20 | 16 Runs 1 Wkt | RCB: 213/4 | RR: 10.65

  • Marcus Stoinis17 (8b)
  • Harry Gurney4-0-42-1
  • Prasidh Krishna4-0-52-0

214 for Kolkata Knight Riders to break their sequence of three defeats. How will Dale Steyn's inclusion help the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling effort? Find out with Saurabh in just a short while

Moeen Ali tells the broadcasters: "He (Virat) didn't say much to me. I think we have to do well paricularly with the new ball. We need to turn up with the ball. We just decided that we need to play for pride and back ourself a bit more. (Will he bowl tonight) It's going to be tough against their batting lineup, but I am looking forward to it. He (Virat) is rapid between the wickets. He's an amazing player."

9.40pm 143 runs in the last 10 overs, the most in the last 10 overs for this season. 91 in the last five overs alone. Another IPL century for Virat Kohli. Are you entertained yet?

Gurney to Kohli, OUT, length, and he has flicked this towards deep midwicket, where Shubman Gill comepletes the catch

V Kohli c Shubman Gill b Gurney 100 (98m 58b 9x4 4x6) SR: 172.41

Gurney to Kohli, FOUR runs, full toss, and he has flicked this away towards long leg. Kuldeep makes a hash of the attempted stop, and Kohli leaps in the air and takes off his helmet. Arms aloft...the king is back on top of his game! He's got there in just 57 balls, and yet it hasn't been his most fluent IPL century ever, surely?
Gurney to Stoinis, 1 run, length, and he lofts this towards wide long off. They go for just one run. Kohli wants that century of his
Gurney to Stoinis, SIX runs, length, and he has picked this up, and deposited it some 12 rows back over long on!
Gurney to Stoinis, FOUR runs, short ball, and he swings this around to long leg, where Kuldeep Yadav makes a mess of his attempt to stop it! Overran the ball, as it spun away to his right
Gurney to Kohli, 1 run, full ball, outside off, and he drives this to extra cover. Won't get two that he desperately wants


Just a reminder that Kolkata chased down 206 in the return fixture at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. In fact, they needed 53 from the last 3 overs, and got there in 2.1 overs!

19 | 19 Runs | RCB: 197/3 | RR: 10.36

  • Marcus Stoinis6 (5b)
  • Virat Kohli95 (55b)
  • Prasidh Krishna4-0-52-0
  • Sunil Narine4-0-32-1
Prasidh Krishna to Stoinis, FOUR runs, full, outisde off, and he drives this towards long off. Russell gets to it, but cannot stop it

Mid on and midwicket inside the circle for Stoinis now

Mak: "Come on guys the Forecaster is trying it best to predicate the end of the over score "

Pranav M: "Kohli is still sticking with siraj in bowling lineup.Very bad.Decisions like this could cost him badly."

Prasidh Krishna to Kohli, 1 run, full ball, on off stump, and he slaps this down towards deep midwicket

shivaram: "KkR have to chase it down in 16 overs taking out the four overs of Steyn also two wickets less."

Prasidh Krishna to Kohli, 2 runs, short, and he whips this towards deep midwicket, and will pick up two. Takes him to 92

He's also been mouthing the bowler. Kohli is feeling like his old self, it would seem...

Prasidh Krishna to Kohli, FOUR runs, outside off, and an extra cover drive, on bent knee. Ah, classic Kohli!
Prasidh Krishna to Kohli, SIX runs, short, and he has got a hold of this. Just lofts this, stand-and-deliver, over long on. Proper slog for these death overs!

Jose F: "How do you see the score predictor? " --- Only we can see it right now, it was 199 at the end of last over, Jose

Prasidh Krishna to Kohli, 2 runs, short, outisde off, and he drags this towards deep midwicket. They have run hard, and made it, as the ball was thrown at the striker's end

Prasidh Krishna again

Souvik Sarkar: "KKR fan here. This is not how you win IPL. Not picking up good bowlers. Now suffer. Also, the bowling coach must be doing a shitty job, not instructing the bowlers to deliver slowers frequently and vary the pace a lot. Should learn from CSK how it's done even without big names."

