Hello and welcome to the LIVE coverage from Match 50 of the Indian Premier League between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab. (Scorecard | Ball-By-Ball Commentary)Highlights:Royal Challengers Bangalore 211/3 (Kohli 113, Gayle 73) hammer Kings XI Punjab 120/9 (Saha 24, Yuzvendra Chahal 4/25) by 82 runs via D/L in a rain-curtailed IPL clash to jump to the second spot in the points table.A thumping win for Bangalore! They continue with their ruthless form and are still in the hunt for playoffs. The rain gods gave a real scare at the start but then the rain eased out and it was reduced to a 15-over per side match. Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle then scared the Punjab bowlers with their outstanding hitting and powered Bangalore to a gigantic total. Skipper Kohli went on to notch up yet another century this season and batted with utmost authority. 00.29 IST: The match has been called off handing RCB a big win over Kings XI. 00.27 IST: Rain stops play again at the Chinnaswamy stadium. Kings XI 120/9 in 14 overs, need 92 runs from 6 balls. 00.19 IST: Strategic time-out! Kings XI Punjab now have the impossible task of getting 107 runs in the final 18 balls of the match with just 2 wickets in hand. Big win on the cards for RCB 00.16 IST: WICKET!! Sharp catch from Gayle at first slip ends Gurkeerat Mann’s stay at the crease. Chahal gets his 4th wicket. Kings XI 96/8 in 11 overs, need 116 runs from 24 balls. 00.14 IST: Chris Gayle finishes his over in a flash, just 6 runs came off it. Kings XI 90/7 in 10 overs, need 122 runs from 30 balls. advertisement00.09 IST: Kings XI’s collapse continues! Kyle Abbot c de Villiers b Chahal 0 (1b). Kings XI 80/7 in 8.5 overs. 00.06 IST: That’s Out!! Farhaan Behardien departs first ball. Yuzvendra Chahal gets the wicket. Kings XI 79/6 in 8.2 overs. 00.04 IST: Terrific over from Shane Watson, just 2 runs and a wicket came off it. Kings XI 78/5 in 8 overs, need 134 runs from 42 balls. 00.02 IST: WICKET! Shane Watson picks up his second wicket of the match. Axar Patel c Kohli b Watson 13 (9b, 1×4, 1×6) 00.00 IST: 17 runs came off the over from Varun Aaron. Kings XI 75/4 in 7 overs, need 136 runs to win from 48 balls. 23.58 IST: FOUR! Gurkeerat Singh Mann cuts Aaron for a four over the point fielder. 16 runs off the over so far. 23.55 IST: SIX! Axar Patel deposits Varun Aaron’s first delivery for a big six over long-on. Kings XI 65/4 in 6.1 overs. 23.49 IST: That’s Out!! Shane Watson strikes with his first delivery in the match. David Miller c de Villiers b Watson 3 (6b) 23.40 IST: WICKET!! A superb diving catch from Chris Jordan ends Amla’s stay at the crease. Hashim Amla c Jordan b Aravind 9 (6b). Kings XI 53/3 in 4.4 overs, need 159 runs from 62 balls. 23.36 IST: WICKET!! Yuzvendra Chahal gets his man as he traps Saha plumb in front with a googly. Wriddhiman Saha lbw b Chahal 24 (10b, 5x4s). Kings XI 44/2 in 4 overs. 23.33 IST: FOUR! Saha is dealing in boundaries at the moment. Hits Yuzvendra Chahal for a hat-trick of boundaries. 23.32 IST: Wriddhiman Saha smacked two boundaries in that over from Chris Jordan. Kings XI 31/1 in 3 overs. 23.27 IST: Successful over from Aravind comes to an end. Kings XI 19/1 in 2 overs. 23.25 IST: WICKET! Murali Vijay plays a short delivery from Aravind on to his stumps. Murali Vijay b Aravind 16 (8b, 2x4s, 1×6) 23.21 IST: Good start for Kings XI. Score 11/0 in 1 over. 23.19 IST: FOUR! Vijay starts of the run chase with a couple of boundaries 23.17 IST: Murali Vijay and Hashim Amla have a mountain to climb now. Stuart Binny takes the new ball for RCB. That was quite an innings! After having a game on our hand with that rain-delayed start. Bangalore went berserk from the ball one. Chris Gayle and Kohli played their strokes to all parts of the park and kept notching boundaries in ease. Both the openers got to their yet another League fifties. Gayle got out after his mad innings and the stand was broken on 146. In came de Villiers departed cheaply but Kohli went on to score his 4th hundred in this season. After his dismissal. Rahul played few cheeky shot to cross the 210 mark.23.03 IST: FOUR to finish! Lokesh Rahul hits a boundary off the last ball as Royal Challengers Bangalore reach 211/3 in 15 overs against Kings XI Punjab. 22.57 IST: WICKET! Virat Kohli’s breathtaking innings comes to an end as he holes out at long-off. Virat Kohli c Miller b Sandeep Sharma 113 (50b, 12x4s, 8x6s). RCB 199/3 in 14 overs. 