the ground off Aaron. A single on the second ball, and then a dot to Rana. Another dot, a swing and a miss for Rana. SIX! Rana makes room, clears the third man! Dot to end the over. BATTING: Ambati Rayudu 40 (38), Nitish Rana 7 (9)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 63/2 in Overs 11: Chahal begins with a dot to Rayudu. A single to Rayudu on the second, and then a dot to Rana. The left-hander takes a single to deep cover on his fourth ball. A dot to Rayudu, who comes down but defends it. A single to end the over. RCB need 89 off 54. BATTING: Ambati Rayudu 33 (36), Nitish Rana 1 (5)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 60/2 in Overs 10: WICKET! Rohit Sharma has been caught at long on off Varun Aaron! Nitish Rana gets a bouncer on his first ball in IPL. A dot to the left-hander. A dot to end the over.  BATTING: Ambati Rayudu 31 (32), Nitish Rana 0 (3)

OUT! Rohit Sharma c AB de Villiers b Varun Aaron 24 (22)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 58/1 in Overs 9: Six singles in the over. Mumbai need  94 off 66. BATTING: Rohit Sharma 24 (22), Ambati Rayudu 30 (31)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 52/1 in Overs 8: Jordan is smacked for a FOUR by Rohit over mid off. A FREE HIT coming up, Jordan has overstepped. A full toss outside off, Rayudu gets a single to long on. A single to Rohit as well to long on. A dot to Rayudu! Yes, Jordan bowls a dot! One run to Rayudu. A dot again, to finish the over. BATTING: Rohit Sharma 21 (19), Ambati Rayudu 27 (28)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 43/1 in Overs 7: Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl. A dot to Rohit first up, and then an easy single on the second. A single to Rayudu is followed by a push by Rohit to long on. A dot, Rayudu leaves one outside off. A dot to end the over, Rayudu thought it was wide and leg alone. BATTING: Rohit Sharma 15 (15), Ambati Rayudu 25 (25)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 39/1 in Overs 6: Aravind begins with a dot to Rayudu. SIX! Over long off, Rayudu hits it nicely. A single on the third ball. A single to Rohit on the fourth ball towards cover. Single to end the over. BATTING: Rohit Sharma 13 (13), Ambati Rayudu 24 (22)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 30/1 in Overs 5: Shane Watson begins with a beauty outside off, squaring up Rayudu totally. The second ball is defended with soft hands. Rayudu pulls, the ball races away to a FOUR towards deep midwicket. Rayudu pushes in the same region again, collects 2. The next ball is a dot. A single to end the over. BATTING: Rohit Sharma 12 (12), Ambati Rayudu 15 (16)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 23/1 in Overs 4: Aravind begins with a dot to Rayudu. A dot again. Third ball is a dot as well, Rayudu plays it to short third man. Fine shot, FOUR, straight down the ground on a fuller delivery pitched on middle. An overthrow by ABD from mid off, Rayudu gets 2. Rayudu gets a single to end the over. Mumbai need 129 more to win. BATTING: Rohit Sharma 12 (12), Ambati Rayudu 8 (10)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 16/1 in Overs 3: Two runs to Rohit on the first ball to deep square leg. The second ball is a dot from Chris Jordan. FOUR! A fuller ball outside off, Rohit pushes it past the many men on the off side. A WIDE! Jordan has been having a torrid time in the IPL. FOUR! A top edge of Rohit’s bat could have been caught easily had there been a deep midwicket. A WIDE again! A dot to Rohit on the fifth ball. BATTING: Rohit Sharma 12 (12), Ambati Rayudu 1 (4)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 4/1 in Overs 2: GONE! Parthiv plays one outside off on the up, gets a thick edge and Shane Watson takes a catch off Sreenath Aravind! Ambati Rayudu comes in at No. 3. He pulls away as Sreenath delivers the ball. Rayudu plays a dot and then takes a single on the leg side. Rohit too takes a single. Two dots to end the over. BATTING: Rohit Sharma 2 (6), Ambati Rayudu 1 (4)

OUT! Parthiv Patel c Shane Watson b Sreenath Aravind 1 (2)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Mumbai Indians 2/0 in Overs 1: Rohit Sharma takes a single on the second ball from Stuart Binny. The first was struck well, to point. Parthiv Patel is off the mark too, with a single on the leg side. The third is hit to extra cover, and fourth is left alone. A dot to end the over. BATTING: Rohit Sharma 1 (5), Parthiv Patel 1 (1)

