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IPL 2016: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 45 runs

Updated: 12 April 2016 23:53 IST - Published: 12 April 2016 15:29 IST
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Alright, so the RCB start off on a winning note, and give SRH plenty of questions to ponder over. As for the IPL, we have the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Mumbai Indians taking on each other tomorrow at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, with the match to get underway at 20:00 hrs(IST). Sportskeeda's live coverage for that game begins at 18:30 (IST). We hope to have your company for that as well. Till then, take care!
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"It was an absolute pleasure batting with Virat tonight. I love batting at No. 3, get some time to read the pitch and the game. The bowlers have been together for a couple of years, and all of a sudden, there is a very good mixture of youth and experience. It's good to start on a winning note," says De Villiers.
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AB de Villiers has been adjudged as the Man of the Match, for his knock of 82 off 42 with 7 fours and 6 sixes!
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Virat Kohli: "I think it was a really good effort by the batsmen to get us to 227 and the bowlers did a really good job. Parvez Rasool is a deceptive bowler and he was troubling the batsmen in the nets as well. Chahal, as far as he gets wickets, I'm okay with him giving away the runs. Rasool was the standout perfomer for me."
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The YES Bank maximum sixes award goes to AB de Villiers!
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David Warner: "Cannot take it away from Kohli and AB and then Sarfaraz came in. It is a tough thing to get 228. Nehra has hurt his groin. Mustafizur is fantastic and he is a fantastic find. We had to bat the way know to bat, I would have liked to do more tonight. We have to execute well with the ball and not lose wicket in clumps."
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David Warner was striking well and the best possible result, but then the innings tapered off after his dismissal.
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The only blip in today's performance was the dismissal of Chris Gayle, and then they owned the game.
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A thumping win for the RCB, they are looking very strong and watch out for them. A well rounded team and a good performance.
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19.6 Watson to Karn Sharma, no run, low full toss, which Sharma misses, and that completes the proceedings for RCB as they win their opener by 45 runs!
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19.5 Watson to Eoin Morgan, 1 run, outside off and Morgan slaps it towards long off for a single
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19.4 Watson to Karn Sharma, 1 run, another full toss, and Sharma plays it in the air over mid off but lands safely again!
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19.3 Watson to Karn Sharma, 2 runs, he tries to play it towards the leg side by slashing across the line, but gets an edge towards long off, where the ball falls safely in between fielders
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19.2 Watson to Karn Sharma, no run, slower ball again, outside off, Sharma slashes and misses
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Short third man is in place.
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19.2 Watson to Karn Sharma, WIDE, slower short ball, but that was perhaps too high!
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Cheeky from Karn there, he has been good today.
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19.1 Watson to Karn Sharma, FOUR, full ball on leg, and Sharma just opens the face of the bat and guides it towards third man region for a four
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Final over now. Shane Watson will bowl it. He has been brilliant with the ball.
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18.6 Patel to Eoin Morgan, 2 runs, full ball, driven straight down the ground in the gap between long on and long off for a couple of runs
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Even Gayle is throwing himself in the ground and Kohli is laughing and Gayle manages a smirk too.
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18.5 Patel to Eoin Morgan, 2 runs, slower short ball way outside off and Morgan turns it towards deep midwicket!
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18.4 Patel to Eoin Morgan, no run, slower short ball, which Morgan tries to pull, but only manages an under edge onto the pitch
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18.3 Patel to Eoin Morgan, no run, full ball from around the stumps, and Morgan misses out despite swinging through the line. Well well that was in the slot, but he misses it again.
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So Eoin Morgan back on strike.