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2016 Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL 9), match four

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 45 runs at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru

  • Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Sarfaraz Khan all impress with the bat as the much-fancied RCB begin their campaign with a comfortable home victory despite two wickets each from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and tournament debutant Mustafizur Rahman
  • The hosts reached 227-4 from their allotted overs
  • Sunrisers captain David Warner hit a 25-ball 58 in response, but Tom Moody's side were unable to chase down such a huge total following a mediocre middle-order showing
Virat Kohli
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli won player of the tournament at the recent ICC World Twenty20 AFP

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So the much-fancied Royal Challengers, spearheaded by two of their formidable top four in captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, get their 2016 IPL campaign off to a comfortable winning start.

They face Delhi Daredevils next, while the Sunrisers return to the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium to host Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday.

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 45 runs

20th over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 182-6

Sharma begins the final over with his latest four edged off Watson and past third man to the fence. The Australian ships a wide with a high delivery and concedes three more to Sharma and one to Morgan to end the match.

19th over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 173-6

Sharma powers Patel through deep extra-cover for four. He then knocks a single to mid-wicket and Morgan faces two dot balls before picking up four from the final couple with shots to square leg and behind the bowler.

18th over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 164-6

A single from Morgan is followed by a six from Sharma, who just about clears the rope at third man after a diving intervention from Patel. Another four and a leg bye to end the over, with the Sunrisers needing a mammoth 64 runs from the final 12 deliveries.

Something tells me they might not do it...

17th over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 152-6

It's all over bar the shouting now, but Morgan continues undeterred and Sharma hits his first four runs off Patel.

16th over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 147-6

A full toss from Watson is batted away by Reddy for a single. Morgan strikes another for four and picks up three further runs before his partner falls to a tricky yorker that removes his leg-stump.

That should be it for the Sunrisers.

Wicket - Reddy (32) b Watson (Sunrisers Hyderabad 147-6)

15th over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 139-5

Reddy is trying his best to chase down that formidable target, pushing a four through deep mid-wicket before another six beats Kohli on the boundary. He takes 12 and Morgan adds two singles.

14th over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 125-5

Reddy is frustrated by two dot balls before clobbering a huge six over long-on. He quickly follows that up with another big six to long-off. 12 from the over.

13th over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 113-5

A run each for Reddy and Morgan before the former beats third man for four. He ends with a single over mid-wicket.

12th over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 106-5

Reddy gets off zero and a far more successful Morgan sweep is knocked away through fine-leg for four. A dot-ball yorker ends the over.

Morgan tries an unconvincing reverse sweep that bounces clear for one leg bye. Chahal then produces a dot ball and gives up a wide before a short delivery to Hooda is awkwardly pulled straight to De Villiers. Five wickets down and the Sunrisers are heading towards defeat.

Wicket - Hooda (6) c De Villiers b Chahal (Sunrisers Hyderabad 101-5)

11th over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 99-4

Hooda finds the boundary rope at long-on and hits a single to third man. New batsman Morgan is off the mark. Another good over for RCB.

Hooda gets his first run but will need a new partner after Henriques produces a top-edge off Milne that is comfortably taken by Rasool. That's three wickets in as many overs for RCB, who give up just seven runs in the process.

Wicket - Henriques (19) c Rasool b Milne (Sunrisers Hyderabad 93-4)

10th over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 92-3

Henriques pulls his second four though long-on but fails to score from the last delivery of the over. New man Deepak Hooda is yet to face a ball.

Henriques adds another single to his collection and Chahal gives up a wide before inviting Ojha to find De Villiers at long-on for a duck. It's all beginning to unravel for the Sunrisers.

Wicket - Ojha (0) c De Villiers b Chahal (Sunrisers Hyderabad 88-3)

Ninth over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 86-2

Ojha comes in and weathers an immediate appeal as the ball flights past the bat and carries behind. The umpire dismisses any notion of an outside edge and he survives.

Henriques quickly finds Gayle for no run before edging for two. He picks up another single before RCB remove the crucial Warner for 58 as a short ball from Watson is edged high and into the waiting hands of Milne.

Vital breakthrough.

