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So there you go, Royal Challengers Bangalore advance to qualifiers now. They will meet Chennai Super Kings on Friday. Chahal finished off the things by bowling out Dhawal Kulkarni. It was a convincing win for RCB. First AB de Villers and Mandeep Singh did the job with the bat and then bowlers stepped up and contributed to the victory. AB de Villiers is Man of the Match.
Live Score Rajasthan Royals 105/9 after 18 Overs: This is just a matter of time as Royal Challengers look to finish things off. Rajasthan Royals looked under pressure right from the start. It looked like Rajasthan Royals are trying to take this game till the end and kept wickets in hand, but lost wickets in flurry towards the end.
Deepak Hooda Out! Looking to scoring some runs, Deepak Hooda pulls the short ball and hits it straight to deep square leg. RCB well and truly in the game. This should seal it for them. Deepak Hooda c Starc b Wiese 11(14). RR have lost last six wickets for just 20 runs.
Chris Morris Out! Rajasthan Royals are losing wickets in every over now. One more bites the dust. It is Mitchell Starc who gets the wicket. C Morris c Chahal b Starc 0(3). Royal Challengers inching towards victory here.
Stuart Binny Out! Disaster continues for RR. Stuart Binny is run-out. Binny was looking for a quick single, but Deepak Hooda sent him back. Chahal collects the ball and throws it towards the keeper, who whips the bails in flash. Binny run out (Chahal/D Karthik) 0(1).
James Faulkner Out! Disaster for Rajasthan Royals. James Faulkner is back int the hutch. Sreenath Arvinda looked for yorker, Faulkner got the inside edge onto the left shoe. It pops up from that and bowler takes the catch. Faulkner c and b Aravind 4(4) [4s-1].
Ajinkya Rahane Out! Rajasthan Royals have lost half the side now. Rahane goes for the slog sweep and gets top-edge. AB de Villiers takes an easy catch near deep mid-wicket. RCB in full control at the moment. Rahane c de Villiers b Chahal 42(39) [4s-4]. James Faulkner walks out to bat.
Karun Nair Out! Wicket at an important time here for RCB. Harshal Patel picks the wicket. The partnership was developing. Nair c D Karthik b Harshal Patel 12(13) [4s-2]. Nair edged it to keeper on that occasion. Deepak Hooda is the new batsman in for RR.
Live Score Rajasthan Royals 79/3 after 12 Overs: David Wiese back into the attack, to bowl his third over. Boundary on the first delivery and then Wiese did well to keep it to four runs from last five balls. From 48 balls Rajasthan Royals now need 102 runs. Ajinkya Rahane is batting on 39 and he is key as far as RR are concerned.
Live Score Rajasthan Royals 71/3 after 11 Overs: Sreenath Aravind back into the attack. The required run-rate is creeping up. It has gone up to over 12 runs per over. Rajasthan Royals need 110 more runs to win from 54 balls.
Live Score Rajasthan Royals 68/3 after 10 Overs: Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl his second over. Good over for RCB just seven runs conceded. A boundary on penultimate ball spoiled the figures for spinner. Rajasthan Royals need 113 more runs to win from 10 overs.
Steven Smith Out! Wicket here for RCB. David Wiese picks the big wicket. Looking to go big over covers, Smith ended up hitting it towards sweeper cover. AB de Villiers to a fine catch there. S Smith c de Villiers b Wiese 12(13) [4s-1]. Karun Nair walks out to bat.
Live Score Rajasthan Royals 55/2 after 8 Overs: First sign of spin and it is Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, into the attack. Good start for the spinner, gives away just two off first four balls. Two runs for Steven Smith, good running between the wickets. Single to end the over. Five runs from this over.
Live Score Rajasthan Royals 50/2 after 7 Overs: David Wiese bowled his first over. Both Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith rotating the strike. End of another over, ten runs from it. Rajasthan Royals need 131 more runs to win from 13 overs. It is time for Strategic Time Out.
Live Score Rajasthan Royals 41/2 after 6 Overs: After the fall of wicket Virat Kohli brought Mitchell Starc back into the attack. Steven Smith is looking confident as he slammed Starc for a boundary. It is end of powerplay as well, Rajasthan Royals need 141 more runs to win from 14 overs.
