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POST-MATCH THOUGHTS

Virat Kohli, Man of the Match: Felt really good after what happened last year. Was important to have a win under our belt. There's no point in panicking in these types of situations, you got to leave it to the bowlers to decide what he wants to do. Few good decisions by Stoinis and then Moeen in the end. I think the way Stoinis bowled those two-three dot balls, it was very crucial. They both showed composure and that's what you expect from your teams mates. Our communication during second time-out was to get 170-175, we didn't think we could get 200-plus. It was difficult to put away the length balls away. Moeen changed the game completely and that allowed me to play my game. Moeen said I am going to go now and I asked him to go for it. He targeted the small boundaries and changed the game in those few overs. It was important to bat along when AB is not here, as a senior player. AB was disappointed for not making it for the game tonight and I told him that I'll give him a hug if we win tonight. In the end death overs are going to be difficult with this kind of ground, where the ground is lightning quick. Credit to Russell for setting up those kind of games. Having Dale with his kind of experience, gave bowlers like Saini that kind of confidence. Steyn getting those crucial overs was important for us. I think picking wickets in the powerplay is crucial as it sets the tone for the rest of the innings.

Marcus Stoinis: It hasn't been great for us, but you enjoy the learnings and hopefully take that momentum. I just kept it simple and been working on bowling straight lines, I enjoy having a crack in the death overs and I really enjoyed it. You can't get too predictable and you just gotta accept that one will go for six or probably two will go for six, but you gotta keep trying.

Dinesh Karthik: I think the way Moeen batted, he took the game away from us. He played a few good shots and credit to him. I thought they were 20-25 runs too many and that's what happens when a player like Virat plays. It was a brilliant knock from him. The ball was seaming a little, and the new ball had a bit in it and it wasn't easy for stroke-making. If I had to look back, it was 20 runs too many. This is a hard wicket for the spinners and we were aware that we could take on their spinners and that brought the game close. I think RCB did the small things right today. If we play a couple of good games things will start to roll and I believe in my boys. If we do the right things we will be back on track.

RCB WIN BY 10 RUNS

RCB have their second win. Russell fails to nullify Kohli ton. What a superb game this. After the bowlers disappointed the hosts, Uthappa did his bit to let the team down. Russell and Rana kept the team alive till the very last over. They needed 24 off the last over. Then 23 off 4. Moeen Ali got a crucial yorker in and sealed the game for the visitors. Rana ends with an unbeaten 85 off 46. Heartbreak for him.

20th over - dot, 1, 6, dot, run out (Russell), 6

Moeen Ali to bowl the final over ...

19th over from Stoinis - dot, wd, dot, dot, 6, 6, 6

50 for Russell off just 21 balls. The second-fastest half-century off IPL 2019. He's kept KKR alive. Only he could have done that.

18th over from Steyn - dot, 6, 2, 6, dot, 4. KKR need 43

17th over from Siraj - 1, 4, 6, wd, dot, 1, 1. KKR need 61.

76 needed in the last 24 balls. Rana is striking it big. Russell as well. But are they left with too much?

93 runs needed in the last five overs. Russell batting on 30 off 11. 50 for Rana off 33 deliveries.

TERRIBLE INNINGS ENDS

"He did nothing for his team," says Graeme Smith on air. True. He falls for 9 off 20. There are cheers in the stands. Andre Russell has walked out to bat. You have to believe he's been left with too much to do.

KKR 79 for 4

The art of playing a match-losing innings

Robin Uthappa's strike-rate so far - 47.37. And he's refusing quick singles to Rana, who is striking at 150. No sixes in the innings so far.

154 needed in last ten overs

The chase is going no where. Rana and Uthappa waited till the 10th over to open up their arms. 14 runs in the 10th over and KKR are scoring at just run a ball. Poor, poor effort. Absolutely shambolic. Partnership of 28 off 31 and the required rate is now 15.56

7 overs, 39 runs, 3 wickets - RCB on top

TWO FOR STEYN

Too much pressure on the KKR batsmen and it's showing. Full and smashed to Kohli who juggled it before taking the catch. KKR reeling in the tall chase and with not a lot of runs on the board.

KKR 33 for 3

OPENERS GONE

Saini picks one now. Short ball outside off and Narine had made too much room. Doesn't control his swat and easy catch for the 'keeper

KKR 25 for 2

FIRST ONE

Lynn doesn't survive. Steyn gets his man. Length ball and chipped to mid-off. Simple catch. Kohli accepts that one. The man from South Africa is pumped.

