Deccan v Bangalore, IPL 2012, Hyderabad May 20, 2012

Steyn, Duminy help Deccan knock out RCB

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Deccan Chargers 132 for 7 (Duminy 74, Vinay 3-22) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 123 for 9 (Kohli 42, Steyn 3-8, Ashish Reddy 3-25) by 9 runs
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Royal Challengers Bangalore imploded in their most crucial match of the season and failed to qualify for the playoffs after choking in a low-scoring chase. Their defeat in Hyderabad allowed Chennai Super Kings to hang on to fourth spot at the end of the league stage.

Deccan Chargers scratched to 132 on a slow pitch, but their bowlers and fielders lifted the gloom of their campaign with a performance that brought the tournament's most intimidating batting line-up to its knees. Chargers, who spent most of the season languishing at the bottom, left Pune Warriors holding the wooden spoon and moved to eighth spot.

The game was Royal Challengers' to lose. A target of 133 should not have been too daunting for their top heavy batting line-up. The chase had several turning points - Chris Gayle's dismissal, Dale Steyn's first three overs and Virat Kohli's rush of blood, to name a few. Steyn was unplayable with figures of 4-0-8-3, but crucially, he found support from the slower bowlers. Amit Mishra took two in an over to set Royal Challengers back and Ashish Reddy frustrated the batsmen with slower balls in the final stages.

Gayle has largely determined Royal Challengers' fortunes this season, by combining big hits with longevity at the crease. He has, on occasion, started sedately before embarking on a boundary barrage. Today Gayle batted as though he was determined to finish in ten overs, pounding 24 in Manpreet Gony's first over, the second of the innings.

In the third, Gayle had to face Steyn, bowling at serious pace. After ducking under a short ball aimed at his head, Gayle tried to make room by moving towards leg and bottom edged another fast short ball on to his stumps. Steyn then had Tillakaratne Dilshan lbw in his next over, and Royal Challengers were 40 for 2 when Saurabh Tiwary retired hurt after straining a hamstring in the sixth.

An overthrow that cost six runs was the only major blip on an unusually good day in the field for Chargers. Duminy's leaping catch at short cover to get rid of AB de Villiers was an example of their improvement. The tension was palpable in the Royal Challengers camp as de Villiers walked back, because their tail began at No.7.

Tiwary returned in the tenth over after Mishra's double-strike. He and Kohli kept Royal Challengers in the hunt during their brisk stand of 46, which came at 7.45 runs an over. The plan seemed to be to knock off as many as possible before Steyn returned for his final over. Kohli swung Ashish Reddy over long-on but a repeat of that shot the following ball found the fielder. A furious Kohli swung his bat at thin air in frustration.

Steyn returned to knock down Zaheer Khan's middle stump to round off another dream spell. The game was all but sealed for Chargers as the asking rate proved too demanding for Royal Challengers' tail. Kohli sat at the dug out with his pads on, hands on his face, wondering what could have been.

Besides Steyn, Chargers had another South African to thank - JP Duminy. The two-paced pitch produced attritional cricket and Chargers struggled to score at six an over. Duminy did his best to compensate for the failures of his other overseas colleagues with a late surge, pounding five sixes in an aggressive half-century.

Only two boundaries were scored in the Powerplay overs, which produced just 23 runs. By the end of the tenth over, the score was an underwhelming 47 for 3. Duminy, who began watchfully, hit the first of his five sixes when he heaved R Vinay Kumar over long-on in the 16th over. He hit three more in a single over from Muttiah Muralitharan, which cost 20. His knock was valuable in getting Chargers to a middling total on a slow pitch. It turned out to be enough.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • rasiramesh on May 22, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings (CSK) might have won DD & KKR in the league stage surprisingly. David Warner (DD) has not batted well & though Sunil Narine (KKR) bowled well, CSK were able to win those league games against them. CLT20 2011 Match Facts: Match 1: Trinidad & Tobago (123-8) vs Chennai Super Kings (111/6). CSK lost by 12 runs. Man of the Match: Sunil Narine (T&T): 3/8 (4 Overs) Match 2: New South Wales Blues (201/2) vs Chennai Super Kings (155/10). CSK lost by 46 runs. Man of the Match: David Warner (NSW): 135*(69) But considering the above match facts of CLT20 2011, both players will make a terrific comeback. So CSK cannot escape in Play-offs. Since both DD & KKR are already wounded & either of these team will revenge them in Qualifier 2, if CSK beats MI in Eliminator. Oops, but winning MI is a mammoth task in Eliminator, since 2 times this season MI have humiliated CSK & how come they can face DD & KKR. So 23rd May 2012 will be CSK's last game for season 2012. So, Bye, Bye CSK!

  • prabaharanaece on May 22, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    All i can say is if CSK is under performing to their best and still make it to playoffs .. watch out guys. when lions start to roar other teams need to find a hiding place.. we have seen the glimpse of brilliance against DD though.. such a performence is what is requried to make it a hatrick..

  • dummy4fb on May 22, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Four teams fought for a single place in the play-offs. Chennai finished there league games little bit earlier than the other three competitors. Yet, with the opportunity in their hands to be in the play offs, the three teams failed and HOW, miserably !!!!

    Dont say that its about luck. Its about the attitude. RCB relied too much on Gayle and AB. KXIP has the coky attitude off the field, without any firepower on the field. RR, I doubt, did they have any plans at all ?!

  • GSP17 on May 22, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Common CSK.. show one more time we are the champions...

  • dummy4fb on May 21, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Law of averages will catch up with DD and KKR and CSK will end up winning the tournament. Oh, the irony!

  • Karai on May 21, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Cmon CSK!!!!!!!!...Lion always looks lazy, but the crazy fact is that they are the King of forest. Now its the time to show how to play in playoffs to other teams.

  • dummy4fb on May 21, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Hi I am a big fan of CSK, for your info...Csk struggled almost in all ipl to make to semis..or playoff..in the first ipl they won 4 out of 4 games. and after that they won only 4 games out of 8 games to make it semi... similarly they managed to place in the semi of 2009 ipl they qualified only in the last leaque match.... As you know in third ipl, they qualified in the last league match against punjab where they need 193 to win that match, but they manage to do it in the last over by MSD, IPL 4 also ups and downs, but they made it.... In all IPL they are not convincingly made it semis or playoff.... but only semis and play off they convincingly won the matches...... Similarly this year ipl also went for csk, below stats..tell u

    2008 Chennai Super Kings *14 8 6 0 0 16 -0.192

    2009 Chennai Super Kings 14 8 5 0 1 17 0.951

    2010 Chennai Super Kings *14 7 7 0 0 14 0.274

    2011 Chennai Super Kings 14 9 5 0 0 18 0.443

    2012 Chennai Super Kings 16 8 7 0 1 17 +0.100

  • Kashi0127 on May 21, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Its only disappointing because we can longer se Chris Gayle this year and feel bad for Vinay Kumar who always bwls his heart out

  • Vilander on May 21, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Gayle should have respected Steyn, he knows it now. Dilshan had no chance against Steyns opening spell, he showed it when he tapped him after that away swinger delivery to Gayle. If Gayle survived that Steyn over and got hold of Gony in next over the match could have got over in 15 overs.

  • ProdigyA on May 21, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Some men are determined to win and some are DESTINED to win. Lucky MSD is one of those who are destined to win.

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