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17.5 overs: OUT! A cracking yorker from T Natarajan and even AB de Villiers did not had an answer to it. The ball crashes onto his middle stump. An absolute jaffa from Natarajan to get rid of set de Villiers. Mr. 360 falls for 56. RCB 113/7
17.1 overs: OUT! T Natarajan gets his first wicket. Another one bites the dust. This time Washington Sundar hits it to Abdul Samad at sweeper cover. He takes a good running catch, coming in from the fence. Sundar departs for 5. RCB 111/6
End of 17th over: 7 runs from Sandeep Sharma’s final over of the evening. Sandeep finishes with figures of 4-0-21-0. A brilliant economical spell from him.
50 for AB de Villiers!
A fighting half-century from Mr. 360 and even he has struggled to middle the ball today. But not on this occasion. Collects a boundary off the last ball of Jason Holder’s over. Gets to his 38th IPL fifty of 39 balls. The lone warrior in RCB’s innings today. RCB 104/5 after 16 overs
15.4 overs: OUT! Jason Holder does it again. Third wicket for him this evening. Shivam Dube goes through with his shot too early and gets a leading edge. David warner comes in from mid-off to complete a simple catch. Dube falls for 8. RCB 99/5
End of 15th over: 8 runs from Rashid Khan’s final over including a boundary from AB de Villiers. Rashid remains wicket less today. Finishes with figures of 4-0-22-0. RCB 93/4
13.2 overs: FOUR! That was in the slot for AB de Villiers and he smacks it through extra-cover to collect a much-needed boundary. Loose ball from T Natarajan on that occasion. RCB 81/4
End of 13th over: Finally a decent over for Royal Challengers as AB de Villiers and Shivam Dube collect 8 runs from it including a boundary. De Villiers holding the fort for Bangalore. Shahbaz Nadeem is done for the evening. He finishes with figures of 4-0-30-1. RCB 76/4
10.4 overs: OUT! Moeen Ali is out on a free hit. A run out and Sunrisers are now on top. In a hurry to get off the mark, Ali hits and runs not realizing that the ball went straight to Rashid Khan. A direct hit from Rashid and Ali is out first-ball. A run out on a free hit, that is not quite often you will see in cricket. But that’s the case here. RCB are now 4 down. RCB 62/4
10.2 overs: OUT! Shahbaz Nadeem gets his first wicket of the evening. Aaron Finch goes inside-out over extra cover but mistimes. Abdul Samad comes in from the fence to complete an easy catch. Finch falls for 32 as RCB’s slide continues. RCB 56/3
50 up for Royal Challengers Bangalore!
SIX! Finally the first maximum of the evening. Aaron Finch slams Rashid Khan over the long-on fence to raise RCB’s fifty after 56 deliveries. Finch looking in control at the moment.
Aaron Finch 31*
AB de Villiers 13*
RCB 52/2 after 9.2 overs
End of 9th over: Another decent over from Shahbaz Nadeem. Aaron Finch and AB de Villiers only managing to rotate strike at the moment. 6 runs from the Nadeem’s second over. RCB 45/2
End of 8th over: A terrific start from Rashid Khan. Just 2 runs from his first over. Sunrisers looking to choke Bangalore in these middle overs. Nadeem to continue from the other end. RCB 39/2
End of 7th over: A decent start from Shahbaz Nadeem. 5 singles from his first over. Rashid Khan now comes into the attack for Sunrisers. RCB 37/2
End of Powerplay!
FOUR! Aaron Finch has managed a boundary each in the last couple of overs, trying to get the RCB innings back on track. Once again a boundary on the final ball of the over. Outside off from T Natarajan. The third man was inside the circle. Finch just guides the ball between the point and the short third-man and the ball races to the fence. RCB 32/2 after 6 overs
End of 5th over: FOUR! Boundary from Aaron Finch to end the third over from Sandeep Sharma. Back of a length delivery from Sandeep and Finch hits it through covers to pick up four runs. T Natarajan now comes in to bowl his first over. RCB 23/2
3.3 overs: OUT! Second wicket for Jason Holder. And what an evening he is having. Holder has removed both the RCB openers for nothing. This time he digs in short and Devdutt Padikkal goes for the pull. Mistimes and hits it straight to Priyam Garg at short mid-wicket. Padikkal departs for 1. RCB in trouble early in this knockout clash. RCB 15/2
End of 3rd over: A terrific second over from Sandeep Sharma. Just a single off it. Holder to continue. RCB 10/1
End of 2nd over: A terrific first over from Jason Holder. Just two runs and the big wicket of Virat Kohli in it. Sandeep Sharma to continue from the other end. RCB 9/1
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1.2 overs: OUT! Jason Holder strikes in his first over. And it is the big wicket of RCB skipper Virat Kohli. Loose shot from Kohli down the leg side. Gloves the ball and Shreevats Goswami completes an easy catch, diving to his left. Kohli walks back for 6. RCB 7/1
End of 1st over: A decent start from Sandeep Sharma. 5 runs from his first over. Jason Holder to share the new ball with Sandeep from the other end. RCB 5/0
Right, big news straightaway! Virat Kohli is opening the batting for Royal Challengers Bangalore alongside Devdutt Padikkal. Sandeep Sharma has the new ball in hand for the Sunrisers. No slip but a short extra-cover in place for him. Kohli on strike. Here we go!
Playing XI for both the teams!
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Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(c), Shreevats Goswami(w), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Captains at the toss!
Virat Kohli – It could go both ways, we would have bowled first. But runs on the board could prove crucial. The last game opened up completely, when you haven’t qualified, the nerves will come. It’s an exciting time, it’s been a leasure to play here.The seniors will have to take up responsibility, let the youngsters play freely. Chris Morris misses out with a quad injury, Joshua Phillipe is out as well. Aaron Finch is back, so is Adam Zampa. Saini replaces Shahbaz Ahmed.
David Warner – We will bowl first. Dew could play an effect, the last couple of games say so. But the wicket will not change a lot. We are under no pressure, it already started a couple of games back. Unfortunately Saha misses out with an injury, Goswami replaces him. The trophy means a lot for us, the owners and the fans back home.
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Team news: One forced change for Sunrisers as injured Wriddhiman Saha is replaced by Shreevats Goswami. Four changes for Royal Challengers as well. Chris Morris misses out due to a quad injury. Josh Phillipe is out as well. Navdeep Saini replaces Shahbaz Ahmed. Moeen Ali comes in for Isuru Udana. Aaron Finch and Adam Zampa are back as well.
Toss news: Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner wins toss, opts to field against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi.
Pitch report: “Pretty even sized boundaries on both side with the biggest boundary being 76m. There is some wind blowing towards the ground, there’s a lot of grass coverage on the surface and it should be fantastic for bowling, they should also enjoy the bounce on offer. Overall, it’s going to be a challenging pitch for the batsmen,” opines Ian Bishop.
Players from both the teams are out in the middle, warming up ahead of the knock-out encounter. We are just 30 minutes away from the toss.
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