Hello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of match no. 43 of the Indian Premier League between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. (SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE)Royal Challengers Bangalore Innings:23.34 IST: Punjab (138/7) beat Bangalore (119-all out) by 19 runs. Mandeep 46, Axar 3/11, Sandeep 3/22, Mohit 2/24 [email protected] became the 1st bowler to get @imVkohli, @henrygayle & @ABdeVilliers17 out in 1 match. Easy to see why he won Man of the Match! pic.twitter.com/cxdCKCp04L- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 2017Brilliant win for Punjab. They weren’t defending a big score but made optimum use of a sluggish surface to totally strangle Bangalore throughout. Mandeep Singh was the only batsman to get going as the more experienced names perished to shocking strokes. Pawan Negi threw his bat around lower down the order but the hosts fell well short in the end as they couldn’t get a proper partnership going at all. If only a couple of batsmen had applied themselves, Bangalore could have got home but their performance was once again a reflection of the immense lack of confidence in the camp.23.24 IST: Mohit to Aniket, OUT! Slower back of a length delivery outside off. Choudhary looks to loft it over mid off but fails to get his timing right. The ball goes off the toe end of the bat towards Guptill. PUNJAB WIN BY 19 RUNS!Mohit Sharma ends his spell with a wicket to end the match! RCB are bowled out for 119 as win by 19 runs! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIPadvertisement- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201723.16 IST: Axar to Badree, BOWLED! Timber! Arm ball around off, Badree swings at it but misses it by miles. The ball goes through his defence to hit the off pole. Two-in-two for Axar. What a game he is having! He is on a hat-trick now. RCB 111/9 in 17.2 ovs, need 28 off 16 balls. Axar on a hat-trickTwo in two! Badree looks to go big but @akshar2026 beats him and hits his off stump! 9 down now! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201723.15 IST: Axar to Negi, OUT! Axar strikes straightaway! Axar bangs it short, angling away from Negi. The southpaw looks to go big but the ends up slicing it high in the air as the bat turns in his hands. The ball travels high in the air and there are two men going after it, Wriddhiman Saha and Varun Aaron. Both fail to call for the catch but Saha with the gloves on is the first one to reach to the ball and does well to pouch it safely even after a collision with Aaron. Negi departs and there goes any hopes of a Bangalore win. RCB 111/8, need 28 from 17 ballsWICKET! @akshar2026 strikes again as Negi’s top edge almost causes a collision between @Wriddhipops & @VarunAaron! Fortunately, he holds on.- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201723.13 IST: Another good over for Kings XI, just five runs came off that over from Mohit. RCB 111/7, need 28 from 18 balls 23.08 IST: Maxwell’s over went for 8 runs. RCB 106/7 in 16 ovs, need 33 from 24 balls at 8.25 per over.8 of the last over. It’s 106/7 at the end of 16 overs. Let’s finish strong sheron! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.59 IST: Maxwell to Aravind, OUT! MAXWELL HAS ANOTHER! The slider around off, Arvind looks to sweep across the line but misses to be rapped on the pads. That looked dead plumb to the naked eye and the umpire’s finger goes up. Pressure mounting on the hosts now and the end is nigh. RCB 87/7 in 13.5 ovs, need 52 from 37 balls#GlennMaxwell gets one more! This time, he traps Arvind leg before! 7 down now! Keep going sheron! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.55 IST: Strategic time out taken! Bangalore 84/6 in 13 overs, need 55 from 42 balls.22.47 IST: Maxwell to Mandeep, BOWLED! TIMBER! Slider, skidding through towards the stumps, Mandeep goes back to pull but the ball goes through from under his bat and gets his stumps shattered. That’s end of a good knock from Mandeep. Bangalore in big, big trouble now. The slide continues for the hosts. RCB 73/6 in 11.2 ovs, need 66 from 52Bowled! #GlennMaxwell joins the party as he gets rid of the dangerous looking Mandeep Singh! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.43 IST: Axar to Watson, OUT! AXAR STRIKES! Flatter delivery outside off, Watson goes back to cut but gets a faint outside edge and Saha pouches it safely. The players appeal and the umpire rules it out straightaway. Axar has done the trick for his side. Bangalore have lost half their side now. RCB 71/5, need 68 from 55 advertisementA sight we’ve seen very often this season! @akshar2026 celebrates getting rid of #Watto! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP pic.twitter.com/8mPAz3Nj0p- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 2017Wicket! @akshar2026 strikes again! #Watto tries to cut but only manages to edge it & @Wriddhipops take a good catch. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.40 IST: Mohit to Mandeep, SIX! THAT’S BEEN MOWED! In the slot for Mandeep who dispatches it over deep mid-wicket with a clean swing of the bat. Strong bottom hand and a neat flick of the wrists does the rest as the ball clears the ropes. RCB 68/4 in 10 ovs, need 71 from 60 balls 22.37 IST: Kings XI bowlers continue to pile on the pressure on the batsmen. RCB 55/4 in 9 ovs, need 84 from 66 balls 22.33 IST: Mohit completes an excellent over, just 2 runs and a wicket came off it. RCB 52/4, need 87 from 72 ballsJust 2 runs and a wicket of Mohit Sharma’s first over. Score remains 52/4! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.32 IST: Mohit to Jadhav, OUT! ANOTHER TAME DISMISSAL! Jadhav charges down the track and goes for a cross-batted slog but gets a slice that flies to short cover where Axar gobbles it up. The hosts’ batsmen continue the procession to the dug out. This is bizarre batting of the highest order. Poor, poor shot-selection. RCB 52/4 in 7.5 ovs, need 87 from 73 balls Hits Jadhav high on the bat and @akshar2026 accepts a simple catch. Score is 52/4 now! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.27 IST: Outstanding spell from Sandeep Sharma comes to an end – 3 wickets for 22 runs in 4 ovs. RCB 50/3 in 7 ovs, need 89 from 78 ballsThat’s the end of @sandeep25a 4 overs! He finishes with figures of 3/22. Take a bow sandy! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.20 IST: Aaron to Jadhav, FOUR! SLAPPED! Short and wide, Jadhav doesn’t need second invitation as he cuts uppishly well over backward point. Lovely strike and the ball races away to the fence. RCB 46/3 in 6 overs, need 93 fro 84 balls9 runs of the last powerplay over and the strategic time-out is called. RCB are 46/3! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.14 IST: Sandeep to de Villiers, OUT! SANDEEP HAS ANOTHER BIG FISH! What an opening burst this is turning to be! Have to say though that this is a terrible shot from de Villiers. He steps out to make room and goes for a lofted drive. Not a wise shot to play with the ball shaping away a bit and he gets a thick edge that is smartly pouched by Saha behind the sticks. Disastrous shot selection from Bangalore’s top order and their batting woes continue. RCB 37/3 in 4.5 oversOUT! @sandeep25a picks up another HUGE wicket! Gets #ABDevilliers to edge one & @Wriddhipops makes no mistake. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.12 IST: Sandeep to ABD, SIX!! 22.11 IST: Sandeep to de Villiers, FOUR!! Stand and deliver from AB! Length ball outside off, gets across to that one and thumps it with nonchalance past the the bowler. Gets it well to the left of the mid on fielder as it races to the fence. Top shot!advertisement22.10 IST: Good over from Aaron, just four runs came off it. RCB 27/2 in 4 ovs, required rate – 7.0022.08 IST: Aaron to Mandeep, FOUR! JUST OVER BACKWARD POINT! Width on offer aqnd Mandeep throws his bat at it. Gets a thick slice that just flies over a leaping Guptill towards the fence for a boundary.22.06 IST: NOT OUT! Fullish around off, de Villiers crunches the drive straight back down the track as the ball crashes into the stumps at the non-striker’s end. Sandeep seems to have got his fingers on it and the umpires want to check it upstairs. Replays confirm that the bowler did get some part of his fingers on the ball but Mandeep was well in. RCB 23/2 in 3 ovs Run out? @sandeep25a gets his finger on the ball to deviate it on the stumps but the non-striker looks to be in. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.03 IST: Sandeep to Kohli, BOWLED! HORROR SHOT AND KOHLI DEPART! Steps down the track to play a big shot but doesn’t any bat on it as the furniture is left in a mess behind him. That’s a shot so unlike Kohli who usually is very calm in run chases. As they say, when things aren’t going well for your team, everything goes wrong. Punjab are firmly on top. RCB 23/2 in 2.5 ovs A sight that will never get old! What say sheron?#LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP pic.twitter.com/2iQ5cKIkaj- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 2017NOO! Captain Kohli(6) is out! ????Sandeep Sharma gets his wicket! #RCB is 23/2 after 2.5 overs. #RCBvKXIP #PlayBold #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 5, 2017Bowled! @sandeep25a strikes again as he cleans up the dangerous #ViratKohli! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201721.58 IST: 2 overs gone. RCB 22/1 in their chase of 139 vs KXIP. Mandeep 16*, Kohli 6*21.58 IST: FOUR! Chinese cut! Length delivery, angling away, Mandeep goes through with his slash, gets an inside edge and the ball goes from over the stumps. Saha there, gets his right hand to it but fumbles and the ball still goes to the fence. 14 runs off the over already.21.56 IST: FOUR! Timing! Back of a length, angling away, Mandeep just places it through covers. Finds the gap beautifully and the ball races to the fence.21.55 IST: SIX! THAT’S GONE ALL THE WAY! Shortish on leg stump, Mandeep swivels to get inside the line and pulls it comfortably over fine leg for a biggie. That went deep into the crowd.21.55 IST: T.Natarajan to share the new ball with Sandeep.21.54 IST: RCB 7/1 after 1 over in chase of 139.21.54 IST: FOUR! Kohli is away in style! Fullish around middle, Kohli shuffles across the sticks and wrists it beautifully behind square on the leg side. Sublime timing and the outfield does the rest as the ball races to the fence.21.54 IST: Kohli walks out to bat.21.53 IST: OUT! SOFT DISMISSAL! Gayle goes for a duck and his dismal season continues. Fuller ball outside off, he walks down the track and pushes at it with hard hands. Gets a thick edge that flies straight to Guptill at backward point. Just the start Punjab were looking for as they need to strike regularly.Change in the batting line-up for RCB as Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh comes out in the middle while Sandeep Sharma has the ball for KXIP.Kings XI Punjab Innings:21.35 IST: Axar cameo (38* off 17 balls) helps Punjab post 138/7 in 20 overs vs Bangalore. Aniket 2/17, Chahal 2/21Here’s the summary of the first innings. Time for the bowlers to step and deliver! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP pic.twitter.com/H40rJIrQq7- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 2017A lovely finish by Axar Patel has given Punjab a fighting chance in this game. The innings never gathered momentum on a surface that has been sluggish, like in the earlier matches of the season. Marsh, Vohra and Saha got starts but couldn’t make a defining knock as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. It seemed like the visitors would finish on a paltry total but Axar’s breezy cameo has given them decent score considering the surface. Aniket Choudhary and Yuzvendra Chahal were the pick of the bowlers with two wickets apiece while Pawan Negi to bowled a tidy spell. Shane Watson had another poor outing with the ball and was shockingly expensive. The 19 runs conceded by him in the final over of the innings could well be the difference today if the visitors bowl well. It won’t be an easy chase although the target is definitely gettable. The Bangalore innings will begin shortly.19 runs off the last over! We finish our quota of 20 overs with 138 on the board. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201721.34 IST: Watson to Axar, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Full around off, Patel gets his front leg out of the way and bunts it down the ground for another boundary. 21.32 IST: Watson to Axar, FOUR! Pulled away! Short delivery on leg, Patel gets into the position early and pulls it over backward square leg. The fielder in the deep has no chance of stopping that and the ball finds the fence.21.30 IST: Watson to Axar, HUGE SIX!! That’s on the roof of the stadium. KXIP 125/7 in 19.1 ovs 21.29 IST: WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT! WICKET-MAIDEN BY CHOUDHARY! Absolutely superb stuff this! Length delivery, angling away. Aaron goes for a big shot but misses again. Choudhary finishes with the figures of 4-1-17-2! KXIP 119/7 in 19 overs 21.25 IST: Aniket to Mohit, OUT! Edged and taken! Second one for Aniket Choudhary! Back of a