Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Match 50 of  the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. This is Shruti Hariharan and I Will be bringing you updates of today’s clash. RCB are currently fifth on the IPL 9 Points Table with 12 points from 12 matches. A win will take them to 14 points. If they win against KXIP they will be red-hot favourites against Delhi Daredevils in their final match. KXIP, on the other hand, are officially out of contention. Live Cricket Scorecard: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2016 Match 50 at Bengaluru

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Live Cricket Score and Updates, Kings XI Punjab 120/9 | Overs 14 | KC Cariappa 12 (8), Sandeep Sharma 5 (5): Cariappa on strike and Gayle is back. Cariappa goes big, SIX! all the way towards deep mid-wicket. Now Sharma and Cariappa managing with singles. Last ball and in this spell single to end the over. RCB win and third win a row for RCB  through D/L method.

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Kings XI Punjab 109/9 | Overs 13 | KC Cariappa 4 (5), Sandeep Sharma 2 (2): Sachin Baby takes over this spell and Sharma on strike. Starts with dot ball. Could be chances for run out, the decision is in favor of RCB. Sharma has to depart perfect hit by Watson. Sandeep Sharma enters now. Cariappa off the mark with single. Good fielding by RCB now, stopping the boundary. It is 100 up for KXIP now. RCB won’t mind these singles to end the over.

OUT! Mohit Sharma 14 (12) run out (Watson/Baby)

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Kings XI Punjab 96/8 | Overs 11 | Mohit Sharma 7 (6), KC Cariappa 0 (1): Chahal is back and Mann on strike. Beginning with singles. After this, Sharma went on for Boundary, first one to his name in this innings. Mann on strike and even he departs, comfortable catch for Gayle. KC Cariappa is into crease joining Sharma. Dot to end the over.

OUT! Gurkeerat Singh 18 (18) c Chris Gayle b Yuzvendra Chahal

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Kings XI Punjab 90/7 | Overs 10 | Gurkeerat Mann 17 (16),  Mohit Sharma 2 (3): Gayle is come into attack and Sharma on strike. Off the mark with single. Mann and Sharma managing with single, which is not the enough for KXIP. Ending the spell with singles.

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Kings XI Punjab 84/7 | Overs 9 | Gurkeerat Mann 14 (13),  Mohit Sharma 0 (0): Gurkeerat on strike and Chahal is back. Behardien has to leave, another wicket down. Chahal gets his second wicket. comfortably caught by de Villiers once again. Kyle Abbott enters now along side Mann. Mann goes off the mark with single now. OUT! Abbott did not get the length and de Villiers does some gymnastics near the rope to get the wicket. He goes for duck. Third one for Chahal. Last one to go and Mohit Sharma on crease. FOUR by luck to end the over.

OUT! Farhaan Behardien 0 (1) c de Villiers b Yuzvendra Chahal

OUT! Kyle Abbott 0 (1) c de Villiers b Yuzvendra Chahal

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Kings XI Punjab 78/5 | Overs 8 | Gurkeerat Mann 8 (9), Farhaan Behardien 0 (0): Shane Watson is back and Mann on strike. Begins with single to get Patel on strike. Watson has conceded just 6 runs so far. OUT! Akshar Patel goes for 13 off 9, Kohli picks the catch and once again gets hurt in the same place. Not good for him. Farhaan Berhardien joins. Watson gets his second wicket. Single to end the over.

OUT! Akshar Patel 13 (9) c Virat Kohli b Shane Watson

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Kings XI Punjab 76/4 | Overs 7 | Gurkeerat Mann 6 (5), Akshar Patel 13 (7): Akshar Patel on strike and Varun Aaron into attack. Akshar Patel goes for a huge maximum, SIX his first one. Next one, WIDE. RCB seem to be conceding lot of extras. FOUR, Patel is seems to be in form and off it goes towards long off. Can he change the scenario for KXIP. Ainglew will get Mann on strike. Mann joins along and boundary all towards backward point. Patel will be on strike for the last ball and single to end the over.

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Kings XI Punjab 59/4 | Overs 6 | Gurkeerat Mann 1 (3), Akshar Patel 2 (3): Shane Watson for his first over and Miller on strike. Gets caught with that straight boundary, finding the fielder. Goes abover Akshar and that’s a huge WIDE. Yorker from Watson and dot ball to begin with for Akshar. Single to get Mann comes on strike who hasn’t gone off the mark yet. No luck with runs yet for Mann. Single to get Patel on strike. Last ball to go and WIDE. This over is stretching. One more to go and single to end the over.

