Indian Premier League - 1st qualifying final

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings won by 6 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)

Vinod Charan Dass says this: "@Jabari - One Jerome Taylor was already sent to West Indies before the current match started, but he was not selected. What is the guarentee Gayle or Bravo will be called in even if available..? The WI Cric Board are a "bully" now!!" No such selection issues for Gayle here as he walks out to open the innings with Mayank Agarwal. And it's Agarwal who is taking first strike, with the umpires in orange shirts. Albie Morkel to bowl, one slip in

7.50pm On a day that West Indies are inching towards a Test defeat, Chris Gayle is the biggest topic in the lead-up to the match here. It will be equally interesting to see who opens the innings with him. Jabari sends in an SOS: "Paging Gayle and Bravo. You are needed in St. Kitts immediately."

Dagz meanwhile writes in, "Hey Sid, just to translate re: Antipodean usage of "a couple" -- quite often it doesn't literally mean "two" and can mean a lot more, depending on the population. The same goes for "a few".

eg. a bloke telling his missus he was dropping down the pub for "a couple of quiets" would probably more than likely be planning to drink 8+ pints..."

I agree. When it comes to pints, a couple of them hardly ever means just two. Another lesson on a day that I have been rolling on the floor listening to Kevin Bloody Wilson

Toss Daniel Vettori says the whole team is charged up. His knee is feeling good, and "it's only a couple of games". He is either confident of winning today, or if he loses today, he is not quite confident of making the final. Or most plausibly, he is not a pedant and an impulsive subeditor. MS Dhoni has won the toss and Chennai will field. It's a slightly surprising decision because the pitch is expected to assist turn, but Dhoni wants to capitalise on the early swing. Both teams are unchanged from their last games

7.15pm It's Chennai v Bangalore once again. This time in neutral territory, the Wankhede Stadium. This is the first play-off, not quite a knockout. The winner goes to the final, the loser goes to Chennai to play another play-off, against the winner of the match between teams that ended three and four. This is the new IPL format wherein sides finishing one and two get rewarded for their consistency with one extra shot at making the final. Bangalore will be more desperate to win this - if such a thing is possible - because even if Chennai lose this, they get another go in Chennai, where they are yet to lose a game this season. That said, I don't think no side will say, "Oh it's okay, we have another game left." We have 15 minutes to go to toss, you could play the selector yourself until then, and listen to Sanjay Manjrekar on the past week in the IPL.

0.1

Morkel to Agarwal, FOUR, juicy gift first up, leg-side length ball with fine leg pretty square. Agarwal says, "Thank you very much," and clips this fine for four

0.2

Morkel to Agarwal, no run, just outside off this time, and near yorker length, dug out square

0.3

Morkel to Agarwal, 1 leg bye, aha, a big swing from Agarwal, gets a thick inside edge onto the pads. They take the single. On strike comes Gayle

0.4

Morkel to Gayle, no run, yorker, or nearly there, just outside off, played back to Albie

0.5

Morkel to Gayle, 1 run, charges at Morkel, gets too close to the delivery, and gets a single off the inside half of the bat. The long-on is deep

0.6

Morkel to Agarwal, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, guided to third man for one

End of over 1 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 7/0 (RR: 7.00)
MA Agarwal    5* (4b 1x4)      JA Morkel    1-0-6-0
CH Gayle    1* (2b)     

Doug Bollinger to share the new ball. Just the one slip in

1.1

Bollinger to Agarwal, no run, back of a length, around off, punched to point

1.2

Bollinger to Agarwal, no run, looks for the upper cut, but Bollinger's bouncer is a bit too quick for him

1.3

Bollinger to Agarwal, 1 run, cut away to third man for one, more of a steer than a forceful shot

1.4

Bollinger to Gayle, 4 leg byes, Nasty nasty bouncer, kicking off just short of a length, and Gayle is late ducking into it. Flies off the shoulder for four leg-byes. Bollinger stares at Gayle, and then has a quiet word. These two seem to be good friends

1.5

Bollinger to Gayle, no run, more fun as Gayle backs away to send this to the Arabian Sea, but doesn't quite connect and hits it towards mid-on

1.6

Bollinger to Gayle, no run, Gayle backs away again, Bollinger follows him with a short ball again, Gayle pulls out of the shot. Good stuff

