Indian Premier League, 50th match: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Deccan Chargers at Bengaluru, May 6, 2012
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
6 May 2012 - night match (20-over match)

RCB have won the toss and will have a bowl

Virat: "It is a slow track and a small ground. If we can restrict them early on, we can chase 170-180."

Sangakkara: "There are no secrets about Murali's bowling apart from him being the best spinner to have played the game."

Lots of changes today for both sides. Murali and Dilshan are back for RCB; Daniel Harris is in for Chargers

Virat Kohli is leading RCB today; Vettori has dropped himself, Muttiah Muralitharan is in. Kohli says they wanted to play both Muralitharan and Vettori but it was not possible [with only four overseas players allowed in the XI].

7.20 pm A landmark has been reached, already. Thirty-three days into the IPL, we will have the 50th game of the season today, between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers, after Mumbai Indians conspired to nearly choke against Chennai Super Kings in the 49th

Should Daniel Vettori leave himself out, taking a cue from Kumar Sangakkara? While he hasn't taken a lot of wickets, Vettori's economy-rate is 6.71, far better than Vinay Kumar's, 8.95, Harshal Patel's, 9.33, KP Appanna's, 8.25, and Zaheer Khan's, 7.83. George Binoy and Siddarth Ravindran discuss the issue in the IPL Chatter


Khan to Harris, 1 run, gets forward and pushes a length ball on middle and leg to midwicket


Khan to Dhawan, FOUR, on the pads and tucked away square on the leg side


Khan to Dhawan, no run, gets forward and creams a length ball but straight to cover this time


Khan to Dhawan, 1 wide, carries down the leg side with the angle from over the stumps


Khan to Dhawan, FOUR, an inside edge now, Zaheer gets it to comes back in from back of a length, Dhawan goes pushing at the original line, and the inside edge races fine down leg


Khan to Dhawan, 1 run, worked off the pad to fine leg


Khan to Harris, no run, beats the outside edge now with a nippy length ball that carries across the right-hander who pushes at it from the crease

End of over 1 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 11/0 (RR: 11.00)

    • DJ Harris 1 (2b)
    • S Dhawan 9 (4b 2x4)
    • Z Khan 1-0-11-0

Gareth: "I'm very confused by these captains leaving themselves out. You can't lose consistency in your side because your captain is lacking form. Team management should pick a captain in the best interest of the team, and if that means appointing a young Indian captain instead of an experience overseas player, so be it."


Mithun to Dhawan, FOUR, shot! too full, on the pads, and Dhawan clips it elegantly through midwicket, that raced away


Mithun to Dhawan, 1 run, thick edge now as Mithun gets it to angle across him from a length, Dhawan pushes at it, and gets it behind point


Mithun to Harris, no run, Harris is beaten again, this time by Mithun, who bangs it in back of a length and gets bounce and a bit of away movement, Harris pokes at it away from the body


Mithun to Harris, FOUR, no beating him this time, he sees it on a good length outside off, a bit of width provided, and he smashes it through cover


Mithun to Harris, 1 wide, bowls it down the leg side


Mithun to Harris, no run, leans towards the line of a pitched up ball outside off and pushes it, straight to point


Mithun to Harris, 1 run, tries to force a length ball down the ground but mishits it completely, mid on runs forward to field

End of over 2 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 22/0 (RR: 11.00)

    • DJ Harris 6 (6b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 14 (6b 3x4)
    • A Mithun 1-0-11-0
    • Z Khan 1-0-11-0

Shivam: "Wondering why T. Sudhindra hasnt got a game for the Chargers. One of the most successful bowlers in the domestic circuit in the recent seasons, surely worth a try."


Khan to Harris, no run, opens the face as he leans forward to run this one to point


Khan to Harris, no run, goes hard at a pitched up ball angled across him, mistimes the drive to extra cover

Ravi: "Looking forward to Steyn vs Gayle/De Villiers. What a fabulous contest on hand. But looking at this flat track...batsmen look favorite to win the battle."