We are back for the chase. Rohit Sharma will face Stuart Binny…

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 151/4 in Overs 20: McClenaghan starts off with a single to Rahul off leg bye, followed by another single, as the next ball is flicked for a SIX towards fine leg. The fourth ball is a wide, followed by a single off leg bye, as the next ball is a single towards short fine leg, as the over ends with a couple, with MI needing 152 to win in 20 overs. BATTING: KL Rahul 68 (53), Sachin Baby 25 (13)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 138/4 in Overs 19: Bumrah starts off with a single to Rahul off leg bye, followed by another single off Baby towards long off, as the next ball is a single again. The fourth ball is a single towards long of,, followed by a couple, as the over ends with a single off leg byes. BATTING: KL Rahul 60 (49), Sachin Baby 23 (11)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 131/4 in Overs 18: Pollard starts off with a SIX off Rahul towards deep square leg, followed by a single off leg bye, as the next ball is a dot. The fourth ball is a SIX by Baby over deep mid wicket, followed by another SIX over long on, as the over ends with a FOUR towards deep mid wicket. BATTING: KL Rahul 57 (45), Sachin Baby 21 (9)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 108/4 in Overs 17: Southee starts off with a single to Rahul, as he brings up his half-century, followed by a FOUR off Baby towards mid-wicket, as the next ball is a single. The fourth ball is played for a single towards deep mid-wicket, followed by a dot, as the over ends with a dot as well. BATTING: KL Rahul 51 (43), Sachin Baby 5 (5)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 101/4 in Overs 16: Bumrah into the attack, as he starts off with a single off Rahul towards sweeper cover, followed by a SIX over long on, as the next ball is a WICKET, with Watson being run out for 15. Sachin Baby comes in as the fourth ball is a single towards extra cover, followed by another single towards long off, while the over ends with a dot. BATTING: KL Rahul 49 (41), Sachin Baby 0 (1)

OUT! Shane Watson run out 15 (14)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 91/3 in Overs 15: McClenaghan starts off with a dot to Rahul, followed by a SIX over fine leg, as the next ball is a dot again. The fourth ball is a a SIX by Rahul over long on, followed by a FOUR towards deep square leg, as the over ends with a single. BATTING: KL Rahul 45 (38), Shane Watson 9 (12)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 76/3 in Overs 14: Southee into the attack, as he starts off with a single to Rahul towards square leg, followed by a boundary straight down the ground by Watson, as the next ball is played for a single. The fourth ball results in a dot, followed by a dot, as the over ends with a single. BATTING: KL Rahul 30 (32), Shane Watson 9 (12)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 69/3 in Overs 13: Krunal starts off with a dot to Rahul towards long on, followed by a dot, as the next ball is again a dot. The fourth ball results in a single towards long on, followed by a dot, as the over ends with a single. BATTING: KL Rahul 28 (28), Shane Watson 4 (10)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 66/3 in Overs 12: Harbhajan starts off with a dot too Shane Watson, followed by a single, as the next ball is played for another single towards covers. The fourth ball is shuffled for another single, followed by a dot, as the over ends with a single towards cover. BATTING: KL Rahul 26 (25), Shane Watson 3 (7)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 62/3 in Overs 11: BIG WICKET! ABD mistimes a pull, Rayudu takes a running catch from deep midwicket. Shane Watson is in, as Rahul takes a single off second, followed by a dot. The fourth ball too is a dot, followed by another dot, as the over ends with a single. BATTING: KL Rahul 24 (22), Shane Watson 1 (4)

OUT! AB de Villiers c Ambati Rayudu b Krunal Pandya 24 (27)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 60/2 in Overs 10: SIX! ABD hits Harbhajan over midwicket on the first ball. DROPPED! A return stroke in the air travels right past Harbhajan. A single on the leg side for Rahul. Two runs off the final ball to end the over, 11 runs added off Harbhajan’s over. BATTING: AB de Villiers 24 (26), KL Rahul 23 (21)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 49/2 in Overs 9: Bumrah is hit for a SIX by Rahul on the second ball of the over. The next ball is a dot, following which he dabs one to third man for a single. A single to ABD on the fifth ball towards midwicket. FOUR! A glorious stroke towards deep cover, in the air, to end the over. BATTING: AB de Villiers 16 (22), KL Rahul 20 (19)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 37/2 in Overs 8: RCB are on backfoot, it is evident. Both ABD and Rahul have looked to consolidate. The over starts with a dot, followed by a single, and another. The fourth ball was a single again, followed by a dot, as the over ends with a single again.  BATTING: AB de Villiers 15 (21), KL Rahul 9 (14)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 33/2 in Overs 7: Krunal Pandya into the attack, as he starts off with three to KL Rahul, followed by a single, as the next ball is a single again. The fourth ball results in another single, followed by another single towards leg side, as the over ends a single as well.  BATTING: AB de Villiers 13 (18), KL Rahul 7 (11)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 25/2 in Overs 6: McClenaghan comes back, FOUR! de Villiers cracks the first ball past extra cover. A single to ABD on the second. The third ball is a dot, so is the fourth. A single off a mishit on the fifth ball to Rahul. A bouncer to end the over.  BATTING: AB de Villiers 10 (15), KL Rahul 2 (8)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 19/2 in Overs 5: KL Rahul defends the first ball from Krunal Pandya. The second ball is a dot too. And so is the third. Excellent start this for Mumbai. The fourth ball is hit well, but straight to cover. A soft-handed dab gets a single to Rahul. A single on the leg side to ABD. BATTING: AB de Villiers 5 (12), KL Rahul 1 (5)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 17/2 in Overs 4: Southee comes back. A mishit from de Villiers goes to midon for a single. Gayle gets one on the pads, hits to short midwicket. FOUR! Width outside off, a fuller ball is hit in the yawning gap on the off side. WICKET! Gayle skies one, Rohit Sharma takes the catch at mid on! Gayle, oh Gayle, what have you done! BATTING: AB de Villiers 4 (11), KL Rahul 0 (0)

