After Gambhir\'s 64 guided Kolkata to 165, Balaji took 4 for 18 to take the life out of Bangalore\'s run-chase.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE INNINGS
20th over: Bangalore 123 for 9. KKR beat RCB by 42 runs and there are smiles all around in the Kolkata camp who have now bagged their first points of the tournament after two back-to-back losses.
19th over: Bangalore 118 for 8. Zaheer must have enjoyed that smack through the mid-wicket to collect a consolation boundary.
18th over: Bangalore 106 for 8. And a wicket for Shakib as well. Patel misses the line to an angled-in delivery and loses his stumps in the process. Going through the motions is the best way to describe the proceedings at the moment.
17th over: Bangalore 99 for 7. Lee has bowled out here on a sorry note, having been hit for a six by Vinay off the last ball of his spell. The Aussie, who has bowled his heart out here, is unlucky to not have something in his wickets column. His spell reads 4-0-21-0.
16th over: Bangalore 90 for 7. Vinay Kumar gets a life as Bisla misses a stumping opportunity off Shakib's bowling. The ball dip on Vinay, who was down the pitch; however, Bisla couldn't gather cleanly.
15th over: Bangalore 81 for 7. Out. Tiwary holes out in the deep. Doeschate gets himself among the wickets. Tiwary tries another sweep but this time finds Shukla at mid-wicket to perfection. Seven down.
Saurabh Tiwary c Shukla b ten Doeschate 18 (19)
14th over: Bangalore 76 for 6. Tiwary is trying his best as that slog sweep, which finds the square-leg boundary, suggests. But with all the other recognised batsmen back in the hut, there isn't much hope left for RCB.
13th over: Bangalore 68 for 6. Quite seeming, Tiwary and Vinay are fighting a lost battle now as KKR look to perform the last rites for a much-needed win. Not much gas left in the tank for the Bangalore outfit.
12th over: Bangalore 61 for 6. Balaji ends Vettori's cameo and his match-winning spell at 4 for 17. The Bangalore skipper tries to be cheeky but exposes his leg-stump a bit too much while attempting a 'Dilscoop'. The writing is on the wall now for RCB.
Daniel Vettori b Balaji 20 (12)
11th over: Bangalore 57 for 5. Well, well. Vettori is batting like a man on a mission here. His counter-attack has produced a six and a four off this over bowled by Bhatia, which has brought 14 welcome runs for RCB. But still an uphill task for the hosts.
10th over: Bangalore 43 for 5. An over full of action. Balaji claims his third wicket of the innings, RCB skipper Vettori hits Balaji for two fours and the over ends with Shakib dropping Saurabh Tiwary. End result: Bangalore have lost half their side now as Agarwal walks back towards the dug-out and Balaji's wicket tally grows to three.
M Agarwal c Gambhir b Balaji 5 (6)
9th over: Bangalore 33 for 4. Mayank Agarwal and Saurabh Tiwary at the wicket doesn't sound like a pair that can revive the RCB innings, but it isn't over until it's over. Rajat Bhatia is at his economical best.
8th over: Bangalore 28 for 4. This is turning into a disastrous start to RCB's chase. de Villiers becomes Balaji's second victim with a peach of a delivery that pitches on good length and leaves de Villiers at the last moment to beat his defence and peg the off stump back.
AB de Villiers b Balaji 10 (10)
7th over: Bangalore 23 for 3. Rajat Bhatia's line-and-length bowling looks to be a perfect follow-up after Kallis and Balaji's wicket-taking bursts. Will you put your money on a counter-attack by RCB?
6th over: Bangalore 20 for 3. Kohli's dismissal marks the end of Powerplay, and looking at the scoreboard, KKR is the only happy team as of now. Like Kallis and Lee, Balaji too has begun on a bright note, as he squares up Kohli and the edge is taken safely by the point fieldsman. But things can change quickly in this format. So don't count RCB out just as yet.
Virat Kohli c Tiwary b Balaji 6 (14)
5th over: Bangalore 20 for 2. Intriguing battle this between Lee and Kohli-de Villiers duo. After de Villiers hit Lee for a boundary, the Aussie answers by whistling past the outside edge of both the RCB batsmen. Not much going the hosts' way at the moment.