Khan to Harris, no run, bangs it in short and going across Harris, who hops and tries to upper cut, cannot reach it

around the stumps now


Khan to Harris, 1 run, drops a back of a length ball softly towards point, Dilshan comes running in, lobs the ball towards the stumps, but misses, would have been close had he hit


Khan to Dhawan, no run, stays in the crease and steers a length ball but cannot beat backward point


Khan to Dhawan, 1 run, manages to push one angled into him towards cover and they take the single

End of over 3 (2 runs) Deccan Chargers 24/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • S Dhawan 15 (8b 3x4)
    • DJ Harris 7 (10b 1x4)
    • Z Khan 2-0-13-0
    • A Mithun 1-0-11-0

Mithun to Dhawan, no run, almost carried to cover, Dhawan driving a pitched up ball hard, did not get it quite off the middle, just fell short of kohli


Mithun to Dhawan, 1 run, forces it towards extra cover for one


Mithun to Harris, 1 leg bye, on to the pads from back of a length, but he gets away with it, Harris can't connect


Mithun to Dhawan, FOUR, Dhawan gets some width, makes some room as well, and carves this one over point


Mithun to Dhawan, 1 run, tries to clobber a length ball through covers, but mistimes it completely, Kohli charges in from cover and lets rip with the throw, direct hit would have been close at the non-striker's


Mithun to Harris, no run, forced away to extra cover

End of over 4 (7 runs) Deccan Chargers 31/0 (RR: 7.75)

    • DJ Harris 7 (12b 1x4)
    • S Dhawan 21 (12b 4x4)
    • A Mithun 2-0-17-0
    • Z Khan 2-0-13-0

Khan to Dhawan, 1 run, gets on top of the short ball and hooks it through square leg even as he weaves away

around the stumps to Harris


Khan to Harris, no run, is cramped with the angle into him and cannot get much bat on it


Khan to Harris, no run, again he is cramped as he looks to drive a length ball down the ground, straight to Zaheer in his followthrough


Khan to Harris, SIX, this time it is shorter in length and he uses the angle to slam it from outside off over square leg, it carries just over a leaping boundary fielder


Khan to Harris, 1 run, swung to deep square leg for one


Khan to Dhawan, no run, he has been timing some drives pretty well, this one is hit straight to extra cover

End of over 5 (8 runs) Deccan Chargers 39/0 (RR: 7.80)

    • S Dhawan 22 (14b 4x4)
    • DJ Harris 14 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • Z Khan 3-0-21-0
    • A Mithun 2-0-17-0

Parameswaran to bowl


Parameswaran to Harris, no run, mistimes an attempted push past extra cover to the fielder


Parameswaran to Harris, 1 run, cuts as he sees some width, direct hit from cover and Dhawan was gone, but the throw misses


Parameswaran to Dhawan, no run, tries to drive a length ball on the up, mistimes it to mid off


Parameswaran to Dhawan, FOUR, this time he goes leg side and it works, picks up a length ball angled into him and lifts it in front of square leg, well wide of deep square

PDTM: "Cam White on fire is only as good as an average Chris Gayle, so it's hard to see DC scoring more than RCB."


Parameswaran to Dhawan, 1 run, shortish, pulled away to deep square leg

around the stumps


Parameswaran to Harris, 1 run, slices a length ball close to off down to third man

End of over 6 (7 runs) Deccan Chargers 46/0 (RR: 7.66)

    • DJ Harris 16 (19b 1x4 1x6)
    • S Dhawan 27 (17b 5x4)
    • P Parameswaran 1-0-7-0
    • Z Khan 3-0-21-0

Sriram: "Parameswaran must be feeling lucky...Taken for 37 in one over last season by Gayle, he now finds himself in the same team..." What's lucky about that, now he'll get hit in the nets as well

Murali comes on to a slip


Muralitharan to Harris, no run, flighted offbreak turning in from well outside off, he ends up driving well outside the line