length delivery, angling away, Mohit looks to drag it on the leg side. Gets a faint outside edge and the ball goes straight into the gloves of Jadhav, who doesn’t make any mistake this time. KXIP 119/7 in 18.1 ovs21.23 IST: Nine runs and a wicket came off that over from Watson, just two to go now. KXIP 119/6 in 18 ovs21.23 IST: Watson to Mohit, FOUR! Smartly done! Another short delivery outside off, Mohit hops and ramps it over the keeper’s head. Gets it very fine and the ball runs towards the fence. Valuable runs these.21.19 IST: Watson to Saha, BOWLED! Timber! Watson bowls an off cutter around off, Saha tries to be cheeky. Looks to dab it late but is very late into bringing his bat down. The ball goes on to clip the off stump. Saha departs and that’s end of the 34-run stand off just 21 balls. Kings XI 112/6 in 17.2 ovsBowled! The ball keeps low and @Wriddhipops can’t stop it from hitting the stumps. 6th wicket down, with 112 on the board. #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201721.17 IST: Aniket’s penultimate over goes for 11 runs. Kings XI 110/5 in 17 overs. Saha 19*, Axar 19*21.16 IST: Aniket to Saha, FOUR! Clever from Saha! Length delivery, angling away, Saha waits for the ball to come close to him and then guides it past point. The placement was so good that the fielder in the deep had no chance.21.14 IST: Aniket to Saha, fuller on middle, flicked with soft hands through mid-wicket for a single. Seeing the fielders deep out there, they go for a couple and complete it. 100 comes up for Kings XI in the 17th over. They need a big finish from here on now21.11 IST: Chahal concedes 15 runs off his last over. He finishes with 2 wickets for 21 runs. KXIP 99/5 in 16 ovs The umpire calls the strategic time-out as 15 runs come off that over. Score is 99/5 after 16 overs. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201721.10 IST: Chahal to Axar, FOUR! Cheeky! Served outside off, spinning in. Patel lets the ball spin into him and then with a deft touch guides it fine through short third man. Head the substitute fielder, tries to chase it down but fails and the ball races to the [email protected] He follows it up with a late cut for four. Excellent batting from @akshar2026! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201721.08 IST: Chahal to Axar, SIX! That’s come out of nowhere! Superb shot from Axar! Fuller around off, Patel clears his front leg and clobbers it over wide long on for a huge maximum. KXIP 93/5 in 15.3 ovs Massive from @akshar2026! Absolutely clobbers the ball over the mid-wicket boundary for 6! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201721.06 IST: Kings XI Punjab 84/5 in 15 overs. Saha 12*, Axar 2*. Last 4 ovs – 24 runs, 2 wicketsSingle to end the 15th over. 5 runs come off it. Score is 83/5 with @akshar2026 & @Wriddhipops in the middle. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201721.01 IST: Chahal to Maxwell, OUT! In the air… gone! The skipper departs! Tossed up around off, Maxwell goes for the reverse sweep. Gets a top edge and the ball balloons high in the air. Badree at short third man, gets under it and takes a good catch. The umpires ask Maxwell to wait as they want to check for the no ball. The replays show that Chahal was fine but it was very marginal. Maxwell’s struggling knock comes to an end. KXIP 78/5 in 13.5 ovsThere were suspicions for no ball but the umpire calls the delivery a fair one. 5 wickets down with 78 on the board! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 2017Wicket! #GlennMaxwell reverse sweeps but only manages to top edge the ball & the fielder makes no mistake. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.59 IST: Chahal to Maxwell, FOUR! Four Byes! What’s going on with Jadhav? He has missed to collect the ball once more. This time Chahal fires it quicker outside off, Maxwell goes through with his heave but gets beaten again. This time Jadhav lets it through his legs and the ball races to the fence.20.58 IST: Chahal to Maxwell, FOUR! Four Byes! Gone through everything! Maxwell dances down and goes through with his slog. Fails to get any bat on it. Even Jadhav behind the stumps fails to collect it and the ball races away to the fence behind.20.56 IST: Negi to Maxwell, FOUR! DROPPED AND FOUR! Flatter outside off, Maxwell goes with his predetermined reverse sweep. Hits it uppishly and it’s traveling over backward point. Choudhary is the man there, gets his fingers to it but fails to hang onto it. The ball runs to the fence behind. KXIP 70/4 in 13 overs Reverse sweep and a much needed boundary from #GlennMaxwell! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.50 IST: Chahal to Vohra, OUT! Chahal gets his man! Quicker one, drifts it outside off, Vohra goes for a slog sweep but fails to connect it cleanly. Gets it off the top edge and AB de Villiers at long on, pouches the catch cleanly with a reverse cup. Vohra in process to take the attack to the opposition, departs. The replays show that de Villiers had misjudged slightly but did well to take the catch. KXIP 61/4 in 11.2 [email protected] tries to up the scoring rate but only manages to find #ABDevilliers. Score is now 60/4. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.43 IST: Chahal to Saha, BIG MISS! Jadhav has made a royal mess of a simple chance. Lovely leg break that drifts into Saha who steps down the track but is beaten all ends up. Jadhav had all the time in the world to probably affect the stumping twice or thrice. Eventually, he could barely collect the ball as Saha made his ground eventually. Schoolboy error! KXIP 54/3in 9.3 ovs Lifeline for @Wriddhipops! Goes down the track, completely misses the ball, fortunately the keeper can’t take advantage. #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.37 IST: Negi to Vohra, SIX! JUST CLEARS LONG ON! Floated around middle, Vohra decides to throw the kitchen sink at it and slog sweeps it away. For a moment, it seemed like it would go to hand but managed to clear the fielder comfortably. KXIP 52/3 in 8.5 [email protected] brings up the team 50 in style as he hits the 1st maximum of the night. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.36 IST: This is the lowest score for Kings XI after 8 overs in this year’s IPL, previous lowest being 49. KXIP 42/3 in 8 ovs 20.31 IST: Negi to Marsh, OUT! MARSH HOLES OUT! Punjab’s formidable overseas top order is back in the hut and they are in trouble. Goes for the lofted stroke but hasn’t timed it well at all. Mandeep at long off doesn’t even have to budge as he takes the catch with ease. Punjab badly need a partnership. KXIP 39/3 in 7 [email protected] tries to go big but only manages to find the fielder at long off. Third wicket down with 39 on the board. #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.26 IST: Badree to Vohra, FOUR! End of powerplay! LUCKY RUNS! Flatter around middle, keeps a touch low as Vohra goes for the pull. Drags it off the inner half behind square on the leg side and picks up a boundary. KXIP 35/2 in 6 ovs4 runs to end the over from @ImMananVohra as 6 runs come off it. Score is 35/2 at the end of our powerplay #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.23 IST: Watson concedes 10 runs off his first over. KXIP 29/2 in 5 overs 20.20 IST: Watson to Marsh, FOUR! DEFT TOUCH! Back of a length outside off, Marsh sits back and opens the bat face late. Gets it wide of the short third man fielder to get another boundary.20.19 IST: Watson to Marsh, FOUR! THAT’S A CRACKING SHOT! Fuller ball outside off, Marsh leans into it and unfurls a riveting drive through the covers. Top shot, his off drives are always a delight to watch.20.16IST: Aravind to Guptill, OUT! GUPTILL HAS THROWN IT AWAY! He was looking edgy from the start and has to depart. The off cutter from Arvind and Guptill goes for the lofted stroke. Gets a slice that flies to deep cover where Negi takes a comfortable catch. KXIP 18/2 in 3.3 ovs One too many for @Martyguptill as he drives again but is held out in the deep. Two down for the team with 18 on the board. #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.14 IST: Outstanding over once again from Aniket, gives away just 4 runs. KXIP 15/1 in 3 ovs 20.09 IST: Good over for the visitors as nine runs came off it. KXIP 11/1 in 2 ovs 20.09 IST: Arvind to Marsh, FOUR! SCORCHING SHOT! That’s a Shaun Marsh special. Full ball outside off, he leans into it and thumps the drive on the up through the covers. Nobody budged as the ball rocketed to the fence in a flash.What a shot @shaunmarsh9! Drives beautifully through cover for 4! