And that about wraps it up here. The IPL rolls on with the second match of the day, where Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and opted to chase against Rising Pune Supergiants. Do join the fellas in that scorecard and keep going nuts.

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match, comes up expressionless. Smiles only for the camera. "Doesn't really feel good right now. Would have liked to cross the line on the right side of the result. Missed a coupled of hundreds before. Not at any stage was I think about ab out a hundred. Just looking for 170. The opportunity came in the end. [Gayle] should be back in the next game. Batting is not a concern. We are planning a lot of things [with the ball] We want to pull our socks up. Even today, it was slow pitch, we shouldn't have given so many balls close to the batsman that he could hit. Should have kept it away from his reach. Personal performances are good, but not having a win is difficult" "Good win, when Virat got a hundred I thought it was going away from us. But Baz and Smith got us off to a great start. We didn't lose focus, we had good partnerships in the chase," says Suresh Raina, "Smithy has been batting really well up the order with CSK, he had a really good PSL. Not sure about Finchy's fitness"

7.30 pm It seemed, during Gujarat Lions' only loss, they hadn't paced their innings well. Here they were perfect. Even after losing one of their major run-scorers early. Finch did not bat at all tonight, not sure if it was an injury. But McCullum, and Dwayne Smith who replaced Dale Steyn, took Lions to the best score in the Powerplay this season. With 72 runs in six overs, they had the perfect base to exploit a big outfield. Raina and Dinesh Karthik strung a half-century stand simply by running twos. The pressure of the chase is no longer as strong as it once was. So it is that Virat Kohli's maiden T20 century ends up in a losing cause. (Showing disturbingly similar shades of Sachin Tendulkar, eh?)

Mustafa Moudi: "Sachin & Virat - Both Scored their MAIDEN IPL TON in their own captaincy while opening against a New Franchisee, Wearing Orange Outfits, Having Mccullum as Opener and Still both LOST the Match. Mother of Co-incidence !!!!"

nishu: "RCB's bowling attack is weak. They should trade one of their batsmen with SRH bolwer.s So that the SRH batting gets stronger and RCB's bowling gets better. " ---- What? No credit to a beautiful chase from the Lions?

Lecs: "Kohli might get his first MoM this season alas in loosing cause. Once again bowler let him down even though they were 25 run above par as per Kohli."

Yuba Raj Kalath: "Noone is talking about D Karthik's contribution for GL yet. May be he is not high profile like others... :("

19.3
4
Watson to Bravo, FOUR runs, belted down the ground and Lions win! And Bravo brings out the Champion dance. That's the exclamation point to finish the game. He was able to get underneath a length ball on middle and the full swing of a very straight bat made sure the hosts more or less cruised the chase

DJ Bravo walks out, with four balls left and three runs to get

19.2
W
Watson to Jadeja, OUT, sensational catch from Rahul! Low to his left. Jaddu was simply trying to run the back of a length ball to third man, but the keeper saw him shaping for the shot, kept low and moved nicely towards the ball to take it one-handed

RA Jadeja c †Rahul b Watson 12 (21m 10b 0x4 1x6) SR: 120.00

19.2
1w
Watson to Jadeja, 1 wide, he's called it! That's very very difficult to do. The wide yorker, and put the ball beyond the batsman's reach. Fair call again from Bharatan. Quite far outside that guide line
19.1
1
Watson to Karthik, 1 run, goes full on off stump, Karthik lifts it to long-off to complete a very important half-century
19.1
2nb
Watson to Jadeja, (no ball) 1 run, shortish and outside off, Jadeja slices it to deep third man. Oh boy, he has overstepped! The next one is a free hit. Checking with the umpire, planting his leg on the line and he doesn't believe it. Fine call though from the umpire, as the replay indicates.

END OF OVER:
19 | 14 Runs | GL: 174/3 (7 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.15, RRR: 7.00)

  • KD Karthik49 (38b)
  • RA Jadeja11 (8b)
  • Iqbal Abdulla4-0-41-0
  • KW Richardson4-0-53-1

Riaz Shaikh: "Looks like the Lions will win it with Karthik stuck in the 40s; probably quite rare that the losing side has a centurion and nobody has even a 50 for the victors." ---- On 49 now, so you'd think he'd get there. Big meeting within the RCB camp. Watson has the ball in hand. He has six runs to defend.

18.6
4
Iqbal Abdulla to Karthik, FOUR runs, beats AB at long-on! Raina is up on his feet in the dugout! DK has played a superb innings today. Held himself back in the partnership with his captain, now he's taking over against bowling he likes. Runs down the track, takes it on the full and thumps it straight. The fielder had too far to run to his left

Muneer: "Big Mistake by Virat not giving Watson the penultimate over!!!!! i dont think he will have to last over either!!!!" --- Who then? It has to be Watson.

