Royal Challengers v South Australia, CLT20, Bangalore October 5, 2011

Last-ball six takes RCB into semis

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 215 for 8 (Dilshan 74, Kohli 70, Tait 5-32) beat South Australia Redbacks 214 for 2 (Harris 108*, Ferguson 70) by two wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Arun Karthik produced the six most important runs of his 15-match Twenty20 career off the last ball of the CLT20 league phase to propel Royal Challengers Bangalore past South Australia Redbacks in a game that had everything except for a Super-Over finish. It featured an astonishing century from Daniel Harris - only the third in Champions League history. It had a five-for from Shaun Tait, in a game where 429 runs came off 40 overs. It also featured sublime stroke play from Virat Kohli, who played his best T20 innings. It had strong helping hands from Callum Ferguson and Tillakaratne Dilshan.

It all boiled down to the last ball, off which six were needed, and Karthik stepped up to smash Daniel Christian into the stands beyond midwicket. The crowd went up as one, the RCB dug-out exploded in joy, and even the usually laidback Chris Gayle walked out shirtless with a broad smile.

In a game that unfolded like a Hitchcock whodunit, it was fitting that the winning blow came off the bat of someone who was playing only because AB de Villiers was injured. At the other end was S Aravind, the worst bowler of the day, who got close to redemption with a boundary off the third ball of that electric final over. Christian bowled a slower ball on the fourth, which Aravind slogged for two, making it seven needed off the last two. Aravind couldn't connect with the fifth, but the batsmen scrambled through for a bye. Six needed off one, and Christian delivered a slower ball as hittable as Chetan Sharma's infamous full toss to Javed Miandad in Sharjah. Karthik coolly stayed in his crease and heaved with all his might over midwicket to become a hero.

It was heartbreak for the Redbacks, who had somehow regrouped after a virtually unstoppable 100-run stand between Kohli and Dilshan off 8.5 overs. By the time Kohli fell, he had reduced the equation to 50 off the last five overs, but RCB's light-weight middle order gave the Redbacks a chance. Nathan Lyon piled on the pressure with a four-run 16th over, but Tait ceded the advantage with two sixes in the 17th, though he managed to dismiss Saurabh Tiwary. The next over from Aaron O'Brien also produced two sixes and a wicket, making it 18 required off 12 balls. Tait then lasered Dilshan's stumps with a stunning yorker and got Daniel Vettori to miscue, before completing his five-for with Raju Bhatkal's wicket. That set up the last-over climax, Christian blinked after five balls, and Karthik held his nerve to complete the first win for an IPL side against an Australian team.

The performances from Tait and Karthik dominated the ending, but the contest got its substance from Harris and Kohli. Both produced innings that had no business featuring in an unabashed exhibition for T20 batting. Harris' effort stood out for the shots he didn't play - he went almost 18 overs without trying to hit a six, and yet coasted to a century with time to spare. Kohli's was elevated by the shots he chose to play. Faced with an asking-rate nearing 11, and with Gayle dismissed, Kohli unfurled a series of astonishingly correct strokes.

Equally telling were the chalk-and-cheese support acts from Ferguson and Dilshan. With the spinners pulling things back after Harris' Powerplay boundary blitz, Ferguson took his time settling in before opening up in style. Dilshan, on the other hand, ignited RCB's chase with a series of outrageous strokes, which included a couple of trademark scoops.

Gayle was more subdued at the start, but he gradually found his range to muscle three sixes, before Michael Klinger caught him in the deep even as he collided grievously with Tom Cooper. Kohli walked in like he belonged in the cauldron, and opened his account with a pulled six through wide long-on. The slowness of the pitch and the variations of the Redbacks attack could not stop him from hitting through the line, and repeatedly in front of the wicket. He charged out to O'Brien and launched him with the turn over long-off, before carving Richardson for the shot of the day - an inside-out six into the stands behind extra-cover. He then gave Harris a taste of his own medicine, taking him for two sixes and three fours in the 13th over to put RCB on course for a heist.

The script was completely different in the first half of the match as, for the second night on the trot, an IPL side took a hiding from an Australian batsman. Aravind's pathetic lengths made this considerably easy - he finished with figures of 4-0-69-0, the second worst in T20 history - but that could not take any credit away from Harris.

The floodgates opened in the second over, when Aravind sent down a series of slow freebies angled into the hitting zone. Harris gratefully opened up his stance and carved boundaries straight, square and fine through the off side to set the Redbacks on their way. Kohli missed a run-out in the next over, and Harris celebrated by smashing seven of his next eight balls for fours. Vettori daringly persisted with Aravind for the fourth over, only to see him repeat his predictable lengths from either side of the stumps. Harris indulged himself to move to 43 off 19 balls by the fourth over, and Vettori was left playing catch-up for the remaining 16.