22.53 IST: Unbelievable from the Run-Machine! Virat Kohli notches up his fourth hundred of the season. Just 47 balls were needed. advertisement22.51 IST: 15 runs came off that over from Mohit Sharma. Just 12 more balls are left in the innings with Virat Kohli on 95 off 44 balls. RCB 181/2 in 13 overs. 22.49 IST: Hat-Trick of boundaries from Virat Kohli, he moves on to 93 from 42 balls. 22.46 IST: FOUR! Lokesh Rahul takes full advantage of the free-hit from Kyle Abbott and smacks it for a boundary. RCB 166/2 in 12 overs. 22.41 IST: BOWLED’EM!! AB de Villiers b Kyle Abbott 0 (2b). Rare failure for the South African legend. RCB 154/2 in 11.4 overs. 22.36 IST: Finally a Wicket for Kings XI! Chris Gayle holes out at long-off going for a big hit. Chris Gayle c Miller b Axar 73 (32b, 4x4s, 8x6s) 22.34 IST: Kings XI bowlers suffering heavily at the hands of Gayle and Kohli. Consecutive from Chris Gayle now. Axar Patel getting hammered. 22.32 IST; After the rain come the sixes in Bangalore! Virat Kohli hits consecutive sixes both on the leg-side. KC Cariappa is the unfortunate bowler. RCB 129/0 in 10 overs. 22.29 IST; FIFTY FOR CHRIS GAYLE. RCB 111/0 in 9 overs. Virat Kohli becomes the first batsman to reach 800 runs in a single IPL season. 22.26 IST; FIFTY FOR VIRAT KOHLI 22.23 IST: RCB 93/0 in 8 overs22.22 IST: Virat Kohli needs 5 more runs to complete 800 runs in the IPL this season. 22.19 IST: SIX!! Kohli deposits the free-hit for a big hit straight back past the bowler. RCB 82/0 in 7 overs. 22.18 IST: SIX and a FREE-HIT!! Kohli hits a waist-high full toss for a six on the leg-side. 22.17 IST: RCB dealing in boundaries!! Virat Kohli hits an inside-out shot off KC Cariappa for a boundary over the cover fielders. 22.14 IST: FOUR!FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Virat Kohli on the off-side. Powerplay completed. RCB 63/0 in 6 overs. 22.11 IST: Another 18-run over conceded by Kings XI, this time its KC Cariappa. RCB 53/0 in 5 overs. 22.10 IST: Fifty up for RCB thanks to a six over covers from Virat Kohli this time. 22.09 IST: Runs flowing for RCB! Gayle welcomes KC Cariappa into the bowling attack with a six and a four. 22.07 IST: Kyle Abbott’s first over goes for 18 runs courtesy the ‘Universe Boss’. RCB 35/0 in 4 overs. 22.05 IST: FOUR! Gayle hits a full-toss from Abbott for a four over covers. 22.03 IST: GAYLE SMASH!! Hits consecutive sixes off Kyle Abbott, both on the off-side. 22.02 IST: Six runs came off that over from Sandeep Sharma. RCB 17/0 in 3 overs. 22.00 IST: FOUR!! Virat Kohli hits Sandeep Sharma over his head and down the ground for a boundary. 21.56 IST: GAYLE SMASH!! Chris Gayle opens up his arms and smashes the ball for a four on the leg-side. RCB 11/0 in 2 overs.21.52 IST: FOUR! Virat Kohli ends the first over with a boundary through the covers. RCB 5/0 in 1 over. 21.51 IST: Revised Playing Conditions – Mandatory powerplay for 5 overs. Each bowler can bowl a maximum of 3 overs. 21.47 IST: Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli are out in the middle already for RCB. Birthday boy Sandeep Sharma has the new ball for KXIP. Kings XI Punjab: Hashim Amla, Murali Vijay, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Kyle Abbott, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Farhaan Behardien, KC CariappaadvertisementRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Lokesh Rahul, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Chris Jordan, Varun Aaron, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal Kings XI Team Changes – Farhaan Behardien, Kyle Abbott and KC Cariappa are in. Glenn Mxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Anureet Singh are out.Royal Challengers Team Changes – Varun Aaron replaces Iqbal Abdullah. 21.36 IST: TOSS!! Kings XI Punjab opt to bowl first against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The match has been reduced to 15-overs-a-side.21.30 IST: The toss will take place in the next two minutes. Match will start at 9.45pm 21.25 IST: The umpires are out in the middle for their inspection. The ground seems to have dried up considerably. Covers are also coming off and the stands are starting to fill up.21.05 IST; There will be an inspection at 9.25 pm 20.50 IST: Rain seems to have stopped in Bangalore. The groundstaff now has a big task in their hands to get this match started as soon as possible. 20.40 IST: Officials are supervising the groundstaff, who are busy clearing the water off the covers. Steady drizzle continues. 