Pepsi Indian Premier League, 18th match: Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Dubai (DSC), Apr 28, 2014
Kings XI Punjab won by 5 wickets
Played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (neutral venue)
28 April 2014 - night match (20-over match)

6.30pm All set to go. The upper tiers still seem to be filling up, but that shouldn't take too long to happen now that Chris Gayle is on strike. Parthiv Patel's at the non-striker's end, and Glenn Maxwell has the new ball. Maxwell versus Gayle, right away!

6.20pm Mitchell Johnson says he's not done too badly against Maxwell in matches back home, and says he wouldn't mind having a crack at him, even though it's a good thing they're on the same side.

Zubair: "What you people say? Dhoni is not from Chennai? Oh my..."

6.17pm Lots of comments flying in, about the lack of local players in IPL teams. Mehul has this rebuttal: "I understand the sentiments for the local players who are missing in these sides but people need to remember the IPL is all about making money. Big names draw big crowds. You don't see many premier league clubs filled with homegrown players - one or two at most."

James: "RCB may have batted badly, but not as badly as Wirral CC in the Cheshire Cricket League. 3 all out, 2 of those were extras, and the one run was scored by no 11." Yes, indeed.

Harish: "Most of the teams this season playing without their local players, CSK : M.Vijay,Badri,DK,Murali Kartik. KXIP : Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Singh, RCB : Vinay Kumar, CM Gautam, Uthappa. Very sad."

6.07pm Which of these mini-contests is going to have more of an influence - Maxwell versus Gayle, or Yuzvendra Chahal versus Akshar Patel? Both these spinners have been important cogs, and have gone at under six an over this season.

6.05pm It's tails, and George Bailey and Kings XI Punjab are having a bowl. Kohli said he'd also have liked to bowl, and agrees when asked if it looks like a 180 pitch.

Chris Gayle, it can now be confirmed, is playing. He replaces Ravi Rampaul, while Varun Aaron returns in place of Sachin Rana. Punjab are unchanged.

6.00pm George Bailey praises Sanjay Bangar's calmness, says "he's not so disappointed when we're not doing so well either". Wonder when that happened this season.

Big cheer before Virat Kohli speaks to Ramiz Raja. He calls RCB's 70 all out disappointing, and says "that sort of a day can happen even when you're playing good cricket. You just have to forget those sort of days."

Sriram: "Aaron has been a surprise so far. For someone who could not stop bowling short or full toss recently, to bowl well and pick wickets in IPL is very good stuff. Will he sustain or fade before the all important England tour?"

Gururaj: "@BILLA: You have misunderstood a law mate! It's called 'Transitive Law'!!"

Kaushik: "I have to say i am a little disappointed with no led bails in IPL."

Naman: "I understand the KXIP might go for the "if its not broken, you don't need to fix it" principle. But wouldn't it be a better idea to drop the unused Bailey (apart from his captaincy prowess) and use Marsh as an opener alongside Pujara?"

BILLA: "there is something interesting about this match... KXIP have beaten RR, RR have beaten RCB... so according to algebra logic KXIP will beat RCB... COURTESY:commutative law... "

5.50pm Stop the press. Chris Gayle has been spotted. Having a knock in the middle of the Dubai International Stadium. Does that mean he is about to play his first game of the season? Watch this space.

5.45pm Good evening and welcome to our ball-by-ball coverage of tonight's game between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai. This is Karthik Krishnaswamy, your commentator for the game.

Kings XI are flying, with four wins in four games, and are looking to end the UAE leg of their campaign with a perfect record. Judging by how RCB have gone in their last two games, they will fancy their chances.

RCB have slipped up badly after wins in their first two matches, and their batsmen have a lot of questions to answer after being shot out for 70 against Rajasthan Royals. With both Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers due some runs, and Chris Gayle potentially set to play his first game, though, you wonder how long it will be before they suddenly start looking like their fearsome former selves.

For more, check out Devashish Fuloria's preview, here.

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Maxwell to Gayle, FOUR, Outside edge past first slip. Full ball, aims a big drive at it.


