Mon, 10 April 2017
IPL updates: Amla slams half-century as Punjab thrash RCB

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23:03   Amla slams half-century as Punjab thrash RCB

Punjab 150-2 (14.3 ovs) vs RCB 148-4 | Scorecard

Punjab proved to be good for RCB as they outclassed the visitors by a convincing eight-wicket margin, with 33 balls to spare for their second successive win.

Amla was as solid as ever as he hit an unbeaten 58 from 38 balls, while Maxwell played an entertaining innings of 43 from 22 balls, laced with three fours and four sixes.

Amla and Vohra (34) added 62 runs for the opening wicket before Maxwell's attack blew RCB away.

If not for AB's stunning knock of 46-ball 89, RCB would have surely gone down by a much bigger margin.
22:58   Amla slams half-century as Punjab thrash RCB

Punjab 150-2 (14.3 ovs) vs RCB 148-4 | Scorecard

Maxwell looking to finish off the match soon and boost Punjab's net run rate. Stanlake comes back but his fellow Australian Maxwell shows him no respect as he slashes the first ball over thirdman for a six. He repeats the shot off the last ball as Punjab close in on another crushing victory.

And Maxwell ends it in his own trademark style, smashing Chahal straight over long-off for another six to lift Punjab to another crushing eight-wicket win.
22:52   Amla slams half-century, Punjab in control

Punjab 119-2 (12 ovs) vs RCB 148-4 | Scorecard

Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell makes a statement very early in his innings as he backs away and hammers Mills back over his head for a four. Two balls later, he makes room and lofts the fast bowler for a six over the covers as Punjab reach 97 for two at the halfway stage.

Amla continues his good batting against the spinners as he lofts Chahal straight down the ground for his third six.

In the next over, Amla pulls Watson fine on the leg side for a four to race to his half-century from 32 balls. Maxwell seems in a rush as he crashes the last ball over the covers for another four.

Punjab are 119 for two in 12 overs, needing another 30 runs from eight overs for victory.
22:35   Patel out for 9 but Punjab in control

Punjab 85-2 (9 ovs) vs RCB 148-4 | Scorecard

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the attack. Amla drives the first ball down the ground for two runs before he takes a single to long-off and new batsman Axar Patel gets off the mark with one. Amla keeps strike with another single from the last ball as Chahal makes a tidy start.

Abdulla comes back but he struggles with his control as he drops one short which Axar pulls over midwicket for a six to get 11 from the over.

Chahal makes the breakthrough to keep RCB's hopes alive with the wicket of Axar. The left-hander has a huge swing across the line but misses the googly and is bowled for nine.

Amla ensures Punjab don't lose the momentum as he lofts Chahal back over his head for a straight six to take his score to 32.

Despite the wicket, Punjab are looking in control on 85 for two in nine overs, with 64 needed from 11 overs for victory.
22:25   Mills dismisses Vohra, Punjab lose 1st wicket

Punjab 62-1 (6 ovs) vs RCB 148-4 | Scorecard

Shane Watson comes into the attack after just one over from spinner Abdulla. The first ball is short and wide as Vohra slashes it over point for a four and then lofts the next ball over mid-off for the same result.

Watson bowls it full on the stumps as Vohra clips it through square leg for three runs before Amla picks one.

The next ball is again on the pads as Vohra flicks it fine for the third four of the over and keeps strike with a single from the last ball.

17 runs from Watson's first over as Punjab race to 43 for no loss in four overs with Vohra on 27 from 14 balls and Amla on 15 from 10 balls.

No signs of Tymal Mills yet as Stanlake continues, to bowl his third over with the new ball.

Amla slaps the third ball through the off-side for a four as Punjab bring up their 50 after five overs.

Mills finally comes into the attack, to bowl the sixth over. And he strikes in his very first over with the wicket of Vohra who is trapped leg before wicket for 43.

Amla was dropped earlier in the over as Stanlake let one go through his fingers at fine leg to give away a six. Vohra then plays a cracking straight drive for a four before he was deceived by the slower ball and was caught plumb in front of the stumps.

The openers have given RCB a good start, putting on 62 runs in six overs to lay the foundation for the team. They need another 87 runs from 14 overs at just over six runs per over.
22:06   Punjab off to a good start after AB lifts RCB to 148

Punjab 26-0 (3 ovs) vs RCB 148-4 | Scorecard

The match gets underway as Kings XI Punjab come out to bat after being set a challenging 149 for victory.

Billy Stanlake to open the bowling for RCB with Manan Vohra and Hashim Amla open the batting for the hosts.

