IPL 2019: WATCH - Andre Russell’s 13-ball 48 against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Black Cap Tim Southee bowls costly over as Royal Challengers Bangalore lose again

Black Cap Tim Southee bowls costly over as Royal Challengers Bangalore lose again

Russell hit Marcus Stoinis for three back to back sixes in the 18th over and then took on Tim Southee with figures reading 6-6-6-4-6 to leave the visitors needing just one run from the last over.

After losing the last match against Kolkata Knight Riders Friday, RCB's position has become precarious, and they have to win nearly all their remaining games to keep their chances alive.

The audacious Russell spearheaded the effort, uncorking a 13-ball unbeaten 48 while Australian opener Chris Lynn got 43 and Nitish Rana 37.

Royal Challengers Bangalore's disastrous campaign on the other hand took a turn for the worse as the Virat Kohli led side suffered their fifth straight defeat in the tense encounter against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.

During his fantastic knock, Kohli overtook Chennai Super Kings' Suresh Raina to become the highest run-getter in the tournament's history. The start of the tournament was a forgettable one for them as they were bowled out for just 70 against reigning IPL champions Chennai Super Kings.

"The last four overs, the way we bowled, we deserve to lose".

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"We are doing the right things in training, but out on the field we're a bit nervous at times and feel a bit of pressure". Talking about the obvious threat of Russell, Rajasthan's spin bowling all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham revealed that his team has made some plans to get the better of the most valuable player of IPL 2019. Despite a litany of unforced errors, RCB seemed set to end their string of defeats with KKR needing 53 from the last three overs. "I was watching on the telly, and I wasn't thinking too much", said Russell.

One over changes and the momentum changes.

Kagiso Rabadapicked up both the big guns in the RCB line-up; in his first over, he deceived AB de Villiers with a well-disguised slower ball and had him caught at wide long-on, and then with the first ball of his second spell he dismissed Virat Kohli.

The 77-Test veteran, who is under fire for the lacklustre showing of his team that has never won an IPL title, took the attack to the opposition with nine fours and two big sixes.

De Villiers also joined the party with some lusty hitting to bring up his fifty with a boundary off paceman Prasidh Krishna. His blitz was studded with five fours and four sixes.

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