Gill hits the winning runs, takes his helmet off immediately and swings his bat in the air with his right arm, such passion! Gets a hug from Lynn. Short and wide, he stays on top the ball and cuts it square and fast
12.20am That's it from us here at ESPNcricinfo, it's past midnight and I can see my bed already. KKR will sleep well tonight, placed fourth with a positive NRR and RCB are now down to seventh place, same points as Mumbai and Daredevils. Lots can still happen, for now it's good night and good luck on this Sunday night from Vishal and Varun. Ciao!
DK: Always feels better to win first. Nothing too special about where we are, nothing bad about being in the middle of the table, we need to use some momentum from here. I thought it was a par sore, they batted really well and we knew Virat was the big wicket we needed in AB's absence. He came all guns blazing. I beleive we need to have a strong core and trust them. I've felt that you need to trust the players that are part of the XI. They're great kids (Mavi and Gill) and they're learning, they have good thigns to talk, lots of credit to Rahul as well, they have good things to say about him.
Lynn is the Man of the Match: I've had to grind out some runs this season. Definitely got to use the sweep in this part of the world especially against spin bowling. Whatever scenario comes, I'm going to play it by the ear. The body is getting there, been a tough schedule and I'm chipping away. I was about to get rid of it (moustache) yesterday but decided to keep it.
Rohit: "If vettori was working for a normal private form, he would have been fired till now. One just can't keep getting the team selection, scouting, and actual playing XI combination wrong match after match."
Anil: "Not good team selection by RCB today.. With the slow nature of pitch today which was evident. They should have played Moeen Ali for grandhomme "
Ishan Jain: "Being a fan of Kohli, it's so sad to see him always ending up on losing even after strong batting statements. His reaction after taking that excellent catch said it all. "
12.04am So KKR are back to winning ways after conceding too many the other day against Delhi Daredevils. Runs coming from the top order, middle order looking good even though Russell fell for a golden duck today. RCB, well. They were without AB today but they will also know 175 won't be a good score on this small ground on most days with their bowling attack
Kohli: The pitch is bringing out surprises everytime we play here. 175 was a really good score, we were thingking of 165 at one stage after those wickets, so 10 was a bonus. If we look back, we didn't deserve to win. I don't think we're trying hard enough, we need to be hard on ourselves. All 11 of us need to come together and bring that excitement on the field. We don't deserve to win if we field like that. We can't afford to field like that and let singles go to boundaries. We were just not good enough tonight. I can't pin point anything right now, we need to win six out of seven to qualify from here. We need to be in that mindset to take every match as as virtual semi-final from now. There's no room for lapses, complacency or hesitation. We need our guys stepping up and hopefully the guys can put up a better show.
Narine: We set the platform and the guys finished it off pretty good. Losing a game (to Daredevils) doesn't make you a bad team. If you play good cricket, you can come back on top. You put in a performance and come back to winning ways. We back everyone and continue to go from strength to strength
Two very similar chases so far today. Royals needed 50 off 30 balls, and managed just two boundaries at the death with the settled Ajinkya Rahane in the middle. KKR are on their way to hunting down a similar equation with five boundaries off 24 balls, despite losing Rana and Russell.
little full towards the pads and it's worked to leg for one
what a catch by Kohli! DK lofted it straight down yet again, Kohli's eyes spot it and he sprints across full speed in front and to his left from long on. Puts in a full-length dive just in time and gets both his hands under the ball
he's hitting those drives and pulls so well, tries a reverse paddle now and misses
One shot away now
lands it short this time, and DK pulls it square for two more
oh my, how did he hit that! It was a short of length ball, mid off was in and DK lofted it straight over his head for a six!
slices that one high on the off side and it lands beyond backward point, wide of sweeper cover for two
15 from 12 is not tough for KKR now. Siraj and Umesh to bowl these. Siraj first
"How many years we have to support? No commitment in the field and bowling...no proper team selection..no hunt young talent... disappointment.... sorry ABD.. please shift your team... forgive me..." Sorry, Raghu
low full toss lofted down the ground, long off runs to his right and they come back for the second easily
chips the fullish ball down to long on
it's a slow and short cutter, short enough for DK to pivot on the back foot and pull it fine behind square. It's beaten depe fine leg too. The captain is not wasting any time here
We have a direct hit and the third umpire comes into play, but he's safe. DK closed the face of the bat to tuck the ball to leg with soft hands and said "two" repeatedly as Vohra rain in from the leg side, they can back just in time
Rupesh: "Turnaround? What turnaround? KKR are still firm favorites in this one!"
full and wide, drives that away to deep cover for one
the big back lift sees the low full toss with a wobbly seam outside off and he whacks it straight down to beat long on. Strong arms and shoulders coming into play
29 from 18. Lynn not his usual self today, but on strike for Southee's last over
two full to DK, he brings out the cover drive and drills that along the ground, just wide of deep cover. Four!
Southee has a shy at the stumps from point, he can see only one of them and he misses as Lynn is miles away, he finally makes it and then even comes back for the overthrow. DK drove that straight to point and took off, Lynn wasn't sure and was nearly stuck on the pitch but DK was a long way down before Southee misses. No back up, little more mix up and that's two runs
gets the wide yorker right this time and Lynn jams his bat in for a single to deep point
sends a wide on the off side, outside the tramlines
How many predicted this turnaround from RCB? Not me, neither did Chetan : "Looks like it's gonna be another night of disappointment for RCB fan. "
gone first ball on his 30th birthday! The crowd has come alive, I tell you. Siraj banged it in and Russell went hard at it with a swing of the arms, got only a top edge and de Kock ran a long way back to complete a superb catch
Rana is in trouble because of his lower back and he's walking off. The physiology rushed out to check Rana and they soon decided to walk him off. In comes birthday boy Andre Russell
Chahal gets to the ball but it's gone for four! It was full outside off, Rana jammed his bat in to steer it just behind square to make Chahal run to his left from third man. He rolled to get his hands on the ball, but it went through
Kohli goes from long on to Siraj for a chat
uses a strong bottom hand to drill that through the covers. Have to settle for one