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

A barrage of fours, and the late first six

Plays of the Day from the Champions League T20 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and South Australia
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The fours
Daniel Harris made it clear from the start that he was a man in a hurry, swinging hard at everything. There was little reward initially and he scored only 6 off 7 balls. Then it fell in place for him, and he unleashed an unstoppable torrent of boundaries. Nine of his next ten deliveries were dispatched for four as he dismantled S Aravind and Dirk Nannes. By the end of the carnage, Harris was 43 off 17.

The first six
You'd think a team that scored at nearly 11 runs an over through the 20 overs would have clouted plenty of sixes. South Australia, though, had only five of them in their innings, and the first of those didn't come until the 16th over. It was Callum Ferguson who struck the blow, hammering the hapless Aravind over wide long-on.

The drop
In the 19th over, Dan Christian mowed a length ball towards deep midwicket. The shot didn't have enough power on it and was headed straight for the man in the deep, Mayank Agarwal. Christian was so certain that he was going to be dismissed that he cursed himself, and stopped trying to complete the single he had started, in preparation for the walk to the pavilion. Agarwal, though, shelled an absolute sitter, and Christian celebrated the reprieve with five boundaries in the next over.

The drop -2
South Australia's fielding standards were generally far superior to those of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Which made it hard to explain Ferguson dropping a straightforward chance from Kohli in the 15th over. Shaun Tait fired in a leg-stump full toss, which Kohli edged towards midwicket - it didn't go too high, or too far and Ferguson had plenty of time to get under it and he positioned himself perfectly to pouch. Inexplicably, it popped out of his hands, and bounced on his nose on the way to the ground. Ferguson couldn't put a finger on how he missed it: "Obviously it's a big wicket to… to … obviously, it was a drop, it was me, which is pretty disappointing," is all he could offer by way of explanation. Luckily for him and South Australia, Kohli was dismissed later in the over.

The collision
When Michael Klinger and Tom Cooper collided attempting a catch, the first thoughts were about the horrific Steve Waugh-Jason Gillespie collision in 1999. The incident took place in the seventh over, when Chris Gayle miscued the ball towards mid-off. Klinger moved across from extra cover while Cooper ran in from long-off and clearly neither heard the call from the other, perhaps because of the buzz in the Chinnaswamy due to Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan's rapidfire start. In any case, Klinger hung on to an overhead catch, before colliding with Cooper, who try to move out at the last moment. Klinger seemed to be hit in the thigh by Cooper's knee, and he rolled over in pain, and had to be helped off the field by the physio.

The yorker
With Tait's bowling, you never know what to expect. Would he go for plenty as he did in his previous match against the Warriors or would he rip through the line-up with his express pace? It all fell in place for Tait today. He could have removed both Dilshan and Kohli, who were pooh-poohing the South Australian bowling with some sublime strokeplay, in his second over. The highlight of his spell, though, was the yorker to dismiss Dilshan in the penultimate over, with the match in balance. It was a searing delivery that swung in, past Dilshan's defence to take home in to the bottom of middle stump.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on October 6, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    CSK is much better than RCB , and the other indian teams , records speak for itself , so stop talking against CSK , just support RCB... CSK and CSK fans know that we didnt perform upto our level this tournament but that deosnt mean you ppl becaome a better team in just one match... All the best RCB...

  • raghu1122000 on October 6, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    seeing the fight below I am actually quite surprised. Not sure if IPL will maintai the same interest it did during the first yea but we see a true Manu vs Chelsea type rivalry.. between RCB and CK.. Just check this RCB has qualified for 3 champions league, been to 2 finals and 1 semifinals of IPL and CSK has won it twice, been to a final once, won the champions league.. If you leave CSK RCB is easily the scond most successful team in IPL history(Yes Deccan and Rajasthan have won but seriously, they arent as consistent).

  • on October 6, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    @Gokul: I agree Rcb pulled out a stunner in last match nd they r my 2nd favs after MI for the titles but winning one match wit team effort does not mean tat RCB was not relying on Gayle..We all know wat hppnd for Rcb Before nd After the arrival of Gayle in Ipl-2011. Counting on the team effort of rcb i would say der s a long way to go..

  • srivatsacertain on October 6, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    @ian_ghose: So true! But Tait was at his best in his last spell! The delivery to dismiss Dilshan was an ultimate cracker! I was thinking that Tait would bowl the 20th over! surprisingly Ferguson sent him for the penultimate over! Though he did his job quite well, i don't think he'd bowled a slow back of length delivery asking to be slogged over mid-wicket! But what's done is done! We've had a game not to be forgotten in the near future! CLT20 has produced quite a few nail biting thrillers this season, and it has been the mother of all thrillers!