Maxwell to Gayle, no run, Defended solidly back to the bowler.


Maxwell to Gayle, FOUR, Full, on off stump, Gayle aims a big drive at it, and the ball slices off the outside half of his bat.


Maxwell to Gayle, no run, Tries to sweep, misses. Loud appeal for LBW, not given. It pitched on middle, hit him in front. Hmmm.


Maxwell to Gayle, SIX, Down the track, big swing of those arms, clears long-off comfortably.


Maxwell to Gayle, SIX, Another, this time over mid-on. The ball seems to hit the rope on the full, but the umpire's called for replays. Yup, it's six.

End of over 1 (20 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 20/0 (RR: 20.00)

    • CH Gayle 20 (6b 2x4 2x6)
    • PA Patel 0 (0b)
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-20-0

Sandeep Sharma is on.


Sandeep Sharma to Patel, 1 run, Length ball, on the pads, tucked away square on the leg side.


Sandeep Sharma to Gayle, OUT, bowled! Gayle is down the track, but plays down the wrong line as the ball shapes away from him and beats his outside edge before crashing into off stump.

CH Gayle b Sandeep Sharma 20 (3m 7b 2x4 2x6) SR: 285.71

Kohli is in.


Sandeep Sharma to Kohli, FOUR, and he doesn't need any time to play himself in. Given some width, Kohli cuts hard, with a big flourish.


Sandeep Sharma to Kohli, OUT, LBW! Billy's given it! Bit more shape into the right-hander, and Kohli is struck on the front pad. It seemed to be heading down the leg side, and he had taken a pretty big stride out.

V Kohli lbw b Sandeep Sharma 4 (2m 2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

Yogesh Takawale is the new man. He top-scored for RCB against KKR.


Sandeep Sharma to Takawale, no run, Outswing this time, and Takawale lets it go oiutside off stump.


Sandeep Sharma to Takawale, no run, length ball on off stump, shapes into the batsman, who defends carefully.

End of over 2 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 25/2 (RR: 12.50)

    • YV Takawale 0 (2b)
    • PA Patel 1 (1b)
    • Sandeep Sharma 1-0-5-2
    • GJ Maxwell 1-0-20-0

Johnson to Patel, 1 run, Tucks it away into the leg side. Bit of hesitation, and Bailey swoops from midwicket. Picks it up and underarms it in one motion. Would have been out if he had hit at the bowler's end.


Johnson to Takawale, no run, full and wide outside off, Takawale flashes and misses.


Johnson to Takawale, no run


Johnson to Takawale, no run, Bouncer, Takawale ducks under it.


Johnson to Takawale, no run, Big swing at a ball angled across him, beaten.

Johnson's bowling with two slips.


Johnson to Takawale, OUT, Pokes tentatively at a length ball angled across him, and gets a thick edge through to the keeper. Takawale is out for a seven-ball duck. Umpires check for the no-ball. They seem to be looking at his back foot and the return crease. No problem.

YV Takawale c †Saha b Johnson 0 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 3 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 26/3 (RR: 8.66)

    • PA Patel 2 (2b)
    • MG Johnson 1-0-1-1
    • Sandeep Sharma 1-0-5-2

Can AB de Villiers rescue RCB? For now it's Parthiv facing Sandeep.


Sandeep Sharma to Patel, no run, Length ball on off stump, defended into the cover area.


Sandeep Sharma to Patel, no run, Defended again, towards the off side. Slightly shorter.


Sandeep Sharma to Patel, no run, Back of a length. Sandeep's maintaining a tight off-stump line. Parthiv defends down the ground.


Sandeep Sharma to Patel, no run, Shapes it away from the left-hander, who overbalances a little as he plays and misses.


Sandeep Sharma to Patel, OUT, He's gone! Identical delivery, Parthiv goes for a big on-the-up drive, edges through to Saha.

PA Patel c †Saha b Sandeep Sharma 2 (17m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

It's time for Yuvraj Singh.


