353dThe Report by Saurabh Somani

Kohli, de Villiers mastery trumps Gayle's 99*

RCB overcome sequence of six successive loss in style; Kings XI consigned to first loss at home this season

Match Centre


Best performances - Batsmen

CH Gayle
CH Gayle
99(64) 10x4 - 5x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 25 runs
  • 1x4 - 3x6
9 1 12 8 29 26 9 5
V Kohli
V Kohli
67(53) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 28 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
1 1 6 11 7 13 7 21

Best performances - Bowlers

YS Chahal
YS Chahal
MM Ali
MM Ali

Match Details


Royal Challengers Bangalore , elected to field first

Player Of The Match


Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20

Match days

13 April 2019 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee


Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Kings XI Punjab 0

Scorer: Ranjith P | Commentator: Debayan Sen (@debayansen)

That's that, then. RCB bring that dismal losing streak to a close with a pretty comfortable away win against Kings XI Punjab. The action continues, in fact in just a few hours from now, depending on which time zone you are in, right here on ESPNcricinfo. There's a double-header Sunday to look forward to, and hope you will join us for that. For the moment, on behalf of Ranjith P, Varun Shetty and the rest of the boys and girls at ESPNcricinfo, this is Debayan Sen signing off. Good night and see you all soon!

11.51pm Time for the presentation

Virat Kohli: "Most pleasing thing is coming for an interview at this time of the game. Great feeling to get across the line. Couple of games we should have closed out before this. After so many setbacks, the guys had desire - that's one word we spoke about. We thought 190 was par, and to restrict them to 170 was a good effort. To pick up four wickets in eight overs in the middle was a good effort. We thought they might go early, but that allowed us to restrict them to 20 or so lesser."

AB de Villiers gets the player of the match award: "We've waited a long time for this one this season. It's a small step in the right direction but a step nonetheless. I've got too much respect for the game to get upset about that (his indifferent form). I know you're always just one knock away from being in that confident zone. (Not playing international cricket) That's exactly the reason I have decided not to play international cricket, because I want to be sharp for other tournaments. I get to work with some of the local youngsters, which gives me great motivation. (On Dale Steyn) It's a great move to get Dale. One day we will get 200 percent, because he gives so much in every ball he bowls. We have to win every game from here on. The next step is Mumbai, and we love playing at the Wankhede."

Lohith: "With dew factor getting worse each day, defending has become a nightmare for teams. Toss has become sooo important " --- Has always been the case, especially since evening games became the norm rather than the exception. Gets worse in winter, especially in north Indian venues like Mohali. The ball becomes a bar of soap, pretty much!

Dhilip: "I am RCB'ian . usually long gone before match was over. .now just reading all the comments. slowly. I know this is just one win. But u can't understand the feel if you r not RCB'ian"

hani: "But if they won every match from here wouldnt there be 16 points" --- Indeed, those numbers just to emphasise that even 14 points have been enough in the past. Meanwhile Asad has other prioriites, "Happy for King XI loss. Now Sunrisers will win the match and jump to 2nd from 6th on points table, provided KKR also lose tomorrow earlier in the day. That will be some achievement. "

Mohideen Abdul : "Finally.... Rcb seen 2 points After 7 consecutive defeats (last year last match also lost) "

R Ashwin: "(On using Sarfaraz) I thought the leggie might have a good chance of forcing AB and Stoinis to take some chances. We let ourselves down on the field, but they batted sensibly. The crowd has been fantastic, and we have a few more games at home and hope we get the same kind of support. We need to string some wins and gain some momentum."

Rafi Khan: "I was a big fan of Kings XI Punjab but not anymore, bcoz of the last two defeats against MI the other day and RCB today, both the matches they could have won easily but their poor and bizarre strategy cost them 4 points" --- Still a while to go, Rafi. And the good thing for Kings XI is that they are able to compete against the good team as well this season

For those who were asking if RCB can still qualify for the playoffs provided they win every game from here, these are teams that made the playoffs in eight-team leagues after posting just 14 points

2018 - Rajasthan Royals

2014 - Mumbai Indians

2010 - Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings

2009 - Deccan Chargers

Aqueel: "Areeeeeeee Seeeeeeee Beeeeeeee... Ee Saala Cup Naamdey"

11.38pm This was a surreal end to a bit of a surreal contest, to be perfectly honest. Kings XI Punjab came up with a staccato batting effort to post 173, and then RCB looked right in control, before Virat Kohli's wicket right at the end that made it a tight finish. R Ashwin handed the ball to former RCB player Sarfaraz Khan to defend five runs in the last over, and it got over in just two balls. Good batting, first from Kohli and then by AB de Villiers, who saw his team home

Khan to Stoinis, 2 runs, short, and he has biffed this away to long off, and they pick up two to complete the victory!
Khan to Stoinis, FOUR runs, half-tracker, and he goes back and punches this down the ground to long on

Sarfaraz Khan with the last over. This is seriously left of field

19 | 14 Runs | RCB: 168/2 (6 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.84, RRR: 6.00)

  • AB de Villiers59 (38b)
  • Marcus Stoinis22 (14b)
  • Mohammed Shami4-0-43-1
  • Andrew Tye4-0-40-0

That could be game, set...but will it be the match?

Mohammed Shami to de Villiers, SIX runs, moves across and smashes a length ball over long leg for SIX!

They need AB's wicket here, I think, if Kings XI have to win this one...

Mohammed Shami to Stoinis, 1 run, length, and he drags this down to long on
Mohammed Shami to Stoinis, FOUR runs, full ball, and he has dropped this down to long off. Interestingly, they kept mid off up for this ball, but Shami missed his mark with what I presume was meant to be a yorker. Critical boundary!

SewnarayneB: "Plenty bets lost... De guy who said RCB will end on 176/1 lost, de guy who said ABD n kholi will out in de same over lost, let's see how this ends"

rmj1729: "You know simple way to calculate no of match based on no. of team, assume 8 teams in IPL if each team will against other team 1 match, then first team will play 7 match, second team 6 till 1 simple forumala (( n ( n-1) ) / 2 ) * no. of matches against need to play (n is number of team) -> if IPL has 8 team and need to play 2 match against each team (((8)(7))/2) * 2 = 56" --- That's true. Add the four matches for the playoff, and you have 60 matches for the IPL

Mohammed Shami to Stoinis, no run, length, and he punches this towards short cover

RCB 2nd innings Partnerships

1st43PA PatelV Kohli
2nd85AB de VilliersV Kohli
3rd46AB de VilliersMP Stoinis