OUT! David Miller 3 (6) c de Villiers b Shane Watson

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Kings XI Punjab 54/3 | Overs 5 | David Miller 3 (5), Gurkeerat Mann 0 (1): Aravind is back and he has been economical in the first over along with wicket. Begins with extra, WIDE. This is not going right for RCB, another WIDE for Aravind. Quick single between Amla and Miller, run out chances but safe. SIX! Amla gets it right, he goes staright towards mid-wicket for his first maximum. OUT! Amla has to go and Jordan dives to get the wicket. Appeal made to third umpire to check if the wicket was picked from ground or direct to the fielder. Yes he has to go for 9. Time Out! Back Gurkeerat Mann joins Miller.

OUT! Hashim Amla 9 (6) c Chris Jordan b Sreenath Aravind

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Kings XI Punjab 44/2 | Overs 4 | Hashim Amla 3 (4),  David Miller 1 (2): Spin got into attack, Yuzvendra Chahal into attack and Saha is on roll, FOUR this time and not the start Chahal always expects. Another to add to Saha’s kitty, FOUR all towards mid-wicket. With the boundaries raining, the fielder could not get the ball into hand and another FOUR. OUT! Saha is asked to stay to check if it is NO BALL, he has to depart for 24 off 10. David Miller joins Amla and single to end the over.

OUT! Wriddhiman Saha 24 (10) b Yuzvendra Chahal

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Kings XI Punjab 31/1 | Overs 3 | Hashim Amla 3 (4), Wriddhiman Saha 12 (6): Chris Jordan on strike and Amla on strike. Started with single and this time to save any run, Rahul got hit on thumb. Now aiming for another boundary, Saha doesn’t get the length and will easily get couple of runs. FOUR, one bounce and boundary from Saha this time. Not the bowling RCB wanted. Another one for Jordan, Saha gets his second boundary. Last ball from this spell and single to end it.

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Kings XI Punjab 19/1 | Overs 2 | Hashim Amla 2 (3), Wriddhiman Saha 1 (1): Sreenath Aravind is the new bowler into attack and Vijay on strike. Started with dot ball and this time finds the right gap, SIX all the way towards deep mid-wicket. Aravind gets his wicket, skipper Vijay gone for 16 off 8. Saha off with single to cover. Last over in this spell and single to end the over.

OUT! Murali Vijay 16 (8) b Sreenath Aravind

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Kings XI Punjab 11/0 | Over 1 | Murali Vijay 10 (4), Hashim Amla 1 (2): Vijay and Amla are on crease to chase this target. Stuart Binny opens the attack for RCB. How will they be able to chase this humangous target and first ball. Vijay off the mark with FOUR towards mid-wicket. FOUR, Sachin Baby’s mis-field had costed RCB with another boundary. Single helps Amla come into strike. Amla unable to get the ball to bat and dot ball. Amla off the mark as well with single over the yorker. Quick single to end the over.

KXIP INNINGS BEGIN

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Royal Challengers Bangalore 211/3 | Overs 15|KL Rahul 16 (6), Shane Watson 1 (2): Last over and Shane Watson enters the crease with KL Rahul. Started off with FOUR, Rahul gets his bit towards the last over. Watson and Rahul managed with singles and double runs and finally, all the way towards FOUR to give the perfect end to this all the way sweeping it towards third man. KXIP have a hurdel now they have take 212 from 15 overs can they? Can the skipper Vijay get this win?

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Royal Challengers Bangalore 199/3 | Overs 14|KL Rahul 5 (2): Sandeep Sharma back into attack for last over and Kohli on strike. He was aiming for another boundary and easily with those couples he is on 99. Another 4th century on board. 4th century and shows his left hand where he was hit, gets in style with FOUR. Now what he does not want to stop with SIX, all through way towards deep mid wicket. FOUR, This is not stopping or will it? This time unable to find the right length and OUT, Miller gets another opening pair Kohli dismissed for 113 off 50.

OUT! Virat Kohli c David Miller b Sandeep Sharma 113(50)

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Royal Challengers Bangalore 181/2 | Overs 13|Virat Kohli 95 (44), KL Rahul 5 (2): Mohit Sharma is back for his second over and probably he could bring some difference. Unfortunately with Kohli around that is slightly difficult, FOUR. Another short ball and another FOUR, this has probably got repitetive now, right? This is hat-trick boundary for Kohli. There is nothing stopping Kohli now. Is he aiming for his 4th century this season of IPL. Just a single to keep the runs on track. Rahul on strike. Another single and last ball to be faced by Kohli. Just a single and will maintain strike in next over.