With the spinners coming on, Harris settled into cruise-mode, while Ferguson assuredly got his eye in. Just when the momentum seemed to be flagging a touch Aravind returned, and the Redbacks resumed their run-glut. Having taken two fours and a six off Aravind's 16th over, Ferguson thumped Nannes emphatically for a six off the first ball off the 17th. He holed out in the 18th over, prompting Harris to finally attempt a big hit. He pounded Bhatkal over midwicket for his first six, before dumping Nannes behind square-leg to bring up the century. Incredibly, Aravind got the 20th over, and Christian duly bludgeoned five more fours to take the Redbacks to 214.

Twenty overs later, Christian and Aravind had their roles reversed. And how.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on October 8, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    why no Pakistani team is playing in CL??

  • agam99 on October 8, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    A classic T20 game to say the least....the best T20 I have seen after India-Pak final in 2007

  • anchal1210 on October 7, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    @Gaurav Mehrotra: Absoultely rite man !!! NO doubt this was a grt match but still I feel that too much cricket because of these kind of tournament is bad for Indian Cricket..Some where either players or BCCI has to take bold desicioins .. I am not against IPL / CL but players have to think their priorities first and that should be playing well for India not for CSK/RCB/MI etc...

  • jmcilhinney on October 7, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    @Gaurav Mehrotra, did it not occur to you that those people who were commenting on articles about Eng v India test matches and ODIs and saying that IPL and CLT20 were factors in India's poor performance may not be reading articles about the IPL and CLT20 and would therefore not be commenting on them? It's only a double standard if the same person offers two contradictory opinions. Who has done that? There's no doubt that T20 can be entertaining but that is the main danger: too many people watch it for the entertainment rather then the cricket. Here's a perfect example from Philip_Gnana: "Fielding being atrocious who cares as long we see some meaty hitting". When players spend weeks trying to slog when they could be resting and recuperating (or getting surgery in Sehwag's case) then it is highly likely that that will have an adverse effect on their ability to play longer-form cricket. T20 may even be a significant contributor to the eventual death of test cricket.

  • maddy20 on October 7, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    @Danish Ashraf I agree Vettori should have allowed Dilshan to bowl when Aravind was leaking runs.He couldn't have done much worse!

  • on October 6, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    @Maddy20 & @Suvigya Mishra....Fair call guys. I was going off stats alone. A good day for cricket all up !

  • Avi56 on October 6, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    if you wanna see how a champion team plays there u c it....the team worked collectively to reach that final target.... it was not only the big contributions from the top 3 but thosesingle boundaries of karthik, mayank,vettori and tiwary and aravind that filled those gaps well.... due to the climatci conditions and dew the pitch has been batting friendly....tho SAUS had very good bowlers all (barring TAIT) struggled....so the match was a showcase of a complete team work and determination...determination gives results and results here would be success....come on RCB be determined till the end and win the CLT20 this time.....let another indian team get the trophy

  • on October 6, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Wish the CLT20 2011 comes to India again.... Jai Hind !!!

  • on October 6, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    @Abhijith Jagirdar - Agreed... I Hope any indianteam wins the IPL...

  • on October 6, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    @manoj kannan , i said that RCB played better than CSK, that doesn't mean that CSK is a bad side, It's just that CSK underperformed . They r a better team team than RCB because batting wise RCB and CSK are equal , But the difference is the bowling where CSK is better than RCB but they underperformed and my comment was all about Linguistic bias , so right now RCB is better than CSK, JAI HIND...

  • on October 8, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    why no Pakistani team is playing in CL??

  • agam99 on October 8, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    A classic T20 game to say the least....the best T20 I have seen after India-Pak final in 2007

  • anchal1210 on October 7, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    @Gaurav Mehrotra: Absoultely rite man !!! NO doubt this was a grt match but still I feel that too much cricket because of these kind of tournament is bad for Indian Cricket..Some where either players or BCCI has to take bold desicioins .. I am not against IPL / CL but players have to think their priorities first and that should be playing well for India not for CSK/RCB/MI etc...

  • jmcilhinney on October 7, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    @Gaurav Mehrotra, did it not occur to you that those people who were commenting on articles about Eng v India test matches and ODIs and saying that IPL and CLT20 were factors in India's poor performance may not be reading articles about the IPL and CLT20 and would therefore not be commenting on them? It's only a double standard if the same person offers two contradictory opinions. Who has done that? There's no doubt that T20 can be entertaining but that is the main danger: too many people watch it for the entertainment rather then the cricket. Here's a perfect example from Philip_Gnana: "Fielding being atrocious who cares as long we see some meaty hitting". When players spend weeks trying to slog when they could be resting and recuperating (or getting surgery in Sehwag's case) then it is highly likely that that will have an adverse effect on their ability to play longer-form cricket. T20 may even be a significant contributor to the eventual death of test cricket.

  • maddy20 on October 7, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    @Danish Ashraf I agree Vettori should have allowed Dilshan to bowl when Aravind was leaking runs.He couldn't have done much worse!

  • on October 6, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    @Maddy20 & @Suvigya Mishra....Fair call guys. I was going off stats alone. A good day for cricket all up !