Sanju Samson Out! Harshal Patel provides RCB with another breakthrough. It was pitched short, Samson was looking to smash hard at it and got the outside edge. Samson c D Karthik b Harshal Patel 5(8). Dinesh Karthik takes a wonderful catch. Steven Smith walks out to bat.
Shane Watson Out! First wicket for RCB. Sreenath Aravind gets the wicket. It was short of length as Watson chasing after it. Got the edge and Dinesh karthik took the catch.Watson c D Karthik b Aravind 10(5) [4s-2]. Sanju Samson, right handed bat, comes to the crease.
Live Score Rajasthan Royals 11/0 after 1 Over: Shane Watson and Ajinkya Rahane open the batting for RR while it is Mitchell Starc to start the proceedings for RCB. Single for Rahane on the first ball. Four! Watson gets off the mark with a boundary, played it through cover. Four! Another boundary for Watson, this time through leg-side. Single brings Rahane back on strike. Single to end the over. 11 runs from first over.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 180/4 after 20 Overs: So Royal Challengers end up with a competitive total on board. Mandeep Singh was brilliant so was AB de Villiers. Rajasthan Royals lost the momentum towards the end and gave away 86 runs in last five overs.
AB de Villiers Out! Breakthrough towards the end for RR. AB de Villiers is run out. Fine throw from long on catches ABD well short of the crease. de Villiers run out (Binny/Faulkner) 66(38) [4s-4 6s-4].
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 154/2 after 18 Overs: Chris Morris comes back into the strike. Starts with a dot ball. Couple for Mandeep Singh. Single brings ABD back on strike. Two sixes in row for ABD. First he goes over fine-leg and the smashes over long-on. ABD brought up his fifty as well. Big over this for RCB. 17 runs from it.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 137/2 after 17 Overs: Shane Watson back into the attack. Four! AB de Villiers goes between extra-cover and mid-off and gets the boundary. Dot ball for Watson. Four! Thick edge off de Villiers bas runs past keeper for another boundary. Two runs for de Villiers. Single brings Mandeep Singh back on strike for last ball of the over. Mandeep ends the over with a single. 13 runs from this over.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 124/2 after 16 Overs: James Faulkner back into the attack. AB de Villiers collects two runs on the first ball. Single for ABD. Four, Mandeep Singh earns the boundary through deep extra-cover. Dot bal for Faulkner. Four! Poor delivery, third man was up and Faulkner bowled a short one on that occasion. Mandeep steered it over short-third man and gets the boundary. Dot ball to end the over. 11 runs from this over.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 113/2 after 15 Overs: Ankit Sharma to bowl his third over. Six! AB de Villiers slog-sweeps one over deep mid-wicket for the maximum. Single each for ABD and Mandeep. Six! Another big hit by ABD. Plays it over deep mid-wicket once again. Four! ABD is on song here as he gets another boundary. Single to end the over, 19 runs came from it.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 94/2 after 14 Overs: Shane Watson back into the attack. Steven Smith shuffling with his bowlers. Watson mixing it up nicely here. Oh dear he has lost his line and bowls few wide balls. Nevertheless a good over by him, juts gave six runs from it.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 88/2 after 13 Overs: Ankit Sharma is back into the attack. Single on first delivery for ABD. Four! Mandeep Singh gets another boundary. He swept it past short-fine leg to earn his fourth four of the night. Single for Mandeep. Couple of dot balls to end the over.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 82/2 after 12 Overs: James Faulkner back into the attack. Four! He gets punished for boundary on the first ball. Couple of singles for both ABD and Mandeep Singh. Another boundary to end the over. This time Mandeep plays it through deep mid-wicket.12 runs from this over.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 70/2 after 11 Overs: Shane Watson back into the attack. Good start to the over, couple of runs on first two balls each. Four! Great shot by ABD, his first boundary of the night. Singles each for ABD and Mandeep. Dot ball to end the over. Ten runs from this over.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 60/2 after 10 Overs: Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl his last over. Single on first three deliveries each. Four! Mandeep Singh gets the boundary through mid-wicket. Six! Hits it well over long-off this time. RCB needed this. 13 runs from this over.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 47/2 after 9 Overs: Stuart Binny comes into the attack. Starts with back to back dot balls, three in row. RR keeping things tight here. Single for AB de Villiers towards the third man. Back to back dot balls to end the over as well. Good over this, just one run from it.