Wicket - Warner (58) c Milne b Watson (Sunrisers Hyderabad 86-2)


Eighth over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 83-1

Henriques picks up one before a thick edge from Warner races past third man for four. He then brings up his half-century from 21 balls with a straight six that sails into the stands.

Warner notches two more and ends with a six to long-on after surviving a dangerous delivery from Chahal.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is up next for RCB.

Seventh over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 64-1

Patel bowls a wide down the leg-side and his next two deliveries yield a single each. Henriques picks out the fielder at mid-wicket for no run before lofting down the ground for four. He finishes with an unconventional single from a short ball.

The Sunrisers now require 164 from 78 for victory.

Sixth over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 56-1

A single from Henriques again provides a platform for Warner as his fellow Australian rockets a six over long-on. Rasool maintains his composure, however, producing four dot balls in the over.

Fifth over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 49-1

Henriques with a single to third man. Warner then picks up the pace considerably, firing a six over long-off and a four to fine-leg.

Harshal Patel to bowl next for the Royal Challengers.

Fourth over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 38-1

An excellent over for RCB as they take a wicket and concede only three runs. Henriques is off and running with a couple and Warner's latest single takes the captain to 23 from 11.

Henriques joins Warner in the middle.

With his first delivery of the evening, Rasool, coming around the wicket, gets the ball to turn wickedly past left-hander Dhawan and onto the off stump.

Wicket - Dhawan (8) b Rasool (Sunrisers Hyderabad 35-1)

Rasool replaces Watson now...

Third over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 35-0

Two singles for Dhawan and one for Warner before the latter finds the boundary at mid-off for four before slamming a six high over long-on.

Second over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 22-0

Jadhav scores a direct hit on Dhawan but the latter was back in his crease. He survives another close call at the opposite end as Warner picks up a furious couple off compatriot Watson. Expert fielding from Stuart Binny and Kohli saves two boundaries, but Dhawan does then strike through deep backward point for four before getting another single.

Warner ends with two more runs following a smart stop from Parvez Rasool.

First over - Sunrisers Hyderabad 12-0

An ideal start from the men in orange as Milne's dodgy first ball to Warner swings down the leg-side, past the wicket-keeper and away to the fence for five wides. Both batsmen notch singles before a thudding edge from the Australian brings up his first boundary of the innings.

Another quick run to mid-off follows and Milne ends with two dots. 12 from the over.

Warner and Dhawan walk out to the crease as Sunrisers' chase gets underway. Milne to open the bowling for RCB...

A perennially flat wicket at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium has been exploited to devastating effect by the Royal Challengers, who were spearheaded by Kohli and De Villiers after losing Gayle early on.

There are runs to be had here for the Sunrisers, particularly with their opponents' bowling attack having been depleted by the withdrawal of Starc and Badree's shoulder injury, but surely chasing 228 for victory is just too much of an ask?

Sunrisers Hyderabad set a target of 228 for victory

20th over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 227-4

Jadhav nudges a single before Khan explodes for his sixth boundary, whacking
Mustafizur over square-leg. He gets another couple before finishing the innings with a four to mid-wicket.

19th over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 214-4

Costly from Kumar as his no-ball yorker is dispatched for four by Jadhav. The subsequent free hit brings up a single and Khan drives away to the fence for his first boundary.

Clearly in a hurry as the innings draws to a close, the talented 18-year-old punishes a sequence of desperately poor bowling to hit two more fuller balls for four. Those shots were sandwiched between a big six.

23 from six for him and 28 from the over in total. Disastrous for the visitors.

18th over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 186-4

New batsmen Kedar Jadhav and Sarfaraz Khan combine for three to end an eventful 18th over. No treble for the impressive Mustafizur.

Mustafizur brings up a hat-trick opportunity on his IPL debut as Watson glances down the leg-side to Ojha. A brief and destructive cameo is brought to a close.

Wicket - Watson (19) c Ojha b Mustafizur (Royal Challengers Bangalore 183-4)

After a dot ball, De Villiers tries to strike a Mustafizur delivery away for a leg-side six but it goes straight up into the air before being caught by Morgan. His fine innings comes to an end at 82.