Tushar: "184?? STOP THE FORECASTER. PLEASE PLEASE. ITS A BIG TURN OFF." --- It's a bad addiction, Tushar. Taking medicines to get out of the habit :D

18 | 10 Runs | RCB: 178/3 | RR: 9.88

  • Marcus Stoinis2 (4b)
  • Virat Kohli80 (50b)
  • Sunil Narine4-0-32-1
  • Harry Gurney3-0-26-0
Narine to Stoinis, no run, length, turns into him, tucks him up for room, and Stoinis fails to get any ball on an attempted dab towards midwicket

Pulls out of the ball, and Kohli play-acts as if he was short at the non-striker's end

Narine to Stoinis, 1 wide, length, turns away after pitching on leg, and he will have to bowl this again
Narine to Stoinis, no run, length, outside off, and he cuts this to point. Too fast for them to get any runs

RAUNAK : "What was the need for Kuldeep to bowl 4 overs when Piyush has only bowled 1 and KKR have 6 bowlers today excluding Nitish Rana. KKR will be chasing 220 plus here tonight. "

Narine to Kohli, 1 run, length, outside off, and he goes back and cuts this towards deep extra cover
Narine to Kohli, SIX runs, short, and he has lofted this off the back foot towards wide long on. Terrific bit of timing there!

Balashankar: "It has really perplexed me that the teams have just not tried to exploit the well known weakness of Moeen Ali against short balls. Since RCB as a team had a poor run this season, it hasn't effected other teams much and it has not really come up for discussion. But overall, there just hasn't been much short balls against him. " --- Prasidh Krishna did try, to be fair

Narine to Stoinis, 1 run, length, comes back into him, and he punches this towards long on
Narine to Kohli, 1 run, short ball, and he biffs this towards deep midwicket


Vinod Rajpal: "Job for Dre Russ in 2nd innings !!"

Jigar: "@saurav ranu Kuldeep never had good ipl. In international cricket i strongly feel it is cause of dhoni and his guidance from behind the stumps that helps bowlers. It just shows the importance of Dhoni to the Indian team.. not kuldeep there are many more bowlers who benefits from having Dhoni to guide them from behind"

17 | 19 Runs | RCB: 168/3 | RR: 9.88

  • Virat Kohli72 (47b)
  • Marcus Stoinis1 (1b)
  • Harry Gurney3-0-26-0
  • Kuldeep Yadav4-0-59-1

46 off the last two overs

Gurney to Kohli, 1 run, full ball, outside off, and he squeezes this away towards point
Gurney to Kohli, SIX runs, length, and he smacks this straight back past Gurney. Doesn't bother keeping this down, and it's a pretty big six!
Gurney to Kohli, FOUR runs, angles across him, and he crunches a square drive past point. Terrific shot, as Gurney had reverted to over the wicket for that ball

nishant thaccke: "Moeen Ali's innings typifies the proper approach required in T20 cricket - selfless and full of Intent. In comes Stoinis who follows the exact opposite approach. Not sure why Klassen didn't come in as Stonis take his own sweet time to settle in !!"

Gurney to Kohli, 2 runs, short ball, outside off, and he hits it hard towards extra cover. Calls for two, and gets it in the end

Round the wicket now

Gurney to Kohli, FOUR runs, slower ball, but too close to leg stump, and Kohli waits on it, moves a bit inside the line, and whips this away towards long leg

Sushilkumar: "Well done Ali !! RCB can now go upto 185."

Gurney to Stoinis, 1 run, slower ball, short, and he goes up on his toes and punches this to point

KKR 2nd innings Partnerships

1st6SP NarineCA Lynn
2nd18SP NarineShubman Gill
3rd9RV UthappaShubman Gill
4th46RV UthappaN Rana
5th118AD RussellN Rana
6th6KD KarthikN Rana