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Royal Challengers Bangalore 166/2 | Overs 12|Virat Kohli 81 (39), KL Rahul 4 (1): New batsman AB de Villiers on crease and you know what these two can do. Abbott into attack and Kohli on strike. And he returns back with SIX, just where Gayle was out. Abbott might just sit back and enjoy. De Villiers on strike and begins with dot ball. KXIP will be relieved to keep them under control now and hoping to do the same. Abbott does the trick, de Villiers bowled out by Abbott. KL Rahul comes on to crease. This time WIDE from Abbott. Extra ball now and punished with FOUR towards cover. Another ball left now. Short ball and single to end the over. Guess what, NO BALL and a free hit. Another six is on card I guess! Yes, it is Rahul off the mark with FOUR, making good use of free hit.

OUT! AB de Villiers 0 (2) b Kyle Abbott

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Royal Challengers Bangalore 147/1 | Overs 11|Virat Kohli 69 (35): Akshar Patel to end his spells and Gayle on strike. Started off well and this time RCB are just dealing with SIXES all the way towards long on. No, KXIP this is not the start they were expecting. Another one from Gayle, SIX all the way towards long on. Right now it is hail storm from Gayle. SIX, once again the crowd is losing the plot and enjoying this rain if sixes. The rain has not stopped guys. OUT! Finally some relief for KXIP, David Miller making no mistakes and Gayle off for 73.

OUT! Chris Gayle 73 (32) c David Miller b Akshar Patel

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Royal Challengers Bangalore 129/0 | Overs 10|Chris Gayle 55 (26), Virat Kohli 69 (35): Cariappa back for his last over and Kohli on strike. It is a SIX, Behardien tries to take a perfect catch but were unable to find the balance while picking the wicket. If the dot balls followed, Kohli aimed for another SIX towards long on. RCB dealing with sixes like single now. Another SIX by Kohli with much ease. Finally some respite for KXIP, dot to end the over.

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Royal Challengers Bangalore 111/0 | Overs 9|Chris Gayle 55 (26), Virat Kohli 51 (29): Kohli on strike and single run away from 7th half-century. Akshar Patel on strike begins with dot and single leads him to his 6th half-century. Now it is time for Gayle and this time Akshar gives away extra run, WIDE. Kohli on strike and another WIDE from Akshar. This time Gayle makes no mistakes and he wants his half-century, SIX. 100 up for RCB now. Last ball could have been one well and WIDE. This time with SIX, Gayle approaches his first fifty as well.

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Royal Challengers Bangalore 93/0 | Overs 8|Chris Gayle 42 (23), Virat Kohli 49 (26): Kyle Abbott is back for his second over and Kohli on strike. He gave away an expensive over earlier. Gayle on strike now after single by Kohli. Kohli is just 6 runs away from yet another half-century. Gayle could not find the right gap and get a single. Short length and doesn’t get lucky with runs, dot ball. Off he goes the mark, he does not know how to stop those runs coming in, FOUR. That was a wow shot surely. Now single to give Gayle on strike. Full toss and Gayle ends the over FOUR towards cover.

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Royal Challengers Bangalore 82/0 | Overs 7|Chris Gayle 37 (21), Virat Kohli 43 (22): Cariappa is back and Time out is done. Gayle on strike beginning with single. Kohli is continuing his form with boundaries with FOUR alll the way towards cover. This could have gone for boundary as well and finds the fielder at the middle. Cariappa gives away NO BALL and RCB gets bonus with SIX all the way towards mid wicket. Another with SIX making full use of free hit in the right manner. Kohli ends with single the spell.

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Royal Challengers Bangalore 63/0 | Overs 6|Chris Gayle 36 (20), Virat Kohli 36 (30): Akshar Patek got into attack and Kohli on strike. Begins with a dot ball after the storm in the previous overs. End of Powerplay already done and RCB have achieved 50 runs on board. Controlled innings from Gayle and Kohli managing with singles. This time Kohli joins along, forced it off for FOUR towards over. Kohli goes for cheeky shots as well and FOUR towards third man. Time Out in place.

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Royal Challengers Bangalore 53/0 | Overs 5|Chris Gayle 35 (19), Virat Kohli 17 (11): Cariappa is the new bowler into attack and Gayle on strike. SIX, smashed all the way towards deep mid wicket, somebody needs to control Gayle now. Its raining boundaries now and FOUR all the way towards dquare. This time keeping it simple and single getting Kohli on strike. SIX, another one in this over and the partnership between the two are already 50-runs. Single to keep it simple once again. Gayle and Kohli know how to keep the boundaries in control. Dot to end the over.

