Highlights: Andre Russell's carnage helps KKR beat RCB

Follow live updates, commentary and some trivia as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) face off in the match 17 of IPL 2019 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli got his team off to a good start and in the process completed 8,000 T20 runs.   -  IPL

Good evening. The Garden City and M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is all decked up in red and gold as Royal Challengers Bangalore takes on Kolkata Knight Riders in an Indian Premier League match. Follow Sportstar's  live updates as we take you through the three hours of cricketing excitement.

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That's it for tonight. We leave you with images of the Andre Russell carnage. Untill tomorrow when we present you a double header with CSK vs KXIP from Chennai and SRH vs MI from Hyderabad, it is good night!

KKR leapfrogs to the second in the table. RCB sits last, no win in 5 matches. What is wrong? For tonight, the answer is Dre Rus!

What a game we have just witnessed. The newsroom is taking time to come to terms with that assault. We can imagine how RCB and M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is feeling now. He has single handedly changed the equation match in a matter of 13 balls.

KKR 206/5 in 19.1 overs: The last over is a mere formailty. Andre Russell is the man. RCB cannot believe their luck. He has just taken the bowlers to the cleaners. 48 off 13 balls with 1 four and seven sixes! That's the stat KKR would remember. This will hurt RCB for long.

KKR 205/5 in 19 overs: It is absolute carnage in Bengaluru. Andre Russell is the man. What we have just witnessed in Bengaluru was out of the world, out of the ordinary. 1, 6, 6, 6, 4, 6 is the sequence. Deep midwicket, deep backward point, third man fence, wide over long-on, behind the keeper for four, long-off region. Do we have any more fielding positions in the deep left?

KKR 176/5 in 18 overs: 23 runs off the over and who said the match was over? KKR is still alive. Mohd. Siraj bowls the first three balls and then Stoinis gets the suffering. 0, 0, wd, 6nb, 6, 6, wd, 1, 1 is the sequence. 30 runs in 12 balls. Everyone at the edge of their seats, including in the newsroom! This is what IPL can do to you!

KKR 173/5 in 17.4 overs: It is all happening in Bengaluru. The beamer and the next two balls have gone into the crowds. Andre Russell has woken up.

KKR 161/5 in 17.2 overs: What a day Mohd. Siraj is having. He dropped a sitter from Chris Lynn and now he has bowled a second beamer in the match and cannot bowl anymore. Marcus Stoinis will complete the over.

KKR 153/5 in 17 overs: 13 runs have come off the Navdeep Saini over but more importantly he has seen the back to Dinesh Karthik for 19. Karthik just clears deep mid wicket fielder, Yuzvendra Chahal, and tries the same shot only for Chahal to take a good catch. The fielder kisses the ball, joins the celebrations as the crowd is on its feet. 53 runs needed in 3 overs for KKR.

KKR 139/4 in 15.4 overs: Yuzvendra Chahal strikes. A googly gets him a wicket. Rana charged down but only manages to send it to the fielder at sweeper cover. In comes Andre Russell. And, the next ball, we have an LBW decision, given out by the umpire, challenged by DK. The DRS saves him as the ball tracking shows the ball to be missing the stumps. Karthik survives! Action packed evening at the Chinnaswamy.

KKR 134/3 in 15 overs: 72 runs in 30 balls. That's what is on everybody's mind. We have Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik in the middle. A big job on their hands. A reminder, Andre Russell is still yet to bat.

KKR 114/3 in 13 overs: Skipper Dinesh Karthik, the new man in, should take some time to get a feel of the situation. Bigger questions: Will he be allowed the required duration with just 42 balls to go and 92 runs to get? Should Russell have been the one to take the responsibility? What is Karthik thinking? He is a good finisher too, remember the Nidahas Trophy?

KKR 108/3 in 11.3 overs: What a ball from Pavan Negi. The crowd has come alive. Chris Lynn charges at Negi, misses the connection and the ball hits the timber. What a time to get a wicket! Kohli is pumped up and so is RCB and so is the crowd! Is it slightly turning in favour of RCB now?

KKR 107/2 in 11 overs: Everything that can go wrong for RCB has gone wrong in this over. A sitter dropped, a six over fine leg and then five runs overthrows! 13 runs off the over and KKR needs 99 runs in 54 balls.

KKR 93/2 in 9.5 overs: Pavan Negi strikes! Tim Southee takes a clean catch and Robin Uthappa departs. The batsman was a bit early into the shot and offers a simple catch to the fielder at long-off. Maybe, Uthappa should have taken a little time in going for the shot.

KKR 92/1 in 9 overs: 19 runs off Mohammad Siraj and did I say a bit early that RCB is getting a grip on this match?

KKR 73/1 in 8 overs: Mohammed Siraj gives away 9 in his over and Yuzvendra Chahal bowls a neat, just giving away 5, as RCB seems to be tightening its grip on the match. KKR needs 133 in 72 balls.