  • Avi56 on October 6, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    if you wanna see how a champion team plays there u c it....the team worked collectively to reach that final target.... it was not only the big contributions from the top 3 but thosesingle boundaries of karthik, mayank,vettori and tiwary and aravind that filled those gaps well.... due to the climatci conditions and dew the pitch has been batting friendly....tho SAUS had very good bowlers all (barring TAIT) struggled....so the match was a showcase of a complete team work and determination...determination gives results and results here would be success....come on RCB be determined till the end and win the CLT20 this time.....let another indian team get the trophy

  • on October 6, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Wish the CLT20 2011 comes to India again.... Jai Hind !!!

  • on October 6, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    @Abhijith Jagirdar - Agreed... I Hope any indianteam wins the IPL...

  • on October 6, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    @manoj kannan , i said that RCB played better than CSK, that doesn't mean that CSK is a bad side, It's just that CSK underperformed . They r a better team team than RCB because batting wise RCB and CSK are equal , But the difference is the bowling where CSK is better than RCB but they underperformed and my comment was all about Linguistic bias , so right now RCB is better than CSK, JAI HIND...

  • zekie on October 6, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    This match was very entertaining. RCB will only chase down a total of this magnitude 1 out of ten times. With the players they have especially the top 3 it possible but as I said 1 out of ten. As for Kohli i have no issue with him getting MOM because i have played cricket at a very high level and chasing down such a momoth total is never easy it's alot more pressure than batting first. If you played the game u will know that.

  • on October 6, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    I do not understand where are the haters now.. Last month when India kept on losing matches to England, our fans blamed it all on IPL and CL and kept calling for banishment of these tournaments.. And here we are crying praises for a T20 match.. Double standards, really..

  • on October 6, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    I think I would have bowled that last ball as a yorker wide of off stump.

  • on October 6, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Poor reporting. Dilshan should have got few more words of appreciation for his batting.

  • on October 6, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    The best runchase i have ever seen. Hats off to Virat Kohli and Dilshan and of course to Arun Karthik for his gutsy hit out of the ground.

  • AidanFX on October 6, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    @ VivGilchrist could not agree more; the moment he first was in the Int side he scored runs and has been consistent every season he represented Aus; there was no valid reason for his dropping, injury didn't help I guess but he should have been in WC squad no question. The past two 20/20 performances should awake selectors.

  • A.S.M on October 6, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    We need to keep in mind that it is not just the two victories that put RCB in the semifinal spot. It is the better run rate that let them edge KKR out of the semi final spot. So there are many players who contributed. Had S. Aravind given 25 runs instead of 23 runs in 4 overs in the previous game against Somerset, RCB would have been out of the tournament. Gayle's 8 sixes in the previous game helped them win by 51 runs. If they had won by 49 runs, they would not be relishing this victory... @Anand_madras's comment about Kannada/TN is childish. Can the same be applied to CSK or any other team when players from other states play well? No. We can't and we shouldn't. These are private clubs and they get 'available players' who can strengthen their teams in different departments - batting, bowling, fielding, w.keeping. Let's hope Arun K will do even better in the upcoming games for his teams and earn to play for the nation and make his family, community, city, state, nation (& RCB) proud.

  • on October 6, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    What a game!!! Honestly I did not think that RCB would have made it

  • on October 6, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    @Abhijith Jagirdar RCB played better than CSK in just one match in this this tournament, note that... But I agree we are all indians and I(who is a CSK fan) support RCB to bring back the cup which CSK won before...

  • Philip_Gnana on October 6, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Batting at its best. Fielding being atrocious who cares as long we see some meaty hitting. That we were able to witness no doubt. Fantastic innings by Ferguson. Followed up with the best papartnerhshio of IPL/CLT20 that I have seen thus far. Dilly and Kholi what a partnership at that rate. Those who missed this match need to see the replays. Credit to both teams for giving us a wonderful match. Played in good spirit too. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • on October 6, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Get on, Bring the CLT20 Cup RCB, All the Best!!! One of the Best finishes I have ever seen. Hearty Congratulations to RCB from a Hard Core CSK Fan!

  • popcorn on October 6, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Sick umpiring. Dilshan was CLEARLY out lbw to Shaun Tait. Hit in front of off.

  • VivGilchrist on October 6, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    How Fergusson doesnt make the Aussie ODI team is beyond me .... Pure class.

  • VivGilchrist on October 6, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    How Fergusson doesnt make the Aussie ODI team is beyond me .... Pure class.

  • on October 6, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    @Anand_madras , Don't forget the fact that we all are Indians ,pls don,t bring linguistic issues in cricket . Just agree the fact that CSK was totally marooned this time . Im a kannadiga born in TN with maharashtra background . Don"t mislead cricket followers with linguistic bias, RCB played better than CSK......