Wicket - De Villiers (82) c Morgan b Mustafizur (Royal Challengers Bangalore 183-3)

17th over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 183-2

Solid initial bowling from Sharma to frustrate Watson. He concedes just one wide from the first three balls of his final over, but that hard work is completely undone as the veteran Australian regains his composure to bludgeon not one, not two but THREE straight sixes around the ground. Talk about a quick impact.

16th over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 164-2

Watson joins De Villiers at the crease for the final four overs and he immediately gets off the mark with a single to mid-wicket.

After a fielding mishap from Sharma allows Kohli to hit another four through point, three more runs follow before the captain sees his leg stump uprooted by an excellent yorker from Kumar. He falls for a wonderful 51-ball 75 that included seven fours and three sixes.

A bit of early death bowling from the Sunrisers here...

Wicket - Kohli (75) b Kumar (Royal Challengers Bangalore 163-2)

15th over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 156-1

Two more singles keep the scoreboard ticking over. De Villiers then watches on as a thick top-edge flies high into the sky and just beyond the boundary rope for six, despite the best efforts of the fielder. Kohli takes a single, the Sunrisers concede a leg bye and AB wallops a low full toss over long-on.

14th over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 140-1

Consecutive singles from Kohli and De Villiers off Henriques, who responds with a slower ball that the former leathers down the ground for six. He follows that up with four more. 14 from another expensive over for the Sunrisers.

13th over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 126-1

Kohli attacks Sharma hard by coming down the pitch for a four and another couple. He adds a further single to his total and RCB pick up a leg bye before their skipper smashes high over long-on for six. 15 from the over.

12th over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 111-1

The first of two singles from the over for De Villiers brings up RCB's ton. Kohli nicks two also before AB demonstrates his considerable prowess by finishing the over with another pair of back-to-back fours. Excellent.

11th over - Royal Challengers Bangalore - 99-1

Reddy's first ball is a dot. His second yields a Kohli single and the next two are ruthlessly dispatched away for four by De Villiers, who drives down the ground before expertly finding a gap through long-on. He helps himself to another single and now has 56 runs from 28 deliveries.

Nehra, after conceding a single to De Villiers, steps up to bowl the final five balls of his third over but pulls up with an injury. Ashish Reddy will deputise.

10th over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 88-1

Sharma returns. De Villiers works though the on-side for a single and Kohli hits down the ground for a quick run of his own. The crowd then erupts as AB unleashes consecutive slog-sweep sixes, the first over mid-wicket and the second which reaches the roof.

He finishes with another good single and it's 15 for the over. Sunrisers need to find a way to break up this partnership and fast...

Ninth over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 73-1

After leg-spinner Karn Sharma ships nine in his first over, Henriques allows a single to each batsman before being launched over long-off for six by Kohli. A misfield leads to three more runs for the 27-year-old and De Villers knocks down the ground for one more.

Eighth over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 61-1

Seventh over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 52-1

A good start from Henriques as he joins Mustafizur in steadily slowing the flow of runs. After conceding two off his first ball of the day, he produces four straight dots before Kohli notches another single.

Madeira-born Australian all-rounder Henriques comes into the attack...

Sixth over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 49-1

De Villiers takes a single from Mustafizur's next two deliveries, but the boundaries continue to flow as Kohli guides a poor delivery towards leg stump away for four. Six in total from the over.

Fifth over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 43-1

Not to be outshone in front of his compatriots, Kohli comes down the ground to hit his first four with a lovely cover drive off Kumar. A dot ball is followed by De Villiers nailing another six over cover and rifling straight for four. Another single takes him on to 27.

He looks in brilliant form.

Fourth over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 27-1

De Villers picks out the man at mid-wicket before flexing his batting muscles with a powerful pull shot that races away to the boundary. He backs that up with a monster six down the ground. A wide follows before the experienced South African shows perfect timing to cut another four through a gap in the on-side field.

AB is off and running with 16 from 10. Brilliant batting.

Third over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 12-1

Mustafizur comes in for his maiden IPL over. Kohli takes a couple from the first ball before displaying his excellent running abilities to seal a slightly risky single. De Villiers hits to square leg for one before being subjected to a rather muted lbw claim.

The Bangladeshi bowler's last three deliveries go for no runs.

Second over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 8-1

De Villers drives for his opening single and Kohli taps away for his fifth run of the innings. AB then chips behind but the ball goes safe with wicket-keeper Naman Ojha in pursuit.