Muralitharan to Harris, no run, tossed up even more, he reaches out and pushes at it, it was the doosra, so this time Harris ends up pushing inside the line, AB cannot collect the ball, Gayle thought there was an edge


Muralitharan to Harris, no run, beaten for the third time in succession outside off, bounce for Murali


Muralitharan to Harris, 1 run, gets off strike with a forward push in front of cover

around the stumps


Muralitharan to Dhawan, 1 run, turns away sharply from around off, cut to deep point


Muralitharan to Harris, no run, Harris is beaten for the fourth time in five ball this over, reaches out to drive a widish ball, which did not turn in

End of over 7 (2 runs) Deccan Chargers 48/0 (RR: 6.85)

    • DJ Harris 17 (24b 1x4 1x6)
    • S Dhawan 28 (18b 5x4)
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-2-0
    • P Parameswaran 1-0-7-0

Dilshan to have a bowl, slip in place


Dilshan to Dhawan, 1 run, reaches forward to drive a tossed up full delivery to long off


Dilshan to Harris, SIX, he likes this brand of offspin, uses the turn into him to hammer a length ball from off and middle high over deep midwicket

around the stumps


Dilshan to Harris, FOUR, another boundary, Dilshan turns it down the pads, and Harris swings him wide of short fine


Dilshan to Harris, SIX, take that! Dilshan is being clobbered, fullish delivery on off stump, Harris winds up and deposits it over deep midwicket


Dilshan to Harris, no run, flatter and quicker, from a length, he turns it from the crease to square leg


Dilshan to Harris, no run, beaten on the cut as this one is fired across him

End of over 8 (17 runs) Deccan Chargers 65/0 (RR: 8.12)

    • DJ Harris 33 (29b 2x4 3x6)
    • S Dhawan 29 (19b 5x4)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-17-0
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-2-0

Muralitharan to Dhawan, 1 run, turns a full delivery off leg to deep square

Arvind: "Dont understand Kohli's tactics!! RCB has 6 bowlers.. but still he persists with Dilshan!! Where has the common sense gone?"


Muralitharan to Harris, no run, slams a fullish delivery to the bowler


Muralitharan to Harris, 1 run, fetches a tossed up ball from outside off and slog-sweeps to deep square

around the stumps to the left-hander


Muralitharan to Dhawan, 1 run, drives a flighted ball to long off


Muralitharan to Harris, no run, lovely, it was the doosra, tossed up fullish outside off, the flight lures him to go for a big drive, but the ball turns away slightly from the bat swing, beaten


Muralitharan to Harris, 1 run, pushed to mid-on for a single

End of over 9 (4 runs) Deccan Chargers 69/0 (RR: 7.66)

    • DJ Harris 35 (33b 2x4 3x6)
    • S Dhawan 31 (21b 5x4)
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-6-0
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-17-0

Rahul: "Seeing Murli bowl, its unbelievable that Vettori's been playing in-place of him so far. Don't get me wrong, Vettori's an amazing spinner and cricketer, but Murli is Murli. Hope they persist with him now. Can't see him getting dropped after performing well once again .."


Syed Mohammad to Harris, 1 run, flat and into him, pushed down to long on


Syed Mohammad to Dhawan, 2 runs, angled across and ending on off, Dhawan bends his knees to cut it through point, and comes back just in time for the second


Syed Mohammad to Dhawan, 1 run, charges down the track, the angle takes it away from him, and he ends up mistiming it to long off


Syed Mohammad to Harris, 1 run, driven down to sweeper cover


Syed Mohammad to Dhawan, no run, tries the reverse sweep with the angle going across him, misses


Syed Mohammad to Dhawan, no run, he gets away with another dot ball, Dhawan slams it straight to extra cover

End of over 10 (5 runs) Deccan Chargers 74/0 (RR: 7.40)