18.5
2
Iqbal Abdulla to Karthik, 2 runs, swept away over the infield to deep square leg, Jadhav can't send in a flat through and the two becomes easy
18.4
2
Iqbal Abdulla to Karthik, 2 runs, swept in front of the wicket, and I think that's the second time Jaddu beats AB's arm from long-on
18.3
1
Iqbal Abdulla to Jadeja, 1 run, low full toss on middle, picked away to deep midwicket. This partnership is becoming more crucial by the ball
18.2
1
Iqbal Abdulla to Karthik, 1 run, into the blockhole on middle, picked away through midwicket
18.1
4
Iqbal Abdulla to Karthik, FOUR runs, right-hander can do it as well. DK is so good against spin - especially with fine leg up. Shuffled across, goes for the lap sweep, gets under the ball and gets the boundary he wanted

Lions need 21 off 12. Abdulla to bowl, and a left-hander is in the middle. This could become ugly.

END OF OVER:
18 | 6 Runs | GL: 160/3 (21 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.88, RRR: 10.50)

  • KD Karthik36 (33b)
  • RA Jadeja10 (7b)
  • KW Richardson4-0-53-1
  • Iqbal Abdulla3-0-27-0
17.6
1lb
Richardson to Karthik, 1 leg bye, that's his escape shot. The lap sweep, but Richardson had read him well and bowled it quick and back of a length. Came at him too quickly, struck on the body
17.5
2
Richardson to Karthik, 2 runs, de Villiers saves the boundary at extra cover! Beautiful shot from DK, came down the track, took it on the full and sliced it past the extra cover fielder's left. AB is rapid enough, puts in a dive and does well
17.4
1
Richardson to Jadeja, 1 run, lovely hit to long-off, but that actually works against him. Kohli hares in from the boundary and it is only one
17.3
1
Richardson to Karthik, 1 run, shortish and outside off, Karhik backed away and dabs it to short third man. Shamsi there dives to his left and keeps it to a single.
17.2
0
Richardson to Karthik, no run, dropped by the bowler! It's the back-of-the-hand slower ball, deceived Karthik who was driving on the up and did not time it at all. Came at a decent height, but just didn't stick
17.1
1
Richardson to Jadeja, 1 run, low full toss, pushed to cover for a single

punit: "I don't understand why still Jadeja hasn't been able to develop his batting credentials yet. I always thought its lack of opportunity with the bat but he has enough innings now and not even a single fifty in 170 T20 matches. Average of high 40 in domestic cricket can't be a fluke surely? Anyone have any explanation?" ---- He doesn't do well against pace. And here's Richardson, who has gone for 48 runs in three overs...

END OF OVER:
17 | 12 Runs | GL: 154/3 (27 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.05, RRR: 9.00)

  • KD Karthik33 (29b)
  • RA Jadeja8 (5b)
  • Iqbal Abdulla3-0-27-0
  • YS Chahal4-0-33-1
16.6
2
Iqbal Abdulla to Karthik, 2 runs, flicked to long-on and they pinch a second again! Jaddu is freakishly quick
16.5
2
Iqbal Abdulla to Karthik, 2 runs, picked away to deep midwicket for a couple. Raina claps with gusto from the dressing room
16.5
1w
Iqbal Abdulla to Karthik, 1 wide, perhaps he preempted the batsman running down at him. Fires in a wide delivery and Karthik does not play a shot
16.4
1
Iqbal Abdulla to Jadeja, 1 run, this is the flatter ball on leg stump, turned to deep square leg
16.3
0
Iqbal Abdulla to Jadeja, no run, well bowled, Abdulla. He's bowling into the left-hander, who was going for the slog. Brave to toss it up and beat him outside off
16.2
6
Iqbal Abdulla to Jadeja, SIX runs, that's the longest hit of the evening! Jaddu gets down low and slog sweeps it way over midwicket. The big screen yells 'SIR JADEJA'
16.1
0
Iqbal Abdulla to Jadeja, no run, pushed through outside off, Jaddu lets it go hoping it would be wide. No luck

IPL News

The chasing advantage

5

Number of consecutive T20 games that have been won by the chasing team in Rajkot. Eleven of the last 14 have been won chasing

A fifty at last

16

Innings since Karthik last scored a half-century in the IPL. In these 16 innings he scored 219 runs at 14.60

Expensive Richardson

25

Runs conceded by Richardson in the 6th over, the third highest in an over in this IPL. The highest is 28, by Bhuvneshwar Kumar v RCB

A Powerplay high

72

Gujarat Lions' score at six overs, the highest Powerplay score in this IPL. The previous best was 65

RCB's run-fest

4

Century stands for RCB in IPL 2016. All other teams put together have three century partnerships in this tournament

Kohli's golden year

110.22

Kohli's T20 average in 2016 - he has 992 runs in 17 inngs, with 11 fifty-plus scores

Rahul's IPL best

46

KL Rahul's previous highest, in 20 IPL innings. This is his 4th 50-plus score in 35 T20 innings, with a highest of 62

RCB's best pair

66.53

Average stand between Kohli and de Villiers in IPL since the start of 2014; they have 4 century stands in 17 partnerships

Top opener

45.10

Virat Kohli's average as opener in the IPL. Among 24 openers with 750+ runs as opener, only Simmons and Gayle have higher average

RCB's sub-par record

6-9

RCB's record in the last two years when batting first. They have done better when chasing, winning 9 and losing 8