20.25 IST: The super soppers are at work but the drizzling hasn’t still stopped. However, that has not subdued the crowds, who are chanting Aaar-Ceee-Beee. They can still hope of course as the KSCA curator feels the rain will stop soon and he can get the match started in the next 45 minutes. 20.05 IST: Judging by these numbers, Virat Kohli has had an amazing IPL season so far is an understatement.Virat Kohli in #IPL 2016Dots: 1291s: 2422s: 463s: 24s: 616s: 28Balls: 508Runs: 752—dot%: 25.391-3%: 57.094-6%: 17.52#RCBvKXIP Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 18, 201620.00 IST: KSCA chief curator feels the rain will stop by 8.30 pm. “Let the rain stop, give me 45 minutes and we’ll have at least 15 overs in,” he adds. 19.48 IST: Meanwhile the teams have arrived at the Chinnaswamy stadium. Sehwag seems to be having a great time getting wet in the rain. [email protected] and @imVkohli along with their respective teams have arrived at the stadium #RCBvKXIP #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/rxLtO0cPIX IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 18, 201619.45 IST: Cut-off time for the match being called off is 11.15 pm IST. Oops, raining in Bengaluru? Not good for #RCB. But you can even start a 5 over game at around 11.15 so lots of time still. Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 18, 201619:37 IST: If the match does get abandoned, imagine what Virat Kohli would go through. He has done everything a captain could have – three hundreds, a record-breaking 752 runs and it could all count for nothing. 19.34 IST: This is what the M Chinnaswamy stadium looks like at the moment. It’s pouring at the moment in Bengaluru #RCBvKXIP #VIVOIPLhttps://t.co/wCXaHHrehj IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 18, 201619.30 IST: Toss has been delayed and the teams are yet to reach the venue. The rain has eased down a bit but there are huge puddles everywhere on the ground. 19.23 IST: Still raining pretty heavily in Bangalore. RCB will be gutted if the match gets washed out as their chances of making the play-offs will be all but over in that case.18:50 IST: Bad news trickling down from Bangalore, it’s raining heavily. We are 40 minutes away from the toss and looks like there will be a delay. As of now, fingers crossed.What rain #RCBvKXIP @IPL pic.twitter.com/69kroQTj2x&; Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) May 18, 2016Preview: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look to build on their two emphatic consecutive victories as they continue their push for an Indian Premier League (IPL) play-off berth in a match against laggards Kings XI Punjab.Placed at the fifth spot with six wins from 12 matches, the Bangalore franchise has gained momentum at the right time with two massive victories in their previous two outings against Gujarat Lions (by 144 runs) and Kolkata Knight Riders (by nine wickets).On the other hand, languishing at bottom of the table, Punjab received another massive jolt on Tuesday when in-form Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell was ruled out with a side strain.Going into Wednesday’s encounter at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB will be aiming to go all guns blazing to seal their berth in the play-offs. The team will once again bank on another solid batting effort from the marauding trio of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers.Kohli, who sustained a split webbing in his left hand while going for a diving catch against KKR, is the top run-getter with three centuries so far in the tournament coupled with as many half centuries.South African star de Villers has been equally impressive and has been the backbone of RCB’s batting while Gayle found his touch with a 31-ball 49 back in the previous game. Lokesh Rahul, who opened the batting in Gayle’s absence has also been among the runs while veteran Aussie Shane Watson and Sachin Baby have contributed in the limited opportunities they got.Bangalore’s weak link is their bowling, which has time and again fallen apart in crunch situation. Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal and Watson have been the most impressive for the franchise with 12 and 14 wickets in the tournament so far.Allrounder Stuart Binny has been far from impressive with the new ball while England’s Chris Jordan has bowled decently in bits and pieces.On the flip side, a depleted Punjab will be aiming to finish another IPL edition on a high. Left with nothing to lose and just four wins from 12, the side could turn out to be party spoilers for RCB.