The 157-run stand between AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli was instrumental in guiding Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 45-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Catch all the highlights of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad here.
After being put in to bat, Royal Challengers Bangalore lost Chris Gayle early but the Kohli-ABD show accompanied with a little cameo from Sarfaraz Khan towards the end propelled them to a humongous total of 227. In reply, David Warner provided a good start to Sunrisers Hyderabad but four wickets in four overs pulled the plug from the chase and at the end Bangalore won the match comfortably. (SCORECARD | FIXTURES | RESULTS | NEWS | STREAMING)
23:50 hrs IST: That's it. Thank you for joining us for today's match in Bengaluru. See you all tomorrow for the clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.
AB de Villiers (Man of the Match):"Absolutely love playing here. The crowd always gets behind us. Loved batting with Virat and enjoyed myself. The bowlers have played together for quite a few years. All of a sudden it looks like a very good combination of youth and experience."
Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper):"We lost the toss. Didn't get to do what we wanted. But is was a good effort to get to close to 230. Last year, me and AB had a good partnership in Mumbai. He hit balls as only he can. It was a pleasure playing with him."
David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper):"It hurts when one bowler goes down. Tough ask for the boys to go out there and get 228. Nehra will be out for a couple of games. Mustafizur bowled well throughout the World Cup and he's definitely a find."
23:34 hrs IST: And that's it! RCB thrash SRH by 45 runs in their opening match of the Indian Premier League season 9.
23:22 hrs IST: SIX!!! First for Karn Sharma. Short ball outside off and he slices it towards the third man region. SRH now require 64 off 12 balls.
23:13 hrs IST: BOWLED!!!! Perfect Yorker from Watson and Reddy has no answer to it. SRH now require 81 off 24 balls.
23:11 hrs IST: Morgan should have been sent up the order given the fact that SRH were chasing a humongous total.
23:03 hrs IST: Consecutive sixes by Ashish Reddy but get a feeling it's too late now. SRH now require 103 off 36 balls.
23:00 hrs IST: Excellent over by Rasool. Pressure piling up on SRH.
22:53 hrs IST: OUT!!!!! SRH in all sorts of trouble. Deepak Hooda falls for 6. SRH now require 127 off 51 balls.
22:47 hrs IST: WICKET!!!!!! Milne gets rid off Henriques. Again a mistimed pull and Rasool takes an easy catch at mid-wicket. SRH now require 135 off 57 balls.
22:42 hrs IST: OUT!!!!! Yuzvendra Chahal removes Naman Ojha. Mistimed it towards long-on and ABD takes an easy catch.
22:36 hrs IST: OUT!!!! Warner loses his wicket to Watson. He mistimes a pull and Milne takes an easy catch at mid-wicket. SRH require 142 off 66 balls.
22:29 hrs IST: SIX!!!! Fifty for Warner. His 24th one in the Indian Premier League. Well played!!!
22:25 hrs IST: FOUR!!! First one of the night for Henriques.
22:20 hrs IST: SIX!!! Another one from Warner. It's raining sixes at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. SRH are 56/1 after first 6 overs.
22:18 hrs IST: Warner races to 33 off just 15 balls. SRH are 49/1 after 5 overs.
22:16 hrs IST: SIX!!!! Second one from Warner. Outside off, makes room and hits it towards long-off boundary.
22:09 hrs IST: OUT!!!!! Parveez Rasool deceives Dhawan with a beauty. Just gets enough spin from round the wicket as Dhawan tries to play inside the line and misses.
22:08 hrs IST: SIX!!!!! Bang!! Warner charges down and hits it towards the long-on boundary. SRH are 35/0 after 3 overs.
22:07 hrs IST: FOUR!!! Warner takes the aerial root and hits it towards deep extra cover boundary. Solid start for SRH!
22:03 hrs IST: FOUR!!!! Slightly wide from Watson and Dhawan plays it towards deep backward point. SRH are 22/0 after 2 overs
21:59 hrs IST: Shane Watson to share the new ball with Milne.
21:56 hrs IST: FOUR!!! First boundary for Warner. Thick edge and it races towards the third man.
21:53 hrs IST: Adam Milne to start the proceedings for RCB.
21:44 hrs IST: Sarfaraz Khan at his very best!
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21:38 hrs IST: And that's the end of the innings. RCB finish with 227 in their 20 overs. Excellent batting by Sarafarz at the end. 35 off 10 balls with five fours and a six.
21:35 hrs IST: SIX!!!! Sarfaraz Khan is on a roll!
21:32 hrs IST: Outstanding batting from Sarfaraz. 18 off 4 balls of Bhuvneshwar, who is probably one of India's best death bowlers. Great batting!
21:30 hrs IST: Another boundary from Sarfaraz and RCB reach 200 in 18.3 overs.
21:29 hrs IST: FOUR!!! First boundary for Sarfaraz Khan.
21:27 hrs IST: Terrific over from Mustafizur. Just three runs and two wickets. RCB are 186/4 after 18 overs.
21:25 hrs IST: OUT!!!! Mustafizur gets his second. Shane Watson goes for 19 off just 8 balls.
21:23 hrs IST: OUT!!!! ABD misses ton. Mustafizur gets him for 82.
21:20 hrs IST: Three sixes in a row from Watson. 220 is well within the reach now. RCB are 183/2 after 17 overs.
