That brings us to the end of our coverage from this game. Join us again tomorrow for Super Sunday as we start with KKR vs CSK at 4 PM followed by SRH vs DC at 8 PM. Till then it's goodbye!
AB de Villiers (Man of the Match): We've waited a long time for this one this season. It's a small step in the right direction but a step nonetheless. I've got too much respect for the game to get upset about that (his indifferent form). I know you're always just one knock away from being in that confident zone. (Not playing international cricket) That's exactly the reason I have decided not to play international cricket, because I want to be sharp for other tournaments. I get to work with some of the local youngsters, which gives me great motivation. (On Dale Steyn) It's a great move to get Dale. One day we will get 200 percent, because he gives so much in every ball he bowls. We have to win every game from here on. The next step is Mumbai, and we love playing at the Wankhede.
Virat Kohli (winning team): Most pleasing thing is coming for an interview at this time of the game. Great feeling to get across the line. Couple of games we should have closed out before this. After so many setbacks, the guys had desire - that's one word we spoke about. We thought 190 was par, and to restrict them to 170 was a good effort. To pick up four wickets in eight overs in the middle was a good effort. We thought they might go early, but that allowed us to restrict them to 20 or so lesser.
Ashwin (losing captain): (Why Sarfraz was chosen to bowl the final over) There was only 6 runs to go and the ball was sliding on nicely. I thought the the best way against AB and Stoinis was to try and go with a leggie, not that Sam can't defend. We tried with wrist spinners and even I came to bowl, but they were smart enough to knock around and not take any chances. We let ourselves down in the field. We drooped catches and let a lot of balls go through us. The dew helped the wicket on. It was really dry in the first half. It gets better to bat in the second half. With 38 needed off 3 overs, I had to back my best bowlers to do the job, didn't quite work out today. It's (crowd) the best I have seen in Mohali. Hope they come out in large numbers. We play one here and go off to Delhi. We need to string some wins. It's not a bad time to get some momentum back.
Both MI and KXIP were arguably 15 or 20 runs short of where they needed to be today. Both teams' remote chances of defending their totals were razed by two exceptional batsmen: Buttler and de Villiers - combining 360 degree scoring & raw power. #IPL #MIvRR #KXIPvRCB— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) April 13, 2019
Sarfaraz Khan comes into the attack. Surprising choice from Ashwin considering that Sam Curran still has an over to bowl. Sarfaraz starts with a short delivery and Stoinis smacks it straight down the ground for a FOUR. He then slaps the 2nd ball toward long-off for 2 runs. That’s it then. RCB record their first win of the season. It’s been a long time coming and Kohli seems absolutely pumped.
RCB 174/2 after 19.2 overs.
FOUR! Sarfaraz starts with a short delivery which Stoinis smashes straight down the ground for a boundary.
Mohammed Shami comes back to bowl the penultimate over. He starts with a full delivery which de Villiers whips to deep midwicket for 2 runs. de Villiers then slices the 2nd ball to sweeper cover for a single. Shami sends down a back of a length delivery which Stoinis only manages to punch to extra cover. The 4th ball is a low full toss which Stoinis lifts over mid-off for a FOUR. He then smacks the 5th ball to long-on for a single. Mr. 360 is at it again as he steps across and paddles the full toss delivery over deep backward square leg for a SIX. That’s 14 runs from the over. RCB need just 6 from 6 to win now.
RCB 168/2 after 19 overs.
SIX! The last ball is a full toss and de Villiers steps across to paddle it into the stands over backward square leg.
FOUR! The 4th ball is a low full toss outside off and Stoinis lifts it over mid-off for a boundary.
Andrew Tye comes back into the attack. He starts with a poor delivery onto the pads and Stoinis flicks it beautifully for a FOUR. He then chops at the next ball sending it whizzing past point for back-to-back FOURs. DROPPED! Stoinis mistimes the next ball sending it miles high towards deep midwicket. M Ashwin gets under it but lets it slip through as they pick up a single. de Villiers makes them regret that drop as he slaps the 4th ball over extra cover for a SIX. He then drives the 5th ball straight to Ashwin at extra cover and they pick up a quick single. Stoinis creams the last ball down to sweeper cover for a run. 18 runs off the over. RCB need just 20 off 12 balls to win. This is going down to the wire.
RCB 154/2 after 18 overs.
SIX! The 4th ball is short outside off and de Villiers smacks it over deep extra cover for a maximum.
FOUR! The next ball is short outside off and Stoinis cuts it past point for back-to-back boundaries.
FOUR! Tye starts with a full delivery onto the pads which Stoinis flicks through backward square leg.
Ravichandran Ashwin comes back for his final over. de Villiers punches the 1st ball down to long-off for a single. Stoinis defends the next ball. He then works the 3rd delivery towards backward point for 2 runs. Ashwin sends down a carrom ball on the 4th delivery which Stoinis defends. Stoinis punches the 5th delivery right though Sarfaraz at extra cover as they take 2 more. The last ball is worked to long-off for a single. 6 off the over. Ashwin finished with 1/30. RCB need 38 from 18 balls to win. Can ABD bring them home?
RCB 136/2 after 17 overs.
Shami is back to bowl. Kohli is on strike. The batsman plays the first ball to long on for a single. de Villiers gets an inside edge on second ball and runs a quick single. Kohli is on strike. CAUGHT! Short ball outside off by Shami and Kohli hits the ball hard to mid-wicket but M Ashwin standing at deep mid-wicket takes a great catch. Marcus Stoinis is the new batsman. Fourth ball is a dot delivery. Stoinis plays the fifth ball to off side for a single. de Villiers plays the last ball to long on for a single. 4 runs off the over.
RCB 130/2 after 16 overs
WICKET! Kohli c Murugan Ashwin b Shami 67(53)
Short ball outside off by Shami and Kohli hits the ball hard to mid wicket but M Ashwin standing at deep mid wicket takes a great catch
M Ashwin will bowl. de Villiers is on strike. The batsman plays the first ball to long on for a single. Kohli is on strike. Second ball is a dot delivery. Kohli cuts the third ball through cover for a single. de Villiers pushes the fourth ball to cover but doesn’t get any runs. de Villiers flicks the fifth ball to leg side for a single. Kohli plays the last ball to long off for a single. 4 runs off the over.
RCB 126/1 after 15 overs
Tye will bowl. de Villiers is on strike. The batsman flicks the first ball to leg side and runs 2. de Villiers plays the second ball to long on for a single. Kohli works the third ball to square leg for a single. de Villiers hits the fourth ball down to long off for another single. Fifth ball is a dot delivery. Tye closes the over with another dot ball. 5 runs off the over.
RCB 122/1 after 14 overs
Curran will bowl to Kohli. The batsman plays the first ball to deep midwicket and runs 2. Kohli gets a single off the second ball. de Villiers plays the third ball to long on for a single. Kohli plays the next ball to short fine for a single. de Villiers is on strike. FOUR! Short ball from Curran and de Villiers goes on one knee to scoop the ball to fine leg for a boundary. de Villiers flicks the last ball to leg side for a single. 10 runs off the over.
RCB 117/1 after 13 overs
FOUR! Short ball from Curran and de Villiers goes on one knee to scoop the ball to fine leg for a boundary
Tye will bowl. Kohli is on strike. The batsman plays the first ball to mid on and runs 2. Second ball is a dot delivery. FOUR! Tye bowls a wayward ball and Kohli clips the ball for a boundary to short fine leg. Kohli gets 2 runs off the next ball. Kohli pushes the fifth ball to long off for a single. Last ball of the over is a dot delivery. 9 runs off the over.
RCB 107/1 after 12 overs