Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the ninth season of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016. I am Paulami Chakraborty and I will bring to you all the updates of Match 35 between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Both the teams, despite having power-packed line-ups, have failed to leave any mark with their performance in this edition of the Twenty20 (T20) contest. This is a must win for MS Dhoni’s RPS to find a place in the top four while RCB has not been in a very comfortable position as they are also having a long losing strand. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rising Pune Supergiants, IPL 2016, Match 35 at Bangalore

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 152/3 in overs 18, Batting: Virat Kohli 108(58), Travis Head 6(9): Dinda to bowl the final over. Single. A couple of runs off the next and scores are level, stepped outside off but miss hit it, runs are welcome anyway. FOUR! And captain Kohli finishes off win style. Only captain to score two centuries in this IPL and Kohli takes his team single-handedly to victory! RCB win by 7 wickets!

Magical innings from the man who is currently enjoying the best of his forms and Virat Kohli looks unstoppable. It was also the cameo from Watson that changed the pace and RCB picked up the momentum.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 152/3 in overs 18, Batting: Virat Kohli 102(56), Travis Head 5(8): RP Singh to continue, high full toss and declared no.  A single off the delivery, Kohli to face the free hit. No six, no four, just a couple of runs. Brilliant delivery and brilliant running between the wickets. Single, to the long on. Head swings and misses, single, good ball. SIX! Full on pads, and the ball finds itself amidst the spectators. SIX! Hits it straight and it hits the second tier! Massive! 100 for Kohli, second of the season, 6000 T20 runs for him as well.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 152/3 in overs 18, Batting: Virat Kohli 87(52), Travis Head 3(5): Adam Zampa to Kohli and greeted with a SIX! Down the leg, Kohli settles on his knee and hits it over mid-wicket where Rahane puts in a terrific effort. Injures himself in the process and goes off the field. SIX! Yet another maximum from Kohli as he went over bowler’s head. A dot follows. FOUR! Takes the third man this time. A couple of singles to end the over.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 152/3 in overs 17, Batting: Virat Kohli 70(47), Travis Head 2(4): Ravichandran Ashwin comes in to bowl. Starts off with a dot ball, Kohli defends it. FOUR! Short, and Kohli makes no mistake and hammers it over cover. A couple of singles and a dot follow. Single to end it.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 145/3 in overs 16, Batting: Virat Kohli 63(42): RP Singh into the attack. A rare fumble from Dhoni and Watson rightly stopped Kohli. Kohli plays the the next straight, it deflected off Ashwin’s hand and the batsmen took a single. APPEAL AND GONE! Watson misses this time. STRATEGIC TIME OUT! Travis Head comes in. CHANCE OF OUT! But the ball lands short of long-on. Kohli is saved.

OUT! Shane Watson lbw RP Singh 36(13)

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 142/2 in overs 15, Batting: Virat Kohli 62(40), Shane Watson 36(12): FOUR! Kohli welcomes Bhatia as he takes a long stride, hammers him over cover. Single follows, not a start Bhatia wanted. SIX! MASSIVE SIX! Watson goes on front foot, hits over long-on! SIX! Watson is causing the carnage here at Bangalore! Well played by Watson, a slower delivery, played to point, single taken. Yet another single to end the over.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 123/2 in overs 14, Batting: Virat Kohli 56(37), Shane Watson 23(9): Perera with the ball. FOUR! Short, outside off, Watson hammers it, a bit risky as it goes up but lands safe for one bounce four. FOUR! Yet another one through the cover, good shot this time. FOUR! Clever shot from Watson, as he cuts it through thirdman and it runs for a four. Swing and a miss this time. FOUR! Edged and went up over thirdman, and a four. Pressure upon Perera. FOUR! Goes over extra cover this time as the ball lands just short of the ropes, one bounce four. 5 fours off it.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 103/2 in overs 13, Batting: Virat Kohli 56(37), Shane Watson 3(3): Bhatia to continue. Kohli starts off with a single, sends the ball to long off. Watson goes off the mark with a single as well, to long on this time. Kohli works the short ball to mid-wicket and that a single brings up 100 for RCB! Single off the pad, half-hearted appeal. Watson goes for a big hit, just a single off it.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 97/2 in overs 12, Batting: Virat Kohli 52(32): OUT! Adam Zampa takes KL Rahul. Not enough power in that shot and Bailey takes him at deep cover comfortably. Kohli takes a single, gives strike to de Villiers. AB de Villiers comes out. Single, short, sends to cover. Huge, huge appeal but the umpire is not interested. OUT! Mistimes shot, not enough muscle as well, bottom hand comes off the bad. Good catch by Perera at deep.