KKR 59/1 in 6 overs: The power play is done! KKR manages 59, 6 more than what RCB scored at this stage. Chris Lynn on 30 (19 balls, 4x4, 1x6) is looking dangerous.

KKR 51/1 in 5 overs: Chris Lynn is in no mood to relent. He targets the mid-on and the region over square to fish back-to-back boundaries. Robin Uthappa then creams one in the extra cover region and KKR hits the accelerator again.

KKR 31/1 in 3 overs: KKR slows down a bit as Tim Southee comes back well to just give away 3 runs in his second over. Three overs of the power play remain and what are we going to see?

KKR 28/1 in 1.5 overs: What a catch by Pawan Negi. It is Sunil Narine and Chinnaswamy breaks into a trance. Narine just pulls it to fine leg and Negi, runs to his right, keeps his composure and takes a good catch on the run. Great composure from the youngster. Narine is out for 10 and KKR's first casualty.

Trivia: In IPL 2017, which batsman scored what was then the joint fastest IPL fifty?

Sunil Narine. The off-spinner, opening the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders, scored 54 off 17 deliveries against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on May 7, 2017, reaching his half-century in 15 deliveries. He equalled Yusuf Pathan. It is now the joint second-fastest fifty, after K. L. Rahul went one better in 2018.

KKR 17/0 in 1 over: What a start by KKR! Chris Lynn, you beauty. He has smashed Tim Southee for two boundaries, the bowler gifts one boundary off a wide, and RCB fielders are scurrying for cover!

It is time for KKR's chase. 206 is the target. Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine walk out. Tim Southee with the ball.

RCB 205/3 in 20 overs: Marcus Stoinis takes 18 runs from Prasidh Krishna's last over as RCB breaches the 200-run mark. It has been Kohli-ABD show as the duo put on a 100-run partnership. Remember, Dinesh Karthik won the toss and put RCB in? Will he repent for long? How good a score is this? We'll find out in a while.

RCB 185/3 in 18.5 overs: After Kohli, AB walks back. He had to go for the big one but Shubman Gill makes no mistake in the deep. Narine sends a short ball in and ABD doesn't manage to clear the long-off fence. He is out for 63 (32 balls, 5x4, 4x6).

RCB 172/2 in 17.1 overs: Kuldeep Yadav strikes! King Kohli walks back. Kohli just sends the ball back to the bowler and the chinaman takes a good catch. Kuldeep tossed it up, sticking to basics when things aren't right, and Kohli just drives it back to the bolwer. He is out for 84 (49 balls, 9x4, 2x6). Is this a case of ball sticking in the hands type? Might be, the replays will confirm. And the Chinnaswamy crowd is stunned! You can hear a pin drop.

RCB 172/1 in 17 overs: Prasidh Krishna and Lockie Ferguson cannot stop the carnage. They have brought the 100 run partnership (101 off just 54 balls). 11 runs off Prasidh in the earlier over and now 19 off Ferguson. What we are witnessing in Bengaluru is top-class stuff!

RCB 142/1 in 15 overs: Bowlers change but nothing changes from the batsmen end. Kohli and ABD milk Nitish Rana for 18 runs in the 15th over. 4,6,0,1,wd,6,0 is the sequence.

A colleague at work, a KKR fan, just looks at the score in disgust and wonders why KKR is the sufferer always at the hands of RCB? If only I knew the answer! But for now, am enjoying the Kohli-ABD show.

RCB 124/1 in 14 overs: Andre Russell bowls short and AB sends him into the orbit. The ball is in the second tier behind deep square leg of the Chinnaswamy. What a shot. He picked up the length with ease and with a full flow of his arms sent the ball into the crowds. He then finishes the over by offering a catch — to some lucky fan(s) in the crowd — as he creams Russell in the region between long-off and covers.

RCB 108/1 in 13 overs: AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli have added 44 off 31 balls and RCB looks all set for a huge score. Fasten your seat belts for an action packed ride! AB is in the zone, he dispatched Sunil Narine for two fours in the cover region. Kohli, at the other end, is looking in great touch too!

RCB 90/1 in 11 overs: An action packed over! 15 runs off the over. AB de Villiers gets into the act. Chawla gets some turn and some loop and has also made the mistake of giving room to the batsman and the South African obliges and goes inside out over covers. The next ball, AB just runs like a hare, after nudging the ball to midwicket, Rana sends a direct hit, but voila AB is in. The crowd cheer. The cheer grows louder and the crowd is in a trance as Kohli sends Chawla to the third man boundary. He has scored 50, at RCB's den and what more! He has scored 50 off just 35 balls.

RCB 78/1 in 10 overs: Half-way through the innings, RCB has managed a scoring rate of 7.8 runs an over. Is the stage set for an AB and Kohli special tonight?

RCB 69/1 in 9 overs: KKR seems to have pulled the plug a bit. The boundaries have dried up as Piyush Chawla runs through his over.

