7 overs: OUT! Yuzvendra Chahal cleans up Mayank Agarwal for 26. KXIP 57/1
BOWLED! Agarwal missed the ball completely and it castled into his stumps. Bowling change worked for RCB as Chahal provided a big breakthrough.
* Introduction of spin: Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the attack
6 overs: KXIP 50/0
Mayank Agarwal (25*) hit another four, this time through covers off Navdeep Saini as he brought up fifty-run opening stand with KL Rahul (23*) for Punjab. Good, solid start for them.
5 overs: KXIP 41/0
8 runs from the second over of Dale Steyn. But the good news for Punjab is that the openers are scoring boundaries in every over. In this one, Mayank Agarwal (20*) pulled one to the mid-wicket boundary.
STATS ALERT: KL Rahul today became the fastest to score 2000 runs in IPL, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
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4 overs: KXIP 33/0
Decent start from Navdeep Saini, gave away 7 runs in it. But it included a stunning shot from KL Rahul through deep extra cover for a four.
* Bowling change: Navdeep Saini comes into the attack
3 overs: KXIP 26/0
Another boundaries-laced over for Punjab as Mayank Agarwal (13*) opened his boundary count with two fours in three balls off Umesh Yadav — an inside out over extra cover and a clipped through mid-wicket. Good start for Punjab openers.
2 overs: KXIP 17/0
Good recovery from Dale Steyn as he ended the over with two dot balls after conceding back-to-back fours to KL Rahul.
1.4 overs: FOURS! 4, 4 – KL Rahul (13*) smacks back-to-back boundaries off Dale Steyn. KXIP 17/0
* Dale Steyn to share the new ball with Umesh Yadav
1 over: KXIP 8/0
Till the fifth ball, Umesh Yadav was bowling a tidy line and gave away just 4 runs. But he strayed down the line to KL Rahul (5) with the final delivery and the Punjab skipper flicked it fine for a boundary.
HERE WE GO… KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal to start the KXIP innings. Umesh Yadav with the ball for RCB.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Josh Philippe (w), Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, James Neesham, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi
RCB’s Dale Steyn:“The body is feeling good. It’s a plus that you don’t have to get on the plane the next day. Nice to get the first one (game) out of the way. Haven’t played competitive cricket for a while now. Nobody has. Looking to get better as the tournament progresses. I think the nice thing about playing how long as I have is that I know how I can operate. I can work on slower balls and yorkers. Anytime you’re playing on a new surface, there will be something different. The batters will want to take some time to get set. I must say that the first game I saw the guys bowl (in Dubai), I was pretty excited.”
What captains had said after the toss:
KL Rahul:“There were a lot of positives and it was the first game. Mayank’s batting and our team’s fight was heartening. Jordan and Gowtham aren’t playing, Murugan Ashwin and Neesham come in. Chris Gayle will come in at the right time, don’t worry about it. It was tough sitting at home and so we are grateful to get this opportunity to play. The guys are enjoying themselves despite the rustiness in the first game.”
Virat Kohli:“It’s a fresh wicket. There’s a bit of dew in the second half and when the ball gets wet it’s hard to execute. That’s been a big factor. We have done really well defending a total less than 170 and seeing the bowlers execute their plans so well. We are unchanged for today’s game.”
TOSS | Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli wins toss, opts to bowl against Kings XI Punjab
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Kevin Pietersen reckoned that it would be prudent to chase in Dubai tonight, given the much longer boundaries than Sharjah, given the tackiness/dryness of the pitch first up, and which will possibly flatten out later in the night with all the moisture and dew for the team batting second.
* Toss at 7 pm IST and the match will start at 7:30 pm IST.
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Match No. 6 of the Indian Premier League 2020 between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai.
We start the day with shocking news of the sudden death of former Australia batsman and cricket commentator Dean Jones, who had been covering the Indian Premier League from Mumbai. Jones has died after a heart attack aged 59. #RIPDeano
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