Sandeep Sharma to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Swing away from the left-hander, but wide enough for Yuvraj to let go comfortably.

End of over 4 (wicket maiden) Royal Challengers Bangalore 26/4 (RR: 6.50)

    • Yuvraj Singh 0 (1b)
    • AB de Villiers 0 (0b)
    • Sandeep Sharma 2-1-5-3
    • MG Johnson 1-0-1-1

De Villiers on strike, for the first time.


Johnson to de Villiers, no run, Wide of off stump. AB lets it go.


Johnson to de Villiers, FOUR, Shot. AB drives it crisply down the ground, against the angle, and it runs away to the long-on boundary.


Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, Short, AB rises to his toes and punches it to point. Bailey throws, and AB is a little tardy getting to the bowler's end, but he would have been fine with that dive even if the throw had found its mark.

Two slips and a leg-gully for Johnson.


Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, Drifts into Yuvraj's pads, and he tucks it away neatly past square leg.


Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Into the blockhole on leg stump, and they scamper a single. Seemed to go off his boot, but the umpire didn't signal leg-byes.


Johnson to de Villiers, no run, Full slower ball outside off. AB shapes for a big shot, but decides to block in the end.

End of over 5 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 34/4 (RR: 6.80)

    • AB de Villiers 5 (4b 1x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 3 (3b)
    • MG Johnson 2-0-9-1
    • Sandeep Sharma 2-1-5-3

Sandeep Sharma to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Back of a length, on leg stump, and Yuvraj's wrists come into play as he whips it nicely off his hips in front of square.


Sandeep Sharma to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Half edge, half steer down to third man off a length ball angled across Yuvraj.


Sandeep Sharma to de Villiers, FOUR, Width, and AB comes forward, places it to the left of a diving cover.


Sandeep Sharma to de Villiers, 1 run, Full and much straighter this time. AB drives it to mid-on's left.


Sandeep Sharma to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Late and slight movement into the left-hander from off stump. Yuvraj's bat comes down quickly from that big wind-up, pats it into the off side.


Sandeep Sharma to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Outside off, chopped to point. Didn't really time that.

End of over 6 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 44/4 (RR: 7.33)

    • Yuvraj Singh 8 (7b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 10 (6b 2x4)
    • Sandeep Sharma 3-1-15-3
    • MG Johnson 2-0-9-1

Third over for Johnson.


Johnson to de Villiers, 2 runs, Wide, AB goes low and steers it to third man's right with an open bat-face.


Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, Length ball just outside off. AB goes back, pushes it into the covers.


Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Short ball, finally. 145.2kph. Rises sharply, and Yuvraj sways out of the way, even though it's fairly wide of his body. Saha takes it high above his head.


Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short again, but not that short, and Yuvraj swings it away behind square leg.

"have people stopped commenting for ipl matches or is it just too much action happening?" It's definitely the latter, Akhilesh.


Johnson to de Villiers, 1 run, Full, on off stump. AB plays a checked drive to long-off.


Johnson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Bunts a length ball into the off side, and both batsmen take off immediately.

End of over 7 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 50/4 (RR: 7.14)

    • Yuvraj Singh 10 (10b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 14 (9b 2x4)
    • MG Johnson 3-0-15-1
    • Sandeep Sharma 3-1-15-3

Andrew: "No doubt this is a disastrous start for Bangalore but it could be exactly what AB and Yuvraj need to get things back on track. Some sensible batting required from here, though."

Balaji is on. Good first spell from Sandeep.


Balaji to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back in his crease to a length ball on off stump. Looks to punch it away but doesn't pierce the off-side field.


Balaji to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, angled across Yuvraj from wide of the crease, and Yuvraj swings freely and connects sweetly to send it hurtling through the covers.


Balaji to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Slower ball. Yuvraj checks his shot, and chips it down to long-on.


Balaji to de Villiers, no run, Back of a length, angled in on off stump. Defended off the back foot towards the covers.


Balaji to de Villiers, 1 run, Similar delivery, but a little more width, and AB gives himself room to hit it to the right of point.


