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Chargers spoil RCB party

The Royal Challengers Bangalore came up 9 runs short in a small chase against the Deccan Chargers at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday evening, losing a spot in the IPL 5 playoffs in the process.

Things looked better earlier after Virat Kohli had won the toss and chosen to bowl first. Zaheer Khan (2/30) removed the tournament’s second highest run getter Shikhar Dhawan with a superb delivery to begin. Vinay Kumar (3/22), Prasanth Parameswaran (1/12) and Muttiah Muralitharan (1/30) all contributed to reduce DC to 51/4 with Sangakkara and White gone.

JP Duminy largely scrapped around in a 31 run partnership with Sangakkara but spectacularly let loose late in the innings in the 71 run partnership with Parthiv. Duminy had repeatedly failed to time the ball earlier but took his chance after the 15th over. He moved from 31 off 36b after 15 overs to 74 off 53b in three overs of connecting for maximums as 47 runs came off 23 balls.

Vinay finished on a high with the wickets of Parthiv Patel and Ashish Reddy in successive deliveries as Deccan Chargers were kept to just 132/7 in their 20 overs.

Dale Steyn began with a 3 run over, Chris Gayle took 24 off the second over from Manpreet Gony, the sequence reading 4-0-4-6-4-6. The next over however saw Steyn pushing him back with a short delivery then being bowled off an inside edge as Gayle tried to capitalize on width to be dismissed for 27 off 10. Steyn removed Tillakaratne Dilshan (4) in his next over to end his first spell on 2/7, leaving RCB at 36/2.

Saurabh Tiwary suffered a hamstring niggle and had to retire hurt with the score on 40/2 as AB de Villiers walked in to join Virat Kohli in the middle. The duo had just settled in 4 overs later when Amit Mishra’s double strike saw AB (4) and Mayank Agarwal (1) both go and RCB’s score slide to 57/4.

Tiwary (30) returned and with Kohli (42) added 47 runs in a brisk partnership for the 5th wicket. Tiwary succeeded in hitting Veer Pratap Singh but Kohli’s attempt to take a second six off Ashish Reddy in the 16th over saw him hole out to Gony at the long on boundary.

Steyn immediately returned and dismissed Zaheer to end with the dream figures of 3/8 and left RCB needing 29 off 18 balls. Tiwary played out Mishra’s over to bring down the equation to 22 off 12 balls.

He holed out off the first ball of the next over trying to pull Pratap Singh over midwicket but Vinay and Harshal Patel managed to bring it down to 14 off the last over. Ashish Reddy’s array of slower balls however meant that Vinay and Murali both lost their wickets trying to go for the big shots and RCB ended on 123/9, 9 short of the target.

The game even saw one of the finest fielding efforts from Deccan all season, one of the reasons they lost many close matches was addressed a bit late for their own campaign but early enough to disrupt RCB’s path to the playoffs.

The loss meant RCB stayed on 17 points, level with CSK but below them on NRR and subsequently led to their exit from the tournament, the first time the team has not made the playoffs and the Champions League T20 since 2009.

Chris Gayle finished on 733 runs with a highest score of 128*, an average of 61.08, a strike rate of 160.74 and with 59 sixes and 46 fours to his credit. AB de Villiers exits the tournament with the highest strike rate out of batsmen who’ve scored at least 300 runs, having hit 319 at an average of 39.87 and a strike rate of 161.11.

Vinay is currently at no.4 on the wicket takers list in IPL 5 with 19 wickets while Morne Morkel (25), Lasith Malinga and Sunil Narine (22 each) are ahead of him. Zaheer (17) comes in at no. 8 while Muralitharan (15) rounds up the top 10 at the end of the league stage. KP Appanna’s 4/19 against RR at Jaipur is the 10th best bowling figure in an innings in the tournament.