End of over 2 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 12/0 (RR: 6.00)
CH Gayle    1* (5b)      DE Bollinger    1-0-1-0
MA Agarwal    6* (7b 1x4)      JA Morkel    1-0-6-0

2.1

Morkel to Agarwal, FOUR, Agarwal had some trouble with Bollinger's pace, but finds Morkel's just fine. It's a length ball, and he has lofted it straight over Morkel's head

2.2

Morkel to Agarwal, FOUR, clever stuff from Agarwal, backs away early, makes Morkel follow him, gets inside the line and flicks this fine of short fine leg

2.3

Morkel to Agarwal, 1 run, pulls the length back this time, tucked away off the hips for a single

2.4

Morkel to Gayle, 1 run, short, into the ribs, keeps the pull down, gets the single

2.5

Morkel to Agarwal, no run, nice check-drive from off-side line, but finds cover

Slip comes out

2.6

Morkel to Agarwal, 2 runs, nice late-cut, slightly square of third man, comes back for a two even as Jakati makes a diving save at the boundary

End of over 3 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 24/0 (RR: 8.00)
MA Agarwal    17* (12b 3x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-18-0
CH Gayle    2* (6b)      DE Bollinger    1-0-1-0

Oh what a killjoy Dhoni is. Doesn't give us part two of Gayle v Bollinger. Ashwin to bowl now, but IIRC Gayle showed some respect to Ashwin in the last game. Long-off is back

3.1

Ashwin to Gayle, no run, dangerously non-turning and accurate delivery. Gayle gets the bat down in time

3.2

Ashwin to Gayle, SIX, slightly too short, not too short mind you, but Gayle rocks back and pulls this over cow corner. No respect tonight

3.3

Ashwin to Gayle, OUT, and Ashwin strikes immediately after getting hit for a six again! And this is not the first time it has happened. I am not too sure about the decision, though. This was on offbreak that pitched short of a driving length and beat Gayle's sweep. Live time, I thought there was too much bounce and turn to be sure. Simon Taufel disagreed, and raised the finger. And as it so often happens, Simon Taufel is correct. Replays show it pitched in line with leg stump, turned a little, and skidded as opposed to bouncing too much. Would have hit the leg stump

CH Gayle lbw b Ashwin 8 (9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 88.88

Stays round the wicket to the new man Kohli

3.4

Ashwin to Kohli, no run, angled across him, played to cover

3.5

Ashwin to Kohli, no run, defended into the leg side

3.6

Ashwin to Kohli, no run, full and flat, pushed to cover

End of over 4 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 30/1 (RR: 7.50)
V Kohli    0* (3b)      R Ashwin    1-0-6-1
MA Agarwal    17* (12b 3x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-18-0

Change of ends for Bollinger

4.1

Bollinger to Agarwal, 1 wide, fast delivery, surprises him a touch, but it is down the leg side too

4.1

Bollinger to Agarwal, no run, angled a cross Agarwal, slight seam movement away too, and beats Agarwal's drive

4.2

Bollinger to Agarwal, no run, bouncer, 136ks, good typical Mumbai bounce, Dhoni collects it in front of his face

4.3

Bollinger to Agarwal, FOUR, risky shot, punched away through the cover ring, and in the air too. It didn't go over anybody's head, just found the gap between cover-point and cover

4.4

Bollinger to Agarwal, no run, opens him up like a can of beans, back of a length, slight seam movement away, and beats Agarwal's attempt to run this down

4.5

Bollinger to Agarwal, no run, looks for the third man area, but is cramped up by the line around off

4.6

Bollinger to Agarwal, FOUR, slower ball but Agarwal goes ahead with his drive, and puts enough behind this to clear mid-off. He has kept the momentum up for Bangalore despite Gayle's loss

End of over 5 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 39/1 (RR: 7.80)
MA Agarwal    25* (18b 5x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-10-0
V Kohli    0* (3b)      R Ashwin    1-0-6-1

5.1

Ashwin to Kohli, 1 wide, flat delivery outside leg

5.1

Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, full on the pads, worked away for a single

Gareth: "You'd have to think that Ashwin's consistancy in the IPL and Ranji trophy would have to have put him ahead of Bhaji as India's first choice spinner. He just really seems unflappable at the moment." In limited-overs cricket, worth a thought. Not in Tests