Balaji to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slower ball, and Yuvraj drives away from his body, inside-edges past off stump, and it rolls through to the keeper.

End of over 8 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 56/4 (RR: 7.00)

    • Yuvraj Singh 15 (14b 2x4)
    • AB de Villiers 15 (11b 2x4)
    • L Balaji 1-0-6-0
    • MG Johnson 3-0-15-1

Anurag Arora: "Two disappointments today: 1. RCB top order collapsed again including Chris Gayle. 2. Starting May 1, I might not get Indian Alphonso mangoes in London. Thinking which one is more disappointing."

Akshar Patel, the left-arm spinner.


Patel to de Villiers, 1 run, shortish ball, batsman goes back, goes with the arm, hurriedly knocks it into the off side.


Patel to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, left-arm spinner to Yuvraj, length ball on middle-and-leg. There can only be one result. Swatted way over cow corner.


Patel to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, down the track, driven down the ground.


Patel to de Villiers, no run, Another one goes with the angle, and AB is hurried into an ungainly defensive shot.


Patel to de Villiers, 1 run, swept hard but straight to deep midwicket.


Patel to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, shortish ball, worked away behind square.

End of over 9 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 66/4 (RR: 7.33)

    • Yuvraj Singh 23 (17b 2x4 1x6)
    • AB de Villiers 17 (14b 2x4)
    • AR Patel 1-0-10-0
    • L Balaji 1-0-6-0

Daud: "That short-ball of Johnson to Yuvraj gave me a bit of nostalgia from the recent Ashes series. "

Peyush: "Don't want to jinx it but Yuvraj is playing with the confidence that we haven't seen for a while now. He handled Johnson's pace without much issues. He had looked tentative and the 50 against delhi was more the result of bad bowling then good batting" He's looking good today.

Here's Rishi Dhawan


Dhawan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, starts with a 126.3kph length ball on the pads, clipped behind square leg for a single


Dhawan to de Villiers, OUT, big wicket here, AB is gone to a short and wide ball, slaps that straight to backward point, he didn't try to power that one, guided perfectly towards the fielder, no threat in the delivery, AB has given it away

AB de Villiers c Maxwell b Dhawan 17 (31m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 113.33

Guru: "Does anyone know why Vijay Zol is not in the RCB playing 11." Don't think he'll be on the bench for much longer. Especially after Takawale's knock today.


Dhawan to Morkel, 1 run, this one is guided down to third man by Albie Morkel


Dhawan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, length ball on the pads, cramped up and that is defended to the leg side


Dhawan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short of length ball on leg stump, tapped towards deep square leg, 122.6kph


Dhawan to Morkel, no run, blocked back towards the bowler to end the over

End of over 10 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 69/5 (RR: 6.90)

    • JA Morkel 1 (2b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 25 (20b 2x4 1x6)
    • R Dhawan 1-0-3-1
    • AR Patel 1-0-10-0

Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Maxwell's second over starts with a length ball that is driven towards long-off

Kumar: "The batsmen keep coming even after 5 down. That's why RCB LOOK threatening always!!! At the moment not living up to expectations though :-("


Maxwell to Morkel, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, clipped towards deep midwicket


Maxwell to Morkel, 1 run, gets forward and lashes it towards sweeper cover for a single


Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tapped towards cover for one more


Maxwell to Morkel, no run, spinning away outside off, slapped towards point


Maxwell to Morkel, 2 runs, the luck not going Maxwell's way today, Albie was down the track, and unsure how to play the ball, jabs at it as he is cramped up, bottom edge past the leg stump, Maxwell clutches his head in frustration

End of over 11 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 76/5 (RR: 6.90)

    • JA Morkel 6 (6b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 27 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • GJ Maxwell 2-0-27-0
    • R Dhawan 1-0-3-1

Adrian Meredith: "In many ways, that Maxwell over has won Punjab this match, as it put RCB into totally the wrong mode. All out attack like that should be reserved for the last 2 or 3 overs, not for overs 1 and 2. And it is hard to shift gears back again when the high risk strategy leads to wickets. We have seen this several times from Gayle, both domestically and internationally - if he gets too excited early on then it can lead to the whole team collapsing. So, ultimately, well done on Punjab for opening the bowling with Maxwell." Any agree with this theory?


