IPL Score RCB vs KKR Cricket Score: Royal Challengers are looking to quick fix their bowling woes as they square off against Kolkata Knight Riders at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. RCB retained Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, two of the best batsmen in T20s, ahead of the auction. With batsmen to play around them, it was always going to be a case of RCB’s bowling unit needing additional resources. Out of six games, RCB have conceded more than 200 three times and lost all those games.
This game will write the story of both RCB and KKR’s second half of the season. If Bangalore beat Kolkata, both teams will have three wins in seven games. If KKR win, a clear gulf between the top and bottom half will start to form.
KKR endured their worst loss of the season so far on Friday when they lost to Delhi Daredevils by 55 runs. There were also several fielding lapses; match-winner Shreyas Iyer was dropped twice. Despite that, KKR’s depth in batting and bowling should provide a stern test for Royal Challengers, given the short dimensions of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Here are Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Cricket Score:
11:54 pm: Mohammed Siraj to Karthik, OUT, what a catch by Kohli! DK lofted it straight down yet again, Kohli’s eyes spot it and he sprints across full speed in front and to his left. Puts in a full-length dive just in time and gets both his hands under the ball
KD Karthik c Kohli b Mohammed Siraj 23 (10b 2×4 1×6) SR: 230.00
11:48 pm: Kolkata Knight Riders require another 17 runs with 7 wickets and 13 balls remaining.
11:41 pm: Looks like it’s gonna be another night of disappointment for RCB fan?
10:51 pm: Ashwin to Narine, OUT, strikes first ball, Narine holes out to long off! Tall man de Grandhomme takes a couple steps back at long off and raises his arms over his head to grab the ball and just keeps his feet inside the boundary
SP Narine c de Grandhomme b Ashwin 27 (19b 3×4 1×6) SR: 142.10
10:47 pm: Majority of the RCB players seem to be low on confidence. It seems there are problems in the way team management helps players. I don’t think anybody went to M. Ashwin when he dropped Lynn. Kohli has to keep his players motivated. After all Ashwin has to bowl crucial 4 overs in the innings.
10:15 pm: Rain stops play.
10:09 pm: Kolkata Knight Riders require another 125 runs with 10 wickets and 14.0 overs remaining
10:01 pm: RCB and Narine is like Physics and me…couldn’t ever understand it.
9:16 pm: Since the beginning of IPL 2015 until today, Kohli scored in the death overs at a strike rate of 204 in the IPL. RCB will hope he gets that strike rate going.
9:05 pm: Shivam Mavi to Kohli, FOUR runs, superb. It’s a different game when the pacers are one. Even though they’re bowling cutters. It’s a length ball wide outside off. He waits for it to arrive and chops it between backward point and short third man.
8:17 pm: Last over of the Powerplay – speedster Shivam Mavi with deep point and deep midwicket.
8:09 pm: Finger spinners go for 7.82 and strike at an average of 32.23 at this ground. Wristspinners go at 8.26 but average 24.56. Four out of five frontline spinners playing tonight are wristspinners.
7:52 pm: Q de Kock and McCullum walk out to open as the KKR huddle disperses. And a legspinner to start the match – Piyush Chawla
7:40 pm: KKR have chosen to bowl with an unchanged XI.
Stop what you’re doing, AB de Villiers is out because of a viral fever. Three changes for RCB: Southee comes in for AB, M Ashwin for Washington Sundar and Manan Vohra for Pawan Negi. Kohli says he wanted to bowl first too because it’s a difficult ground to defend. “Not a bad toss to lose actually, it looks better than I thought. Our bowlers have put it behind us (losing to CSK). Southee is a good option with the new ball and at the death.” Looks like Kohli forgot a change at the toss: IPL website and Twitter say McCullum is back in place for Corey Anderson.
Here are Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders squads:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Quinton de Kock(WK), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, Tim Southee.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (Captain/WK), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Tom Curran, Prasidh Krishna.