5.2

Ashwin to Agarwal, 1 run, pushed towards cover. Straight delivery

5.3

Ashwin to Kohli, no run, straight delivery again, can't get it past square leg

5.4

Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, goes deep to pull this down to long-on for one

5.5

Ashwin to Agarwal, no run, full, near yorker length, dug out back to him

Over the wicket goes Ashwin

5.6

Ashwin to Agarwal, 1 run, and Agarwal picks the carrom ball early, plays for the legspin and opens the face to guide it into the covers

End of over 6 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 44/1 (RR: 7.33)
MA Agarwal    27* (21b 5x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-11-1
V Kohli    2* (6b)      DE Bollinger    2-0-10-0

Time for some Bravo now

6.1

Bravo to Agarwal, no run, tucks him up with a short delivery into the ribs

6.2

Bravo to Agarwal, 1 wide, short and wide, goes for the big cut, misses. Called a wide

6.2

Bravo to Agarwal, 1 run, short and wide again, opens the face to get a single to third man

6.3

Bravo to Kohli, 1 wide, too short and too wide

6.3

Bravo to Kohli, 1 run, slower ball, clipped away to deep midwicket for one

6.4

Bravo to Agarwal, no run, length ball, holds its line outside off, beats Agarwal's hanging bat

6.5

Bravo to Agarwal, 2 runs, full on the pads, helped away wide of deep midwicket for a couple

6.6

Bravo to Agarwal, 1 run, another length delivery on the pads, mis-hit in the air, but it falls just short of deep midwicket

End of over 7 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 51/1 (RR: 7.28)
MA Agarwal    31* (26b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-7-0
V Kohli    3* (7b)      R Ashwin    2-0-11-1

Shadab Jakati to bowl now

7.1

Jakati to Agarwal, 1 run, sets himself up for a horizontal shot, but the ball doesn't turn and has to quickly adjust and punch this to sweeper-cover

7.2

Jakati to Kohli, 1 run, fuller, into the pads, worked away for one

7.3

Jakati to Agarwal, no run, another skiddy delivery, off and middle line, played back to the bowler

7.4

Jakati to Agarwal, 1 leg bye, comes down the track, gets another skiddy delivery that doesn't turn. They'll get a leg-bye

7.5

Jakati to Kohli, 2 runs, cut away in front of square, wide of sweeper-cover, they come back for two

7.6

Jakati to Kohli, FOUR, lovely pull shot, goes deep into the crease to manufacture this length, and pulls it between long-on and deep midwicket. All along the ground

End of over 8 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 60/1 (RR: 7.50)
V Kohli    10* (10b 1x4)      SB Jakati    1-0-8-0
MA Agarwal    32* (29b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-7-0

8.1

Bravo to Agarwal, 1 run, slower ball, bowled from behind the crease, pulled away to deep backward square

8.2

Bravo to Kohli, 1 run, holds its line outside off, Kohli gets a single wide of cover

8.3

Bravo to Agarwal, no run, cut away, there wasn't much room actually but he did well, but couldn't beat point

8.4

Bravo to Agarwal, 1 wide, wide down the leg side, third one for Bravo

8.4

Bravo to Agarwal, 1 run, slower ball, short outside off, pushed wide of cover for one

Gem from Simon Taufel re the lbw he called: "Pitched and straightened, the only question for me was height. Hopefully the HawkEye agreed." Does it ever, Simon

8.5

Bravo to Kohli, 1 run, punched through the covers for one

8.6

Bravo to Agarwal, OUT, Bravo's slower ball strikes. Agarwal, more a drive man, sees a fullish delivery and goes for it, gets only the toe end, and holes out to long-on

MA Agarwal c Bollinger b Bravo 34 (33b 5x4 0x6) SR: 103.03

End of over 9 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 65/2 (RR: 7.22)
     DJ Bravo    2-0-12-1
V Kohli    12* (12b 1x4)      SB Jakati    1-0-8-0

Jakati to continue. ABD to face

9.1

Jakati to de Villiers, 1 run, cut away to get off the mark first ball

Over the wicket goes Jakati

9.2

Jakati to Kohli, FOUR, short ball on the pads, goes deep into the crease to make it even shorter and pulls this between fine leg and deep square