OUT! AB de Villiers c Thisara Perera b Adam Zampa 1(3)

OUT! KL Rahul c George Bailey b Adam Zampa 38(35)

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 94/0 in overs 11, Batting: Virat Kohli 52(32), KL Rahul 38(34): Rajat Bhatia starts with a single. FOUR! Yet another shot that leaves the crowd mesmerized. Makes room, hots through cover. FOUR! It’s raining boundaries, placed in the gap between mid-wicket and square leg. 2 Runs! Terrific, terrific running between the wickets and pulls off a nearly impossible job. Reaches his fifty. Kohli pushes the next to cover, takes a single. Bowls at leg, Rahul flicks to square leg, single.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 81/0 in overs 10, Batting: Virat Kohli 39(26), KL Rahul 27(28): SIX! KL Rahul welcomes Perera and how. Goes up and the ball lands safely over long on. Single, Rahul creates room and steals a run. Yet another single. Angling towards leg, Kohli straight bats it and takes a single. Two runs, yes, no and they settle for a single. A single to end the over.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 70/0 in overs 9, Batting: Virat Kohli 39(26), KL Rahul 27(28): Full, a single and Zampa starts his next over. FOUR! Kohli flicks it to deep mid-wicket. A dot follows, Kohli hits straight to the bowler. FOUR! Virat Kohli, redefining masterclass here at Bangalore! Quickly adjust himself to come down the pitch and place it flawlessly between the fielders at cover, great, great shot. Takes a single off the next as he plays it to mid-wicket. Off the pad, Rahul remains lucky there as Dhoni fails to execute a stumping.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 50/0 in overs 8, Batting: Virat Kohli 23(18), KL Rahul 25(24): Rajat Bhatia into the attack. Back of length, just a single. A dot follows, as Kohli misses it. A single, Kohli sends it to mid-wicket. Single off Rahul’s pad. SIX! Beautiful, no other word to describe that shot. A perfect follow through, elbow up and works with the pace and direction of the ball to hit it over the bowler’s head. Dot to end.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 50/0 in overs 7, Batting: Virat Kohli 23(18), KL Rahul 25(24): Adam Zampa into the action, bowls to Kohli, who plays it to cover, gets a single. Full at leg, Rahul stumbles. Rahul hits the next straight to Zampa. No run. Two dots in a row. Zampa bowling in the block-hole, Rahul finding it difficult, manages a single. Straight, Fullish, Kohli drives with a good footwork. Full at leg, Kohli moves his foot to make room, hits to point, great batting, bowling and a quick single to end it. 50 up for RCB.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 46/0 in overs 6, Batting: Virat Kohli 21(16), KL Rahul 23(20): Perera with the ball. Kohli hits to mid-wicket, no run. SIX! Made room, outside off stump, fullish, Kohli settles on back leg, hammers over cover. Short, Kohli goes for a late cut, plays to backward point, single. Beautiful times that drive, Kohli, goes to deep cover where the ball is fielded. Single. Rahul swings and misses.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 38/0 in overs 5, Batting: Virat Kohli 13(12), KL Rahul 23(18): FOUR! Straght over the bowler, a Kohli classic. One bounce four. Pulled to Square leg, Dhoni chases and gives up, Thisara Perera fields at deep. 2 Runs, Kohli hammered the next to cover. Yorker, Kohli gets a but of room, blocks, takes single. Rahul goes up over mid-wicket, the ball lands safely in the gap and three runs.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 25/0 in overs 4, Batting: Virat Kohli 12(11), KL Rahul 11(13): RP Singh continues. Rahul swings and misses. SIX! Fullish, angling outside off, Rahul goes for an inside out and hits over cover! Collision! Everything happening here, as Kohli slides in Rahane’s boots hits Kohli on the face, protected by the grill. Single off the pad, the fittest Indian cricketer gets up quickly. SIX! And he hits RP Singh over cover with a shot something in between upper-cut and a hard hit. Single, Dhoni tries yet another special throwing the ball at the stumps without looking. A single to end the happening over.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 10/0 in overs 3, Batting: Virat Kohli 5(8), KL Rahul 4(9): Dinda continues, starts with a dot as Rahul defends. Plays the next shot in the leg side, takes a single. ALMOST A RUN OUT! Kohli defends the short length ball to cover and runs for a quick single while Dinda was ready at non-striker’s. Another single. Kohli plays the next straight, no run. Fullish, played to leg side, no run.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 7/0 in overs 2, Batting: Virat Kohli 4(6), KL Rahul 2(6): RP Singh with the ball. Rahul plays an unusual shot to leg, single. Kohli swings and misses, came down the track. Touched the next down to leg side and stole a single, nice use of wrist. Rahul plays the next to mid on, no run. Short, angling outside off, Rahul slams it to cover fielder, no runs. Fullish, defended to point, Dhoni jumps and appeals, single.