4th over: Bangalore 14 for 2.: Gayle, the big fish, has been. And it's once again Kallis, who has struck. Gayle tries to break the shackles through a pull but the ball climbs on him and goes only as far as the Shukla at mid-on. Kohli, though, ends the over on a happy note with four through the extra-cover region.
Chris Gayle c Shukla b Kallis 2 (8)
3rd over: Bangalore 8 for 1.: Interestingly, Gayle isn't going hammer and tongs to start things off. If anything, he is watchful at the moment, but it isn't helping RCB's cause. They need a fired up Gayle at the top. Another miserly over by Lee builds pressure on RCB.
2nd over: Bangalore 7 for 1. Pujara walks back. Bowling in the channel, Kallis gets Pujara to edge one straight to Yusuf Pathan at the first slip, and just one run off the over. Spirited start by KKR.
1st over: Bangalore 6 for no loss. Cheteshwar Pujara and Chris Gayle come out to start RCB's chase as Brett Lee is welcomed by an upper-cut six by Pujara. The shot reminded of Sachin Tendulkar tormenting Australia in the 2007-8 CB series.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS INNINGS
20th over: Kolkata 165 for 8. Another wicket in the last over, but the good thing from KKR's point of view is that 12 runs also come by, courtesy a straight six by Brett Lee and a four off through the fine leg by Rajat Bhatia off the final ball.
But it definitely was a collapse for KKR, from 126 for 2 in 14 overs, that has allowed Bangalore to come back and lift their spirits of chasing this down. Vinay was the pick of the bowlers with a four-over spell of 2 for 18. Zaheer came back with two late wickets, as did Murali.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla c Khan b Patel 5 (8)
19th over: Kolkata 153 for 7. Vinay has dismissed KKR's last hope of a late flourish by sending Shakib Al Hasan back. Shakib paid for the mistake of trying for more power than timing on that pull shot that finds the square leg fielder.
Shakib Al Hasan c Pujara b Vinay Kumar 4 (4)
18th over: Kolkata 150 for 6. The procession continues. Murali takes care of Doeschate to make it four wickets for 17 runs for RCB in the last four overs. Terrific comeback by the hosts.
Ryan ten Doeschate c Vettori b Muralitharan 3 (4)
17th over: Kolkata 142 for 5. Zaheer Khan's two wickets in this over, especially that of Gambhir, has confirmed RCB's comeback. First he had Gambhir caught at short fine leg off his unnecessary reverse-sweep attempt and then had Tiwary caught at deep square leg.
Manoj Tiwary c Agarwal b Khan 2 (5)
Gautam Gambhir c Patel b Khan 64 (39)
16th over: Kolkata 135 for 3. RCB have crawled their way back a wee bit with the fall of those two quick wickets, but Gambhir is still there and that should be pretty reassuring for Kolkata to reach a hefty total.
15th over: Kolkata 128 for 2. Superb over by Vinay Kumar. Just two runs and the wicket of Yusuf Pathan, whose bad patch continues. Vinay bowls it short of length and Pathan's attempt to slap it down the ground goes awfully wrong and instead reaches Gayle's hands at point.
Yusuf Pathan c Gayle b Vinay Kumar 1 (3)
14th over: Kolkata 126 for 2. Soft dismissal for Bisla. Murali foxes Bisla with his doosra to have him stumped. But the KKR No. 3 has done enough damage to ensure his team reaches a big total.
Manvinder Bisla st de Villiers b Muralitharan 46 (29)
13th over: Kolkata 123 for 1. Fifty for Gautam Gambhir and he takes just 28 balls to reach there with the help of one six and eight fours, the last of which brought up his landmark.
12th over: Kolkata 115 for 1. Fifty partnership between Bisla and Gambhir at a breathtaking pace. There's no stopping Bisla here who launches himself into Patel now with a six over mid-wicket. He is now fast catching up with his skipper. Let's see who gets to fifty first.
11th over: Kolkata 103 for 1: Another big over, 11 runs off this one bowled by Vettori. Bisla is on a roll here with the second six of his innings. The KKR batsman was clearly beaten in flight but went through with the swing to hit it over long-on.
10th over: Kolkata 92 for 1: Clearly, KKR don't want Murali to settle. Gambhir makes those intentions apparent by rocking on his back foot for a late dab that beats Gayle to reach the third-man boundary.
