Royal Challengers Bangalore lock horns with Kings XI Punjab in the 31st match of IPL 7 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. The match starts at 8 pm IST. Follow this link for live scores and updates.
KXIP outclassed CSk to go top of the table in their last match and they would be looking to continue the momentum. Maxwell has been in breathtaking form and the RCB bowlers have tough task on their hands.
RCB, on the other hand, have had a roller-coaster ride, they lost their last match against MI at the Wankhede stadium, they have won just 3 matches from 7. They would aim for consistency.
Kohli: This is the time to peak, this is the second half of the tournament. We get so much backing from the people at this stadium and hence we perform well here.
Bailey: Winning makes you happy, we have a good bunch of guys who are playing very good cricket. If your top two batters don't perform then there is always pressure on the team.
RCB have won the toss and elected to field. Kohli says that it's a small ground and they like chasing here. Bailey says that they would have bowled too as it's a great chasing ground.
Balaji returns for KXIP, Shivam Sharma makes his IPL debut.
For RCB - Sachin Rana and Albie Morkel replace Rilee Roussow and Ashok Dinda.
Manan Vohra was retained by KXIP, but he still doesn't find a place in the starting XI!
KXIP XI: Mandeep, Sehwag, Saha, Maxwell, Bailey, Miller, A Patel, Johnson, Shivam Sharma, Balaji, Sandeep Sharma.
RCB XI: Gayle, P Patel, Kohli, de Villiers, Yuvraj, A Morkel, Starc, S Rana, H Patel, V Aaron, Y Chahal.
Right! The KXIP openers Mandeep Singh and Virender Sehwag are striding out to the middle. Mitchell Starc will start off proceedings for RCB.
FOUR! Streaky start! Full outside off, swinging away. Sehwag looks to drive without any foot movement and gets an outside edge that flies wide of the slip cordon to the third man boundary.
Play and a miss! Full outside off, shaping away. Sehwag again looks to drive on the up but misses.
FOUR! Poor delivery, on the pads, Sehwag nudges it to fine leg for a boundary.
WIDE down the leg side and Starc drifts onto the pads again, Sehwag misses his flick and they run through for a leg bye.
Starc has missed his lines in the last three deliveries.
Beaten! Good finish to the over. Good length delivery outside off, shaping away. Mandeep looks to defend from the crease but is beaten by the away movement.
10 runs off the first over, Albie Morkel will share the new ball.
FOUR! Nicely done! Good length delivery on middle and leg, Sehwag whips it wide of the short fine leg fielder.
Sehwag punches this one to deep point for just a single this time.
RISKY RUN! Mandeep clips it to short fine leg, they scamper through for a single, Aaron misses his shy at the striker's end and Sehwag seemed to have just made it.
6 runs off the 2nd over. Starc to continue.
FOUR! Brilliant placement! Length delivery outside off, Mandeep cuts it through point and it races away.
Short of the fielder! Short of a good length delivery outside off, Sehwag looks to drive on the up but ends up mistiming it, the ball goes on the bounce to the point fielder.
NO BALL! Starc oversteps and delivers it on the pads, Mandeep misses his clip, they run through for a leg bye. Free Hit coming up!
WIDE! A harsh call! Slower delivery outside off, it's way inside the guide line, Sehwag misses his drive and the umpire calls it a wide. Starc is not happy.
Starc coming from round the wicket. delivers a length delivery outside off, Sehwag clears his front foot and looks to cart it over the top but misses.
10 runs off the Starc over.
Albie Morkel will continue.
FOUR! Thumped! Short of a good length delivery outside off, Sehwag slashes it over point.
Varun Aaron into the attack now.
FOUR! Short on the leg stump, Mandeep goes for a pull but gets a top edge to fine leg for a boundary.
10 Runs off the Aaron over. KXIP - 45/0 after 5 overs.
Harshal Patel into the attack now.
FOUR! Hammered! Full outside off, Sehwag hammers it over mid off.
Harshal has bowled 3 wides in the over so far and then there are four overthrows. The Extras are flowing!
OUT! Harshal breaks the opening stand, it's a slower delivery, Mandeep looks to loft but is done in by the change of pace. He ends up mistiming it to mid on. Mandeep Singh c Morkel b HV Patel 21 (15b, 2x4, 0x6)
Glenn Maxwell is the new batsman!
FOUR! Maxwell into the act straight away! Low full toss outside off, Maxwell guides it wide of point.