Royal Challengers Bangalore will take the field against Kolkata Knight Riders at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday, looking for their first win of the season.
The Kohli-led team have lost all their four matches are at the bottom of the table while Kolkata are fourth with two wins and a loss one out of their three matches.
There is no end to Bangalore’s miseries as both the batting and bowling department have failed to deliver. Meanwhile, Kolkata has had great outings with bat in all their three matches, with all-rounder Andre Russell leading the charge. But their bowlers have looked a little out of sort in IPL 2019, especially in the last game against Delhi Capitals.
As far as head-to-head between the two teams are concerned, KKR have won 14 games while RCB have won 9. Out of the 14 wins, Kolkata have won six matches at the Chinnaswamy compared to Bangalore’s 4.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: Toss
KKR win the toss, elects to bowl as Sunil Narine returns. For Bangalore skipper Kohli has made two changes in the side. Tim Southee replaces Shimron Hetmyer and Pawan Negi replaces Umesh Yadav.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 1st Over (13 runs)
Parthiv Patel hits a four off the second ball off the RCB innings as Prasidh Krishna gives away 13 runs off his first over with Kohli also hitting two fours off he last two balls to start his innings.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 2nd Over (7 runs)
Piyush Chawla gives away 7 runs off his first over as he starts tidily.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 3rd Over (8 runs)
Sunil Narine comes into bowl and gives away 8 runs off his first over. He missed the previous game against Delhi Daredevils with an injury. Parthiv and Kohli plays Narine very well and attacks the mystery spinner in his very first over.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 4th Over (12 runs)
Lockie Ferguson taken for 12 runs off his first over as Virat creams him for three fours as he looks in good touch.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 5th Over (8 runs)
After going for a boundary off the first ball, Chawla makes a comeback to give away just 8 runs off his second over. Parthiv and Kohli going strong for RCB.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 6th Over (4 runs)
RCB bring up 50 in the sixth over of the innings. Kohli and Parthiv showing the way with the bat for their team.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 7th Over (7 runs)
Kuldeep Yadav gives away 7 runs off his first over as Bangalore is strengthening their grip on the game. Dinesh Karthik chopping and changing his bowlers.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 8th Over WICKET!
Nitish Rana breaks through for KKR as he dismisses Parthiv Patel. The partnetship is finally broken and it takes a part - time bowler to give KKR a wicket.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 8th Over (4 runs)
Parthiv Patel was dismissed for 25 off 24 balls which included three boundaries. The left - hander along with Kohli ensured that his team gets the best start of the season so far.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 9th Over (5 runs)
The 9th over comes to an end as the umpires call for the first time-out of the game. It gives a good opportunity for KKR to asses the situation and make changes accordingly.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 10th Over (9 runs)
AB De Villiers joins Virat Kohli at the wicket and gets started with his innings immediately. It will be interesting to see how the bowlers tackle this duo now.
FIFTY for Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli gets to yet another IPL fifty. His knock consisted of 7 fours so far and is looking ominuos from KKR’s perspective.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 11th Over (11 runs)
Virat Kohli gets to his fifty and is looking set to get a long stay at the crease. Meanwhile, probems are mounting for KKR bowlers.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 12 th Over (6 runs)
Kohli gets to yet another fifty in IPL cricket. He seems determined to make a healthy contribution with the bat for his team and win their first game of the season.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 13th Over (12 runs)
RCB bring up 100 in the 13th over of their innings. With seven overs to go, they are well on their course for a score above 200.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 16th Over (11 runs)
RCB are 144 before the start of the 15th over and the pair of Kohli and De Villiers are ensuring that they finish strong. Nothing has worked for the KKR bowlers tonight as the RCB batting order has finally come to form.
100 partnership between Kohli and De Villiers
Finally, the duo of Kohli and De Villiers come out strong for Bangalore as they bring up their century partnership for the second wicket. Both Kohli and De Villiers complementated each other all through out the stand.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 17th Over WICKET !