9.3

Jakati to Kohli, 1 run, fuller this time, and pushed down the ground for one

9.4

Jakati to de Villiers, no run, looks to drop and run, Kohli refuses the single as it hasn't gone far off Dhoni

9.5

Jakati to de Villiers, 1 run, clipped away to leg for one

9.6

Jakati to Kohli, 1 run, forced down the ground for another single

End of over 10 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 73/2 (RR: 7.30)
V Kohli    18* (15b 2x4)      SB Jakati    2-0-16-0
AB de Villiers    2* (3b)      DJ Bravo    2-0-12-1

Morkel comes back

10.1

Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, pushed past the diving Morkel for one

10.2

Morkel to de Villiers, 1 run, steps forward, drops this short delivery into the covers and takes the single

10.3

Morkel to Kohli, no run, looks to cut, the ball doesn't quite come on, ends up hitting it in front of square, towards Raina at extra cover

10.4

Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, hit just wide of midwicket for one

10.5

Morkel to de Villiers, no run, slower ball, de Villiers goes back and punches this, but can't beat mid-off

10.6

Morkel to de Villiers, no run, short, quicker one, 135ks, no room at all, played back to the bowler

End of over 11 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 76/2 (RR: 6.90)
AB de Villiers    3* (6b)      JA Morkel    3-0-21-0
V Kohli    20* (18b 2x4)      SB Jakati    2-0-16-0

Jakati continues over the wicket

11.1

Jakati to Kohli, 1 run, on the pads, worked around the corner

11.2

Jakati to de Villiers, SIX, slightly short, not a long hop really, but de Villiers is lightning quick in rocking back and pulling it over midwicket

11.3

Jakati to de Villiers, 2 runs, reverse-sweep from outside leg, wide of deep point, comes back for two

Round the wicket now

11.4

Jakati to de Villiers, no run, makes a diving save himself as this is pushed to his left

11.5

Jakati to de Villiers, OUT, Jakati strikes back. de Villiers charges at him, looking to go over long-on, but gets a bit too close to it and doesn't get the elevation to clear long-on. Vijay completes the simple catch

AB de Villiers c Vijay b Jakati 11 (10b 0x4 1x6) SR: 110.00

11.6

Jakati to Kohli, 1 run, full, middle and leg, driven to long-off for one

End of over 12 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 86/3 (RR: 7.16)
V Kohli    22* (20b 2x4)      SB Jakati    3-0-26-1
LA Pomersbach    0* (0b)      JA Morkel    3-0-21-0

Raina comes to bowl now

12.1

Raina to Kohli, FOUR, Lovely shot, just a touch short, and he rocks back and punches this wide of deep point

12.2

Raina to Kohli, 1 run, looks for the cut, gets a single to short third

Round the wicket to the new batsman, Pomersbach. There is a slip in too

12.3

Raina to Pomersbach, 1 run, forced past the straight midwicket for a single

12.4

Raina to Kohli, no run, straighter one, just short of a length, hit back to Raina

For the second time this over, Raina pulls out of the delivery. Dew, sweat or mindgames?

12.5

Raina to Kohli, no run, dives to his right, past Luke to save this single

12.6

Raina to Kohli, 2 runs, flat into the pads, placed wide of deep midwicket for two

End of over 13 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 94/3 (RR: 7.23)
V Kohli    29* (25b 3x4)      SK Raina    1-0-8-0
LA Pomersbach    1* (1b)      SB Jakati    3-0-26-1

Jakati to bowl his last over. Round the wicket to the left-hand Pomersbach

13.1

Jakati to Pomersbach, no run, floated outside off, and left alone

13.2

Jakati to Pomersbach, 2 runs, just short of driving length, punched wide of sweeper-cover for two

13.3

Jakati to Pomersbach, SIX, Top shot, coming down the track, lofting this over long-off. Almost inside-out

13.4

Jakati to Pomersbach, no run, straighter one outside off, beats the outside edge

13.5

Jakati to Pomersbach, 1 run, looked to come down the track, stays back to a flat delivery, pushes it down to long-off

13.6

Jakati to Kohli, 2 runs, lovely shot again, inside-out chip over extra cover, they come back for two

End of over 14 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 105/3 (RR: 7.50)
V Kohli    31* (26b 3x4)      SB Jakati    4-0-37-1
LA Pomersbach    10* (6b 1x6)      SK Raina    1-0-8-0

Anil Kumble says he would have thought about bowling along side Dan Vettori for these last few games, but the IPL rules wouldn't have allowed it. That would have been some attack with these two professors of parsimony bowling in tandem.