Vohra gets off the mark with a single before Amla flicks the next ball through the leg side for a four and then picks one to get six runs from the over.

Spin from the other end as left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla comes into the attack. Amla turns the first ball on the leg side as Stuart Binny comes up with a diving save to keep it down to two. He lofts the next ball over the covers for a four before picking up a single and Vohra does the same.

Vohra goes for the pull shot but the extra pace of Stanlake takes the top edge and it goes over the slips for a six behind the wicketkeeper as 12 runs come from the over.
21:42   AB de Villiers blasts 46-ball 89 to lift RCB to 148

RCB 148-4 (20 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Binny joins in the act as his heaves Mohit over midwicket for a six and then smashes the next ball over the covers for a four. The next ball is a full toss which Binny through midwicket but David Miller does well to keep it down to one as he gets to the ball quickly.

AB pulls a short ball to midwicket for a couple and then swings a full toss over midwicket for a six before he is beaten off the last ball by a slower ball which stays low.

Sandeep, who conceded just seven in his first three overs, gets some punishment at the hands of AB in the 19th over. He hits a full delivery over the point region for a four before he sweeps a full toss from the pacer over midwicket for a six as the ball goes over the stands and lands outside the stadium.

Sandeep gifts him another full toss which AB despatches over the same region for another six to race to 75 from 40 balls, having smashed 44 from the last 12 balls.

Sandeep goes for 19 runs in his final over, the same as Mohit in the previous over with 54 coming from the last three overs to give RCB's total a late boost.

Mohit to bowl the final over of the innings. He does well to keep the batsmen guessing by mixing his pace quite well and gives away just two runs from the first four balls.

Another slower ball but this time AB is ready as he chips down and smashes it over the covers for his eighth six of the innings. Infact, Mohit had bowled it wide seeing AB make room but the South African still managed to throw his bat at it and send it over the ropes over the off-side.

He gets down on one knee and lofts the last ball over midwicket for another six and again he sends it outside the stadium.

AB finishes on a magnificent innings of 89 from 46 balls, having hit nine sixes and three fours to lift RCB to a competitive 148 for four in their 20 overs.

AB made 58 runs from his last 18 deliveries help RCB smash 68 runs from the last four overs to make a superb recovery after a slow start.

Interestingly, RCB managed just 22 runs from the first five overs but staged a superb comeback to slam 77 runs from the last five.
21:24   De Villiers hits half-century to lift RCB

RCB 96-4 (17 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Binny is struggling to get going as he picks just three singles from 10 balls with the scoring rate taking a further dip.

The crowd chant 'AB AB' as the South African responds by hammering the next ball over long-off for a six and then takes a single.

Binny plays and misses as he looks to hit Aaron through the off-side before he takes a leg bye off the last ball.

Stoinis comes back as AB cuts loose, hitting the medium pacer for two sixes, both over midwicket to bring up his fifty in grand style, from 34 balls.
21:11   Aaron dismisses Mandeep, Punjab in control

RCB 71-4 (15 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Axar comes back as Punjab keep things tight, giving away just ones and twos and keep the scoring rate under six so far.

And Stoinis is also doing a decent job with the ball from the other end, giving away just 12 runs from his first two overs.

The pressure continues to build as Axar bowls another tight over, giving away just three runs in his third over.

RCB need a big over to break the shackles as they are struggling on 68 for three in 13 overs.

The pressure tactic pays off for Punjab as Mandeep loses his wicket trying to break the shackles. Aaron bowls a good short ball which Mandeep top edges and wicketkeeper Saha comes up with a stunning catch diving to his right as the ball swerves at the very last minute after he runs all the way to the boundary behind him.

Mandeep walks back for 28 to leave RCB reeling on 68 for four in the 14th over.

Stuart Binny gets an inside edge off Aaron as Saha dives to his left to stop a certain boundary.

Another top over from the fast bowler, giving away just two singles while making the breakthrough just when RCB were looking to string together a partnership.

Axar finishes off an outstanding spell of one for 12 in four overs with a superb last over in which he gives away just a single in his final over.

RCB are 71 for four in 15 overs with AB, who is unbeaten on 31 from 28 balls, holding the key in their quest for a huge total.

RCB 53-3 (10 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Left-arm pacer T Natarajan comes into the attack in place of Aaron, who bowled a good first spell of one for 11 in two overs.

After a slow start, Mandeep finally gets one right as he pulls a short ball over midwicket for a six. The next ball is full and wide as Mandeep steers it past the slips for a four to get 13 runs from the over.