    • S Dhawan 34 (25b 5x4)
    • DJ Harris 37 (35b 2x4 3x6)
    • J Syed Mohammad 1-0-5-0
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-6-0

Muralitharan to Harris, 1 run, looked like the doosra, but shortish, and he is able to drag the pull wide of long on


Muralitharan to Dhawan, no run, down the track, but gets too close to the line and pitch of the ball and pushes it to the bowler


Muralitharan to Dhawan, 1 run, pushed down to long off for a single


Muralitharan to Harris, no run, now comes the offbreak, big turn into Harris, he tries to defend, a mile outside the line


Muralitharan to Harris, 1 run, hit away to sweeper cover


Muralitharan to Dhawan, no run, cannot get the great man away, comes down the pitch but can only push it back to Murali

End of over 11 (3 runs) Deccan Chargers 77/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • S Dhawan 35 (28b 5x4)
    • DJ Harris 39 (38b 2x4 3x6)
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-9-0
    • J Syed Mohammad 1-0-5-0

Syed Mohammad to Harris, SIX, smack! he's picked this fullish one up with the angle into him, and swung it over deep midwicket


Syed Mohammad to Harris, 1 run, on a length now, and he cannot get underneath it, pushes it down the groun


Syed Mohammad to Dhawan, 1 run, connects with the reverse sweep now, mishits it to short third man


Syed Mohammad to Harris, 1 run, slams a tossed up ball down to long off


Syed Mohammad to Dhawan, OUT, gone! big mix-up, Harris was halfway up the pitch before he finally decided to turn back, and in the end, had no chance as Virat fired it to the bowler, Dhawan had pushed towards cover and taken a few steps out, Harris had come rushing, but Virat swooped in on the ball, and Harris was out comfortably

DJ Harris run out 47 (50m 41b 2x4 4x6) SR: 114.63


Syed Mohammad to Dhawan, 1 run, down to long on for one

End of over 12 (10 runs) Deccan Chargers 87/1 (RR: 7.25)

    • S Dhawan 37 (31b 5x4)
    • CL White 0 (0b)
    • J Syed Mohammad 2-0-15-0
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-9-0

Gayle to bowl his second over of the season


Gayle to Dhawan, no run, starts off with a flighted one in the blockhole, squeezed out to point


Gayle to Dhawan, no run, straight to Virat at extra cover


Gayle to Dhawan, 1 run, hits a low full toss down to long on


Gayle to White, no run, pushed off the front foot to cover


Gayle to White, 1 run, worked in front of square leg off the pad


Gayle to Dhawan, FOUR, for once, Dhawan succeeds with the reverse sweep, this one was just a dab, and he manages to guide the full delivery to the third man rope

End of over 13 (6 runs) Deccan Chargers 93/1 (RR: 7.15)

    • S Dhawan 42 (35b 6x4)
    • CL White 1 (2b)
    • CH Gayle 1-0-6-0
    • J Syed Mohammad 2-0-15-0

Abhimanyu: "I feel RCB has under-bowled Gayle in this IPL.... They could have used him better & probably yielded better results."


Syed Mohammad to White, 1 run, worked with the angle into him through square leg


Syed Mohammad to Dhawan, 1 run, swings a flat delivery over square leg, on the bounce to deep square


Syed Mohammad to White, SIX, White cranks up, and picks this one from way outside off, and violently mows it high over deep midwicket


Syed Mohammad to White, 2 runs, pushed softly wide of deep midwicket for a comfortable two


Syed Mohammad to White, no run, pushed through on middle, defended to the bowler


Syed Mohammad to White, 2 runs, goes deep in the crease and again pushes wide of deep midwicket, Mohammad is not happy with the fielders' effort

End of over 14 (12 runs) Deccan Chargers 105/1 (RR: 7.50)

    • CL White 12 (7b 1x6)
    • S Dhawan 43 (36b 6x4)
    • J Syed Mohammad 3-0-27-0
    • CH Gayle 1-0-6-0

Parameswaran to Dhawan, no run, misses as he looks to pull a short of a length ball, misses, the ball almost grazed off stump

Krithikou: "Just wondering if IPL performances are taken seriously in Australia. Cam White will be the obvious bloke to captain Australia in the T20 world cup if he can make it to the team. He seems to have got back some of his magical touch."