  • srivatsacertain on October 6, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    @ the person who commented below: Its alright dude! Don't be so frustrated :-) Yes, no one deserved to win the IPL 2011 more than CSK! The way Raina anchored CSK's chase in the 1st qualifier against RCB said it all- that CSK were the true champions!! But now, moving over the past, we've seen how both teams fared in the CLT20 this year. CSK despite having 12 runs less to chase, couldn't make it against NSW. Forget making it, they couldn't even put a decent fight! So basically, CSK have ruled T20 like Australia ruled the world cricket! But after 3 consecutive world cup titles, we've had a new champion! (Note that from 1987-2007, Aus have not reached WC finals only on 1 occasion, just like CSK didnt reach finals in 2009). But in 2011, for the 1st time ever, Australia didnt make it to semis and we've had a new world champion! This is 2011 my dear friend and it's the 1st time CSK didn't make it to semis! We'll have a new champion and i hope it'll be RCB

  • on October 6, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    @ManojKannan ROFL.. did u say RCB rely only on Gayle.. U must get the stats right bro.. Gayle is an asset alright but just Gayle smashing around the park doesnt help. He needs someone to give a stand and RCB has the right guys for that.. I knw its hurts CSK is knocked off for the first time in the first round... Chill.. Sit back and watch cheer for RCB..

  • luisbrunel on October 6, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    what's with the drop catches in this tournament?...horrible

  • CSK-FAN on October 6, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    wow!At last wins a IPL team with subcontinent Talent.

  • ian_ghose on October 6, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    @srivatsacertain - Yeah mate...true to the hilt. I'm quite annoyed with this fascination for 'slower' deliveries, especially in T20 games. Maybe this game would have taught those bowlers a lesson and we'd see good old fast yorkers again. Or maybe thats just wishful thinking...

  • on October 6, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    lol. th oly thing dat got rocked day be4 yest ws csk!! similar situations! u crumbled lik a house of cards while chasing 200! we stood tall, held our nerve, and finished it in style chasing a slightly bigger target!! csk fans can never dream of getting to watch their team 2 pull of such a heist ever!! all u cynics calling rcb a 1 man team can all go home an lament over not evn reachin semi finals! n don tell me bout ur previous glories wen u so calld champs haven beaten an australian team ever in th cl in ur 2 yrs of participation!!

  • on October 6, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    CSK is much better than RCB , and the other indian teams , records speak for itself , so stop talking against CSK , just support RCB... CSK and CSK fans know that we didnt perform upto our level this tournament but that deosnt mean you ppl becaome a better team in just one match... All the best RCB...

  • raghu1122000 on October 6, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    seeing the fight below I am actually quite surprised. Not sure if IPL will maintai the same interest it did during the first yea but we see a true Manu vs Chelsea type rivalry.. between RCB and CK.. Just check this RCB has qualified for 3 champions league, been to 2 finals and 1 semifinals of IPL and CSK has won it twice, been to a final once, won the champions league.. If you leave CSK RCB is easily the scond most successful team in IPL history(Yes Deccan and Rajasthan have won but seriously, they arent as consistent).

  • on October 6, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    @Gokul: I agree Rcb pulled out a stunner in last match nd they r my 2nd favs after MI for the titles but winning one match wit team effort does not mean tat RCB was not relying on Gayle..We all know wat hppnd for Rcb Before nd After the arrival of Gayle in Ipl-2011. Counting on the team effort of rcb i would say der s a long way to go..

  • srivatsacertain on October 6, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    @ian_ghose: So true! But Tait was at his best in his last spell! The delivery to dismiss Dilshan was an ultimate cracker! I was thinking that Tait would bowl the 20th over! surprisingly Ferguson sent him for the penultimate over! Though he did his job quite well, i don't think he'd bowled a slow back of length delivery asking to be slogged over mid-wicket! But what's done is done! We've had a game not to be forgotten in the near future! CLT20 has produced quite a few nail biting thrillers this season, and it has been the mother of all thrillers!