RCB 64/1 in 7.5 overs: Nitish Rana strikes. All Parthiv had to do was play second fiddle, but he tried too hard to get going fast. Had some scares but this time his luck runs out. Parthiv Patel tries to cut it, too close to the body and he ends up missing the ball as it thuds onto his left knee. A straightforward decision and RCB loses its first wicket. 

RCB 60/0 in 7 overs: RCB has got off to a good start with Kohli on 35 and Parthiv on 25. They have got the start needed and it is now up to them to build a huge total from this strong foundation.

RCB 53/0 in 6 overs: A great start by RCB and the power play has been utilised well.

RCB has got its first 50-plus opening stand in IPL after six matches. The previous best was the unbeaten 92 (in 8.1 overs!) between Kohli and Parthiv against KXIP at Indore on 14 May 2018.

RCB 41/0 in 4 overs: It is raining boundaries in Chinnaswamy. Lockie Ferguson gets off to an expensive start, gives away 13 runs with Kohli taking him to the cleaners by hitting three boundaries. Meanwhile, Kohli has brought up 8000 runs in T20 cricket.

RCB 28/0 in 3 overs: Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine get through decent overs after the expensive first one from Prasidh Krishna. Just one boundary conceded in the two overs.

RCB 13/0 in 1 over: The track looks a beauty and the proof was when Parthiv whipped one from Prasidh Krishna  for a boundary. Virat Kohli ended the over with two successive fours through the covers.

We are all set for live action. Can RCB get that turn-around? We'll know in three hours from now!

Playing XIs:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (cap), Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath (wk), Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(wk/cap), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson and Prasidh Krishna.

Toss update: KKR has won the toss and has chosen to bowl first.

Pitch report: It is a beautiful wicket to bat on. There is nice even covering of grass. It is a six-hitting ground, ball flies here. The average score here is 175-180 but this might be a 200+ pitch, says Brendon McCullum.

By the way, talking of McCullum, I hope all of us remember how he got the Indian Premier League off to a rollicking start in 2008.

Royal Challengers Bangalore needs a turn around. It is the only team that hasn't got any points on the board. The team in a huddle, minutes before the toss.

 

Lot of activity at the ground. The broadcast crew is busy with their player interviews, the players are going through their drills, the officials are keeping an eye on the proceedings, the fans are filling the Chinnaswamy Stadium slowly and my colleague Anjana Senthil is soaking in the atmosphere. Looks lovely isn't it!

 

Here is some weather news: There is no chance of rain and the temperatures is in the mid-30s. Sounds hot for Bengaluru, right!

This is Hari Kishore M, bringing you the match live from the newsroom and as we get started, here is the match preview from my colleague, Anjana Senthil.

RCB desperate for a turnaround

Everything that could possibly go wrong has gone wrong for Royal Challengers Bangalore so far. The batting has been inconsistent, bowling has been mediocre and fielding, specifically the catching, has been sloppy. Then there have been the umpiring howlers to add to its woes.

Consequently, the team is languishing in the bottom of the table with zero victories to show for its efforts in its first four matches.

It desperately needs a turnaround and a resurgence akin to what Mumbai Indians did in 2015, where it went to win the title after starting on a similar dismal note.  The Royal Challengers can ill-afford to lose another match, making the home game against Kolkata Knight Riders at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium all the more crucial.

Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile was initially expected to be back with the squad for the match against Kolkata Knight Riders, but the bowler is likely to land only on April 9 and will be available for selection from the match against Kings XI Punjab on April 13, RCB’s Parthiv Patel confirmed. Coulter-Nile’s presence would have been a big boost to the RCB bowling line-up that has leaked runs in the death overs.

The team’s think-tank has also been continuously meddling with the batting line-up. With Virat Kohli perennially searching for the right top-order combination, Parthiv hasn’t got a steady opening partner yet, but the wicket-keeper batsman isn’t perturbed. “Personally, I have played for so many teams and played with so many openers, it doesn’t matter that much to me. I have played a lot with Virat and with Moeen together. I know what my role is and it doesn’t worry me too much.

“Everyone knows their role. It’s not like suddenly we decide that someone is opening,” he said.

Kolkata Knight Riders has had a fairly good run in the tournament, thanks to its batters. Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana have all contributed to the team’s cause.

The West Indies all-rounder, in particular, has been in great form and RCB would do well to have a plan in place for him.

If there is an area of concern for the KKR, it has to be its bowling. The team has conceded more than 180 runs in all three of its previous outings. KKR spinner Piyush Chawla said the team wasn’t overly concerned. “Even though we conceded more than 180 in the second game against Kings XI, we also scored 220 odd runs. We could have done a bit better in the game against Delhi as a bowling unit. I don't think there is anything to worry about. But we would definitely like to pull things back,” he said.

For all the faith its skipper Dinesh Karthik has posed in Karnataka’s Prasidh Krishna, the medium pacer is yet to take a wicket this season. He will be hoping to change that at his home ground on Friday.

RCB has lost the last three matches against the Knight Riders at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. That’s a trend the host will be extremely keen to reverse. It needs a win, or it may be a little too late to recover.

The live streaming of the match is on Hotstar.