Live Cricket Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore 4/0 in overs 1, Batting: Virat Kohli 3(4), KL Rahul 1(2): Ashoke Dinda opens bowling with a short ball, Kolhi opens the face of bat, elbow up and a couple of runs as the ball goes deflecting off the cover fielder’s hand. Defends the next. Good length, straighter, quick single. That brings Rahul on strike. Fullish, down the leg. Big appeal but the umpire not interested. Rahul goes over square leg, single. Bouncer, Kohli plays to point.

*RCB’s innings starts*

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 191/6 in overs 20, Batting: Rajat Bhatia 9(4), Ravichandran Ashwin 10(5):SIX! Ashwin welcomes Jordan for the final over with six runs. Makes room going back, and hits it over mid-wicket. A couple of runs. Full toss outside off, sent over point. No runs off the next. A single, Ashwin playing no less than a technical batsman. SIX! Rajat Bhatia gets into the party, hits it over cover. A single to end the innings.

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 175/6 in overs 19, Batting: Rajat Bhatia 2(2), Ravichandran Ashwin 1(1): BOWLED HIM! A Shane Watson classic! Back to back wickets for RCB. Single, lower full toss, to extra cover. Single, off the pad. Short, Outside off, to cover, single. OUT! Edged and Rahul makes no mistake. Single to end it, what a brilliant over.

OUT! George Bailey c KL Rahul b Shane Watson 0(2)

OUT! Ajinkya Rahane b Shane Watson 74(48)

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 171/4 in overs 18, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 74(47): Chris Jordan comes in and Rahane welcomes him with a straight six! A single follows, Rahane sends it to the cover. A swing and a miss. Yet another swing and a miss from Tiwary. Jordan compensating for the six. Call for a catch but falls way far from skipper Kohli, a rare juggle there, 2 runs. Fullish, outside off, Perera takes a long stride and hits hard but it gets to a smiling Watson at cover.

OUT! Thisara Perera c Shane Watson b Chris Jordan 14(8)

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 162/3 in overs 17, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 67(45), Thisara Perera 12(4): Chahal continues. Single to start, Perera plays to long-off. FOUR! Way too much room for Rahane, who hammers it to cover for one bounce four. Rahane misses on the next, no runs. A single follows. FOUR! Perera goes straight over the bowler’s head and it goes for a boundary. SIX! Takes the long-on, and it lands somewhere in the stands.