Kumar begins with a wide and then tries to coax an outside edge before crashing his next ball off the bottom of Gayle's thigh pad and into the stumps. Perhaps a tad fortunate, but that's a crucial early breakthrough for the Sunrisers.

De Villiers is in...

Wicket - Gayle (1) b Kumar (Royal Challengers Bangalore 6-1)

First over - Royal Challengers Bangalore 5-0

The match explodes into life with an immediate lbw call on the defensive Gayle, but the ball is clearly missing leg stump by a distance and the umpires are right to shake their heads. He nicks a quick single off the next delivery before Nehra keeps a good line to keep Kohli pinned back in his crease.

Kohli gets off the mark by nudging behind leg for four.

The fearsome duo of Gayle and Kohli will open the batting for the Royal Challengers. Quick left-armer Nehra to bowl first.


So, the Sunrisers have won the toss and chosen to bowl first. They have omitted Williamson from their lineup, but Morgan starts as one of four overseas players alongside Warner, Mustafizur and Moises Henriques.

Kohli admits he would also have chosen to field from the off. Confirmed lineups to follow...

The biggest news from the world of cricket today concerns James Taylor. The Nottinghamshire and England batsman has been forced to retire with immediate effect aged just 26 after specialist scans showed that he has a serious heart problem.

James Taylor

He initially withdrew from a County Championship warm-up match against Cambridge MCCU last week due to a suspected viral condition, but was later found to be suffering from arrhythmogenic right ventricular arrhythmia (ARVA). The condition has been described as similar to the one that caused the cardiac arrest and subsequent retirement of former Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba in 2012.

These are the last two teams to get their respective IPL 9 campaigns underway. On Saturday, newcomers Rising Pune Supergiants dispatched reigning champions Mumbai by nine wickets thanks largely to Ajinkya Rahane's unbeaten 66.

Next up were Kolkata Knight Riders, who posted an identical margin of victory over Delhi Daredevils as Andre Russell and Brad Hogg each took three wickets. Yesterday, the Gujarat Lions made a winning start to their temporary tenure as Aaron Finch and Dwayne Bravo starred in a five-wicket triumph over David Miller's Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.

As for the Sunrisers, Australia stalwart Warner is accompanied by batting experience in the likes of opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan, although the latter has been in desperately poor form of late despite leading England to the T20 World Cup final.

Under the guidance of former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, the Orange Army have made the play-offs just once in their first three seasons since replacing the Deccan Chargers in 2012. They came close last term, but a final day defeat to the eventual champion Mumbai Indians ruled them out of contention.

yuvraj singh

Look out for a formidable bowling attack that is led by Ashish Nehra, Trent Boult and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while also featuring dangerous Bangladesh left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman.

Experienced all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was picked up for INR 7 crore at this year's auction, but he is set to miss the first two weeks of the competition with an ankle injury sustained during India's six-wicket win over Australia.

The Royal Challengers are certainly not short of attacking potency and boast arguably the strongest batting lineup in the IPL with Kohli, who won player of the tournament honours for the second time in a row as India reached the semi-finals of the recent ICC World Twenty20 on home soil, is joined by West Indies powerhouse Chris Gayle, as well as South Africa captain AB de Villiers and Shane Watson. The latter now plays domestic T20 cricket exclusively having retired from T20 duty with Australia last month.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

They are yet to win the IPL, although did finish as runners-up in both 2009 and 2011. They have been knocked out at the semi-final stage on two occasions, including last year when Michael Hussey's 56 condemned them to a three-wicket defeat to the now suspended Chennai Super Kings.

Coached by ex-New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori, their bowling unit has been weakened by the withdrawal of injured paceman Mitchell Starc but still features Adam Milne, Kane Richardson and Varun Aaron. Leg-spinner Samuel Badree is doubtful with a shoulder problem.

Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to IBTimes UK's latest live coverage of the ninth season of Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) action. With three rather one-sided matches already in the book, today it's the turn of Virat Kohli's star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore as they host David Warner and the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Over-by-over updates and the all-important toss to come, in addition to previews, team news and a recap of the short campaign so far. Play is scheduled to get underway at 20.00 IST (15.30 BST). Stay tuned....