Overs: 15.1 / 20.0
Kings XI Punjab
Overs: 8.1 / 20.0
Royal Challengers Bangalore
10:52pm And that's all from us tonight here at ball-by-ball. Head over to the home page for the post-match analysis. Good night!
This win means that:
1) Sunrisers Hyderabad have confirmed a top-two finish.
2) RCB's playoff hopes stay alive. If they win their remaining games, and if other results go their way, RCB could even qualify without worrying about net run rate.
3) Kings XI will also stay in contention, because they could still finish on 16 points by winning their last two games. Even 14 points may be enough if other results go their way.
4) Mumbai could still go through if they finish on 12 points because of their strong net run rate.
10:45pm All right, a lot of questions in feedback about scenarios! Give me a minute while I sum it all up for you.
Umesh: I'm bowling just whatever I'm thinking. I just want to carry this form. The last few games I was taken for fours and sixes with the slower ball. Pace and bounce is my strength so I just backed that today. My job is to take one or two wickets. If I use the new ball well the job becomes easy.
Umesh Yadav is the Man of the Match.
Kohli: The last week has been crazy. We thought we were down and out. Suddenly the table opened up. Now we just need two wins from two. I think Kings XI thought we'd be a little initimidated by their batting line-up but the way they ran in they knew they coulnd't make mistakes. We knew that they would try and go for big runs because they didn't have their mystery spinner. We just kept them in doubt.
[Toss] Very important, having seen results at this ground and knowing they didn't have their spinner. We had chased 180 in the last game and we were in a good space coming into this. We want too take responsiblity as batsmen - you won't always win the toss. We fancy chasing big totals as well. We love taking responsiblity.
I think we've got the right kind of momentum. Other teams don't want to play a team who are feeling good and have nothing to lose. It's important to have the right mindset - not think too much about qualifying.
P Patel: We had to be aggressive. Our bowlers did well. Knew we had a chance to increase the net run-rate. We wanted to make sure to play out the first two overs and finish it as early as possible. I think we pulled out our A-game today. It's a small ground, a great wicket to bat on and when the other team's down and you have to chase 90 - you know how it goes. We are in a situation where we have nothing to lose and we just have to go out and enjoy ourselves.
10:31pm RCB stay alive. And this has done some serious good for their health on the points table. They'll remain in seventh place but their NRR of about negative 0.26 has now turned to positive 0.218. They've come in and completely blown Kings XI away. It was a 23.1 over match on a pitch that produced over 450 runs in the last game. Umesh Yadav wasthe architect - Rahul and Gayle in the same over. And then the others didn't let a fragile middle order settle.
|8.1||AS Rajpoot to V Kohli, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, that's the win. A bouncer wide outside off, he looks to hook, it's too big on him. Top edge over the keeper.|
|8.1||AS Rajpoot to V Kohli, NO BALL, 1 run, dropped but it's also a no-ball. Kohli doesn't run. It's high and outside off, he lifts a simple catch for long-off who comes in, makes the ground, gets to the ball and then fails to hold on. Would have been game over if he had run there.|
Ankur saxena: "Just for fun sake...what would have been the D/L par score at this moment?" --- 29
Rahul Oak: "Genuine question for IPL "fans": Do you really get upset if your team loses? I mean, a loss for any IPL team would never put me in the kind of mood I get into when the Indian team loses. Is that generally true for folks, or is it just me (out of touch dinosaur)? "
Pradeep D: "Does taking timeout help in better NRR for the losing team?"
Ah, a strategic time out. I'm sure the teams really wanted this with RCB needing 10 with 13 overs to spare.
Darshan Maniyan: "What a turnaround for Ashwin! Just 2 weeks ago, people saw a shadow of Dhoni's captaincy in Ashwin. Today, people are accusing him of destroying a good team!"
Mohan Krishna: "3.5 "LENGTH STUMP" hehehehe is there a one?" --- Oops. Good spot!
Prasune John: "There have been lot of praise about Ashwin's captaincy all along, but the fact is that he and sehwag had a very good team and they never allowed most of the players to settle down by constantly cutting and chopping the team and result is the only ipl team without a settled eleven. I would say Ashwin and Sehwag destroyed a good team and got undue credit for winning on the back of some strong individual performances."
Madhan J: "Is there any NRR improvement for RCB they can make so that they can be on par or little less with MI in race to the play-offs? Like finish off the target in less than 10 overs, something like that?" --- If they chase it in eight overs, they get to 0.21 with the NRR
|V Kohli||not out||48||28||6||2||171.43|
|PA Patel||not out||40||22||7||0||181.82|
|AB de Villiers||-|
|C de Grandhomme||-|