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  • 7:41 PM IST

    Man of the Match: Lockie Ferguson

  • 7:38 PM IST

    Stylish Player of the day: Manoj Tiwary

  • 7:37 PM IST

    Maximum sixes award: Rahul Tripathi

  • 7:37 PM IST

    Catch of the match: Steven Smith

  • 7:24 PM IST

    It is up to the bowlers now: The final wicket for RPS to bag the crucial win. Chahal and Aravind trying to take singles. The result is clear in front of all. RCB doing the formality. 70 runs needed off the final over. RCB are virtually out of the chances of making it to the play-offs. Four! Aravind hits a boundary off the final ball. RPS win by 61 runs.

  • 7:15 PM IST

    RPS 2 wickets away from victory: Outside off-stump, Kohli hits it hard over cover but denies the single. He wants to keep strike. DROPPED! Kohli was the batsman, as Manoj Tiwary misjudges it completely. OUT! This time it is a catch, Kohli hit it hard but did not have much power in it. Easy catch.

  • 7:09 PM IST

    Required runrate over 21: SIX! That brings up fifty for the lone warrior, RCB skipper Kohli. Gets a single off the next, Kohli is unhappy with team’s performance. BOWLED HIM! Tahir fools Badree with a googly.

  • 7:04 PM IST

    RPS 3 wickets away from victory: Kohli is RCB’s one man army today, going on with the bat even though his men are falling behind. Badree is here but he needs to rotate strike and give them to Kohli. The target looks near impossible to achieve, with almost a boundary needed off every delivery.

  • 7:00 PM IST

    Kohli inching close to half-century: Chance for a catch, drops short of Smith at mid-on. FOUR! Milne sweeps Tahir through fine leg. OUT! Milne departs finally, bowls a googly and Milne hits the ball straight to Smith’s hands.

  • 6:51 PM IST

    Kohli holds the innings together: One of the slowest innings by Kohli in IPL. But the situation demands him to stay at the crease, spend time there and play a bigger knock. However, he will have to fire. OUT! Negi wants to hit the ball over long on, gives an easy catch to depart for 3. Time for a strategic timeout.

  • 6:41 PM IST

    Washington Sundar continues: Negi goes off the mark with a single. RCB neck-deep in trouble. The star-studded batting has failed to click at all this season. Four singles off the over.

  • 6:38 PM IST

    Lockie Ferguson continues: Binny takes strike. Was off the mark the other over with a single but finding it hard to score a run in this. Faces four dot balls. OUT! Goes for a big hit and gets the top edge, Washinton Sundar takes the catch in the deep. RCB 5 WICKETS DOWN.

  • 6:32 PM IST

    Washington Sundar with the ball: Swing and a miss by Kohli. Sachin Baby is at the crease. RCB have once again collapsed. The top failed to perform again. OUT! A terrific low catch by Steven Smith. Baby has to depart.

  • 6:24 PM IST

    Lockie Ferguson continues: Short length, angling in to Kohli, single taken. Dot follows. Well a chance of a run out there and Marais Erasmus goes straight up for a referral. The batsman is well inside the crease. RUN OUT! RCB gift the wicket the ball, miscommunication between the two. Jadhav was miles away from his crease and has to depart.

  • 6:20 PM IST

    Imran Tahir with the ball: The RCB batsmen will want to play the in-form leg-spinner carefully. Tahir cuts down on pace. Just four singles off it.

  • 6:14 PM IST

    Dan Christian’s first over: Deja Vu of the Test series, Kohli wants a single, Jadhav is reluctant, Kohli scurries back to his crease. FOUR! Jadhav pulled the delivery from outside off stump through midwicket. Defends the next. End of powerplay and time for strategic timeout.

  • 6:09 PM IST

    Kohli, ABD keen to provide RCB a solid start: After the run-fetching over by Chahar, Unadkat calmed things down a bit with an over which only consisted of singles. Lockie Ferguson with the ball now. A couple of singles to start with. GONE! ABD goes for a cover drive, ends up giving a catch to the fielder there. BIG BLOW FOR RCB.

    Swing and a miss by Jadhav off the first delivery. A wide delivery follows. Jadhav defends the final ball, a wicket and 3 runs off the over.

  • 5:58 PM IST

    Chahar continues: ABD and Kohli at the crease, two of the most talented batsmen of the era. FOUR! Vintage Kohli drives. FOUR! This time Kohli opens the face of the bat to route the ball through backward point. FOUR! Third of the over, there was edge but runs are coming anyway. ABD at strike for the last delivery. Short, ABD defends, takes quick single.

  • 5:55 PM IST

    Jaydev Unadkat from the other end: Full length and FOUR! Cut through point and cover and a terrific shot by Kohli. BOWLED HIM! Inside edge dislodges just one bail. Head departs for 2.

  • 5:49 PM IST

    Travis Head, Virat Kohli open for RCB: Deepak Chahar opens bowling for RPS. Both batsmen off the mark with singles. Swing and a miss for Head. Another swing and a miss. Just four singles off the over. Good start by RPS.

  • 5:27 PM IST

    Sreenath Aravind to finish: Witty single by Dhoni, the ball does not move very far, but he is desperate for a run. As Aravind tries a football trick for Dhoni who comes down the crease, Dhoni takes the single. Outside off, Tiwary takes a single. Yorker and Dhoni manages to hammer the ball and take a single. FOUR! Lucky shot by Tiwary, gets the edge off his bat but runs safe for the ropes. A couple of runs off the final delivery. RPS put up 157 for 3 in 20 overs.