Medium pacer Marcus Stoinis comes into the attack and he starts with a tidy over, conceding just six runs.

RCB are struggling on 53 for three after 10 overs with AB de Villiers on 24 from 18 balls and Mandeep on 19 from 22 balls.
20:41   RCB struggle after early wickets, Punjab on top

RCB 34-3 (8 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Sandeep to continue, as he bowls his third over of the first spell. AB picks a single off the first ball before new batsman Mandeep Singh somehow defends the rest of the over.

Sandeep has superb figures of one for seven in three overs as Punjab manage to keep RCB in check with a few early wickets.

In the next over, AB breaks the shackles as he flicks Aaron through midwicket for a four, the first boundary after 24 balls.

Mohit Sharma comes back to replace Sandeep. Mandeep nearly loses his wicket as he chips down the track and plays an awkward shot on the leg side and looks for a quick single but is sent and is lucky that Amla missed the direct hit.
20:28   Jadhav perishes cheaply, RCB in trouble

RCB 22-3 (5 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Former RCB pacer Varun Aaron comes into the attack. He strikes in his very first over with the key wicket of the in-form Kedar Jadhav. The right-hander is unlucky to be given out leg before wicket with the impact quite high as he looked to defend off the back foot to one which bounced quite a bit.

Jadhav walks back for one as RCB are reduced to 22 for three in five overs.
20:19   RCB lose both openers, Punjab on top

RCB 19-2 (4 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Vinod looking to adopt a positive approach as he lofts Mohit Sharma over mid-on for his first boundary. AB looking in good touch despite spending some time off as he slashes a length delivery over the cover region for a six to end the over in some style.

Sandeep strikes in the next over with the wicket of Vinod, who holes out to the fielder at long-on. Vinod, who made seven from 12 balls, looked keen to get on with things but was unable to get hold of this and ended up offering the fielder a simple catch.

The in-form Kedar Jadhav is beaten off the last ball as it passes very close to the stumps. That is a top over from Sandeep, a wicket and just a single as RCB are reduced to 19 for two in four overs
20:15   Watson out for 1, RCB lose early wicket

RCB 7-1 (2 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

RCB have a new opener in Vishu Vinod as the youngster comes out to open the innings along with captain Shane Watson with Chris Gayle dropped in favour of AB de vIlliers.

And Kings XI Punjab straightaway start with spin as Axar Patel opens the bowling. And the move pays off as Axar claims the big wicket of Watson in the first over as he inside edges it back on to his stumps to be bowled for one.

Sandeep Sharma to bowl from the other end. Vinod chips down the track and has a wild swing but misses as the ball just misses the stumps. He gets an inside edge on the leg side for a single before AB de Villiers plays a superb shot off the first ball he faces.

Back after an injury, de Villiers drives Sandeep through the off-side for a four to get off the mark in style. He is beaten off the last ball as he attempts to hit the last ball again through the off-side.
19:36   AB de Villiers replaces Gayle, RCB elect to bat vs Punjab
RCB captain Shane Watson has won the toss and elected to bat against Kings XI Punjab, who are being led by another Australian -- Glenn Maxwell.

RCB have been boosted by the return of a fit-again AB de Villiers as he replaces Chris Gayle.

Meanwhile, Punjab have brought in former RCB pacer Varun Aaron in the team in place of Swapnil Singh.
19:30   IPL updates: Can depleted RCB come good against inspired Punjab?
Welcome the coverage of the eighth match of the Indian Premier League between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Indore, on Monday.

Having notched up a morale-boosting win over Delhi Daredevils without their star players, Royal Challengers Bangalore face another test of character when they face Kings XI Punjab in their third match of IPL 10.

RCB began their campaign without skipper and star batsman Virat Kohli as well as another key player A B de Villiers due to injuries and lost their opening match against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad. They also lost India batsman KL Rahul for the entire tournament owing to an injury.

Stand-in captain Shane Watson had marshalled his bowling resources well in RCB's 15-run win over Delhi in their second game.

Watson choked Delhi's Amit Mishra for runs at the closing stages of the match and that contributed to RCB's first win of the tournament. He also contributed a run-a-ball 24, the second highest score, in RCB's total of 157 for 8.

Billy Stanlake and Yuzvendra Chahal grabbed two wickets apiece but it was Pawan Negi, picked by Watson to bowl the final over, who did the trick for RCB by dismissing Rishabh Pant, the only Delhi batsman who could have won the match for his side.