  • srivatsacertain on October 6, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    @ the person who commented below: Its alright dude! Don't be so frustrated :-) Yes, no one deserved to win the IPL 2011 more than CSK! The way Raina anchored CSK's chase in the 1st qualifier against RCB said it all- that CSK were the true champions!! But now, moving over the past, we've seen how both teams fared in the CLT20 this year. CSK despite having 12 runs less to chase, couldn't make it against NSW. Forget making it, they couldn't even put a decent fight! So basically, CSK have ruled T20 like Australia ruled the world cricket! But after 3 consecutive world cup titles, we've had a new champion! (Note that from 1987-2007, Aus have not reached WC finals only on 1 occasion, just like CSK didnt reach finals in 2009). But in 2011, for the 1st time ever, Australia didnt make it to semis and we've had a new world champion! This is 2011 my dear friend and it's the 1st time CSK didn't make it to semis! We'll have a new champion and i hope it'll be RCB

  • on October 6, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    @ManojKannan ROFL.. did u say RCB rely only on Gayle.. U must get the stats right bro.. Gayle is an asset alright but just Gayle smashing around the park doesnt help. He needs someone to give a stand and RCB has the right guys for that.. I knw its hurts CSK is knocked off for the first time in the first round... Chill.. Sit back and watch cheer for RCB..

  • luisbrunel on October 6, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    what's with the drop catches in this tournament?...horrible

  • CSK-FAN on October 6, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    wow!At last wins a IPL team with subcontinent Talent.

  • ian_ghose on October 6, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    @srivatsacertain - Yeah mate...true to the hilt. I'm quite annoyed with this fascination for 'slower' deliveries, especially in T20 games. Maybe this game would have taught those bowlers a lesson and we'd see good old fast yorkers again. Or maybe thats just wishful thinking...

  • on October 6, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    lol. th oly thing dat got rocked day be4 yest ws csk!! similar situations! u crumbled lik a house of cards while chasing 200! we stood tall, held our nerve, and finished it in style chasing a slightly bigger target!! csk fans can never dream of getting to watch their team 2 pull of such a heist ever!! all u cynics calling rcb a 1 man team can all go home an lament over not evn reachin semi finals! n don tell me bout ur previous glories wen u so calld champs haven beaten an australian team ever in th cl in ur 2 yrs of participation!!

  • ShilajitBava on October 6, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    @BigIndFan U forget the small contribution frm VJ and Gayle's puckering up to Ash!

  • on October 6, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    @Ian_ghose,Arun Karthik is not a tailender friend he bats number three for chennail in Ranji Tropy,and he is an above average batsman.Give some credit to him also for that six.

  • johnathonjosephs on October 6, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Aravind surely has the record for worst figures in a T20? And he's in the Indian squad ahead of many other better players. I really don't know what to say except India is going through some tough times if they're picking a guy who went 68 runs in 4 overs for a 50 over match

  • franklins on October 6, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    @cricket_DD, I guess you are the only one to comment about the article..

  • on October 6, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    @BigINDFan who said RCB deserved to win IPL 2011??? if u think it deserved means it doesnt count... CSK was the best team and it won the IPL 2011... You are talking about Hussey?? you ppl always rely on gayle except last match... Just for RCB going into semi's you are talking so much , CSK are 3 time champions , 1 Finalist and 1 semi finalist, how can we talk?? CSK rocks... just enjoy the moment and dont talk about CSK..

  • on October 6, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    well done RCB i was in bangalore for the IPL saw most of the games,must confess when both teams score 200,there is bound to be dropped catches,u can refer to the game of AUS vs SAF in 2006,NSW is also not easy opponent,RCB has to watch for watson,warner,the only problem indian TEAMS ARE FACING IS POOR BOWLING and FIELDING,KARTHIK did a rajesh chauhan vs PAK karachi '97 and Bhajji vs PAK ASIA cup,to win matches in last over but he did something extra to win on last ball,in front of capacity crowd,and repeated their semis performance like last year,but now is tough call we hope it to be an ALL INDIA final with RCB vs MUMBAI,,and RCB has been twice IPL runners up,MUMBAI once,just like HOLLAND are thrice football WCUP runners up buton the day may the best team win..

  • srivatsacertain on October 6, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    This match ought to shut the mouths of the people who called-"RCB is a one man army of Gayle". There can't be a better example for teamwork than this game!Every player who got 6 or more runs has hit a 6! And @ ian_ghose, I cannot agree with you more! When you are dumbstruck about Dan bowling a slow, back of length ball to Karthik, I was pissed at S Aravind for bowling slow full length deliveries, back to back when there was no long on or long off! Dude, that's some basic common sense these people have to develop! Alright, that might be the pressure of the moment, but you can at least try it for God's sake!

  • AidanFX on October 6, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    Awesome finish by Tait - wish this guy took himself more seriously but its not to be. But I stayed up late thinking no point following this Bang are cruising and he ripped through late. Awesome match over all to have a 6 win the match. I only express what has been said before by myself and others; WHAT was Christian thinking???