  • JG2704 on October 6, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    HYCLASS - Sorry , but T20 is a totally different format even from the 50 over fmt , let alone the 4/5 day games. Leicestershire - who won the English T20 but didn't qualify for the CL group stages - finished rock bottom of div 2 by a mile , but excelled in T20. Re England , I feel Morgan should not have been in the English test side (at the expense of a bowler) , but along with KP should be the 1st batsman on the teamsheet. LUKE - I understand where you're coming from , but they often give the MOM award to someone from the winning side and Kohli's inns did turn the momentum of the match. I'm sure Harris would have got it had the last ball travelled 10 yds shorter. Also was it just my imagination but were there 2 diff MOM awards in the Somerset game? I'm sure that Thomas and Kieswetter both recd awards after the game

  • Yolk_Eater on October 6, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    guys, look at daniel vettori's figures...

  • on October 6, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Redbacks played very well.. RCB played more well than Redbacks.... but the match wouldn't have lasted this much long.. if the umpiring was good.. I feel Dharmasena still plays for srilanka.He turned down a decision against Dilshan and gave the run's as leg bye.. wondering whats in his mind to give that not out

  • ste13 on October 6, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    Vinay_Singh - I agree with you. T20 cricket is more exiting, more entertaining and easier to read for an average observer. But unfortunately it is a game fully reliant on luck and fortuneous developments, rather than on skills and quality. In this format, any team on a day can beat another team. Was RCB yeaterday a better team than SA? Maybe so, maybe not. The fact is that they lost two games, they won 2. The may win the next one, they may lose. Just compose a team of 11 best IPL players and let them play agains any orther team. They will have exactly 50/50 chances. Pure lottery. For me a sport contest is something different, but if one only enjoys hitting sixes, you do not need a game, you can arrange hitting contest and compare individual players.

  • on October 6, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    Now Arun Karthik will play for India.. And another deserving youngster will suffer injustice.. Just like Rahul Sharma (with only 9 FC matches and a bowling average of 43+) topples Iqbal Abdulla (Bowling average of 29 and Batting av of 35!) and Pragyan Ojha (Bowling av of 27)... Shame on the selectors. Even Ashwin is turning out to be just a 4 over bowler..

  • maddy20 on October 6, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    @Hari Haran V After he was supposedly out, Dilshan had scored 13 runs off 14 balls which any lower order batsman would have achieved for them. After all for a team that got 13 in 4 balls with 8 wickets down, that would have been a lot easier. I cannot help but wonder when was the last time these Chennai fans appreciated someone other than their own. As for Ferguson drop, Kohli was caught the next ball. Pressure can do all sorts of stuff to you.

  • on October 6, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    this is the most shameful day for cricket

  • Anand_madras on October 6, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    ha ha ha... Here i see the twist in the tale..... A final nail in the coffin....:-)

    Fittingly the last ball six which carries RCB to the semis is hit by a Tamil lad.... :-)

    So what is the response to this by the Kanadigas???? .

    Do they want to quit from the tournament now??

  • ibbani on October 6, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    This was just a an absolutely creative end by the RCB as you cant expect a six in the last ball. but it was like a LAGAAN END. RCB probably the best side in the CLT20 and in IPL. Next 2 you win and you have the cup in your hands. Go RCB we are with you. DASARA gift already recieved. Now we need the Diwali gift by winning the CLT20.

  • Sheela on October 6, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    It is distressing to see the bowlers being reduced to nothing by these kind of pitches. Are pitches enabling the bowlers to be alughtered are good pitches. Certainly not. Whenever there is a spinning pitch, ICC or whoever controls come out with threats. In fact the authorities should firmly oppose pitches of the caliber produced at Bangalore on 5th Octob er 2011 and not the other way round.

  • on October 6, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - Yes, it has everything to do with the KKR-Warriors match. This is what happened : Warriors batted first and made 155 in 20 overs. KKR were 83/1 in 9 overs when rain stopped play. According to DL, the par score for the loss of 1 wicket after 9 overs was 61.

    Therefore, Warriors' score was reset to 61 from 9 overs. It was this score that was used for the calculation of the net run rate.

  • on October 6, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Terrific game of cricket. Kudos to both the teams to have produced one of the best T20 games ever. RCB should feel happy that their top 3 batsmen seem to be peaking at the right time in the tournament and hence RCB would fancy their chances of defeating the mighty NSW team in the semis

  • on October 6, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    This is a circus,it would be surprising if the home team is not advanced to the semifinals

  • on October 6, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Dilshan was not given out in the Tait over.. A sitter is dropped by Ferguson.... And when Christian bowled all the fielders were in leg side but as i saw it was wanted ly delivered in half side to hit a boundary.. Unwanted NO balls in the end of the slog overs.. And last but not the least Christian bowled a slower ball on the last ball.... So everything making me think something fishy already it has been set for this stage to crown RCB.... Who knows... It is a Game of Cricket... We all want to believe...

  • Des_65 on October 6, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    jmcilhinney, your comment "Warriors scored 633 off 80 at 7.9125" is incorrect. By D/L they scored 61 off 9 overs and KKR had to score 62 off 9 overs but managed 83 off 9 overs and won against Warriors. So, Warriors scored 539 off 69 at 7.8116. Hence their net run rate is 0.246 and not 0.347.