Kuldeep Yadav gives KKR a crucial breakthrough as Virat Kohli is dismissed for 84. He hit nine fours and two sixes in his innings. De Villiers is batting on 55.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 19th Over WICKET !
Sunil Narine picks up AB De Villiers for 63 as KKR are pulling things back at the end of the innings.
RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: 20th Over (18 Runs)
Prasidh Krishna bowls the final over and gives away 18 runs as RCB finish on 205/3 . KKR batters now have a task on their hands.
Narine - Lynn Start KKR's Chase
Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn starts Kolkata’s chase of 206 for victory. They have a daunting target in their hands and they really need to bat well to get past the score.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 1st Over (17 runs)
Tim Southee starts off proceedings for RCB and is taken for 17 runs in his very first over. Lynn and Narine off to a flyer.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 2nd Over (11 Runs)
Navdeep Saini comes up with the second over for RCB and goes for 11 runs and takes the big wicket of Narine. He scored 10 off 8 balls with two fours.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 3rd Over (3 Runs)
Robin Uthappa joins Chris Lynn after Narine’s wicket. KKR now need a partnership and these two senior players should give them one if they are to win the game.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 4th Over (7 Runs)
Uthappa and Lynn take KKR’s innings forward. They need to be sensible about the chase. As the commentators are repeatedly saying, with good batting conditions, wickets in hand will win the game.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 5th Over (13 Runs)
Fifty up for Kolkata as Lynn and Uthappa take KKR forward in the chase. Both are taking the attack to the RCB bowlers at the moment.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 6th Over (8 Runs)
Yuzvendra Chahal goes for just six runs in the final over of the powerplay as Kolkata build their innings up. Lynn and Uthappa batting sensibly at the moment.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 7th Over (9 Runs)
Lynn and Uthappa have added 40 runs off 31 balls so far as Kolkata have reached 68 in 7 overs.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 8th Over (8 Runs)
Chahal finishes another over, his second as Lynn and Uthappa inch closer to a 50-run stand. They have added 46 off 38 so far.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 9th Over (19 Runs)
Lynn and Uthappa add a 50-run stand as Kolkata score big from the Siraj over as he is taken for two fours and a six off the over.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 10th Over (2 Runs)
Pawan Negi dismissed Robin Uthappa for 33 to provide his team an important breakthrough. Captain Kohli delighted.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 11th Over (13 Runs)
Mohammed Siraj drops a sitter to give Chris Lynn a lifeline. Skipper Kohli who was just smiling a while back, is now devastated.
WICKET! Pawan Negi dismisses Chris Lynn
Lynn is castled by Negi just as he was nearing his fifty. He was dismissed on 43 off 31 Balls. KKR now need 96 runs in 49 balls.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 13th Over (3 Runs)
Kolkata head into a time out after scoring 114 runs in 13 overs. They now need 92 from the last 6.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 15th Over (14 Runs)
Pawan Negi slows the momentum for KKR and is restricting their batters from hitting big shots in the death overs of the match. However, Nitish Rana ensures that the over goes for 14.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 16th Over (6 Runs)
Yuzvendra Chahal picks up Nitish Rana fo 34 as Andre Russell walks into bat for KKR. He has 30 balls to take KKR to a win here.
WICKET ! Karthik caught by Chahal at the boundary line.
Karthik is dismissed for 19 by Navdeep Saini as KKR now need 53 runs from 16 balls.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 18th Over (6 Runs)
After Siraj was pulled out of the air, Russell hit 23 runs off the 18th over.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 19th Over ( 29 Runs)
Andre Russell smacked 29 off the 19th over from Tim Southee. This has been some batting by the West Indian hard-hitting all rounder. What a game of cricket this has been.
KKR vs RCB IPL 2019: 20th Over ( 1 Run )
After Russell scores 29 off the 19th over, Shubman Gill takes the final run needed to win in the first ball of the final over by Negi. Kolkata finally win the game by 5 wickets.