Our bowlers have put it (the last defeat) behind us.
Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine put on 59 for the first wicket and although Murugan Ashwin provided two breakthroughs, they weren't enough. And although, 67 for no loss in the first eight overs didn't look imposing, in the hindsight, the hosts would believe that the approach worked as they went into the last six overs with seven wickets in hand.
WICKET! Virat Kohli takes a stunner to send Dinesh Karthik back to the pavilion.
Kohli had played a blinder, playing shots that made one breathless even though he found little support from the others.
Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn and Dinesh Karthik should step up for the Kolkata Knight Riders and not throw their wickets away after getting off to starts, leaving too much work for Andre Rusell lower down the order. Finds Tim Southee at long on. McCullum and Manan Vohra were dismissed on either side of the wide delivery as RCB suddenly needed a partnership now. Same team. Trust the same team, wish they bring the goods for us. We can't afford to field like that and let singles go to boundaries.
Moeen Ali can be the right person to get in the side, as he can bat at any position and also come handy with the ball. Picked a bunch of players we believe in. The spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine and pacers Shivam Mavi and Tom Curran were plundered by Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi in their last game and will look to bounce back strongly although it will be very hard at the batting-friendly M. Chinnaswamy wicket. With minimum backlift, Kohli whipped one on the blockhole into the long-on stands while the other was a flick into the deep mid-wicket stand. Their two wins have comes against Kings XI (13 April) and Delhi (21 April).
Should Everton target disgruntled Chelsea captain Gary Cahill?
At a press conference, the 48-year-old told reporters: "In this moment he's deserving to play, because he's playing well". He has to make the best choices for the national team and I'm sure he'll make the right decision".
The South African ace produced another gem of an innings on Wednesday but his efforts was trumped by MS Dhoni's magnificent knock that helped Chennai Super Kings pull of a record chase against RCB at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
This is one of those unusual years when the Royal Challengers Bangalore have not been able to perform up to the mark and there have been a few significant misses which has resulted in the RCB staying at the seventh spot.
Virat Kohli was at his belligerent best again in the absence of De Villiers as he alone did all the scoring in the death overs. Mandeep Singh (171), Quinton de Kock (165) also need to contribute more.
Bangalore however, have failed to find the ideal opening partnerships, which could be a major cause of concern.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Quinton de Kock (wk), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli (capt), Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, M Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.