  • on October 6, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    Unbelievable match.. Harris-Callum blast.. Gayle cameo(Expected done) but Virat's towering 6's and then Tait's awesome crushers.. Finally the little lad doing the maximum he can att he last possible minute.. Just awesome.. Intensity of the game matters than the format..

  • cricket_DD on October 5, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    How did you miss the "play of the match".. Last ball six with six needed... that doesnt happen everyday

  • on October 5, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    it was possibly the best T20 i have seen , RCB never gave up and became first IPL team to beat an Australian team , Dilhsan played great innings , but kohli played a blinder , an Innings which should give Virat Kohli lot of confidence, now there are two IPL teams in Semi's ,One each Australian and English teams. well winning is not about who is best in terms of ranking , but who plays with guts and take their chances , India did same during world cup 2011 , India did not look like winning the QF,SF or even the final , but India never lost the chase and kept believing in themselves.

  • on October 5, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    @sazib_Sheraz.. Its the champions who know how to pull off life from jaws of death .. For the matter of fact if you see RCB's journey has been always interesting singce IPL 2 they have risen when they were down under !! .. This would give them much more confidence to advance as they would have had their share of experiences of what not to do and what should be done to win .. This kind of experience is what determines your capability of dealing with mistakes providing confidence of what you can do !!!

  • ian_ghose on October 5, 2011, 19:44 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.

  • Precioustar84 on October 5, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Cricket matches aren't about who deserves a spot in semis or finals. It's about who plays better for the day whether it be RCB in Champions League or Team India in World Cup. If these so called spots mattered then there would be no such thing as matches. Everyone would be playing for fun cause all teams deserve a spot one time or another.

  • BigINDFan on October 5, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    RCB deserved to win the IPL 2011 but CSK had Hussey in the final. Redbacks deserved to go to the semis and RCB came up with a last ball six. Hope RCB wins the CLT20 since they have a strong team that has not quite fired until this game. C'mon Gayle you have 2 games to show you da the T20 king :-) MSD needs to close the year and start 2012 afresh!

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    I have no idea how S Aravind got selected into the Indian team for the upcoming England series with this kinda bowling...Great performance by both teams!!

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Great to see Tait firing on full cylinders...hope he comes back for 2015 wc

  • Saqib_Sheraz on October 5, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Well I think RCB don't deserves a semis spot... they were down and under the whole tournament... except the last one and on the other hand SA were impressive and comparatively more balanced.

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    good going RCB. Keep it up the momentum...

  • on October 5, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    T20 at its very best !!!!

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  • on October 5, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    T20 at its very best !!!!

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    good going RCB. Keep it up the momentum...

  • Saqib_Sheraz on October 5, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Well I think RCB don't deserves a semis spot... they were down and under the whole tournament... except the last one and on the other hand SA were impressive and comparatively more balanced.

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Great to see Tait firing on full cylinders...hope he comes back for 2015 wc

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    I have no idea how S Aravind got selected into the Indian team for the upcoming England series with this kinda bowling...Great performance by both teams!!

  • BigINDFan on October 5, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    RCB deserved to win the IPL 2011 but CSK had Hussey in the final. Redbacks deserved to go to the semis and RCB came up with a last ball six. Hope RCB wins the CLT20 since they have a strong team that has not quite fired until this game. C'mon Gayle you have 2 games to show you da the T20 king :-) MSD needs to close the year and start 2012 afresh!

  • Precioustar84 on October 5, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Cricket matches aren't about who deserves a spot in semis or finals. It's about who plays better for the day whether it be RCB in Champions League or Team India in World Cup. If these so called spots mattered then there would be no such thing as matches. Everyone would be playing for fun cause all teams deserve a spot one time or another.

  • ian_ghose on October 5, 2011, 19:44 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, 20:02 GMT

    @sazib_Sheraz.. Its the champions who know how to pull off life from jaws of death .. For the matter of fact if you see RCB's journey has been always interesting singce IPL 2 they have risen when they were down under !! .. This would give them much more confidence to advance as they would have had their share of experiences of what not to do and what should be done to win .. This kind of experience is what determines your capability of dealing with mistakes providing confidence of what you can do !!!

  • on October 5, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    it was possibly the best T20 i have seen , RCB never gave up and became first IPL team to beat an Australian team , Dilhsan played great innings , but kohli played a blinder , an Innings which should give Virat Kohli lot of confidence, now there are two IPL teams in Semi's ,One each Australian and English teams. well winning is not about who is best in terms of ranking , but who plays with guts and take their chances , India did same during world cup 2011 , India did not look like winning the QF,SF or even the final , but India never lost the chase and kept believing in themselves.