  • schumanth007 on October 6, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Brilliant perfomance by RCB...The closest game i've watched in the stadium..So many great performances Harris, Ferguson, Dilshan, Kohli , Tait...No matter what, the game of Cricket won so I am extremely happy...CRICKET ROCKS..!!!

  • deadite11 on October 6, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    Well played RCB. I think, the gayle's solid opening gives confidence to the other players, virat carried the momentum, and dilshan who plays rarely for RCB had clicked yesterday makes the huge difference. Rain supports bangalore it seems spoilt chances of redbacks, and most importantly after klinger's injury departure, poor performance by a stand in captain.. that affects the redbacks most. However dilshan & virat played will be forgotton, Karthik made it a possible win.

  • GURU_RAM on October 6, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - U r right, it is to do with the rain hit match & D/L. U hv to consider 61 runs of 9 overs for Warriors & 83 runs scored by KKR in 9 overs. Hence the tally for warriors is (for) 539 runs in 69overs and (against) 522 runs in 69overs, hence the NRR of warriors is +0.246. Thanks to rain & KKR for scoring well in this match, RCB made it to SF.

  • on October 6, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    very good comment by hyclass. perfect observation.

  • SaneVoice on October 6, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    hyclass- Stop comparing Test cricket and T20. Watch and comment on what you like and leave the other alone. Both forms require different skills and that is what SA's success showed. Please go and comment on the test matches (boring) if you don't like T20 cricket.

  • jmcilhinney on October 6, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    This will be my last comment regarding NRR. I now see that 61 was the par score after 9 overs in Warriors D/L loss to KKR so it's those numbers that are used in their NRR, rather than the 155 off 20. That still feels rather harsh though. Based on that, I was able to calculate that if Warriors had managed to get to 140 in their last game against Somerset then their NRR would have been higher than RCB's and they would still have made the semis.

  • on October 6, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    @jmcilhinney

    Yes that has to do with the game against KKR. Actually the revised target was 62 runs from 9 overs(which means warriors score was 61 in 9 ovrs) and this is included in NRR calculation. So their cumulative FOR comes out to 539/69 and AGAINST as 522/69. so they have NRR of +0.246.

  • on October 6, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    What a thrilling CLT20 match yesterday till last ball..Highest Run chase ever in CLT20--Well done RCB ....

  • AbAdvani on October 6, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Aravind has responded magnificently to being selected in the 15 by selectors -the second worst figures in T20 history -what a sad state for Indian cricket as far as the bowling is concerned ? It's time that we tried to learn from across the border on how to develop fast bowlers -let's encourage teams from Pakistan to participate in the Ranji trophy -Shikhar Dhawan and co will find it what it is to face raw pace instead of milking runs of hapless domestic bowling attacks. I have already seen the result of the England vs India series -with such a toothless bowling attack, India will have to score over 400 runs in each ODI to stand a chance of victory

  • hris on October 6, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    In a match with 429 runs are scored in 40 overs. A guy scores 108* of 68 balls, another scores 74 of 47, another 70 of 43, some guy scores 70 of 36. even one more scores 27 of 9.

    and there is this odd man out who takes 5 wickets at 8 runs a piece. 5 wickets in a is like scoring more than 125 runs in a t20 game. and when that happens on one of the flattest pitches, with tons of dew, small ground and that guy still doesn't get MOM.

    It funny of ignorant people can get when they see a few fancy sixes being hit. where every player who comes to bat is able to whack a six of the first ball they face. Ridiculous

  • We_Win_All on October 6, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    @jmcilhinney: The calculations are correct. Since their match against KKR was decided by D/L method their innings was compared with a 9 over period and hence the score for them is 539 in 69 overs and against them is 522 in 69 overs which brings their NRR to +0.246 which is considered presently. Get ur Mathematics right Mr.jmcilhinney

  • Kazi1517 on October 6, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    It's the WOWest mathc I have watched this year!

  • Navaid-Hussain on October 6, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    The results look like a written script the way things changed during the match seems some thing else then cricket. ICC must be vigilant, unbiased and treat every board/nation on the basis of equality not on basis of market value.

  • kellhound on October 6, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    jmcilhinney: That is correct, it's because of the D/L method against KKR. Your calculations have used the actual batting score of 155/20 overs, but because of the D/L method, the Warriors calculated score is 61/9 overs, which gives them the NRR as shown in the table. Need I add here that I'm NOT a huge fan of the D/L method?!? However, that said I can't think of any other system that is really any fairer - I've seen comparitive run rates used, which were just as biases but in different ways - at least D/L have tried to account for wickets as well.

  • landl47 on October 6, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Of course Kohli had to get the MOM- he was the only Indian, of the 7 who played, to do anything in the game. RCB had 4 overseas players- Vettori captained the side and was the most economical bowler on either side. Gayle, Dilshan and Vettori between them made half of RCB's runs, with Dilshan making the highest score. Naturally Harris' century and Tait's five wickets counted for nothing and although Karthik did hit the winning 6, he only got 6. So it had to be Kohli. Meanwhile, Indian supporters will continue to make disparaging remarks about England players who came to live in England as schoolboys. The words 'double standard' come to mind. BTW, the Aravind who went for 69 in 4 overs was the same Aravind just picked for the Indian ODI squad, wasn't he? Just asking.