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girizh4rcb on 28 May 2012, 04:25 PM
At least CSK lost!
girizh4rcb on 28 May 2012, 04:25 PM
whatever happens i will support RCB!!!! I LOVE U RCB.... ROCK ROCK ROCK ....
deepu-d-vallavan on 27 May 2012, 05:47 AM
its hurting and cant move on still,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, DALE STEYN :(:(:(
vyshali-raj on 26 May 2012, 04:26 PM
BEING A BANGALOREAN, AM A DIE HARD RCB FAN. IT HAS BECOME AN HABIT FOR ME TO EXPRESS MY PAIN HERE EVERYDAY. THATS Y IT HURTS A LOT WHEN RCB LOSES. STILL NOT ABLE TO DIGEST THE DEFEATS. WHEN U HAVE THE CALIBURE AND NOT DELIVERING IT HURTS A LOT. RCB PLAYED 13 MATCHES BEFORE MI,DD,DC MATCHES. LAST 3 BEING VERY CRUCIAL, STILL WAS NOT ABLE TO SELECT THE PLAYING 11 RIGHT. VETTORI SHD HAVE PLAYED LAST 3 MATCHES. NOT DILSHAN.NOT DISHAN,,NOT DILSHAN.!!!!!!(PLS,DONT SAY HE SCORED 40 AGAINST MI)HAVE LOOK AT THE TEAM BALANCE !CSK/RCBDUPLESI OR HUSSY/GAYLE,,VIJAY/MAYANK AGARWAL,,RAINA/VIRAT KHOLI,,BADRINATH/(???????),,BRAVO/TIWARY(???IS TIWARY REALLY DESERVES TO BE THERE?),,DHONI/AB DEVILLRS,,,JADEJA/VINAY(???),,,ALBI MORKEL/(A BIG ?????),,,ASHWIN/VETTORI,,JAKATI/MURALI,,,HILFENHAUS/ZAHEER,,,CSK HAS 6 BOWLERS AND RCB HAS 0NLY 4 AND THE REMAINING 4 OVERS GIFTED TO THE OPPOSITION TO GET THRASHED !VETTORI AND MURALI SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE BOWLING OPTION FOR EACH AND EVERY MATCH..!
srk0106 on 25 May 2012, 03:52 PM
BEING A BANGALOREAN, AM A DIE HARD RCB FAN. IT HAS BECOME AN HABIT FOR ME TO EXPRESS MY PAIN HERE EVERYDAY. THATS Y IT HURTS A LOT WHEN RCB LOSES. STILL NOT ABLE TO DIGEST THE DEFEATS. WHEN U HAVE THE CALIBURE AND NOT DELIVERING IT HURTS A LOT. RCB PLAYED 13 MATCHES BEFORE MI,DD,DC MATCHES. LAST 3 BEING VERY CRUCIAL, STILL WAS NOT ABLE TO SELECT THE PLAYING 11 RIGHT. VETTORI SHD HAVE PLAYED LAST 3 MATCHES. NOT DILSHAN.NOT DISHAN,,NOT DILSHAN.!!!!!!(PLS,DONT SAY HE SCORED 40 AGAINST MI)HAVE LOOK AT THE TEAM BALANCE !CSK/RCBDUPLESI OR HUSSY/GAYLEVIJAY/MAYANK AGARWALRAINA/VIRAT KHOLIBADRINATH/(???????)BRAVO/TIWARY(???IS TIWARY REALLY DESERVES TO BE THERE?)DHONI/AB DEVILLRSJADEJA/VINAY(???)ALBI MORKEL/(A BIG ?????)ASHWIN/VETTORIJAKATI/MURALIHILFENHAUS/ZAHEERCSK HAS 6 BOWLERS AND RCB HAS 0NLY 4 AND THE REMAINING 4 OVERS GIFTED TO THE OPPOSITION TO GET THRASHED !VETTORI AND MURALI SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE BOWLING OPTION FOR EACH AND EVERY MATCH..!
srk0106 on 25 May 2012, 03:49 PM
the god wish was DC wins that happens..... next time u can win the match
sreesanth on 25 May 2012, 02:34 AM
RCB IS A TEAM WHICH HAS A SET OF GOOD PLAYERS IN ALL AREAS.THEIR GAME IS UNPREDICTABLE.THEY MAY LOOSE SOME GAMES OR WIN SOME.IT DEPENDS ON THE WAY THEY PLAY THAT DAY,THE PLAYERS AND AFTER ALL FAITH.AND WE ALL SHOULD REMEMBER ONE THING- YEH IPL HAI BOSS!IPL IS A DAMN TOO COMPETATIVE GAME OF CRICKET WHERE ALL THE YOUNGSTERS AND THE EXPERIENCED PLAYERS JOIN TOGETHER.SO NO DOUBT, IT WILL BE TOUGH AND IT SHOULD BE TOUGH.BUT ONE THING THAT SHOULD BE APPRECIATED IS VIRAT KOHLI CAPTAINCY AND HIS SINCEIRITY.SO RCB BOYS, GO GREEN NEXT YEAR TO AND BE BACK WITH LOTS OF SURPRISES FOR THE FANS LIKE ME WHO WILL DIE FOR RCB.DON'T LET YOUR FANS DOWN NEXT TIME AND WE DO KNOW THAT U GUYZ WON'T.ANYWAYS,BEST OF LUCK FOR THE NEXT SEASON.

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A DIE FOR RCB FAN.
athira-niranjana on 25 May 2012, 01:52 AM
DL Vettori was in the TOP 10 ICC All-Rounder Rankings AND THE Reliance ICC Test Championship All-Rounder Rankings. IF HE HAD PLAYED INSTEAD OF DILSHAN,, WHO KNOWS MIGHT HAVE GET JP DUMINY OUT AND CUD HAVE BATTED BETTER THAN WHAT DILSHAN DID.
srk0106 on 24 May 2012, 03:56 PM
PEOPLE HAVE REALLY GONE MAD HERE. THERE WAS NOT ANY PROBLEM WITH THE TEAM.ITS A WORLD CLASS TEAM AND CAN BEAT ANY TEAM IN THE WORLD.THE PROBLEM WAS WITH THE PLAYING 11 SELECTION.DILSHAN SHOULD NEVER HAVE PLAYED ONCE GAYLE WAS BACK IN THE SECOND GAME AND MURALI,VETTORI,ZAHEER,VINAY,PATEL MAKE A GOOD BOWLING ATTACK. TWO WORLD CLASS SPINNERS COULD HAVE DONE WONDERS. ACCORDING TO THE PITCH MCDONALD OR MURALI SHD'VE PICKED. WE LOST MOST OF THE MATCHES WITH UNDEPENDABLE BOWLING ATTACK. WE JUST GIFTED CSK THE CHANCE TO DEFEND THE TITLE.SOURAB TIWARY WAS THE UTTER WASTE PLAYER WHO SPOILED THE BALANCE OF THE TEAM. I FEEL RCB IS LOOKING FOR WINNING WITH ONLY BATTING THAT WAS THE VERY POOR IDEA. PICK A GOOD BOWLER FIRST WHO HAS GOT THE ATTITUDE TO EXCEL NOT LIKE THE LOT WE HAD WHO WENT FOR 40,50 RUNS EVERY TIME THEY WERE GIVEN A CHANCE.GOOD ALL ROUNDER AT 7 IS THE NEXT PRIORITY.
srk0106 on 24 May 2012, 03:24 PM
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