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IPL 2016: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rising Pune Supergiants

Updated: 07 May 2016 19:53 IST - Published: 07 May 2016 00:08 IST
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"I was pretty determined tonight. Today I was just motivated to go then extra mile, because it was a crunch game for us. The chase wasn't that easy, it's never easy when you know that you have to keep up the run rate. Great stuff by KL Rahul and Shane Watson. It's all about keeping your enthusiasm, excitement and nerves in check. I try to focus within myself. When you are chasing 12-13 an over, it's important to not get bogged down despite losing wickets. It's all about understanding the situation," Kohli says.
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VIRAT KOHLI has been adjudged as the MAN OF THE MATCH!
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Chasing a steep target, RCB started off cautiously, before Kohli and Rahul shared a 94-run opening partnership. After Rahul's 38-run contribution, Watson came in with a 36-run cameo which tipped the balance in their favour. But throughout the innings, Virat Kohli, by playing some exquisite strokes, anchored the chase and ended with his second ton of this edition.
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This was a masterclass by Kohli. He hadn't chased and finished the game for his side so far in then IPL, and he chose to do so this evening. Better late than never, as RCB keep up their hopes of making it to the playoffs.
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19.3 Dinda to Kohli, FOUR! RCB WIN! Full ball on leg stump, a low full toss, flicked through the midwicket region for four to finish the game. Cometh the hour, cometh the man!
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19.2 Dinda to Kohli, 2 runs, Kohli walks across the stumps and thinks of ramping him, but sees that the ball was not of the right length, so tried to drive. Gets an inside edge, and the ball goes to fine leg for a couple.
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19.1 Dinda to Head, 1 run, low full toss outside off, driven towards long on.
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Dinda to bowl the last. 4 runs required.
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18.6 RP Singh to Kohli, SIX! 100 for KOHLI! Straighter ball, on then stumps, Kohli makes room for himself, and smashes the ball straight over the bowler's head for another six to bring up his 100! What a man! What a knock.
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18.5 RP Singh to Kohli, SIX! That's on the second tier. Length ball on leg stump, Kohli picks it up off his legs and smashes that over midwicket for another six! That hit the partition between the first and second tier.
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18.4 RP Singh to Head, 1 run, full ball on middle, hits the bat's inside edge onto the pads.
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18.3 RP Singh to Head, no run, back of a length, slower ball, Head tries to hit it over the leg side, but misses it.
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18.2 RP Singh to Kohli, 1 run, shortish ball outside off, pulled towards long on for a single.
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18.1 RP Singh to Kohli, 2 runs, full ball on leg stump, flicked towards deep midwicket for a couple of runs. It might be the 19th over, but Kohli's running abilities haven't diminished.
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FREE HIT coming up...
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18.1 RP Singh to Head, NO BALL, 1 run, that was a very high full toss, almost a beamer! Head pulls that high over midwicket. The pressure came onto RP Singh.
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RP Singh to bowl the 19th...
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Two overs left. 22 runs needed. Which way will this match swing?
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17.6 Zampa to Head, 1 run, full ball on middle, squeezed towards square leg for a single.
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17.5 Zampa to Kohli, 1 run, walks down the track and nails that down then ground towards long off.
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17.4 Zampa to Kohli, FOUR! A leg break outside off, Kohli tries to hit it over the leg side, gets an outside edge, and the ball goes in between third man and point. Tiwary gives chase and puts in the dive, but the ball races past the fence.
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17.3 Zampa to Kohli, no run, Kohli was going for it again, but got the inside edge onto his pads.
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28 off 16 required now...
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17.2 Zampa to Kohli, SIX! Straighter on middle stump, Kohli makes a bit of room and hits it through the line towards the sight screen for another six! Consecutive sixes from Kohli, both pure timing!
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17.1 Zampa to Kohli, SIX! ON the leg stump, Kohli sits down on one leg, and sweeps the ball flat over midwicket for a six to start off the over. Hits the toe end of the bat but has enough power to beat a jumping Rahane. The fielder has injured himself in the process, and walks off the field.
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Zampa to bowl his last...
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Only seven runs off that over. Ashwin has managed to stem the flow, but just for the time being. RCB need 40 off the last three.
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16.6 Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, loopy ball on the legs, Kohli walks down, converts it into a full toss and flicks towards deep midwicket.
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16.5 Ashwin to Head, 1 run, on leg stump again, flicked towards deep midwicket.
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16.4 Ashwin to Head, no run, flatter on leg stump, hits him on the pads.
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16.3 Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, loopy and full outside off, driven towards deep cover for a single.
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16.2 Ashwin to Kohli, FOUR! Width outside off, Kohli smashed that over extra cover for a boundary. Too much width to offer, Kohli rocks back and hits it over the in-field.
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16.1 Ashwin to Kohli, no run, width outside off, smashed back.
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Ravi Ashwin has been handed the ball in the seventeenth over. Is that a master-stroke or what?
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15.6 RP Singh to Kohli, 1 run, DROPPED! Kohli makes room, RP follows him with a slower ball outside leg, Kohli flicks it in the air towards long on, Bailey runs in and dives forward to take the catch, but couldn't reach it completely.
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15.5 RP Singh to Head, 1 run, short ball just outside off, pulled towards deep square leg for a single.
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15.4 RP Singh to Head, no run, full ball on off stump, driven to mid-off.
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Travis Head is the new man in...
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That is the second time-out of the innings.
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The match has swung on its head once again!
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15.3 RP Singh to Watson, OUT! That was right on the middle stump, Watson went for the big hog but missed the shot. The ball hits Watson's back leg. That was plumb. Playing across the line accounted for his wicket, as he went for the sweep but missed the straight ball on stumps.
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15.2 RP Singh to Kohli, 1 run, short and outside off, Kohli smashes it back towards the bowler, but it hit RP's foot and deflected towards cover.
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15.1 RP Singh to Kohli, no run, short ball and outside off, Kohli charges down the track and tries to slash, but misses.
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RP Singh is back..
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20 runs from the previous over, 19 from this one. The RCB duo have certainly turned the heat on the RPS bowlers.