Parameswaran to Dhawan, FOUR, width, and Dhawan times the shot as he guides the short of a length ball behind point, too quick for third man


Parameswaran to Dhawan, FOUR, back of a length again, and Dhawan gets to his fifty with a charge down the pitch and a swing through midwicket, wide of the man in the deep


Parameswaran to Dhawan, 1 run, worked straight to Zaheer at short fine, who makes a mess of the stop, they are happy with one


Parameswaran to White, 2 runs, White pulls, and mistimes it completely, top-edge swirls and falls well short of the man running across from deep midwicket


Parameswaran to White, 1 run, continues to be back of a length, he dabs it from close to off to short third

End of over 15 (12 runs) Deccan Chargers 117/1 (RR: 7.80)

    • CL White 15 (9b 1x6)
    • S Dhawan 52 (40b 8x4)
    • P Parameswaran 2-0-19-0
    • J Syed Mohammad 3-0-27-0

Dr Sunshine: "Remember, Gayle was hurt for much of the immediate leadup to the IPL. With the returns you get from his batting, it was probably a sound decision to ease back on his bowling for a bit."


Muralitharan to White, 2 runs, tries to pick it from outside off and lap it fine on the leg side, manages to get it past the keeper


Muralitharan to White, no run, loud appeal for lbw, White hit on the pad with a big turning offbreak, not given, could have been outside the line of off


Muralitharan to White, 1 run


Muralitharan to Dhawan, FOUR, shot! Dhawan goes over extra cover, hitting the tossed up ball with the turn, and picks up another four


Muralitharan to Dhawan, 1 run, ending on middle from a length, pushed towards extra cover


Muralitharan to White, 1 run, full ball pushed to sweeper cover for one

Murali hasn't picked up a wicket, but he's gone for just 18

End of over 16 (9 runs) Deccan Chargers 126/1 (RR: 7.87)

    • CL White 19 (13b 1x6)
    • S Dhawan 57 (42b 9x4)
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-18-0
    • P Parameswaran 2-0-19-0

Mithun to White, no run, looks to go for the pull but lets the quite short ball go in the end


Mithun to White, 1 run, pushes a low full toss out to sweeper cover


Mithun to Dhawan, 1 run


Mithun to White, SIX, shot! White has drilled this full delivery over deep midwicket, it was angled in on middle and leg, he stood still, allowed it to come on and lifted it without fuss


Mithun to White, FOUR, short now, outside leg, and White pulls it eagerly wide of deep square leg


Mithun to White, FOUR, bring 'em on, White says, stays in the crease, and carves a pitched up ball to the deep extra cover rope, lot of power and superb timing, that was a near-yorker

End of over 17 (16 runs) Deccan Chargers 142/1 (RR: 8.35)

    • CL White 34 (18b 2x4 2x6)
    • S Dhawan 58 (43b 9x4)
    • A Mithun 3-0-33-0
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-18-0

Parameswaran to Dhawan, FOUR, Dhawan now, shuffles a long way across and drags it from the stumps wide of short fine leg


Parameswaran to Dhawan, 2 runs, pulled wide of long on and White comes back for the second


Parameswaran to Dhawan, SIX, that was off the middle of the bat, he struggles towards the end at times, but today, he is not, the shuffle works again, ends up outside off, and swings a length ball over short fine leg, into the RCB dugout

over the stumps now


Parameswaran to Dhawan, no run, beaten by the bounce as he tries to drive on the up


Parameswaran to Dhawan, 1 run, width given from back of a length, he cannot time it past extra cover


Parameswaran to White, 1 run, slower length ball, pushed to long off

End of over 18 (14 runs) Deccan Chargers 156/1 (RR: 8.66)

    • CL White 35 (19b 2x4 2x6)
    • S Dhawan 71 (48b 10x4 1x6)
    • P Parameswaran 3-0-33-0
    • A Mithun 3-0-33-0

Sooraj: "I don't know what the Indian Selectors see in Mithun. I follow a lot of cricket and I must be really unlucky to miss every one of Mithun's good performances!" Do you follow first-class cricket?