And just saw again Ashwin's reaction after getting Gayle's wicket. He made the cut-throat sign with his thumb. Hmm

Bravo comes back

14.1

Bravo to Pomersbach, no run, beats him on the cut, angling this across him

14.2

Bravo to Pomersbach, FOUR, Muscle! Charges at Bravo and murders this short ball wide of long-on, who didn't have too much to move but couldn't. This went just too fast

14.3

Bravo to Pomersbach, FOUR, Dropped? Not really, Dhoni is standing up, and this is a healthy enough edge for Pomersbach. Streaky but four

14.4

Bravo to Pomersbach, SIX, Fat flat six, one of the flattest you'll see. Pulled away from rib high, and goes over midwicket, into the boundary boards

14.5

Bravo to Pomersbach, 2 runs, beautiful shot, on the up, inside out, past extra cover, along the ground

14.6

Bravo to Pomersbach, 1 leg bye, appeal for leg-before but Pomersbach has shuffled across enough to get outside the line of off. Gets a leg-bye to keep the strike

End of over 15 (17 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 122/3 (RR: 8.13)
LA Pomersbach    26* (12b 2x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-28-1
V Kohli    31* (26b 3x4)      SB Jakati    4-0-37-1

Ashwin comes back. One slip in

15.1

Ashwin to Pomersbach, no run, flat, around off, defended back

15.2

Ashwin to Pomersbach, 1 run, flighted delivery, pushed to long-off, hands it over to Kohli who should know Ashwin better

Round the stumps

15.3

Ashwin to Kohli, no run, cut away from in front of leg, in front of square, can't get it past extra

15.4

Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, full, looks for the big drive, gets a thick inside edge for one

15.5

Ashwin to Pomersbach, 1 run, shimmies down the pitch and drives it to long-on

15.6

Ashwin to Kohli, SIX, Kohli gets into the hitting party now. What a clean shot without any fuss. Length ball, on middle and leg, and he wristily drives it over cow corner

End of over 16 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 131/3 (RR: 8.18)
V Kohli    38* (29b 3x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    3-0-20-1
LA Pomersbach    28* (15b 2x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-28-1

Bollinger comes back

16.1

Bollinger to Pomersbach, no run, walks at him, digs out a yorker, and Bollinger dives to his right to prevent the single

16.2

Bollinger to Pomersbach, 1 run, nearly does it all by himself. Superb stuff from Doug. First of all a big short ball, no room at all, Luke gets a limp top edge, and Doug runs towards short cover, and makes a one-handed catch, but as he makes the fall, the ball bounces out on impact

Pomersbach warned for running on the pitch. Luke says, "What do you mean warning?" Rauf is not impressed. He says, "Warning means you are running on the pitch, you are damaging the pitch. Next time no runs."

16.3

Bollinger to Kohli, 1 run, driven past extra cover for one

16.4

Bollinger to Pomersbach, OUT, Timber! Pomersbach had the right idea. This was a length ball, he stood tall, and looked to bosh it over midwicket. However, he swung down the wrong line, and the off stump is out of the ground

LA Pomersbach b Bollinger 29 (18b 2x4 2x6) SR: 161.11

Tiwary is the new man in, and they have a slip in again

16.5

Bollinger to Tiwary, 1 run, full toss on the pads, driven down to long-on

16.6

Bollinger to Kohli, 1 run, full, outside off, squeezed out for a single to extra cover

End of over 17 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 135/4 (RR: 7.94)
V Kohli    40* (31b 3x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    3-0-14-1
SS Tiwary    1* (1b)      R Ashwin    3-0-20-1

Ashwin to continue from round the stumps to the right-hand batsman

17.1

Ashwin to Kohli, FOUR, full toss, hit powerfully back over Ashwin's head, who tries to stick his left hand out but doesn't make any connection

Over the wicket now

17.2

Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, darted into the legs, pushed to long-on for one

17.3

Ashwin to Tiwary, 1 run, comes down the track, gets too close to it, and hence plays it along the ground towards long-on

