43rd match (N), Bengaluru, May 5 2017, Indian Premier League
(19/20 ov, target 139)119
Kings XI won by 19 runs
Player Of The Match
end of over 194 runs • 1 wicket
RCB: 119/10CRR: 6.26 RRR: 20.00
Yuzvendra Chahal4 (4)
Mohit Sharma 4-0-24-2
Axar Patel 3-0-11-3

11.40pm What a sensational spell that was from Sandeep, swinging the ball with such accuracy and he cashed in on RCB's poor form. Axar had set it up earlier with a cameo (38 off 17) and chipped in with three wickets too. The questions for RCB continue and they're struggling to find answers, like Kohli said. Let's only hope they put in better performances in their remaining matches. Until tomorrow, it's goodbye and good luck from Nikhil and Vishal. Ciao!

Sandeep: It's making me feel great, it's like a dream come true to get those three wickets upfront. I'm very happy. I've been talking to my coaches and especially Viru paaji (Sehwag) who says pitch the ball up and swing the ball both ways, that's your strength. That's what batsmen find difficult to face. Some movement was there and it wasn't a typical Bangalore wicket, it wasn't as flat and I was trying to swing the ball.

Maxwell: We did really well, the history here gave us some confidence. Axar's score gave a good total to defend. Our bowlers did good job in patches. Sandeep has been outstanding, to get those three (Gayle, Kohli, AB) players out in a whole season is a great effort, let alone in one game. We're close and still want to play better, still a lot of things to come. We were a little bit patchy and didn't assess conditions as well as we should have. We were looking for a 180-plus score and didn't go as hard in the last 7-8 overs.

11.24pm A 19-run win for Kings XI while defending 138 against RCB and they stay at fifth while closing in on Sunrisers. Bharath has bombarded me with some stats:

This is the fifth-lowest score defended by Kings XI in a 20-over match and also the first sub-150 total defended at Chinnaswamy in IPL. RCB's ninth loss in 11 matches. Phew!

Kohli: It's really disheartening; I don't know what to say in games like these anymore. It's happening many a times now for our liking. Anything we are trying with the bat is not working, the whole squad is trying to be positive but we're not finding a way to make a big score. Wickets are falling too quickly, I can't pinpoint anything, we're trying to be as positive as we can. Our preparations have been similar to what we did last year, but what matters is what you do on the field and this season has been against what we've wanted. We let ourselves down with the bat once again, I've not seen so many collapses for a team in one season. We didn't plan anything specific against any bowler. AB smokes those balls more often than not (to the ball he got out). Sandeep bowled really well, he pitched it in the right areas. You don't really understand what to do in times like these.

Sharma to Aniket, OUT

taken at mid off, RCB done and dusted on their home ground. Slower ball to end the match this time, it was back of length, Choudhary made room to slam it down the ground but miscued a catch to Guptill

Aniket Choudhary c Guptill b Sharma 4 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
Sharma to Aniket, no run

swings across the line for the length ball outside off, gets an inside edge and it bounces a couple of times before reaching Saha

"Presenation ceremonies shouldnt be mandatory, organisers should let Kohli walk back to his hotel room in peace. Its so hard for the captain to explain everyday what went wrong." Well said, Kahlona

Sharma to Chahal, 1 run

slow legcutter at 91kph, Chahal waits and defends it to off for a quickie

Sharma to Aniket, 1 run

the batsman makes room, Mohit chases him with a full delivery and it's helped to deep square leg

Bhargav: "What total is a good total for RCB to chase down? Just asking" worth asking at the presentation

Sharma to Chahal, 1 run

134kph, slightly shorter and it's punched to cover for one

Sharma to Aniket, 1 run

pitches the slower knuckle ball full on middle and off, thick edge goes to off for one

24 from 12 now. Mohit it is

end of over 184 runs • 2 wickets
RCB: 115/9CRR: 6.38 RRR: 12.00
Aniket Choudhary2 (2)
Yuzvendra Chahal2 (2)
Axar Patel 3-0-11-3
Mohit Sharma 3-0-20-1
Axar Patel to Aniket, 1 run

outside off now, hint of room for the length delivery, pushed down to long off

Axar Patel to Chahal, 1 run

angling in again, around length, and it's clipped for one more

Axar Patel to Aniket, 1 run

slightly shorter and it's chipped in the air towards midwicket for one

Axar Patel to Chahal, 1 run

angles it in towards middle and leg, clipped to leg for one

Hat-trick ball

Axar Patel to Badree, OUT

bowled! Axar wants to finish it this over. It was a flat delivery from outsde off, Badree went for the pull but the ball went under his bat to knock off stump

Samuel Badree b Patel 8 (17m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 88.88
Axar Patel to Negi, OUT

there's a collision on the field but the good news is nobody looks injured and Saha took the catch! Axar pitched it short and wide outside off, Negi swing hard and got a leading edge, the ball went high towards point as Saha ran to his left, Aaron came in and Saha pouched it easily

Pawan Negi c †Saha b Patel 21 (30m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 91.3

Axar is back

end of over 175 runs
RCB: 111/7CRR: 6.52 RRR: 9.33
Pawan Negi21 (22)
Samuel Badree8 (8)
Mohit Sharma 3-0-20-1
Glenn Maxwell 3-0-15-2
Sharma to Negi, 1 run

he comes down the track, another slower ball at 109kph, he swings it towards long on for one and keeps strike

Sharma to Badree, 1 run

some away movement, slower knuckle ball again, Badree crunches it through the covers for one

Sharma to Negi, 1 run

114kmh, some room outside off, punched towards extra cover for one more

Sharma to Badree, 1 run

106kmh, nice change of pace again, pitches it up on the stumps. Badree waits and defends it into the off side for a quick single

Sharma to Negi, 1 run

just outside off, Negi uses the angle and helps it to point

Third man in the circle

Sharma to Negi, no run

starts with a slower ball at 107kph outside off, he pitched it up, Negi chased and missed

33 from 24, here's Mohit. Axar has two left, Maxwell has one

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