  • anver777 on October 6, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Redbacks conceded a crucial bye in the 5th ball of the last over....i think the keeper should have tried to run Arun Karthik out, ultimately that single bye cost the game for Redbacks......any way a superb game of cricket & all credit to both sides !!!!!!!!!

  • veerakannadiga on October 6, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    Watched the match Live at Chinnaswamy stadium. Still feeling dizzzzzzzzzzzy. Just cannot believe what I saw. Doubt that I can see such a match again in my life time. Vettori said before the match... We are not a one man team. RCB proved him right.

  • on October 6, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    @ Thusanthan Dharmalingam hey u added those extra eleven overs..the match between warriors and kkr was decided by D/L which later reduced to 9 overs and they lost it by 22 runs...so for that match warrors got 61 runs in 9 ovbers...i think u got my point...

  • on October 6, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    I lost interest in cricket when the CLT20 had started. But looking at the scorecards of some of these games, we have had a terrific tournament. I never thought RCB could get so close. I felt they will go down as the CSK last evening. But they showed they had the power, will & attitude. Hats off.. I think Sachin & Mahela are the best T20 batsmen. I think Kohli's innings today is a better one than some of the ones that those two have played. Hats off!! All the best for the semis.

  • on October 6, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    True it was an extraordinary match,every bit a high scoring thriller with fortunes see-sawing from one side to the other. In the end the team which held their nerve pulled off a remarkable win, even though it was a last gasp victory. But feel for the bowlers. Sluggish pitches, short boundaries, field restrictions, better bats that can deliver the ball into the stands even off a mishit! It is sad to see that instead of favoring an even contest between the bat and ball, the game is radically shifting to a completely batsmen dominated show.

  • SamFleming on October 6, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    He goes under the radar and goes about his work extremly well one man who needs to take alot of credit for his work for bangalore is thier captin daniel vittori. His bowling has been very economy has been under 7 the whole way though ipl and now champions league along with playing some crucial knocks. he has been extreamly consistant with the ball the whole time even though his fellow bowlers at times havent backed him up at the other end.

  • jmcilhinney on October 6, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    OK, I just saw the full table that includes for and against and it says that Warriors scored 539 off 69 at 7.8115 so it obviously does have something to do with that match decide by D/L. I still don't know how the actual numbers were calculated but that seems quite dodgy to me. I think that Warriors can consider themselves very unlucky based on that and I think that it's something that the organisers should look at for future tournaments.

  • Ankarvi on October 6, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    @jmcilhinney: warriors had scored only 539 off 69 overs, against 522 off 69 overs. Their NRR is +.246 which is short of even KKR. As D/L was applied to that match, you can take only 9 overs and not 20 overs.

  • on October 6, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    @jmcilhinney : warriors one game(against KKR) was reduced by rain.. so it will not take 155 of 20, but it will be 61 of 9 which makes it total of 539 of 69 as for.. Correctly updated in the points table.. http://www.espncricinfo.com/champions-league-twenty20-2011/engine/series/519661.html?view=pointstable

  • jariamurap on October 6, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    The umpire role is also important in RCB's win. Dilshan was not given out by lbw and that was a great help for RCB.

  • on October 6, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    Superb T20 match to watch.... it had everything on it...

  • on October 6, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Royal Challengers Banglore deserve to win to reach to semi-final. The presence of Gayle makes everyone to hit sixes like him.The batting by Dilshen was full of sincerity.Surely Kohli deserves the man of the match award.Wishing the best to our Indian IPL teams hope they will meet each other in final.

  • satanswish on October 6, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Poor bowling by Redbacks after posting excellent score. RCB were deserving winners as they maintained required run rate upto 15th over. Flurry of wickets later made their task difficult, but very ordinary last over bowled.

  • jmcilhinney on October 6, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    Can anyone explain to me how the NRR calculations work? By my reckoning, RCB scored 762 runs off 80 overs at 9.525 while their opponents scored 713 off 77.3 at 9.2, which gives a NRR of +0.325, which agrees with the official table. Also by my reckoning, Warriors scored 633 off 80 at 7.9125 while their opponents scored 522 off 69 at 7.5652, which gives a NRR of +0.347, which is significantly more than the official table and puts them in second place in their group, ahead of RCB. I used the numbers from the official results table and I ran the numbers twice, so either I'm missing something or the official table is wrong. Is it something to do with the game Warriors lost to KKR on D/L?

  • on October 6, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    what a game of cricket T20 @ the very best

  • kristee on October 6, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    Tait should have got MoM y'day at CL T20, at least as a co-receiver! One more over, he'd perhaps have sealed it for SAR.