Khan to White, 2 runs, Zaheer gets away with a full toss on middle and leg, worked wide of deep midwicket


Khan to White, 1 run, gets the yorker in on middle, even as White makes room, he cannot do anything more than squeezing it out towards point

Osmund: "Why they have never used Tanmay Mishra...They had him as an Indian so they should have made full use of him.Sangakarra is a world class keeper then why do they need Parthiv Patel.It just beats me."


Khan to Dhawan, 1 run, Zaheer gets away again, Dhawan charges out to a length ball and drills it off the middle of the bat, extra cover manages to stop it


Khan to White, SIX, Zaheer takes punishment this time, slower on a good length, sitting up for White, who clears front leg, and cracks it from outside off, flat and quick over deep midwicket


Khan to White, 1 run, full toss on the pad now, worked to deep midwicket


Khan to Dhawan, no run, dropped, Zaheer was in the way of a crunching stroke from Dhawan, got both hands as the rocket came at him, but it popped out

End of over 19 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 167/1 (RR: 8.78)

    • S Dhawan 72 (50b 10x4 1x6)
    • CL White 45 (23b 2x4 3x6)
    • Z Khan 4-0-32-0
    • P Parameswaran 3-0-33-0

Parameswaran to bowl the final over


Parameswaran to White, 1 wide, wide from around the stumps, moving further away from a full length


Parameswaran to White, OUT, White has given the pull everything, but has only managed to send the top-edge soaring into the sky, bowler settles under it, and holds on as he tumbles to the ground

CL White c & b Parameswaran 45 (35m 24b 2x4 3x6) SR: 187.50

Raz: "As an Australian, it's so great to see Cameron White performing! I can once again understand why there was so much fuss about this guy when he first arrived at the international scene. I hope he makes it back there soon!"


Parameswaran to Dhawan, 1 run, moves across and outside off to pull, bit of a bottom edge goes to deep square


Parameswaran to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga gets four, down the track, making a bit of room and carving a length ball over extra cover


Parameswaran to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, feels the need to go over short fine leg, ends up a mile outside off, the ball is just outside off, he cannot get bat on it


Parameswaran to Dhawan, 1 bye, cannot connect, too much bounce as he attempts to swing it down the ground, they go for the bye, and make it


Parameswaran to Sangakkara, SIX, smoked! Chargers go past 180, Sanga gets front foot out and clobbers a length ball into the crowd beyond wide long on

They have done their best, the Chargers top order. It is down to the bowlers, and the fielders, who have been terrible throughout the season. All set for Steyn v Gayle then

Muttiah Muralitharan: "I have just been training and resting and waiting for a chance. Today I got it, bowled well, but unfortunately could not get any wickets. Taking wickets is more important for me [than the economy-rate]. My entire life, I have taken wickets." Well said, legend. Murali adds that this is a par score on this pitch

Vikram: "It is interesting to see contrasting styles between the captain(Dhoni) and vice-captain (Kohli). Given a batting-heavy side, Dhoni prefers to set the target, while Kohli seems to prefer to chase. But then, Kohli is excellent when it comes to chasing, so maybe it is his personal comfort zone." It is also down to the two bowling attacks they have. RCB, well ...

End of over 20 (14 runs) Deccan Chargers 181/2

    • KC Sangakkara 10 (3b 1x4 1x6)
    • S Dhawan 73 (52b 10x4 1x6)
    • P Parameswaran 4-0-45-1
    • Z Khan 4-0-32-0





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