21:19 hrs IST: SIX!!!! And now Shane Watson joins the party.
21:17 hrs IST:BOWLED!!!!! Kohli goes for 75 off just 51 balls. RCB are 164/2 after 16 overs.
21:08 hrs IST: Another straight SIX by ABD and that brings up the 150 partnership between him and Kohli. RCB are 156/1 after 15 overs.
21:07 hrs IST: SIX!!!! And it's the fifth one of the night for ABD. What a player!!!!!!
21:03 hrs IST: It's raining boundaries at Chinnaswamy Stadium.
20:59 hrs IST: SIX!!!! And it brings up fifty for Kohli. RCB are 126/1 after 13 overs.
20:56 hrs IST: Consecutive fours by de Villiers.
20:53 hrs IST: Fifty for de Villiers. RCB are 99/1 after 11 overs
20:50 hrs IST: Nehra seems to have hurt his ankle. He leaves the field and Ashish Reddy will complete his over.
20:46 hrs IST: Consecutive Sixes by de Villiers. Marching towards a well-deserved fifty. RCB are 88/1 after 10 overs.
20:39 hrs IST: SIX!!!! And this time, it's Kohli!!!!! Slower one from Henriques, Kohli reads it well, steps out and smashes it towards long-off. RCB are 73/1 after 9 overs and it's time for strategic time-out.
20:36 hrs IST: FOUR!!!! Kohli steps out and lofts it over leggie Karn Sharma's head.
20:30 hrs IST: Good start by Mustafizur. Troubling both Kohli and ABD with his variations. Just 10 of his first two. RCB are 49/1 after first 6 overs.
20:24 hrs IST: Sheer pleasure! ABD is on a roll. 10 runs off 2 balls of Bhuvi. RCB are 42/1 after 4.5 overs.
20:22 hrs IST: Another FOUR!!! And this time, skipper Kohli smashes a short of length delivery from Bhuvi towards deep extra cover.
20:19 hrs IST: SIX!!!! First one of the innings. Slower delivery and Mr. 360 aka ABD hits it over the bowler's head. RCB are 22/1 after 3.3 overs
20:18 hrs IST: FOUR!!!! Short and wide from Nehra ji and ABD pulls it between mid-wicket and mid-on.
20:13 hrs IST: In comes Mustafizur "Fizz" Rahman for his first over. Expect ABD to shuffle a lot in his crease now!!!!!
20:07 hrs IST: BOWLED!!!!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets the crucial wicket of Chris Gayle. He bowls it outside leg, brushes Gayle's thigh pad and hits the leg stump. Unlucky!!!!!
20:05 hrs IST: FOUR!!! First boundary for Kohli. RCB are 5/0 after the first over.
20:02 hrs IST: Straight away some shape for Nehra. Full, angled in and he appeals for lbw but umpire shows no interest. Think it hit outside off.
19:59 hrs IST: It's time for action!!!! Kohli and Gayle make their way out in the middle and so do Sunrisers Hyderabad players. Nehra ji to start the proceedings for them.
19:53 hrs IST: Shane Watson- I'm excited to be a part of RCB. It is going to be a fun unit. We have quality players. The incredible thing is that the team gets momentum from the crowd.
19:45 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK: 175 - The average first innings score at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in IPL matches.
19:33 hrs IST: Here are the playing XI of both teams:
RCB: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Sarfaraz Khan, Kedhar Jadhav (wk), Stuart Binny, Parveez Rasool, Harshal Patel, Adam Milne, Yuzvendra Chahal
SRH: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Eoin Morgan, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha (wk), Ashish Reddy, Deepak Hooda, Karn Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Mustafizur Rahman
19:30 hrs IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner wins the toss and elects to bowl first.
19:29 hrs IST: Toss time!!!!!!
19:24 hrs IST: With Starc missing, who would be the fourth overseas player for RCB? Wiese, Milne or Richardson? Tough choice for Kohli though!!!!
19:15 hrs IST: Looks like Warner is all set to score a big one today!!!!!
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19:08 hrs IST: RCB's batting vs SRH's bowling - is surely going to be the battle which will more or less decide the fate of this match. Hope this one is gonna be a cracker of a game!!!!
19:07 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the coverage of fourth match of the Indian Premier League season 9. Star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore take on the new-look Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium this evening.
The RCB vs SRH match could boil down to a contest between Bangalore's batsmen and Hyderabad's bowlers.
Kohli is leading a formidable T20 team that includes Chris Gayle and AB De Villiers. The inclusion of Shane Watson will make RCB's batting one of the strongest in the tournament.
Warner's ability with the bat is also well-known. However, Shikhar Dhawan's form at the top of the order will be crucial for SRH. Kane Williamson will surely give the middle-order a touch of solidity. SRH will miss the injured Yuvraj Singh.
The better bowling team can make the difference on Tuesday night. In terms of experience, Sunrisers look a better outfit with Ashish Nehra and Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman very capable in controlling runs in the death overs.
RCB will miss Australian bowler Mitchell Starc and West Indian spinner Samuel Badree. Left-arm pacer Starc was the lynchpin of the RCB attack last season and is now recovering from injury. Badree hurt himself during the T20 World Cup final versus England. Kiwi pacer Adam Milne will perhaps be Kohli's go-to man.