17.4

Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, short and wide, cut away straight to deep point

Round the wicket to the left-hand bat

17.5

Ashwin to Tiwary, FOUR, full and wide, and Tiwary biffs this over extra cover. Not the best-looking extra cover drive but it does the job

17.6

Ashwin to Tiwary, 2 runs, oh he has nearly killed Ashwin. He doesn't seem to know where he is. Nasty nasty hit. All Tiwary's muscle into this shot back at Ashwin, who doesn't have time to get out of the way and is hit straight on the head. It was hit so hard the ricochet flew to long-off, and they came back for two. He just didn't know for a moment where he was. Walks off the field. Gavaskar reckons they should have called for the stretcher

End of over 18 (13 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 148/4 (RR: 8.22)
SS Tiwary    8* (4b 1x4)      R Ashwin    4-0-33-1
V Kohli    46* (34b 4x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    3-0-14-1

Morkel comes back

18.1

Morkel to Kohli, 2 runs, pulled down the ground, bad bounce for Bravo at long-on, and they are alert enough to come back for the second

Fine leg up in the circle

18.2

Morkel to Kohli, FOUR, Kolhi completes a very important half-century with a lovely boundary. Makes room, lofts this late, over point. Kohli keeps improving every day

18.3

Morkel to Kohli, SIX, Whoa. What a hit. Poor bowling I must say. Gentle pace. Length ball. Ripe for the taking. Over long-on

18.4

Morkel to Kohli, SIX, Length ball again. Gentle pace again. Morkel cannot keep bowling this length at this pace. And Kohli handsomely goes inside-out over extra cover

18.5

Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, gets across this time and flicks this towards deep midwicket

18.6

Morkel to Tiwary, no run, Morkel is playing with fire bowling length here. Tiwary gives this it his all, and is beaten by the low bounce

End of over 19 (19 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 167/4 (RR: 8.78)
SS Tiwary    8* (5b 1x4)      JA Morkel    4-0-40-0
V Kohli    65* (39b 5x4 3x6)      R Ashwin    4-0-33-1

Bollinger to bowl the last over

19.1

Bollinger to Kohli, 2 runs, back of a length, no room, and Kohli does the next-best thing by placing it wide of deep square, and comes back for two

19.2

Bollinger to Kohli, 1 run, low full toss outside off, drives square, but can't beat point

Over in Paris, Rafa Nadal has dodged an Isner-sized bullet in little over four hours, winning 6-4 in the fifth set

19.3

Bollinger to Tiwary, 1 run, Oh Tiwary's role seems to be to take out the Chennai bowlers! This is pulled, but late into the shot, and hit right back at Bollinger. Not as powerfully as the hit to Ashwin. Bollinger can't hold onto it. Very tough chance it was

19.4

Bollinger to Kohli, 2 byes, slower ball, beats him, Kohli goes for the bye, and Dhoni goes for the unnecessary hit and concedes the overthrow. Very un-Dhoni like

19.5

Bollinger to Kohli, 2 runs, rare length ball from Bollinger, hit wide of long-on, Kohli comes back for two

19.6

Bollinger to Kohli, no run, back of a length, angling across him, Kohli heaves and misses. A rare blip on a very important innings

Good spirit shown as his India team-mate, Suresh Raina, pats Kohli's back. And what an innings Kolhi has played. Was the anchor-man to begin with, and then targeted Morkel ruthlessly. Seventy off 44. Improving with almost every innings. Test debut this year, Virat? We will be back with the chase soon

End of over 20 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 175/4
V Kohli    70* (44b 5x4 3x6)      DE Bollinger    4-0-20-1
SS Tiwary    9* (6b 1x4)      JA Morkel    4-0-40-0
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RCB v Super Kings at Bangalore - May 22, 2011
RCB won by 8 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
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May 24, 2011

MS Dhoni makes it in time just as the throw comes in, Bangalore v Chennai, 1st qualifier, IPL 2011, Mumbai, May 24, 2011

MS Dhoni makes it in time just as the throw comes in

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May 24, 2011

A concerned Suresh Raina checks R Ashwin after he took a blow to his head, Bangalore v Chennai, 1st qualifier, IPL 2011, Mumbai, May 24, 2011

A concerned Suresh Raina checks R Ashwin after he took a blow to his head

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