OVERS 2.1: Mayank flicks the ball towards deep square leg. He will get a couple.
Morris starts his second over.
End of OVER 2: 4 runs off Saini’s over. KXIP 5/0, need 167 runs to win.
OVERS 1.2: FOUR! Down the leg from Saini. Rahul uses the pace and guides the ball towards fine leg for a boundary.
Navdeep Saini comes into the attack
End of OVER 1: Brilliant start for Morris. Just 1 run off his over. KXIP 1/0
Gayle is sitting with his pads on. He will come at No. 3
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are in the middle. Chris Morris will open the attack for RCB. Here we go!!!
Welcome back! KXIP need 172 to win.
Royal Challengers Bangalore post 171/6 against Kings XI Punjab
OVERS 20: SIX! What a way to end the over. Morris goes for another one and this time over deep square leg. Three sixes and one four by Morris in Shami’s over. 24 runs off Shami’s over.
OVERS 19.5: SIX! Morris picks the length and dispatches the ball over long off.
OVERS 19.3: SIX! Wow! What a shot from Udana. Bouncer from Shami. Udana pulls this with sheer power over deep mid wicket fence.
OVERS 19.1: FOUR! Morris plays this brilliantly towards fine leg.
Shami to bowl the last over.
End of OVER 19: 10 runs off Jordan’s over. RCB 147/6
OVERS 18.4: SIX! Morris stays back and slaps the ball over point for a six. Much-needed runs for RCB at this moment. RCB 146/6
Jordan starts his third over.
End of OVER 18: 4 runs and 2 big wickets off Shami’s over. RCB 137/6
OVERS 17.5: WICKET! What an over from Shami. ABD and now Kohli. Wow. Shami exults in celebration. Short from Shami. Kohli tries to pull but the ball kisses his gloves and goes high. KL runs, dives and takes a brilliant catch. Shami has a big smile on his face. “SHAMI WILL REMEBER THIS OVER FOREVER” – SUNIL GAVASKAR from the commentary box . RCB 136/6
Chris Morris comes to the crease
OVERS 17.3: WICKET! Shami gets the big fish. AB de Villiers departs for 2. Big wicket for KXIP. ABD tries to go over mid off but fails to connect. Deepak Hooda takes an easy catch. RCB 135/5
Mohammed Shami starts his third over.
End of OVER 17: 6 runs off Ashwin’s over. That’s the end of his quota of four overs as well. 4-0-23-2
Murugan Ashwin starts his fourth and final over.
ABD and Virat are in the middle. Are you ready for fireworks?
AB de Villiers comes to the crease.
OVERS 16: WICKET! Chris Jordan gets his man. Dube has been trying to go over the top in the over but failed. Jordan finally got rid of him for 23. First wicket for Jordan in IPL 2020. Dube tries to go over the top, gets a top edge and KL Rahul runs and takes a well-judged catch. RCB 127/4
Jordan starts his second over.
End of OVER 15: Expensive over by Bishnoi. The youngster concedes 19 runs in his over. RCB 122/3
OVERS 14.2: SIX! Another one from Dube. He is on fire. Kohli loves it. Dube goes over deep mid wicket this time. RCB 118/3
OVERS 14.1: SIX! That’s out of the sight. Dube picks the length and dispatches the ball over long on region. Powerful shot from Dube. It’s a 91m long.
Bishnoi starts his third over.
End of OVER 14: Another brilliant over for KXIP. Punjab bowlers are keeping RCB batsmen in check. 6 runs off Jordan’s over. RCB 103/3
Chris Jordan comes into the attack
End of OVER 13: What an over from the young Bishnoi. The spinner concedes just 3 runs. RCB 97/3
Bishnoi starts his second over.
End of OVER 12: Maxwell completes his quota of four overs. 4-0-28-0
Shivam Dube comes to the crease
OVERS 10.3: WICKET! Another googly and another wicket for Ashwin. Washington Sundar tries to go over the top but gets a top edge. Chris Jordon takes a well-judged catch. Second wicket for Ashwin. RCB 88/3
Murugan Ashwin starts his third over.
10 overs gone! 8 runs off Maxwell’s over. RCB 83/2
OVERS 9.3: FOUR! Down the leg from Maxwell. Washington plays a wonderful sweep shot for a boundary.
Maxwell starts his third over.
End of OVER 9: Another good over for KXIP. 6 runs off Ashwin’s over. RCB 75/2
Wickets taken in Powerplay for KXIP in IPL 2020:
First four matches: 9 wickets
Last four matches: 3 wickets
Ashwin starts his second over.
End of OVER 8: Just 6 runs off Maxwell’s over. RCB 69/2
Maxwell starts his second over.
End of OVER 7: 6 runs off Ashwin’s over. RCB 63/2
OVERS 6.3: BOWLED! Ashwin castles Finch for 20. What a delivery from the spinner. Finch is absolutely foxed. RCB 63/2
Murugan Ashwin comes into the attack
End of OVER 6: 8 runs off Bishnoi’s over. RCB 57/1
OVERS 5.4: FOUR! Kohli sends Bishnoi towards backward square leg for a boundary. RCB 55/1
Ravi Bishnoi comes into the attack
End of OVER 5: 11 runs off Arshdeep’s over. RCB 49/1
OVERS 4.5: FOUR! Kohli hits Arshdeep for back-to-back boundaries. Elegant shots from the RCB skipper.
OVERS 4.1: WICKET! Arshdeep strikes, removes dangerous Devdutt Padikkal for 18 runs. Good length from Arshdeep. Padikkal brings his front foot forward and tries to punch but fails to judge the delivery. Pooran takes an easy catch at short cover.
Arshdeep starts his second over.
End of OVER 4: 11 runs off Shami’s over. RCB 38/1
OVERS 3.5: SIX! Padikkal and his bottom-hand shot. Brilliant one from him. He dispatches the ball over deep square leg region.
Shami starts his second over.
End of OVER 3: 9 runs off Arshdeep’s over. RCB 27/0
OVERS 2.5: FOUR! Padikkal uses the pace and flicks the ball towards fine leg for a boundary.
OVERS 2.1: Arshdeep to Finch. The Australian gets an outside edge. The ‘Universe Boss’ Gayle dives to his right and stops the ball.
Bowling change for KXIP. Arshdeep Singh comes into the attack.
End of OVER 2: RCB 18/0
OVERS 1.5: FOUR! Finch comes a bit forward and lofts the ball over Shami’s head for a boundary. Magnificent timing from him.
OVERS 1.2: Shami to Finch. FOUR. BYES. Runs are coming for RCB.
Mohammed Shami comes into the attack
End of OVER 1: 8 runs off Finch’s over. RCB 8/0
OVER 0.6: SIX! What a shot from Finch. Brilliant slog sweep from Finch towards behind square.
Glenn Maxwell will open the attack for KXIP. Here we go!!!
Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch are at the crease.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (wk/captain), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh

Virat Kohli (RCB):
We’ll bat first. It looks like a dry surface and got considerably slower the last night. We saw in the second innings there was no dew and it was gripping. RCB means a lot, not many understand that emotion. 200 games for them is unbelievable, I wouldn’t have believed it in 2008. It is an honour, they’ve kept me and I have stayed on. When the team wins you look good as a captain. There have been many individuals who have put their hands up even after two losses. It’s only halfway and we have to keep it up. The most important thing is to focus on your own skillset. Even in the biggest ground in the world people score 220. There is no given in cricket and we just want to carry on. We are unchanged.
KL Rahul (KXIP):
We were looking to bat first as well. Just looking to get a couple of wickets and put pressure on them. We all feel we deserve more than two points. We have played good cricket and have lost a couple of close games. We have come here looking to win this game and be the best team we can. Everybody knows that all games are must wins for us from hereon. It’s not a bad place to be in, we need to bring our A game and do our best. Three changes: Mandeep, Prabsimran and Mujeeb miss out. Gayle, Hooda and Ashwin come in. We’ll see the batting order after how the first innings goes. Chris coming in gives us a lot of energy.
BREAKING: CHRIS GAYLE IS BACK FOR KXIP. This will be Gayle’s first match of IPL 2020.
TOSS: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli wins toss, opts to bat against Kings XI Punjab.
It’s TOSS time, folks.
Virat on the verge of adding another feather to his hat

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Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of match 31 of the IPL 2020 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab.

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