Dhawan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, defended towards the leg side


Dhawan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full ball is squeezed out towards cover


Dhawan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short of length ball on the pads, worked towards deep square leg for a single


Dhawan to Morkel, 1 run, short and wide, slapped away towards deep point for a single


Dhawan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slower short ball, helped along towards midwicket for a single


Dhawan to Morkel, 1 run, uses the width to steer the ball towards third man for a single, RCB doing a good job of consolidating here after all those big wickets

Varun: "This RCB setup reminds me first year Deccan Chargers which was stacked up with stars like Symonds, Afridi, Gilly, Rohit Sharma and couldnt able to win 3 games in a whole tournament"

End of over 12 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 80/5 (RR: 6.66)

    • JA Morkel 8 (8b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 29 (26b 2x4 1x6)
    • R Dhawan 2-0-7-1
    • GJ Maxwell 2-0-27-0

Maxwell to Morkel, no run, spun away as Morkel looked to drive that through the off side


Maxwell to Morkel, 1 leg bye, this one goes straight on, hit in line but that was missing leg, Maxwell appeals but is turned down


Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, a single towards mid-on


Maxwell to Morkel, SIX, trademark Albie, a muscular slog sweep sends the ball miles into the air, gets enough distance on it as well, clearing the midwicket rope


Maxwell to Morkel, 1 run, poked towards point for a single


Maxwell to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, powerfully swept behind square leg by Yuvraj for four, don't think the man at deep backward square leg picked it up, late to react so he has no chance of cutting that off

Harsha: "Adrian Meredith: Are you Greg Chappel in disguise ?"

End of over 13 (13 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 93/5 (RR: 7.15)

    • Yuvraj Singh 34 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • JA Morkel 15 (12b 1x6)
    • GJ Maxwell 3-0-39-0
    • R Dhawan 2-0-7-1

Shaz: "I kinda agree with Adrian. RCB has more attacking batsman who would just go all out blasting than taking the cautious approach after the start they got. They have the players as well - Virat & AB - it perhaps wasn't their day I guess."


Balaji to Morkel, no run, slapped towards point, doesn't beat the fielder


Balaji to Morkel, OUT, length ball angling across, Albie goes for another powerful hit, thick inside edge and that crashes into the stumps, Balaji gets rid of another overseas batsman, he dismissed all four of them in the Sunrisers game

JA Morkel b Balaji 15 (14m 14b 0x4 1x6) SR: 107.14

Mitchell Starc is the new batsman


Balaji to Starc, 1 run, shortish ball is pulled towards midwicket, can't time it properly but gets a single


Balaji to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on the pads, glided towards backward square leg for a single


Balaji to Starc, no run, short of length ball is mistimed towards cover, no run


Balaji to Starc, 2 runs, inside edges it past square leg for two

rajas.haris: "Sandeep Sharma , Rishi Dhawan , Mohit Sharma and Ishwar Pandey these 4 Indian seamers have had their hands high to put their respective franchises at the top of the table.( Does n't mean its a good sign for Indian future pace attack?)"

End of over 14 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 97/6 (RR: 6.92)

    • MA Starc 3 (3b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 35 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • L Balaji 2-0-10-1
    • GJ Maxwell 3-0-39-0

Rishi Dhawan to bowl


Dhawan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, length ball is driven towards the cover


Dhawan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, charges out and scythes that towards point, again can't place it past the fielder


Dhawan to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, bad ball, bad shot, and there's a wicket, a short ball that sits up for Yuvraj, who tries to slam it over deep midwicket, instead picks out the fielder there, Miller takes a simple catch, this is just the 15th over, and Yuvraj was the last remaining batsman

Yuvraj Singh c Miller b Dhawan 35 (49m 32b 3x4 1x6) SR: 109.37


Dhawan to Starc, no run, blocks this full delivery


Dhawan to Starc, 1 run, length ball on the pads, tapped just behind square leg for a single


Dhawan to Aaron, no run, short of length ball outside off, defended to the off side for a single

shivam bhatia: "I seriously dont understand why international standard players like ABd and Yuvi cldnt understand the game situation and just play a bit calmly!!! Disappointed in lack of game awareness !!"