  • on October 6, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    @luke , u wont get it,we all did, the ultimate momentum shift caused by kohli was the best part of the match, do u remember a Rahul dravid 109 off 124 getting MOM over a faster and bigger score when india chased down 326?

    or a Dhoni getting MOM in wc finals over jayawardne??

    the reason is my frnd, MOM is a player who contributed most for a winning cause and Only if someone really stood out of the mob by leaps and bounds, then only a loosign side player gets MOM in these kind of Knock-out matches.

  • kitten on October 6, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    'Harris 108 not out. Kohli 70...Man of the match Kohli? I don't get it'. Well, let's put it this way. Harris was under no pressure to score, he was scoring at will, not chasing any huge target. As we all know, chasing a huge target puts enormous pressure on the team batting second, and I have seen many a batsman scoring a mere thirty or so runs and winning the MoM, because those runs were scored under pressure, and were instrumental in winning the game. It is not just scoring the maximum runs, it is under what conditions it is scored. Enough said. Kohli was a well deserving candidate for the MoM award(and I am not a RCB supporter), and nearly everyone who saw the game(like I did on TV), agreed.

  • AidanFX on October 6, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    I can't believe Christian bowled a slower ball on the last ball when trying to restrict a 6. I just can't believe that. But still @ Brumby90 yeah that's a simplistic comment, you obviously haven't followed NSW in this tournament to focus on SA to make that call. Their bowlers for the most part have got it together but they also have so much more depth than SA who seem to rely on all rounders. Much more depth, one left arm quick, two main off spinners to choose from,a young fast bowler and an experienced accurate medium quick and also a leggy. That may be offensive to some who insist NSW are always favoured but right now but SA don't have much in the bowling department. However once again Ferguson showed why he should be put back in the Aus side; such a consistent class player.

  • Kulaputra on October 6, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    It was RCB's day and they were destined to win. A thrilla in bangalora. that is what this was. Christian and Ian Chappel in commentary box were predictable, with slower one. Give Ian credit - he said slow bouncer and not slow slider.

    It is a pity to see fast bowlers bowling too many slower ones. They should be bowl extra fast ones for a change up. Michael Holding was right. It is quite pathetic to keep seeing slower ones after slower ones from so called fast bowlers for whom a fast ball is a changeup. Chandra used to bowl a faster one changeup as fast as Thommo's according to Viv Richards. Surely, today's "fast" bowlers need to learn the art of fast changeups as they are more effective and less hittable.

    T20 fast bowling is like a chinese dish - sweet and sour. The balance has gone in favour of sweet. Can we get some sour back?

  • on October 6, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    Why TM Dilshan is not bowling...he had bowled well in the world cup nd pick up 8 wickets with an average of 15.75..if he bowls today i think the Redbacks would not take above 200

  • hyclass on October 6, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    Congratulations to RCB on becoming the 1st IPL team in 3 years of the CL to defeat an Australian state side.It must be tempered with the caveat on all 20/20,that Sth Australia have consistently been the poorest performing 1st class side in Australian cricket by some margin.That Sth Australia are even competetive in this format is a comment on the irrelevence of 20/20 in the context of traditional cricket.It anecdotally supports claims that it undermines those qualities of endurance,technique,patience and concentration that are vital to success in the longer formats.Cricket was once described as promoting the manly virtues.20/20 consists of cheap thrills,impatience,instant celebrity and an inverse variation between performance and paydays that undermines traditional format authority.How will virtues be inculcated by our children from what amounts to the dietary equivalent of empty calories?

  • on October 6, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    best of luck RCB.U R THE WINNER OF CLT20 2011

  • Brumby90 on October 6, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    SA's bowling performance shows why Aussie cricket is heading nowhere but downwards. One of the worst displays in a long time. Professionals who cant bowl a ball even remotely on a decent length. Shocking last over. Six slower balls in a row. Not predictable at all. Shame

  • D.S.A on October 6, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    I completely agree with Luke Ashwood on the MOTM issue. Harris's innings was the best crafted innings...and anyway, if another batsman, perhaps a high profile and currently injured Indian batsman from Mumbai scored that ton, he wouldn't be denied the man of the match award. THAT'S FOR SURE!

    @maddy20: How is it ALWAYS easier to set a target?...There's pressure to set a high target and never knowing what score is enough. Neither is any easier or harder, unless the pitch changes significantly. Almost everything else is psychological.

    @Azhar89: Ian Chappel's words are not gospel. Merely a loud mouth commentator...and no, I'm not a fan of the Redbacks or a hater of Bangalore, so I can't be accused of bias.

  • on October 6, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    Best T20 i game i ever saw.............

  • azhar89 on October 5, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    @Luke - You seem to be getting it all wrong. If it wasn't for Virat Kohli, RCB wouldn't have made it. 70 off 36 balls at a strike rate of nearly 200 that turned the match in the favor of RCB and you say he should be embarrassed? Are you kidding me? Agreed, Harris' knock was brilliant, but then you got to give credit to Kohli. Ian Chappel said that Kohli's performance was one of the best batting display he had ever witnessed in a T20. So there you go mate !! Hard luck, hope to see you next year.