KKR 6 for 1

DROPPED FIRST BALL

Full and outswing. Lynn edges it. Stoinis drops it at first slip. Steyn doesn't deserve this. He deserves better.

Lynn and Narine out to open. Steyn to start with the ball. Can KKR pull this off?

KKR SET 214

Kohli 100, Moeen 66. Two star performers for RCB. KKR started well with the ball but lost their way in the last six overs. Just poor bowling with no plans what so ever. The execution was shambolic and it doesn't come as a surprise that the captain was miffed.

Kohli scored his first 50 off 40 balls. He was set and teed off in the end. Moeen did the damage by hammering Kuldeep for 27 in the 16th. More that 100 runs in the last six overs.

Some stats:

Kuldeep - 4 wickets at an average of 71.50 Prasidh Krishna - 2 wickets at an average of 156 Piyush Chawla - 6 wickets at an average of 40.16

Tells you why KKR are at No. 6. RCB have a solid score on the board and it's now on the bowlers to defend the target. They haven't been in the best of forms but RCB now have Steyn.

KOHLI JOINS THE PARTY

Gurney in the 17th - wd, 1, 4, 2, 4, 6, 1

RCB captain now on 72 off 47. His team 168 in 17 overs

FIFTY AND OUT: Superb stuff this Moeen. He's attacking Kuldeep and has raced to his half-century off 24 deliveries. Kuldeep's horror season continues. He hasn't picked up a wicket in the last three games.

Kuldeep vs Moeen in 16th - 4, 6, 4, 6, wd, 6, OUT

Moeen went for the big one on the last delivery as well. Slog swept a high catch to long-on. He falls for 66 off 28

RCB 149 for 3

50 & 50: Kohli and Moeen have added 50 now off 30 deliveries. The RCB captain has reached his half-century as well off 40 balls. Solid foundation here for the visitors to launch in the last six overs. Moeen has hit three sixes already.

RCB 111 for 2.

12 OVERS DONE: RCB are finally gaining some momentum. Moeen has joined Kohli and is looking for the big hits. They are going at close to seven and half runs per over. The captain is nearing his half-century and these last eight overs can be interesting.

RCB 89 for 2

TWO DOWN: Akshdeep Nath doesn't last long. Russell's extra bounce was troubling him. He goes for a hoick on a short ball and doesn't time it at all. Easy catch for Uthappa. Russell too wanted that before Uthappa grabbed the chance.

RCB 60 for 2 in nine overs.

POWERPLAY DONE: RCB have gotten off to a slow start. Just 41 in the first six overs for the loss of one wicket. Akhsdeep Nath batting with Kohli at the moment. RCB captain has been cautious especially because of the fact that they don't have the luxury of De Villiers.

FIRST ONE: Narine gets Parthiv but not before Rana almost messed it up. Slog sweep from the opener and he gets a top edge. Flied to deep midwicket and Rana somehow manages to hold on to a straight catch.

RCB 19 for 1

REVIEW LOST: Big lbw against Kohli. He was hit in front but the ball turned enough to miss the leg stump.

Parthiv and Kohli out to open, Gurney to start with the ball. We are all set for the cracker. Are you?

TOSS - KKR opt to field. Russell fit. De Villiers unwell. Steyn returns

Teams:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Heinrich Klaasen, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal

Team updates - Dale Steyn has joined RCB. Russell is warming up.

ICYMI - Some of the ICC World Cup 2019 squads have been announced

Pakistan - Amir dropped

South Africa - Nortje picked

Sri Lanka - No Chandimal

England - Jofra not there but has a shot

Bangladesh - Shakib's back

India - Vijay Shankar over Ambati Rayudu

Australia - Smith, Warner back

Hello and welcome to the live blog of the IPL 2019 clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Kolkata. Big news first, KKR are sweating over the fitness of ANDRE RUSSELL.

KKR have lost their last three games and have slipped to the sixth spot in the table. Teams have moved ahead and KKR are in danger of falling behind. Since the beginning of the season, KKR have pulled off some stunning victories, snatching wins right from the jaws of losses, all thanks to Russell. Although they have ruled out any serious injury concerns, at this stage, his absence would arguably boost the morale of oppositions, who have had to build strategies around countering the Russell threat, given how brutally he's torn them down. That said, KKR haven't yet collectively performed as a team. Their bowling has been a little below par. Their pacemen haven't made early inroads, while the spin duo of Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav haven't delivered to plan on a batting-friendly Eden wicket.

RCB, on the other hand, have struggled since the onset, only managing a win after six losses on the trot. While they are all but eliminated, KKR still have a chance, provided they win four of their remaining six games - which highlights the need of Russell more than ever.

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