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 146/3 in overs 16, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 62(42), Thisara Perera 1(1):Shane Watson continues. Starts off with a dot as Dhoni defends. Outside off, good length, Dhoni comes down but ducks. SIX! Short, a good delivery but dhoni was better as he hits it over fine leg. OUT! Outside off, Dhoni hits it hard but the slower ball lands in the hands of Parvez Rasool. 150th T20 wicket for Watson. A single off the next. A single to end the over from Perera.

OUT! MS Dhoni c Parvez Rasool b Shane Watson 9(8)

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 138/2 in overs 15, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 61(41), MS Dhoni 3(4): Yuzvendra Chahal continues. Starts off with a wide. OUT! Finally a stumping by KL Rahul. MS Dhoni walks out, crowd cheers. quick single. Rahane plays the next to square leg, wants a couple of run but Dhoni settles for a single. Rrae occasion there. A dot follows. Chahal bowls a wide. Played the next to mid on, single. Yet another single. To the leg, Dhoni plays to square leg, takes single, keeps strike.

OUT! Saurabh Tiwary stumped KKL Rahul b Yuzvendra Chahal 52(39)

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 130/1 in overs 14, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 59(39), Saurabh Tiwari 52(39): Chris Jordan to continue. A couple of runs. Attempted yorker, lands full and low at offstump and Rahane plays it to mid on, single. Single, short on leg, played to fine-leg. Wide down leg, a harsh decision by the umpire. Single, Rahane tries to play the outside off delivery to point. Single, played to long-on. A couple of runs to end the over, smart second run by the batsmen.

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 121/1 in overs 13, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 53(35), Saurabh Tiwari 50(37): Varun Aaron to the attack. To the off-stump. defended. FOUR! Rahane picks the gap at mid-wicket and hits the short ball hard, one bounce four. Single, outside off, to the third man. Tiwary takes a single now and completes his half century, second of the season. FOUR! Brings up 50 for Rahane as well, his sixth of the season. A single to end the over.

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 110/1 in overs 12, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 43(30), Saurabh Tiwari 49(36):Parvez Rasool to continue. Starts off with a single. Tiwary makes a lot of room and sends the outside off delivery to cover, 2 runs. Single, to the square. Yet another single, full outside off, to the third man. FOUR! Tiwary takes long-on, the fielder dives but fails. FOUR! Comes down the pitch, over the bowler’s head.

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 97/1 in overs 11, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 39(25), Saurabh Tiwari 32(29): Stuart Binny continues. Outside off, Tiwary plays to mid on. Dot ball follows, Binny appealed but the it was a bit high and the umpire is not interested. Single, played to long-on. FOUR!  Full toss and driven away through cover. A couple of singles to end it.

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 89/1 in overs 10, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 39(25), Saurabh Tiwari 32(29): Watson continues. Wide, Tiwary tries to duck it. No runs off the next couple of deliveries. A good over by Watson so far. Just one run, off the wide delivery. Yet another wide. Tiwary plays the next to point and steals a single, a bit of juggling there as well. OUT! Full at leg, Rahane flicks to fine leg.

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 82/1 in overs 9, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 35(24), Saurabh Tiwari 31(24): MISSED STUMPING! There is surely some bad luck happening to the RCB team now. A single follows. A swing and a miss. FOUR! Tiwary takes a long stride and hits it hard through square leg. A single to end the over. 50 Runs partnership between the two.

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 75/1 in overs 8, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 27(18), Saurabh Tiwari 24(18): DROPPED! Rather no one goes for it! A certain catch as Tiwary goes vertically up but a confusion between Aaron and Watson and the ball lands safe in front of them. A single off the next two. FOUR! What is wrong with the fielders? It goes through the gap in Rasool’s hands and disappointment for both Aaron and Kohli. A couple of runs to end the over.

