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RCB recorded their first win off the season after six losses

Captain Kohli praises bowlers

"To pick up 4 wickets in 8 overs in the middle for 60 runs was an outstanding effort. We knew Chris was going to bat deep. So many opportunities to get dot balls. We knew if we bowled decently to him, we might restrict them," Kohli said after the game.

RCB off the mark, finally

AB de Villiers hit a timely six off the final ball of the penultimate over to reduce the equation to six runs needed off the last over. Surprisingly, Ashwin gave the ball to Sarfaraz and Stoinis finished the game with four balls to spare. Kohli was so relieved on the sidelines that he was roaring and fist pumping in joy that his side managed to win a game this season after six straight losses. KXIP had a horrible day on the field with umpteen misfields and a costly dropped catch off Stoinis.

Tye to Stoinis and AB in the 18th over

Stoinis made a good start and struck two boundaries on the first two deliveries. He was dropped by M Ashwin on the third ball before AB struck a six over cover and took a single. Stoinis picked two on the last ball to leave RCB with 20 to get in the last two. Also, AB completed his half-century.

38 needed in the last three overs ...

GONE! Is there a way back for KXIP?

Virat Kohli has slapped a Shami ball towards the mid-wicket fence but Murugan Ashwin, standing well inside the fence took a sharp catch with a jump timed to perfection. In the last five overs, RCB have let the asking rate climb towards 10 an over and now Kohli is gone. Can KXIP somehow sneak back in here?

36th IPL fifty for Kohli

On a pitch that was pretty decent for batting, Kohli looked in control of his shots and hit seven fours en route to his fifty.

Kohli-AB rebuild

AB de Villiers came out positive and smacked Shami for two fours in an over, while Kohli never let the foot off the throttle. The duo raised the fifty partnership in the 11th over.

Parthiv throws it away

Ravichandran Ashwin took matters upon himself to lift his side, but Kohli hit a lovely straight drive to keep KXIP under pressure. However, a street-smart Ashwin saw Parthiv Patel charging down the pitch and bowled a widish delivery slower through the air, which was mis-hit for an easy catch at long-off. KXIP 43 for 1 in 3.5 overs.

RCB off to a flier

Parthiv Patel played a lovely cover drive to an outswinger first ball of the innings and then Virat Kohli set the tone with back-to-back fours against Mohammed Shami in the next over to make his intent clear. Sam Curran was taken for three fours in the next over as the Royal Challengers ended the third over at 36 for 0.

Gayle misses his 7th IPL hundred by a run, KXIP 173 for 4

Virat Kohli dropped a sitter off Gayle at long-on when the Jamaican was on 83 in the penultimate over. Gayle began the final over on 90, but could only manage a couple of boundaries and finished on 99 - to end the innings with 100 T20 fifties in his career. For the start they got, and with the way the surface behaved, KXIP seemed to have got 15-20 runs short of what is a par score.

No wickets, but Saini stars

Although Siraj conceded 11 runs in his third over, RCB continued to stem the run flow and at the forefront from the pace department was young Nitin Saini, who got the ball to rise at pace and finished with 4-0-23-0.

Moeen tightens the screw

The introduction of spin saw the run rate being pegged back and Mo rounded off an excellent spell with the wicket of Sam Curran in his final over. The batsman tried the reverse sweep, but missed and was struck in front. Mo finished with figures of 4-0-19-1.

Six and OUT!

Sarfaraz Khan played an outrageous scoop shot for a maximum off a pacy Siraj delivery, but he was out trying to hook the next ball as he edged it to Parthiv Patel. Sarfaraz didn't wait for the umpire and walked immediately. KXIP 110 for 3 in 13 overs.

What a ball from Chahal!

Yuzi Chahal proved why is the best right-arm leg-spinner in the country by not being afraid of tossing the ball up despite the threat of leaking runs. One such ball, which pitched around leg stump, turned square and the in-form Mayank Agarwal had no clue in his defence as it spun past the bat to hit the top of off stump. Agarwal walked back shocked! KXIP 86 for 2.

27th IPL fifty for Gayle

With RCB bowling spin at both ends - Chahal and Moeen Ali bowling in tandem - Gayle slowed down but completed his fifty off 28 balls.

Rahul throws it away

As soon as Yuzvendra Chahal came into the attack (for the seventh over) - KL Rahul, who was playing second fiddle to Gayle, raced down the pitch and smashed the first ball for a straight six. He tried to repeat the shot next ball, but the clever Chahal slowed the pace down and beat Rahul with turn for an easy stumping. KXIP 66/1 in 6.2 overs.

Gayle takes Siraj to the cleaners - 4 6 4 0 6 4

Riding his luck he got early on, Gayle batted with a positive intent and never let the bowlers settle down. The team fifty was raised in just 5.3 overs.

RCB don't go for LBW review against Gayle

In the very first over, Umesh Yadav hit Chris Gayle on the pad in line with the sticks with an inswinger, but Kohli and Co. decide not to send the case upstairs. Replays confirmed the ball was crashing into the top of leg stump.

Playing XIs

Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran(w), Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj

Kohli opts to bowl

With the dew in mind, RCB opted to field as this will also help them to get a clear idea of the way the pitch is behaving. Umesh Yadav replaces Tim Southee, "We are playing with just three overseas," says Kohli. Mayank Agarwal, Andrew Tye and Murugan Ashwin return for KXIP.

Build up!

It's desperate times, if you are an RCB fan. The team has lost all their six games and another loss could potentially knock them out of the 2019 IPL. It's a bit of a blessing that they are playing this crunch game in Mohali, where the pitch tends to be generally batsman-friendly and their bowlers have a bigger field to exploit, unlike the Chinnaswamy. Interestingly, they have signed Dale Steyn in a bid to strengthen their bowling, but the South African pacer will only be available from April 16.

KXIP on the other hand have had a decent tournament thus far. They ran Mumbai close last game and have managed to pull off a few thrillers. KL Rahul has found his touch, but R Ashwin would want his middle-order to show up better. Mayank Agarwal is expected to be back, while Ankit Rajpoot has been ruled out after he split his webbing in the game against MI.

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