  • maddy20 on October 5, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    @Luke It was an innings under tremendous amount of pressure and he was the architect of today's win. It is always harder to chase down such a huge target than setting it. No discredit to Harris though. He played a gem. But I also did think Kohli deserved it.

  • on October 5, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Despite all these heroics, without the Gayle performance in th last game, KKR would gone into the semis

  • ian_ghose on October 5, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    If i ever wanted to hit a six, the ball that Dan Christian bowled to Karthik, would be the one I would want to receive. And 'receive' is the right word. It was an absolute gift. Slow, pitched short enough so that it sits up nicely and lets the batter have a fantastic swing of the arms. I'm sorry it was the stupidest delivery i've seen bowled in such a situation. I feel sorry for Shaun Tait (not as much for Harris) who picked up 5 wickets on a bowlers' graveyard, often without much help from the umpires ( Dharmasena turning down a plumb LBW shout against Dilshan). When the requirement came down to 6 off 1 to win, I told my dad, he should bowl it full and more importantly WIDE, so that even an outside edge would only fetch 4. You can't help but feel annoyed at professional cricketers having their brains go AWOL. Yet again a genuine fast bowler's efforts (and it takes lots of effort to bowl fast) are let down by an ordinary dibbly-dobbler who bowls buffet balls to tailenders.

  • on October 5, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    Virat gave the momentum that RCB needed to win in the middle overs! He was the driving force behind RCBs win and a rightly edudicated man of the match. Wish he could play innings like this for India one day! All in all a good game of cricket can't ask for more

  • landl47 on October 5, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    Great game, with an amazing finish.

  • on October 5, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    Wat a game....215 runs in a T20....bt well playd Southern Australia even though u ended up on the receiving end...

  • on October 5, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Harris 108 not out. Kohli 70...Man of the match Kohli? I don't get it...

  • on October 5, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Bangalore deserves to win the series now especially after today's performance!

  • on October 5, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Full congtats to RCB on chasing down such a huge total, but how on earth did Kohli get man of the match with a 70, when Harris scored an unbeaten 108 at a very healthy strike rate? Just unbelievable. Man of the match is the best performer of the match, not the best performer of the winning side. BTW, poor bowlers have to perform miracles to get man of the match. Tait's 5 wickets at 8 a piece in a Twenty20 when the rest of the innings is scoring above 10 per over is as good as getting a ton as a batsman. Kohli should hand back the man of the match in sheer embarressment.

  • DilshanRocks on October 5, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    ha i told all my friends rcb is not a one-man show they didnt believe me!! go dilly and virat you both rock!!! i always knew dilly was good even in IPL and i was right! awesome from virat deserved MOM

  • JG2704 on October 5, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Am I getting carried away in thinking that this could be the best t20 match ever? So many ebbs and flows. A huge target set and it's surely harder chasing a big score than setting one. When Kholi was going at full flow with Dilshan , I could only see RCB winning. Then after that over from Mr Tait it looked like a SA win all the way up to the final ball. I'd like to have seen SA win to be honest but all credit to RCB - Any team that chases down such a target deserves to qualify and to me they look favourites to win the whole tournament.

  • on October 5, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Unbelievable cricket....just like a sensational bollywood movie...full of emotion, action and thrill

  • on October 5, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    I'm so proud to be an RCBian.. :)

  • on October 5, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    LOL! Aravind has been pwned!!Both in the match and dis article :P

  • on October 5, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    simply superb..had all things what a T20 needs..

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    cant believe .....!!! what a match...!!!!!

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    wow grerat six by arun karthik never expected him to hit it to the six!!

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Awesome Performance By 'BAANG..BAANG......BANG'ALORE

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Oh well, that was the mother of domestic T20 matches, I must say...

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    wonderful match when gayle had out i said match was over so i get up on walk away but i cam back i saw kholi and dilshan smacking dem so i finish watch the whole thing. good match

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  • on October 5, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    wonderful match when gayle had out i said match was over so i get up on walk away but i cam back i saw kholi and dilshan smacking dem so i finish watch the whole thing. good match

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Oh well, that was the mother of domestic T20 matches, I must say...

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Awesome Performance By 'BAANG..BAANG......BANG'ALORE

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    wow grerat six by arun karthik never expected him to hit it to the six!!

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    cant believe .....!!! what a match...!!!!!

  • on October 5, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    simply superb..had all things what a T20 needs..

  • on October 5, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    LOL! Aravind has been pwned!!Both in the match and dis article :P

  • on October 5, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    I'm so proud to be an RCBian.. :)

  • on October 5, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    Unbelievable cricket....just like a sensational bollywood movie...full of emotion, action and thrill

  • JG2704 on October 5, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Am I getting carried away in thinking that this could be the best t20 match ever? So many ebbs and flows. A huge target set and it's surely harder chasing a big score than setting one. When Kholi was going at full flow with Dilshan , I could only see RCB winning. Then after that over from Mr Tait it looked like a SA win all the way up to the final ball. I'd like to have seen SA win to be honest but all credit to RCB - Any team that chases down such a target deserves to qualify and to me they look favourites to win the whole tournament.