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)

Back for the chase. Gayle and Dilshan to open, Dhawan opens the bowling as well. Too much


Dhawan to Dilshan, no run, squeezed out to short third man


Dhawan to Dilshan, 1 run, worked to deep midwicket, Dilshan wanted two, he had to get back


Dhawan to Gayle, 1 run, tosses it up, Gayle only pushes it down to long off


Dhawan to Dilshan, FOUR, just short of a length, and turning into Dilshan, who swivels and swings it over backward square leg


Dhawan to Dilshan, FOUR, more runs, Dilshan fetches it from outside off now, and slams it over square leg


Dhawan to Dilshan, 1 run, swept from outside off again, but this time Anand Rajan puts in a sliding stop at deep square leg to save what would have been the third four

End of over 1 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/0 (171 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 11.00, RRR: 9.00)

    • TM Dilshan 10 (5b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 1 (1b)
    • S Dhawan 1-0-11-0

Here comes the main show of the night, Dale Steyn has the ball


Steyn to Dilshan, no run, quick, full and on the stumps at 139.1 kph, Dilshan drives it well, to mid on


Steyn to Dilshan, 2 runs, back of a length, Dilshan uses the pace and angle into him to work it in front of square


Steyn to Dilshan, no run, tries to go for the pull, but is beaten by pace and takes it on the thigh pad


Steyn to Dilshan, FOUR, good reply from Dilshan, Steyn hurls it in shorter, into Dilshan, who swivels and hooks it past short fine leg


Steyn to Dilshan, no run, a shade late in getting the bat down to push to mid on, Gayle trots out for the single, but it sent back late, just manages to make it back


Steyn to Dilshan, 1 run, Steyn is dropping it shortish and Dilshan is in the mood to pull, gets it off the bottom edge towards midwicket

End of over 2 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 18/0 (164 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 9.11)

    • TM Dilshan 17 (11b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 1 (1b)
    • DW Steyn 1-0-7-0
    • S Dhawan 1-0-11-0

Stromeon: "I'm a great fan of Sangakkara's captaincy but why on earth did he bring Dhawan on for the first over against two of the most destructive openers in the world? Surely Steyn would have been a better bet to try and set the tone for the innings?"

VP Singh to bowl


Pratap Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, full into the pads, Dilshan works it down to mid on and they go through for a quick single


Pratap Singh to Gayle, 1 run, defends a length ball around off towards point, and off they go, Dilshan makes his ground with a dive


Pratap Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, driven straight off the front foot, mid off gets across to cut it off


Pratap Singh to Gayle, 1 run, hurried into a defensive push as the ball straightens on middle and leg, gets it in front of square leg


Pratap Singh to Dilshan, FOUR, oh dear, that was just a push, nothing more, but Sanga failed to cut it off as he ran across from mid off, and then ended up escorting it to the boundary


Pratap Singh to Dilshan, no run, smacks the drive straight to extra cover now

End of over 3 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 26/0 (156 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 8.66, RRR: 9.17)

    • TM Dilshan 23 (15b 4x4)
    • CH Gayle 3 (3b)
    • V Pratap Singh 1-0-8-0
    • DW Steyn 1-0-7-0

Steyn to Gayle


Steyn to Gayle, no run, good length on middle and leg, Gayle quietly defends


Steyn to Gayle, no run, short, rears up at Gayle, who does well to drop it softly towards point


Steyn to Gayle, no run, Gayle has had enough, he makes room and charges out to have a go at Steyn, cannot connect with a 149 kph delivery


Steyn to Gayle, no run, ripper of a bouncer at 143.1 kph, Gayle does the wise thing, he ducks, just in time


Steyn to Gayle, no run, and another one, the slower bouncer now, right on target, at Gayle's head, he goes down under it again

Dilshan walks over to have a chat with Gayle


Steyn to Gayle, no run, a maiden, to Chris Gayle, the third bouncer on the trot, Gayle has nothing to do with it, down he goes under it, corker of an over from Steyn

End of over 4 (maiden) Royal Challengers Bangalore 26/0 (156 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 9.75)