OUT! Chris Gayle c Rohit Sharma b Tim Southee 1 (3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 12/1 in Overs 3: Jasprit Bumrah to bowl. ABD plays with soft hands on a straight delivery. ABD slashes hard on the next, but Jos Buttler puts in a dive on time to save a boundary for his side. No run. A dot again, ABD mistimes it to mid off. A low full toss, ABD plays is straight to Pollard at extra cover. Another dot, angled into the right-hander. A single to mid on denies Bumrah a maiden. BATTING: Chris Gayle 1 (3), AB de Villiers 3 (8)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/1 in Overs 2: OUT! Kohli has played it straight to widish slip! MASSIVE BLOW! AB de Villiers is in at No. 3, he starts with a single to mid on. Gayle on strike, gets a fuller ball, defends gently. He must hang around, runs will flow in, I am sure. Big game for the big man. A short ball, Gayle drops it nicely on leg side and strolls for a single. A short ball to ABD, he pulls it for a single with deep midwicket in place. A short, slow ball, Gayle moves his bat away carefully. BATTING: Chris Gayle 1 (3), AB de Villiers 2 (2)

OUT! Virat Kohli c Harbhajan Singh b Mitchell McClenaghan 7 (7)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE Royal Challengers Bangalore 8/0 in Overs 1: Tim Southee begins with a swinging delivery, fuller on length, hit to cover for no run by Kohli. The second ball is on the pads, Kohli flicks it straight to mid on. The third ball swings slightly away, but is fuller and Kohli plays it straight to mid off for no run. Width again, slightly short, swinging away from Kohli who’d be sad to have hit it to cover again. Now, Kohli makes room, some width outside off and hits it over cover for a SIX! The next ball is a wide down the leg side. A single to deep square leg to end the over. BATTING: Virat Kohli 7 (6), Chris Gayle 0 (0)

Time for action. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli stride out after Mumbai Indians take the field… How badly do you want Gayle to fire? It’s been a very long time!

TOSS: Mumbai Indians win toss, will field against RCB! Kohli is pretty disappointed losing the toss again, but says his side has good momentum coming into this game.

Sreenath Aravind and Chris Gayle are back! For Mumbai, Nitish Rana is making his IPL debut, Hardik Pandya has been dropped.

TEAMS:

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

Mumbai Indians (MI): Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Krunal Pandya, Nitish Rana, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have 8 points from 9 games in the IPL 2016 tournament, and their Net Run Rate (NRR) is 0.032. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are at the sixth spot in the IPL 9 Points Table. On the other hand, their competitors are place one position above them, at the fifth spot with 5 wins and as many defeats in 10 matches.

Mumbai Indians (MI) have 10 points in 10 matches, but a Net Run Rate (NRR) in negative, at -0.447. It will be a crucial game for both the teams, but the heat will be more on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as they have nothing less than a do-or-die situation tonight. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are coming off two consecutive victories, against Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), and their confidence will certainly be high going into this game against the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI), who have been very inconsistent so far.

Squads:

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

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Harbhajan Singh, Martin Guptill, Kieron Pollard, Tim Southee, Vinay Kumar, Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Mitchell McClenaghan, Unmukt Chand, Marchant de Lange, Akshay Wakhare, Corey Anderson, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Shreyas Gopal, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Suchith, Kishore Kamath, Nathu Singh, Krunal Pandya.

Live Cricket Scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2016, Match 41 at Bangalore