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.07 IST: Arvind to Guptill, FOUR! CLEARS THE INFIELD! Guptill doesn’t time it well but has enough power to clear the covers with a mistimed hit after using his feet. Has enough wheels to reach the fence. KXIP 6/1 in 1.2 ovs 20.05 IST: Excellent first over from Aniket Choudhary. KXIP 2/1 in 1 over 20.04 IST: Aniket to Amla, OUT! AMLA IS WALKING! That’s a big wicket to start for Bangalore. Short of a length angling across the batsman who has a flash at it. There was a faint feather on it as it went through to Jadhav but there wasn’t much of an appeal at all. The umpire wouldn’t have given it either but Amla had started walking back. Good sportsmanship from the South African. KXIP 2/1 in 0.5 ovsChoudhary deals the first blow again! Amla(1) is caught out by Jadhav. #RCBvKXIP #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/btx2B6Ak1y- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 5, 201720.00 IST: Hashim Amla and Martin Guptill to open the innings for Punjab and are at the crease. Amla will take first strike against Aniket Choudhary of Bangalore.19.50 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI – Gayle & Badree in, Head & Milne out. The only changes in our line up for #RCBvKXIP.#PlayBold pic.twitter.com/4bhN9GqRFA- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 5, 201719.42 IST: Kings XI Punjab Playing XI – Starting XI: M Guptill, H Amla, M Vohra, S Marsh, G Maxwell, W Saha, A Patel, M Sharma, V Aaron, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan. #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201719.40 IST: Royal Challengers have brought back Chris Gayle in place of Travis Head. Kings XI are unchangedWe have an unchanged team from our winner over Delhi. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201719.31 IST: TOSS! Royal Challengers Bangalore opt to bowl against Kings XI Punjab.Virat Kohli says they will bowl first. Adds they would like to back their strength and look to chase down the total. Feels it has not been an ideal season for them and would look to play for pride. Mentions two changes – Travis Head and Adam Milne make way for Chris Gayle and Samuel Badree.Glenn Maxwell says that they still have a chance of making the playoffs as they have the most games in hand. Feels that the batting is in good touch and the bowling has improved in the last few games. Opines that Punjab have a strong chance if they can play consistent cricket. Ends by saying happily that the team is unchanged for the first time this year.#RCB have won the toss and elect to bowl first! #RCBvKXIP is about to start soon, so grab your seats! #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 5, 2017Brief Preview: A confident Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will aim to keep their hopes of reaching the play-offs alive when they take on bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Friday. With eight losses and two wins, Bangalore are currently at the eighth spot and are decidedly out of the running for the IPL play-offs.On the other hand, Punjab, who defeated Delhi Daredevils by 10 wickets in their last outing, are at the fifth spot with four wins and five losses.Failing in almost all departments of the game, Bangalore would certainly like to spoil Punjab’s party who are still in the race for the knockout stage.Bangalore will blame their star-studded batting line-up for their predicament as despite boasting several quality batsmen like Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson, they have failed to click in unison.The bowling and fielding departments are also not performing up to the standard for Bengaluru. Many catches were dropped in the last match against Mumbai Indians which resulted in a five-wicket defeat for them.On the other hand, after defeating Delhi by 10 wickets last week, Punjab are in a positive mood as both batsmen and bowlers are performing in unison.In the bowling department, Varun Aaron, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and T. Natarajan did a fantastic job. Sandeep Sharma returned figures of 4/20 as Delhi were bundled out for a mere 67 runs.The batsmen also stepped up to the occasion in the last match. Needing only 68 runs for a win, Punjab crossed the line in barely 7.5 overs with a half-century in quick time by New Zealand star Martin Guptill.Guptill remained unbeaten on 50 off 27 balls with six boundaries and three sixes.So if Bangalore want to win Friday’s match, they need to re-strategise their plan even as Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell would like to continue the momentum from their last match.