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Royal Challengers Bangalore kept themselves alive in the Pepsi IPL 2013 and avenged their first leg defeat to Chennai Super Kings with a 24-run victory in a rain affected match at the MA Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Asked to bat first, RCB posted 106 on the back off a spectacular innings by their skipper Virat Kohli, before their bowlers restricted CSK to just 82.
The match was delayed for two and half hours due to rain. The match eventually commenced at 11:00 pm IST as an eight-overs a side contest. Kohli punched Ravichandran Ashwin through cover for a boundary in the first over to get RCB rolling. Chris Gaylehit a six off Chris Morris in the second over. Ashwin's second over went for 16 runs as Kolhi smashed two gorgeous boundaries before launching him for a six. The RCB skipper continued his brutal assault with a boundary and a six off Morris’ the next over.
Gayle joined the carnage with three successive sixes off Jason Holder in the fifth over. Kohli was given a reprieve as MS Dhoni dropped him on 34 off Dwayne Bravo. But the bowler came back strongly as he had Gayle (28) caught by Michael Hussey at cover the very next delivery.AB de Villiers (5) opened his account with a crisp drive for four, before he was deceived by Mohit Sharma’s slower delivery and holed out to Ravindra Jadeja at long off. Moises Henriques (12*) got off the mark smashing Sharma for three boundaries through the off-side. Kohli (56*) hit two sixes to bring up his fifty in style as RCB finished their allotted eight overs at 106 for 2.
Chasing 107, Hussey pulled the first ball for a boundary. He was extremely lucky as the second ball kissed the leg-stump, but the bail remained intact. Zaheer Khan struck twice in the second over; first Hussey (6) edged one to the wicket-keeper, before Suresh Raina (0) skied one and was caught by Vinay Kumar. Murali Vijay pulled Jaydev Unadkat for a boundary. Bravo pulled Kumar for a maximum before perishing the next ball caught down at third man off an edge. CSK were 29 for three after four overs, still requiring 78 runs.
RP Singh was dismissed for 19 runs as Vijay struck two sixes leaving CSK needing 51 runs from the last two overs. Rampaul struck having Vijay (32) caught by Gayle. Dhoni slammed a monstrous six off Rampaul. Dhoni (24) struck a few lusty blows before he holed out as CSK fell 24 runs short.
Man-of-the-Match: Virat Kohli
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 106 for 2 in 8 overs (Virat Kohli 56*, Mohit Sharma 1-14) defeated Chennai Super Kings 82 for 5 in 8 overs (Murali Vijay 32, Zaheer Khan 4-17) by 24 runs.
Kings XI Punjab finished their Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 season on a high and gave their skipper Adam Gilchrist a fitting send off. Although KXIP lost the toss and couple of wickets early on, the 148-run third wicket stand involving Azhar Mahmood (80 off 44) andShaun Marsh carried the team to a formidable total that proved enough to stop the Mumbai Indians.
Marsh who scored 63 off 47 with 11 boundaries spoke to IPLT20.com about the game and playing under the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman, Adam Gilchrist.
Excerpts from the interview:
A comprehensive win against MI, a perfect send off for Adam Gilchrist?
Yes, it definitely was! It couldn’t have been scripted better at the end for him to get that wicket. It has been a fantastic three years with him. The Kings XI have really enjoyed having him around, he has been a world class player for so long and he is a fantastic bloke as well. He is a legend of the game! It was great to see him get the last wicket.
What has it been like to bat alongside him?
It is always a great honour and a thrill when you are walking out with Gilly. And he is someone that not only myself but some of the people look up to around the world and to get an opportunity to play with him. To get to know him a little bit better and become friends with him is something I will never forget.
What was the plan after losing two wickets early?
We knew that I and Azhar (Mahmood) had to just try and build a partnership, give ourselves a little bit of time between two to six overs. We couldn’t really afford to lose another wicket quickly. But Azhar Mahmood played a really exceptional innings. It just shows what a quality player he is.
What is it like batting against Lasith Malinga?
He is a fantastic bowler, a world class bowler and he is always tough to play against him.
Feels good to be amongst runs with a big season ahead?
It is always nice to do well and score a few runs and see wins and that’s the main thing. It was nice to finish off on a nice positive note personally and for the team as well.
Have you at any point felt the need to alter your batting approach for T20, being such a classical player?
Not really. I just know that I have to play to my strengths and if I do that and hopefully by the end of the innings if I am still around and putting the team in a good position. I love playing T20 cricket, I love playing in front of big crowds and it was a nice way to finish on Saturday night.
Where do you think KXIP lost the plot while some other teams managed to pull through?
We probably didn’t start well, and we lost a few games in the middle as well that put us on the back-foot a bit. In the end, coming in the last few games, we had to rely on other results and that’s how we did it and this position we put ourselves in. We have no one else to blame but ourselves. We take a lot of positives out of it as well, from the way we finished. Against the bigger teams we came close to beating them. It gives us a lot of confidence moving forward, I think.
How has it been playing alongside David Hussey?
He is one of the great players around. He is probably one of the best T20 players in the world and to get a chance to play with him and to learn stuff off him is fantastic. I am glad to be able to spend a lot of fun time with him.
How do you sum up your six seasons with KXIP?
I love the Kings XI, I love the franchise. I love the people, I love the owners. It is a great place to play cricket, very friendly people and it has been a lot of fun, the last six years.