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 67/1 in overs 7, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 27(18), Saurabh Tiwari 24(18): Chahal comes in with the ball. Rahane defends down. Straight to the middle stump, slower, and good fielding by the bowler. Late cut, gone through backward point and Varun Aaron stopping a definite boundary. 3 runs off it though. Way, way outside off this time, no run. Full, outside off, Tiwary misses line, swing and a miss. FOUR! Catch was the call at deep square leg but Head fails to hold on to it, lands on the ropes.

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 60/1 in overs 6, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 24(15), Saurabh Tiwari 20(15): Varun Aaron comes in. No run, a mis hit. FOUR! Fullish, outside off and Tiwary middles it to cover. DROPPED CATCH! To the cover and Stuart Binny fails to hold on to it. DROPPED AGAIN! This time it is Sachin Baby at point who juggles with the ball before putting it down. Kohli is not happy, a simple catch and a single off the delivery brings Rahane on strike. SIX! Short, outside off and the batsman routes the ball effortlessly to make it land beyond the ropes. A single to end the over. Much disappointment for Aaron.

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 48/1 in overs 5, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 12(11), Saurabh Tiwari 9(7): Parvez Rasool continues. Outside off, played to cover for no run. FOUR! Beatiful shot as he settles down on back leg, and hits it over cover. To the middle-stump, Rahane plays it to mid on, single. Way down leg side this time to Tiwary, flicks to fine leg, fielded, single. FOUR! Rahane plays through cover and gets a boundary off the last as he made enough room to hit it right.

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 37/1 in overs 4, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 12(11), Saurabh Tiwari 9(7): Shane Watson to continue. Fullish, outside off, sent to mid-off. A single off the next. Yet another Fullish delivery, this time straighter, pushed to cover, no run. A swing and a miss, as Watson comes up with a bouncer. FOUR! Watson misses on the line and Tiwary pulls it over square leg. An attempted late cut, just a single.

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 31/1 in overs 3, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 11(9), Saurabh Tiwari 4(3): Chris Jordan to continue. Short and wide, cut it over backward point. OUT! Terrible communication and it results in a wicket. Khawaja and Rahane end up on the batsman’s end. Yet another mix up but Rahane goes for the single this time. FOUR! A classic shot by Tiwary as he goes past cover. Mishits the next. The Khawaja dismissal changed the scenario.

OUT! Usman Khawaja run out 16(6)

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 22/0 in overs 2, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 6(6), Usman Khawaja 16(6): Parvez Rasool into the attack. Played to square, 2 runs, brilliant fielding there at deep by Travis Head. Rahane plays it to mid on. SIX! Terrific use of feet and Khawaja muscled it over long on. FOUR! Plays it to fine leg and in Khawaja’s zone this time. No runs off the next two, thirteen off the over.

Live Cricket Score, Rising Pune Supergiants 9/0 in overs 1, Batting: Ajinkya Rahane 5(5), Usman Khawaja 4(1): Stuart Binny opens bowling, Rahane on strike. Bowls outside off, Rahane defends to mid on. FOUR! Beauiful shot from the batsman as he sends it through point. Defended the next. Tried to drive the next but there is the cover fielder. CHANCE! Binny almost got his hands on the the ball as Rahane hits it but can’t quite get their. FOUR! Off an outside edge, going past the keeper.

Toss: RCB win the toss and elect to bowl

The RCB team comprises of greats in this format of the game like Virat Kohli the skipper, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson while their matter of concern is their bowling which has been highly criticised. The batting-heavy side has so far done pretty well with the bat as the captain and de Villiers are in a very good form but one of the major reasons behind their defeats have been their inability to defend the runs. RPS, on the other hand, are a pretty balance side with efficient bowlers and able batsmen but the factor that hit the team was injury. However, Dhoni has been able to replace the injured players and will be hoping for a change.

Squads:

Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS): MS Dhoni (c & wk), Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mitchell Marsh, Ashwin Murugan, Ishant Sharma, Kevin Pietersen, Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera, Rajat Bhatia, Ashoke Dinda, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, RP Singh, Adam Zampa, Ishwar Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Ankit Sharma.

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.