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DC beat RCB by nine runs to send CSK through to the playoffs
By IPL desk
Mumbai 20 May 2012
The Royal Challengers Bangalorechoked at a crucial juncture to gift the Chennai Super Kings the final playoff spot of IPL 2012. The Deccan Chargers beat the Bengaluru franchise by nine runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium to register their fourth win of the season. Dale Steyn was the architect of RCB’s destruction as he led DC’s charge and ended up with figures of three for eight in his four overs.
Chasing 133 for the win, RCB’s Chris Gayle went on a rampage right from the first ball he faced. Manpreet Gony was smashed for 24 runs in the second over of the innings. But Steyn still had a few shocks left in his armoury. The pacer first softened Gayle (27 off 10 balls) with a bouncer and then got him to nick one back onto his stumps. Tillakaratne Dilshan (4) was the next to go, after he was caught plumb in front by Steyn. The two early wickets ensured that the momentum had shifted in the home side’s favour. RCB suffered a further blow after Saurabh Tiwary was forced to retire hurt after stretching his hamstring.
The Royal Challengers were finding it difficult to cope with the pressure, which reached a crescendo in the 10th over. Amit Mishra bowled a brilliant over in which he dismissed both AB de Villiers (4) and Mayank Agarwal (1). The quick wickets forced Tiwary to return to the field and continue his partnership with Kohli. The duo put on a 46-run stand to give RCB a glimmer of hope. But Kohli’s (42) aggression got the better of him after he smashed the ball straight down Gony’s throat off an Ashish Reddy delivery. Zaheer Khan (0) walked in at 103 for five, and couldn’t contribute to RCB’s cause. With 22 to win off 12 balls, Tiwary succumbed under the pressure to hole out after making 30. The pressure was too much to handle for the RCB tail as DC won the match by nine runs.
Earlier, Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first. This decision immediately paid dividends after Zaheer Khan sent Shikhar Dhawan (5) back to the dugout in the first over. Fellow opener Akshath Reddy (7) was sent packing in the fourth over after nicking it to de Villiers off a Vinay Kumar delivery. The Chargers made an all too familiar poor start to their innings and RCB made further inroads into the already brittle DC line-up. Prasanth Parameswaran got one to bounce awkwardly as Cameron White (1) could only scoop it to Mayank Agarwal. At 20 for three, skipper Kumar Sangakkara along with JP Duminy tried to steady the ship. But Sangakkara fell to a Muttiah Muralitharan delivery after making 15.
Parthiv Patel and Duminy continued the rebuilding process with some steady play. The left-handed duo put on an impressive 71-run partnership with Duminy (74) being the main aggressor. The South African’s innings eventually ended after he smashed a Zaheer Khan full toss straight to long-on. The Chargers eventually ended up with a modest total of 132 for seven. Scorecard Man-of-the-match:Dale Steyn for pegging back the RCB run-chase at regular intervals and clocking match-winning figures of 4-0-8-3
After opting to bat first, KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir (10) was the first to depart with 21 runs on the board. Jacques Kallis (13), who replaced him at the crease, was sent back by Michael Clarke a while later. With two of the mainstays of the Knight Riders’ line-up back in the dugout, Shakib Al Hasan joined Brendon McCullum in the middle.
KKR had 45 runs on the board at the end of the 10th over, and hey took the attack to the bowlers in the 12th over. While McCullum began the onslaught with two boundaries off Nehra, Shakib went after Michael Clarke in the 13th over. The duo collected 20 runs off the Australian captains last over. Shakib, who got a couple of lives, made PWI pay for these mistakes. The batsman made their intent known as they milked the bowlers. The 67-run partnership ended after the timeout. After being brought back into the attack, Wayne Parnell claimed McCullum for 41.
In the next over, Bhuvneshwar Kumarfollowed up with the wicket of Shakib. The 21-year-old pacer castled the southpaw for 42. Manoj Tiwaryand Yusuf Pathan then took KKR to 136 with a 19-run unbroken partnership.
Robin Uthappa struck Lakshmipathy Balaji for a four off the first ball of the PWI innings – other than Jesse Ryder’s two sixes, this was the only other hit to the fence during the home side’s batting. Uthappa (8) perished in the third over, giving KKR an early breakthrough. In the next over, Jesse Ryder hit Shakib for a six over mid-wicket and then sent Iqbal Abdulla over the long-on boundary in the following over.
Later, Yusuf Pathan struck to end the promising partnership between Clarke and Ryder. The off-spinner had the Australian stumped off a wide for 13. In his next over, the all-rounder, who has had an ordinary season so far, bowled Ryder for 22. Soon, Shakib trapped Sourav Ganguly (5) lbw. With PWI’s top four gone for 62 runs in the 11th over, the match was evenly poised.
With the asking rate climbing up, Anustup Majumdar was removed by Shakib, with the score at 86 for five. In the next over, a brilliant running catch at long on by Kallis, near the boundary off Rajat Bhatia, dismissed Callum Ferguson (12).
With 42 required off 13 balls and three wickets in hand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar came out to bat. Then in the penultimate over, a superb fielding effort by substitute fielder Laxmi Ratan Shukla saw the back of Parnell (3). But by then, the target was out PWI’s reach, ended up scoring 102 for eight in their 20 overs. This 34-run drubbing was PWI’s ninth straight loss of IPL 2012, which is a new league record for consecutive losses.