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Royal Challengers Bangalore win by nine wickets! That is it! RCB needed a win to stay in contention for playoffs and they got it. Once again the duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers exhibit their prowess. They finish unbeaten on 75 and 59 respectively and once again share a century partnership.

Live Score RCB 173/1 after 18 overs: AB de Villiers has gone past his half-century as well as RCB inch closer to the target. What a fine display of batting by him and of course virat Kohli. Also Catch- KKR vs RCB, IPL 2016, Free Live Streaming

Live Score RCB 151/1 after 17 overs: Honestly, Knight Riders need a miracle to pull things back here. Otherwise it is looking RCB’s game. And it should. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers’ partnership is doing it handsomely here. RCB need 27 off 18 balls.

Live Score RCB 135/1 after 15 overs: That is half-century up for Virat Kohli. What a form he is in. Meanwhile RCB well on course for a win here. There is no stopping Kohli and de Villiers. The asking rate is just under ten runs per over now.

Live Score RCB 125/1 after 14 overs: The partnership between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers is now worth 54 off 39 balls. RCB going along nicely. KKR need to pick quick wickets here. It is time for second strategy time-out. Also Catch- Live Score KKR vs RCB, IPL 2016, Match 48

Live Score RCB 100/1 after 12 overs: Royal Challengers now need 183 more runs to win from 72 balls. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are rotating the strike well. KKR at this stage were 100 for two.

Chris Gayle Out! That is it! Sunil Narine removes the dangerous Gayle. Pitched in middle and leg, spun in to the batsman. Gayle looking to push towards the on-side, misses the line of the ball and he is trapped in front of the wickets. C Gayle lbw b S Narine 49(31). 

Live Score RCB 63/0 after 6 Overs: Interestingly, crowd is cheering for RCB. Chants of ”RCB, RCB” and ”Kohli, Kohli” going on at the moment. Knight Riders need a moment of brilliance here, even the home crowd is supporting the opponent. Meanwhile powerplay ends, a good one for RCB.

Live Score RCB 44/0 after 4 Overs: This is good start for Chris Gayle. He has raced on to 26 off 15 balls and has already smashed three fours and two sixes. This is just the beginning, RCB desperately need runs from his bat tonight.

Live Score RCB 15/0 after 2 Overs: Andre Russell and Morne Morkel with the new ball for Knight Riders. Good start this for Royal Challengers.  Chris Gayle smashed Morkel for two back to back boundaries and Virat Kohli too has a boundary against his name early on.

INNINGS BREAK

Live Score KKR 183/5 after 20 Overs: So Knight Riders finish with a formidable total on board, largely due to power hitting by Andre Russell towards the end. He finishes unbeaten 39 off 19 balls, Shakib manages to score 18 off 11 balls.

Live Score KKR 171/5 after 19 Overs: Great hitting by Andre Russell and Shakib Al Hasan. They have now added 46 runs for the sixth wicket and that too in quick time, just 22 balls.

Suryakumar Yadav Out! And KKR lose another one here. Third wicket in as many overs. Yadav chips it high in the air, looking to hit it towards extra cover region. He fails to make proper connection as Aravind pulls the length back. Iqbal Abdullah running from long-off takes the catch. S Yadav c I Abdulla b Aravind 5(5). 

Yusuf Pathan Out! Excellent work by KL Rahul behind the stumps. Yuzvendra Chahal bowls a leg-spin, Pathan looking to play against the spin, misses the line of the ball. In the process he has dragged his foot out, slightly. Keeper goes up in appeal. While on-field umpire decides to go up stairs, Pathan decides to walk, aware that he is trouble. TV replays confirm that Pathan is out. Y Pathan st Rahul b Chahal 6(12). 

Manish Pandey Out! Gone! He falls after scoring his fifty. Looking to clear the long-on, Pandey perishes in the process. He hits it straight to AB de Villiers. The last one on the field you want to hit the ball towards. Timely wicket for RCB, they can pull things back. M Pandey c de Villiers b Aravind 50(35).

Live Score KKR 107/2 after 13 Overs: Iqbal Abdullah ends his quota of four overs. Excellent figures for him. one for 22 for him. Meanwhile KKR are in a good position and RCB need wickets here.

Gautam Gambhir Out! Oh dear! Finally a run out. It was on cards. Gambhir cuts the ball, the fielder at point stops it. Gambhir is ball watching while Manish Pandey was half way down the pitch. Gambhir is late to react, fielder throws the ball towards non-strikers end and that ends Gambhir’s stay. Gambhir run out (Watson/I Abdulla) 51(34).

Live Score KKR 87/1 after 10 Overs: That is half-century up for Gautam Gambhir. His 31st IPL fifty, the most for any batsman. 50 off 32 balls for KKR captain. Leading from the front thus far and quite brilliantly.

Live Score KKR 74/1 after 8 Overs: Virat Kohli is ringing bowling changes as Gautam Gambhir and Manish Pandey dominate the proceedings. The partnership between the duo has gone past 50-run mark. RCB have already used six bowlers so far. Oh! drama there. Batsmen are caught in the mix-up. The fielder throws at the wrong end. Both the batsmen were at the non-strikers end. The throw should have been at strikers end. Big goof up by RCB.

Live Score KKR 51/1 after 6 Overs: That is fifty up for Knight Riders. Manish Pandey looks in good touch. He has played some fine shots early on in his innings. Maybe an indication of what is to come later. It is time strategic time out as well.

Robin Uthappa Out! Gone! Iqbal Abdullah strikes, change in bowling works for RCB. Uthappa gets the leading edge and Abdullah in his follow through grabs the ball one handed. Splendid effort by him.

Live Score KKR 14/0 after 2 Overs: This good start for Royal Challengers. Keeping it tight with line and length. Knight Riders’ openers are being watchful as well and that is understood.

TOSS: Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and decided to bowl. One change for RCB, Iqbal Abdullah comes in for Varun Aaron. No change in KKR playing XI from the last match.

Here is a look at playing XI’s-

Kolkata Knight Riders: Robin Uthappa(w), Gautam Gambhir(c), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Ankit Rajpoot, Morne Morkel.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Lokesh Rahul(w), Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Iqbal Abdulla, Chris Jordan, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Hello, and welcome to India.com’s live coverage of Indian Premier League 2016 match 48 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens. This is going to be a cracker of a game, as both teams look to move closer to playoffs berth. Stay tuned for live updates.

The Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore face an exit threat, if they lose this tie against Kolkata Knight Riders. With just ten points under their belt, RCB need to win each and every game remaining three games if they have to stay in contention for a place in playoffs.  

RCB did well against Gujarat Lions to register a big win and that helped boost their net run-rate. The Bangalore based franchise will be hoping of a similar show from the team. Gautam Gambhir-led KKR are very much in contention for playoffs spot and need couple of wins to seal it. Also Check-  IPL 2016 Points Table

The head to head record is in slightly favour of Knight Riders. Total of 18 matches have been played between these two sides and KKR have won ten. RCB have won eight.