9th over: Kolkata 84 for 1: Bisla has started off from where Kallis left, making sure KKR don't lose momentum. He has moved onto 21 off 12 balls now with the help of an inside-out four over the covers, this time off Vettori.
8th over: Kolkata 76 for 1: Strange move this by Vettori, who brings in part-timer Virat Kohli straight after a wicket over, and expectedly, it has backfired. After Bisla welcomed Kohli with a six over long-off, Gambhir makes sure he turns it into a 13-run over with a four off the penultimate ball.
7th over: Kolkata 63 for 1. Vettori removes Kallis off just the second ball of his spell. Kallis tries to cut a straight delivery off his stumps but the ball takes an edge to settle inside de Villiers' gloves. Much needed wicket for RCB who are under the pump. And just three runs conceded by the RCB skipper.
Jacques Kallis c de Villiers b Vettori 22 (23)
6th over: Kolkata 60 for no loss: RCB's last-match hero Muralitharan is into the attack and Kallis goes down on one knee and welcomes him with a slog-swept six. Worse still, Gambhir charges the Lankan legend and hits him for a boundary over the extra-cover region. For the record, this is the fastest team 50 of this IPL so far.
5th over: Kolkata 47 for no loss: This is interesting by Vettori. He has Zaheer Khan bowl three overs on the trot. However, that hasn't stopped the flow of boundaries as Khan concedes two more to his India team-mate Gambhir and now has figures of 3-0-24-0.
4th over: Kolkata 35 for no loss: Harshal Patel is into the attack and Gambhir has taken him apart right away. Two fours, a six and a single make it 15 runs off the over. Gambhir is at his intimidating best when he is charging the pacers at the top of the innings.
3rd over: Kolkata 20 for no loss. Kallis seems to be in his groove now, hitting Zaheer for two boundaries. First one off a flick to square leg and the second through the covers.
2nd over: Kolkata 12 for no loss. Gambhir, who is quite rightly back opening for KKR, gets the second boundary for his team. The Kolkata skipper makes room while giving Vinay Kumar a charge and slashes it over point.
1st over: Kolkata 4 for no loss. Nice battle between the bat and ball in this first over by Zaheer Khan. While he has Kallis playing and missing twice, the South African answers with a neat glance for KKR's first four of the innings.
4 p.m.: It seems there is a delay in the match because of some electrical glitch at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. The players are off the playing area at the moment.
3:45 pm: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Daniel Vettori has elected to bowl.
While RCB have brought in Chris Gayle in place of Andrew McDonald, KKR have left out Brendon McCullum and Sunil Narine, and included Shakib Al Hasan and Ryan ten Doeschate in their place.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1. Manvinder Bisla (wk), 2. Jacques Kallis, 3. Gautam Gambhir (capt), 4. Manoj Tiwary, 5. Shakib Al Hasan, 6. Yusuf Pathan, 7. Ryan ten Doeschate, 8. Rajat Bhatia, 9. Brett Lee, 10. Laxmi Shukla, 11. Lakshmipathy Balaji
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1. Cheteshwar Pujara, 2. Chris Gayle, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. AB de Villiers (wk), 5. Saurabh Tiwary, 6. Mayank Agarwal, 7. Daniel Vettori (capt), 8. Vinay Kumar, 9. Harshal Patel, 10. Zaheer Khan, 11. Muttiah Muralitharan
3:30 pm: Hello and welcome to our coverage of the tenth match of IPL 5, as Kolkata Knight Riders gear up to face Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here in Bangalore.
The start of the new season has brought familiar woe for KKR, who have lost both their games so far. The main culprits have been the batsmen, especially the top order, with Gautam Gambhir, Jacques Kallis and Brendon McCullum all failing to fire so far. And with Yusuf Pathan also struggling, Shakib Al Hasan may get a game today as KKR seek their first win of the tournament.
RCB, meanwhile, began their campaign with a win and ominously for their rivals, will only get stronger with the return of Tillakaratne Dilshan and perhaps Chris Gayle as well. With big names like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Daniel Vettori and Muttiah Muralitharan to call upon, there is no doubt that RCB are by far the superior side with plenty of talent packed in their ranks.
It'll be a tough ask for KKR, but they'll be hoping to cause an upset in front of the Bangalore crowd. Just waiting for the toss now.