de Villiers takes RCB home against KTK
AB de Villiers did what he does best and stayed till the end to secure a six wicket victory over Kochi Tuskers.
Unheralded Gomez removes Tiwary
Tiwary scored 26 of 24 balls and had formed a vital partnership with de Villiers. RCB require another 25 runs with 6 wickets and 14 balls remaining.
de Villiers and Tiwary consolidate
AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary consolidated after KTK bowlers pegged RCB back with some regular strikes. RCB need 33 of 18. Can they do it?
Vinay removes Kohli
Vinay Kumar removed the talented Virat Kohli for 23. Must say, that the Kochi Tuskers are looking like a real prospect for the IPL-4 title, provided they maintain the enthusiasm they have shown today.
Sree sets stadium alight
Speedster S Sreesanth, playing for his home IPL side KTK, removed the dangerous Dilshan early and bowled a fiery first over to remind what he is capable of.
161 for victory
KTK have set RCB a target of 161 in 20 overs. Time for Sreesanth and Murali to team up and earn a memorable victory for KTK on debut.
Nannes gets his first
Dirk Nannes finally had a consolation after the mauling he received at the hands of Brendon McCullum and VVS Laxman. He had Gomez caught by Saurabh Tiwary for a golden duck.
Zaheer snaps Brad Hodge
Zaheer Khan cleaned up Brad Hodge's furniture and sent him packing for a personal score of 27.
Vettori snaps Jayawardene
RCB Skipper Daniel Vettori removed his opposite number Mahela Jayawardene for 18.
Kohli removes McCullum
Brendon McCullum was snapped by Virat Kohli after a typically whirlwind knock of 45. He hit four boundaries and a couple of sixes.
VVS Laxman was caught at the boundary after trying to slog sweep Dilshan. He played an uncharacteristically aggressive knock of 36 of 29 balls laced with two boundaries and two sixes.
The Laxman effect
One had to see as to what had struck VVS Laxman, he went ballistic from the outset. The calm and composed Laxman that all of know gave way to a brutal assassin who matched McCullum shot for shot and notched up 23 in 19 balls in the powerplay overs. At the end of the sixth over he had hit a couple of brilliant sixes. Score, 61/0 in 6.0 overs.
The artist and the boxer
VVS Laxman and Brendon open the proceedings for Kochi. McCullum showed of his intentions when he stepped out to Zaheer Khan and hit a scorching square drive to the boundary. Laxman on the other hand nudged up singles in his customary calmness.
Kochi Tuskers: DPMD Jayawardene(c), PA Patel, VVS Laxman, BB McCullum(wk), BJ Hodge, RA Jadeja, RV Gomez, M Muralitharan, R Vinay Kumar, RP Singh, S Sreesanth
Royal Challengers: MA Agarwal, TM Dilshan, CA Pujara, AB de Villier(wk), V Kohli, SS Tiwary, AUK Pathan, Z Khan, DL Vettori*, DP Nannes, A Mithun