    • CH Gayle 3 (9b)
    • TM Dilshan 23 (15b 4x4)
    • DW Steyn 2-1-7-0
    • V Pratap Singh 1-0-8-0

Pratap Singh to Dilshan, 1 run, very full on the stumps, squeezed out past the bowler, mid on cannot stop it cleanly

Steyn is on his haunches, he put in a lot of effort in that over


Pratap Singh to Gayle, 1 run, opens up and forces a back of a length ball wide of mid on


Pratap Singh to Dilshan, SIX, Dilshan doing the early running for RCB, skips out, takes it on the half volley, and hammers it over the bowler


Pratap Singh to Dilshan, no run, stays in the crease to a back of a length widish one, but cannot steer it past short third man


Pratap Singh to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, into the pads, Dilshan cannot work it away, ball rolls towards point

Karn: "This is what's awesome about Gayle: he doesn't care if he's looking bad right now, because he knows his batting till the 10-12th over is far more important than winning this mini contest against Steyn. Great, champ!"

Wide slip in place, short third man is there too


Pratap Singh to Gayle, 1 run, slaps a length ball to cover for one

End of over 5 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 36/0 (146 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.20, RRR: 9.73)

    • CH Gayle 5 (11b)
    • TM Dilshan 30 (19b 4x4 1x6)
    • V Pratap Singh 2-0-17-0
    • DW Steyn 2-1-7-0

Basu: "A maiden to the calypso King?? Is this 1st april ? Or you're actually serious!!!!"

Anand Rajan comes on, Steyn has a chat with him


Anand Rajan to Gayle, 1 run, wide, back of a length, but he can only get one as there is sweeper cover


Anand Rajan to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan gets down on his knee and gets enough bat on the Dilscoop to send the length ball wide of the keeper down leg


Anand Rajan to Dilshan, 1 run, mistimes the pull as he charges out, away to deep square


Anand Rajan to Gayle, no run, Gayle wants some runs, he opens up, stands with feet wide apart but finds square leg as he has a go


Anand Rajan to Gayle, no run, beaten outside off as he tries to guide a widish pitched up ball

Suva: "Steyn you beauty. A maiden on this batting heaven? That too against Gayle? Really he is a great bowler and will go as fast bowling legend if not already."


Anand Rajan to Gayle, FOUR, poor ball, really, with no fine leg, no short fine leg, he bowls it full on the pads, and Gayle helps himself to a flicked four

End of over 6 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 46/0 (136 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.66, RRR: 9.71)

    • CH Gayle 10 (15b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 35 (21b 5x4 1x6)
    • Anand Rajan 1-0-10-0
    • V Pratap Singh 2-0-17-0

Ashish Reddy to Dilshan, no run, full delivery pushed to midwicket


Ashish Reddy to Dilshan, no run, looks to hit it through cover, gets an inside edge


Ashish Reddy to Dilshan, no run, forced back to the bowler


Ashish Reddy to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan ends the succession of dot balls with a loft over mid off, who cannot save the four with a slide


Ashish Reddy to Dilshan, SIX, he is doing all the scoring at the moment, fetched from outside off, and swept for a flat six over deep square leg


Ashish Reddy to Dilshan, no run, slower one, there was width available, but he cuts it to short third man

End of over 7 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 56/0 (126 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 9.69)

    • TM Dilshan 45 (27b 6x4 2x6)
    • CH Gayle 10 (15b 1x4)
    • A Ashish Reddy 1-0-10-0
    • Anand Rajan 1-0-10-0

shreyas: "that maiden from steyn was not really a surprise. he has been the only consistent performer for the deccan chargers this season. not to mention Gayle's new responsible approach to batting! this slow start ending with a late blitz sort of made that maiden over inevitable!"