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Royal Challengers Bangalore 35/0 | Overs 4|Chris Gayle 24 (15), Virat Kohli 10 (9): Kyle Abbott into attack and Gayle on strike. Begins with WIDE. SIX, Gayle smashes it towards long off and first one for RCB, as well as Gayle and lands on second tier. SIX, one more this was wide and one again towards long off. Gayle in command of the game. FOUR, Abbott is giving away full toss and Gayle is making full use of them yet another boundary. Aiming for another boundary and will get a couple of runs from it finding the fielder. Dot ball after all these boundaries. Could have been chances of run out and Kohli is saved.

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Royal Challengers Bangalore 17/0 | Overs 3|Chris Gayle 7 (11), Virat Kohli 10 (7): Sandeep back for his second over and Kohli on strike. Keeper is ahead and Kohli gets single to get Gayle on strike. Farhan Beherdien is conversation with commentators at the moment. Gayle was aiming for another boundary finds third man. Kohli gets another boundary FOUR staright over Sandeep Sharma. Last one from this over and dot to end the over.

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/0 | Overs 2|Chris Gayle 6 (9), Virat Kohli 5 (3): Mohit Sharma comes into attack for second over. Gayle trying to find the right gap and ends up getting just single, finsing third man. Crowd cheering KOHLI KOHLI KOHLI! Whats next from this man? Finds the fielder and dot ball. Wants to keep the strike. Quick single between the wickets and Gayle’s back on strike. Well within the line and no WIDE nod from the umpire. Swept away for FOUR, Gayle this time tags along all the way between midwicket and long on. Last ball remaining from this over and dot to end it.

Live Cricket Score and Updates, Royal Challengers Bangalore 5/0 | Over 1|Chris Gayle 1 (5), Virat Kohli 4 (1): Sandeep Sharma opens the attack and RCB opening pair Vitat Kohli and Gayle on crease. After 2 hours of rains finally the match is happening. 15 overs it is. First ball and begins with dot ball. Universe Boss is on strike. So far just dot balls. So far so good for KXIP with dot balls. Off the mark Gayle goes and single from it bringing skipper Kohli on strike. Powerplay will be five over and each bowler will get three overs to bowl. FOUR, off the mark to end the over with a boundary.

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

Kings XI Punjab Playing XI: Hashim Amla, Murali Vijay(c), David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Kyle Abbott, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Farhaan Behardien, KC Cariappa

TOSS UPDATE: KXIP win toss and elect to field. Match reduced to 15 overs.

The toss is going to happen in 2 minutes and how much overs are restricted is yet to be declared.

Alan Donald and Daniel Vettori are on the ground. The rains have stopped and the game will take place. Although, 21:25 PM the inspection will take place so let’s see if the overs are cut down.

Rains seem to have stopped. Hope it remains this way and the ground staff get it ready on time. As mentioned earlier, it will be a 5-over match and let us see what the further updates are.

The downpour continues and 23:35 PM is the cut off time for 5-over game. There are around 45 ground staffs at the moment.

The ground’s chief curator says, if the rain stops by 8:30 PM a 15-over game can be expected. Let’s hope for the best.

And the teams have arrived at Chinnaswamy Stadium. Here are some pictures of the captains entering the Stadium.

 

The toss has been delayed. At the moment the rains have eased out but slight drizzle happening. Even the teams are yet to reach the Stadium.

UPDATE: Looks like rains are playing spoil sport again! Heavy rains at Bengaluru, chances of the match look bleak at the moment!

 

RCB have been a team built on the backs of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, but lately their bowlers are starting to wake up. Shane Watson has been RCB’s standout bowler, but Chris Jordan and Yuzvendra Chahal too have stepped up in the last few games. Stuart Binny has not been used much but he has done a decent job, and Iqbal Abdulla was outstanding against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their last match. RCB are peaking at the right time. They need 2 wins in their final 2 matches in order to qualify for the playoffs.

KXIP join Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in the knocked-out pile of IPL 9. Much like RPS, nothing seems to be working for KXIP despite their best efforts to stay alive in the tournament. Hashim Amla finally found form in the previous match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), but a Yuvraj Singh special meant that KXIP lost in the final over. One feels had KXIP been led by Murali Vijay from the start of IPL 2016 their fate may have differed, but under David Miller’s leadership, KXIP won precious little. 

Squads:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Kane Richardson, Samuel Badree, Travis Head, Praveen Dubey, Vikramjeet Malik, Akshay Karnewar, Iqbal Abdulla, Sachin Baby, Vikas Tokas, Abu Nechim, David Wiese, Kedar Jadhav, Sreenath Aravind.

Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, David Miller (c), Manan Vohra, Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Akshar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Johnson, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Kyle Abbott, KC Cariappa, Marcus Stoinis, Farhaan Behardien, Pradeep Sahu, Armaan Jaffer, Swapnil Singh.