Arvind: "I think we should not read too much into IPL performances. No doubt these bowlers have performed well but international cricket is different ball game all together. Also, T20 performance should not be regarded as a measure of bowlers capability in ODIs and Tests."

Vikram Sivakuma: "Adrian, Looks like Kings XI heard you again and used Maxwell to lure Yuvi and Albie again. Wow. What a strategy"

End of over 15 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 98/7 (RR: 6.53)

    • VR Aaron 0 (1b)
    • MA Starc 4 (5b)
    • R Dhawan 3-0-8-2
    • L Balaji 2-0-10-1

Balaji to Starc, no run, full ball is pummelled by Starc, Rishi Dhawan fields at mid-off, no run


Balaji to Starc, 1 run, short of length ball on leg stump, clipped to the leg side


Balaji to Aaron, no run, short of length ball, defended off the front foot


Balaji to Aaron, no run, length ball angling in towards middle, defended towards mid-on


Balaji to Aaron, no run, short of length ball outside off, pokes at it and misses


Balaji to Aaron, 1 run, looks for a big swipe, thick bottom edge sends the ball towards long-on for a single, Aaron retains strike

Barath: "Wondering if it will be better for RCB if Morkel and Starc's batting positions are swapped when there is a top order collapse.Starc looks like a more sensible batsman.And if he clicks,Morkel can come in and play his natural game at the back end"

End of over 16 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 100/7 (RR: 6.25)

    • VR Aaron 1 (5b)
    • MA Starc 5 (7b)
    • L Balaji 3-0-12-1
    • R Dhawan 3-0-8-2

Patel to Aaron, no run, looking to tap it to the off side off the back foot, beaten


Patel to Aaron, 1 run, length ball, Aaron charges out and hits it towards extra cover

vamshee: "Common guys ..look at the positives...RCB has crossed "70" runs !!!"


Patel to Starc, 4 leg byes, on the pads, no bat involved as Starc looks to glance it, off the thigh pads for four leg byes


Patel to Starc, no run, full ball, thick inside edge as he drives to the left of the bwowler


Patel to Starc, no run, inside-edge on to the boot, the ball dribbles towards the bowler


Patel to Starc, no run, driven towards extra cover, another dot ball

Mudhabir: "RCB batting made a mess of this game which cost the spectators.. i mean with Gayle, AB, Maxwell, Miller, Sehwag, Kohli and Yuvi playing, we expected a run fest."

End of over 17 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 105/7 (RR: 6.17)

    • MA Starc 5 (11b)
    • VR Aaron 2 (7b)
    • AR Patel 2-0-11-0
    • L Balaji 3-0-12-1

Balaji to Aaron, 1 run, charges out and slogs towards long-on for a single


Balaji to Starc, 1 run, short of length ball on the pads, clipped towards deep midwicket for a single


Balaji to Aaron, 1 run, Aaon swivelling with every shot, sends the ball towards deep midwicket


Balaji to Starc, 1 run, mistimed as Starc lofts the ball, reaches long-on on the bounce for a single


Balaji to Aaron, no run, short ball outside off, Aaron charges out and swings, can't connect


Balaji to Aaron, 1 run, thick inside edge towards deep backward square leg

Shan Fastian: "RCB made the Monday even more Worse."

Anand makes sense: "Miss Badrinath this IPL. Slot him in RCB or MI top order and he will provide stability while the attacking batsmen played around him."