Virat Kohli Out! Another big wicket for RR. Kohli plays back to the bowler and Dhawal Kulkarni holds to the catch. Kohli chipped it towards the bowler. Kohli c and b D Kulkarni 12(18). Mandeep Singh, right handed bat, comes to the crease. Watch- Video dismissal of the wicket here.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 44/1 after 7 Overs: First sign of spin as Ankit Sharma comes into the attack. Good impressive start for the spinner. Bowls three consecutive dot balls to Virat Kohli. Single brings AB de Villiers on strike. Couple of singles to end the over.
Chris Gayle Out! Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 41/1 after 6 Overs: Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl his second over. Gives away single on first two deliveries. Kulkarni follows it up with consecutive dot balls. Single towards third man for Virat Kohli. Out! That is the breakthrough RR were looking for Gayle departs. It was a length ball, Gayle comes down the track only to misses the line of the ball and it went on to hit the stumps. Gayle b D Kulkarni 27(26) [4s-4 6s-1]. Watch- Video dismissal of the wicket here.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 38/0 after 5 Overs: Chris Morris back into the attack. Virat Kohli takes the single on first ball. Four! Gayle thumps it towards deep mid-wicket. It was pitched short and Gayle rocketed on back-foot. Dot ball for Morris. Four! but that was a cracking delivery. Pitched full and Gayle looks to defend. He got the outside edge and ball goes towards fine leg for the boundary. Dot ball to end.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 28/0 after 4 Overs: Shane Watson comes into the attack. Starts off with a dot ball. Virat Kohli plays towards mid-on and gets the single. Dot ball as Gayle plays it back towards the bowler. Single towards short fine leg for Gayle. Another single added to the total, this time Kohli plays it down to third man. Wide down the leg-side by Watson. Dot ball to end the over.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 24/0 after 3 Overs: Dhawal Kulkarni into the attack. Four! Chris Gayle greets him with a boundary through mid-off. Good comeback by Kulkarni, bowls three consecutive dot balls in row. Six! You cannot keep Gayle silent for a long time. It was pitched short and Gayle whacked it over deep mid-wicket for the maximum. Four byes! Pitched short and it beats batsman and keepers as well. Expensive over this, 14 runs from it.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 10/0 after 2 Overs: James Faulkner to bowl second over. Starts with a dot ball as Chris Gayle plays towards mid-off fielder. Single towards third man for Gayle. Virat Kohli takes the single towards third man as well and gets off the mark. Dot ball. Single taken as RR miss run out chance. Gayle ran for the second, Kohli rejected it and keeper Sanju Samson had shy at stumps at non-strikers end, but missed it. Two runs to end the over.
Live Score Royal Challengers Bangalore 5/0 after 1 Over: Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli are the opening batsmen for RCB. Chris Morris to open bowling for RR. Gayle faces first ball, pushes it towards mid-wicket for no-run. Four! Too much width and Gayle slams it past mid-off fielder. First four of the night. Morris bowls back to back dot balls. One more dot ball, Gayle plays back to the bowler.Gayle ends the over with a single towards third man. Five runs from first over.
Toss: Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and elected to bat. RCB skipper Virat Kohli despite the tinge of grass on wicket decided to bat first and looked confident about it. His rival Steven Smith believed his bowlers will try to restrict RCB and then chase down the target. Both teams have made a change each. For RCB, Sreenath Aravind comes in place of Ashok Dinda. And for RR Ankit Sharma makes it to playing XI in place of Brainder Sran.
Here is a look at playing XI of both the sides-
RR: Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson(w), Karun Nair, Deepak Hooda, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Chris Morris, Ankit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni.
RCB: Virat Kohli(c), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Dinesh Karthik(w), Sarfaraz Khan, David Wiese, Mitchell Starc, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sreenath Aravind.
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Royal Challengers would consider themselves unlucky after missing out on a guaranteed second place on standings due to the washout against Delhi Daredevils. Nevertheless, the Virat Kohli led side will be happy to have made it to playoffs after some initial hiccups. Both teams have met each other16 times in the past and the overall head-to-head record has been even between the two sides. Both the teams have managed to win 7 games each while 2 matches have been abandoned due to rain.