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IPL 2016: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets

Updated: 16 May 2016 23:30 IST - Published: 16 May 2016 14:32 IST
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Well that is that from us here. We will be back tomorrow with another crucial game for Delhi Daredevils against Rising Pune Supergiants. Take care, good night!
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Virat Kohli is the MAN OF THE MATCH: "It was a tricky runs chase, the wicket was sticking, I knew I had to stay in, had to get a big partnership, Ab came in and took the team home. Really happy for Gayle, good signs now. Important to respect the sport and still do the same things again and again. I taped my injury because I had to get back. The injury gave me motivation to get back to the field, and the physio did a great job. We want to continue the same way. We got the momentum at the right time. AB is so professional, he gives you confidence. He runs hard between the wickets, which makes the opposition panic. I'll have to go for stitches for this injury"
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Gautam Gambhir: "We thought it was a good wicket, and I thought we had a par score. I dropped a crucial catch. We knew they would come out with a purpose, no regrets, they are a quality chasing side. I have not checked in Russell, hopefully it is not too serious".
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RCB have shown off their batting might. Chris Gayle arrived and smoked it all over to set it all up for those men, AB and Virat Kohli took it over. They took off from the previous match and smashed the bowlers and ran like whippets between the wickets. Both got to their half-centuries, and RCB almost dawdled to the target. Oh, and in between Gautam Gambhir dropped Kohli on 32, and boy did he make them pay. RCB are clutching at straws, but they are making the most of it. RCB win it by 9 wickets. They are still in it. Oh yes, they are in it.
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18.4 Chawla to De Villiers, FOUR! RCB WIN! Chawla fills in for Russell, angles the ball down leg and De Villiers helps it to the fine leg fence with a deft touch. GAME SET AND MATCH!
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Russell is floored. He fell down in his follow through and stayed on the ground. An injury to his back foot, perhaps. He is being helped off the field.
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18.3 Russell to Kohli, 1 run, inswinging full ball, driven hard to long on.
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18.2 Russell to Kohli, 2 runs, yorker on the middle and off, dug out to point. Overthrow gives them two.
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100 partnership up. Slipped under the radar.
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18.1 Russell to Kohli, SIX! How does he do that? Picks the length in a jiffy, and pulls it with tremendous power over midwicket. Poor ball, in the slot. Kohli unlocks the wrists and smokes it over mid-wicket. 5 runs needed, you blink an eye and the match has come down to this.
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11 runs needed off 12 balls. Looks like a cakewalk from here.
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17.6 Rajpoot to De Villiers, FOUR! Lucky, that! Low full toss gets an inside edge and squeezes to the fine leg fence.
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17.5 Rajpoot to De Villiers, 2 runs, full ball on the middle and leg, makes room and tucks it towards midwicket for two.
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17.4 Rajpoot to Kohli, 1 run, full toss on the pads, whipped to widish long on.
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FREEHIT time, as if they needed one!
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17.4 Rajpoot to De Villiers, 1 run, NO BALL! Full toss driven to long off. He has overstepped a touch.
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17.3 Rajpoot to Kohli, 1 run, low full toss again, this time on the off, driven to long off
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17.2 Rajpoot to Kohli, 2 runs, low full toss, backs off but gets an inside edge to square leg. Takes two nevertheless. Sauntering in the end.
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17.1 Rajpoot to Kohli, FOUR! Length ball on the leg, uses his wrists to whip it over the infield to midwicket. Bottom hand, brute power, excellent temperament. Excellent placement. Always in control, he has a GPS installed in his system.
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Rajpoot is back!
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27 runs are needed off the last three. Can the duo finish off for RCB?
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16.6 Shakib to De Villiers, 2 runs, takes a full ball from outside off and sweeps it to deep square leg. And they sprint once again, they are not even out of breath.
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16.5 Shakib to De Villiers, FOUR, flat ball outside off, AB reaches for it and gets an outside edge past short third man, not his best shot, but who care, the crowd don't surprisingly either. Amazing!
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16.4 Shakib to Kohli, 1 run, on the length outside off, pushed to cover
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16.3 Shakib to De Villiers, 1 run, shortish outside off dragged to cover. Action on every ball.