  • 5:22 PM IST

    Milne with his final over: Full and wide, cut down on the pace, Dhoni reaches out to it but fails to hit it far. Takes single. Swing and a miss for Tiwary. Inside edge, but the ball races past the stumps for the ropes. Bowled well, Milne, 4 singles apart from the boundary.

  • 5:15 PM IST

    Sreenath Aravind’s third over: SIX! Dhoni hits it straight down the ground, over the bowler’s head. Time for RPS to fire up and that is what the batsmen are doing.

  • 5:13 PM IST

    Adam Milne continues: FOUR! Starts off with a boundary. Outside off, Dhoni hits over point. Tends to bowl more of short length balls and mixes in a fuller length delivery. FOUR! This one was shot and Tiwary pulls it through fine leg. Dot to finish the over.

  • 5:07 PM IST

    Samuel Badree continues: 100 runs up on the board, the top cleared and just 4 overs in hand. The wicket of Smith has reduced the runrate. This was the time for slog-hitting for RPS to build on the start. Time for strategic timeout.

  • 5:01 PM IST

    Smith departs: After a 32-ball 45, Smith departs. Mishit by the batsman and Milen takes a juggling catch. Negi bowls the next over, confidence in his appeal. Sixes, fours, wickets, appeals – It is all happening here at the Pune ground. Negi is doing well with the ball. Gives away just one run.

  • 4:54 PM IST

    Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack: Steven Smith had the better of Badree in the previous over. This time it is Tiwary to Chahal. The batsmen look fearless. 13 runs including a six.

  • 4:37 PM IST

    Pawan Negi’s second over: After a decent over by Binny, Negi continues and a WICKET! Edged and taken by Kedar Jadhav. Tripathy departs for 37. FOUR! Manoj Tiwary is off the mark with a good-looking sweep immediately. A wicket and five runs, fruitful over for RCB.

  • 4:32 PM IST

    Pawan Negi with the ball: A decent over by the cricketer, keeps it disciplined. 8 runs off the over but no boundaries conceded. 50 up for the team.

  • 4:25 PM IST

    Yuzvendra Chahal’s first delivery: Good length at off stump, Tripathy cuts through the point fielders, the fielders chase but the ball wins. FOUR! Loud appeal for LBW off the next, but there is glove involved, as Tripathi sweeps the full length ball. FOUR! Comes down the crease to use the good length ball to the full and hits over mid on. Tripathi’s consistent run continues. Smith cuts the next slow, good stop by the fielder. Strategic timeout.

RCB are currently at the second last spot in the IPL 10 points table, while Steven Smith-led RPS are on the fourth position © BCCI
RCB are currently at the second last spot in the IPL 10 points table, while Steven Smith-led RPS are on the fourth position © BCCI

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post of the match No. 34, between Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. The game will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Ground in Pune, and this is Paulami Chakraborty bringing you the live cricket scores and updates of the game. While RPS are in progress to resurrect their campaign in IPL 10, the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore are languishing at the bottom of the IPL 2017 points table. RCB are currently at the second last spot in the IPL 10 points table, while Steven Smith-led Rising Pune Supergiant are on the fourth position. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2017, Match 34 at Pune

For RCB, each game here on is a do-or-die contest as they are battling to keep hopes alive to make it to the second round of IPL 2017. However, with six defeats in nine matches with two contests won and a washed out match, RCB have a mere 5 points with the worst Net Run Rate among all competing sides, of -1.401. On the other hand, with four wins and as many defeats in eight matches, RPS have 8 points. Their NRR is in negative, which is of -0.666. Both the teams will be eager to register a big victory on Saturday afternoon.

It has been a campaign to forget for Kohli’s RCB. Without the services of their key players such as KL Rahul and Sarfraz Khan already, RCB played initial games without Kohli and AB de Villiers. The other overseas cricketers in Chris Gayle and Shane Watson could not do much, but the latter did have an impact in one of the two wins. Preview: RPS sniff crucial victory

RCB’s bowling has been misfiring as well. Samuel Badree has claimed a hat-trick this IPL but barring that, RCB bowlers have been tonked for a lot of runs and they have not been able to match the exploits of the others. Yuzvendra Chahal has been their best bowler, but the overall bowling attack lacks the punch that the other IPL teams, such as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for example, carry.

Rising Pune Supergiant, despite having the world’s best limited-overs bowler in Imran Tahir in their ranks, have been found wanting as well. With Ben Stokes all but ruled out for a few matches or maybe for a longer time, RPS might just have suffered a big blow. In absence of Stokes, RPS have other overseas players in Adam Zampa, Lockie Ferguson and even Faf du Plessis to play with.

Squads:

Rising Pune Supergiant: MS Dhoni (wk), Manoj Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Rajat Bhatia, Mayank Agarwal, Steven Smith (c), Ben Stokes, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Adam Zampa, Daniel Christian, Jaydev Unadkat, Usman Khawaja, Ankit Sharma, Faf du Plessis, Baba Aparajith, Ishwar Pandey, Shardul Thakur, Rahul Tripathi, Ankush Bains, Saurabh Kumar, Lockie Ferguson, Jaskaran Singh, Milind Tandon, Rahul Chahar.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Choudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), IPL 2017, Match 34 at Pune