End of over 18 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 110/7 (RR: 6.11)

    • VR Aaron 5 (11b)
    • MA Starc 7 (13b)
    • L Balaji 4-0-17-1
    • AR Patel 2-0-11-0

Dhawan to Aaron, 1 run, full ball is driven towards long-off for a single


Dhawan to Starc, no run, Starc wants to launch that over long-on but can't connect


Dhawan to Starc, 4 leg byes, full ball on the pads, and another four leg-byes as Starc misses


Dhawan to Starc, 1 run, slapped towards deep point for a single

Manu Ajmani: "Time for Zol to pick up Yuvraj on his shoulders and say the famous Kohli words: "He has carried the expectations of the whole nation on his shoulders for 14 years and won us 2 world cups, Now its time for us youngsters to step in.""


Dhawan to Aaron, 2 runs, thick outside edge sends the ball racing towards the third man boundary, Balaji does well to cut that off


Dhawan to Aaron, 2 runs, mistimes a hoick over the bowler, Starc pushes for the second, his pace forces the fielder to throw long to the keeper's end, Varun Aaron has a run on his hands, he beats the throw by a few inches

End of over 19 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 120/7 (RR: 6.31)

    • VR Aaron 10 (14b)
    • MA Starc 8 (16b)
    • R Dhawan 4-0-14-2
    • L Balaji 4-0-17-1

Johnson to Starc, OUT, slower yorker, 123.3kph, was heading down the leg side, Starc had made a bit of room, but he couldn't get bat on that full one, off the pads and onto the stumps

MA Starc b Johnson 8 (27m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 47.05

Aashish: "Very surprised to see that there are no Indian batsman in the top 6 run scorers of the tournament and even more surprised to see 3 Indian pacers in top 6 wicket takers!"


Johnson to Dinda, no run, length ball on the pads, defended back towards the bowler

Lokesh Kaza: "Speaking about Badrinath, wouldn't he have made a crucial addition to the SRH middle order?" Yes - RCB, MI, Sunrisers. which other team could use him?


Johnson to Dinda, 1 run, a single down the ground, not easy for the tailenders against the pact of Mitch


Johnson to Aaron, (no ball) 1 run, short of length ball, Aaron does what he has been doing virtually every ball of his innings, doesn't connect properly, as in most balls his innings, gets a single, but it's a no-ball


Johnson to Dinda, no run, the free-hit results in a dot ball, short one is bottom edged towards the keeper, Aaron wanted a single though Dinda didn't move, Saha lobbed the ball to Johnson, who should have run out Aaron, instead he underam flick sends the ball over the stumps


Johnson to Dinda, no run, goes for a massive slog, doesn't connect


Johnson to Dinda, 1 run, tries another almighty heave, thick outside edge bounces away towards third man for a single, so no boundary off the bat since 12.6 overs

Kings XI looking good for a fifth win here after the heavyweights in the RCB line-up messed up once more.

Amogh: "Should IPL have a mid-season transfer window like in football? Just a thought, maybe each team can add/change/swap only one player with a limited budget.I know highly unlikely,given the short duration of the tournament. But it could be something to think about for players not in IPL (Badri/Cameron White for example)"

Eshant: "I really think IPL should follow NBA's way of drafting. After each year, the team with the worst record gets to have the first pick and all players would have a fixed price. That would have been so helpful for Pune Warriors knowing they were last for all their seasons." People are still worrying over how Pune Warriors fared?

End of over 20 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 124/8

    • AB Dinda 2 (5b)
    • VR Aaron 11 (15b)
    • MG Johnson 4-0-19-2
    • R Dhawan 4-0-14-2
Agarkar: Sandeep's skills impressive
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Agarkar: Sandeep's skills impressive





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Hours of play (local time) 18.30 start, First Session 18.30-19.45, Interval 19.45-20.05, Second Session 20.05-21.30

Match Coverage

Do high prices weigh on players?
Play 13:23

Ajit Agarkar, Russel Arnold and Gaurav Kalra discuss whether the high salaries put more pressure on players who earn them in the IPL (13:23) | April 28, 2014

Play 13:23

Ajit Agarkar, Russel Arnold and Gaurav Kalra discuss whether the high salaries put more pressure on players who earn them in the IPL (13:23) | April 28, 2014