Mishra to Gayle, 1 run, full on leg, worked with the spin to midwicket


Mishra to Dilshan, 2 runs, lots of turn from a length, but wide outside off, and he reaches out to slap it past cover


Mishra to Dilshan, FOUR, Mishra drops it short, and pays for it, Dilshan opens up and hammers the pull through midwicket to reach his fifty


Mishra to Dilshan, 1 run, goes back to a tossed up length ball and manages to hit it to deep midwicket


Mishra to Gayle, 1 run, flighted googly, he waits on it and pushes to long off


Mishra to Dilshan, 1 run, backs away to a length ball to cut to deep point

End of over 8 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 66/0 (116 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 8.25, RRR: 9.66)

    • TM Dilshan 53 (31b 7x4 2x6)
    • CH Gayle 12 (17b 1x4)
    • A Mishra 1-0-10-0
    • A Ashish Reddy 1-0-10-0

Rahul: "Lets just hope that Gayle doesn't wait till the match is over to start hitting, like he did against KKR. That was one innings I'll never be able to understand."

shahab: "Dilshan is doing a "Chanderpaul knock".Most times when Gayle and Chanders opened the batting for WI, Chanders would relieve the pressure off Gayle by hitting the boundaries and let Gayle find his feet."


Ashish Reddy to Dilshan, 1 run, cuts a widish length ball, but backward point stops it to this left


Ashish Reddy to Gayle, 1 run, full ball squeezed out to third man


Ashish Reddy to Dilshan, 1 wide, he walked towards the line of the wide delivery but let it go in the end


Ashish Reddy to Dilshan, no run, slower one cut to point, Gayle has to get back as the throw comes in


Ashish Reddy to Dilshan, no run, appeal for caught behind off an attempted reverse sweep, Dilshan swung hard but could not connect, umpire Dharmasena shakes his head, no bat there


Ashish Reddy to Dilshan, 2 runs, this time he gets the cut past point, sweeper is there in the deep


Ashish Reddy to Dilshan, 3 runs, would have been wide had he not reached out to cut it, a dive by sweeper cover parries the ball towards the rope, he gets up, runs after it and slides again to haul it back

End of over 9 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 74/0 (108 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.22, RRR: 9.81)

    • TM Dilshan 59 (36b 7x4 2x6)
    • CH Gayle 13 (18b 1x4)
    • A Ashish Reddy 2-0-18-0
    • A Mishra 1-0-10-0

Mishra to Dilshan, no run, drives a very full tossed up ball to extra cover


Mishra to Dilshan, no run, backs away to one on off to cut, straight to point


Mishra to Dilshan, 1 run, whipped from outside off down to long on


Mishra to Gayle, 1 run, mistimes the pull to long on


Mishra to Dilshan, 1 run, ball stays low as he makes room to cut, past a diving point

around the stumps


Mishra to Gayle, SIX, the angle does not work for Mishra, Gayle brings up his 100th six in the IPL with a calm swing over deep square leg

Sanga in an animated discussion with Mishra about his decision to go around the stumps last ball

End of over 10 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 83/0 (99 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.30, RRR: 9.90)

    • CH Gayle 20 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 61 (40b 7x4 2x6)
    • A Mishra 2-0-19-0
    • A Ashish Reddy 2-0-18-0

Anand Rajan to Dilshan, no run, misses as he looks to cut


Anand Rajan to Dilshan, 1 run, mishits a length ball to mid off


Anand Rajan to Gayle, 1 wide, length ball far too wide down leg


Anand Rajan to Gayle, SIX, there he goes, length delivery, Gayle has let many of them go unpunished today, this one is not so fortunate, and he winds up to clobber it high over wide long on

The ball has been replaced


Anand Rajan to Gayle, OUT, oh well, Gayle is bowled this time, he jumped out of the crease looking to go big again, this ball was much fuller, almost yorker length, and Gayle misses, only to lose his stumps

CH Gayle b Anand Rajan 26 (52m 22b 1x4 2x6) SR: 118.18


Anand Rajan to Kohli, 2 runs, worked through square leg for an easy two


Anand Rajan to Kohli, no run, beaten on the cut by the bounce on this widish one

End of over 11 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 93/1 (89 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.45, RRR: 9.88)

    • V Kohli 2 (2b)
    • TM Dilshan 62 (42b 7x4 2x6)
    • Anand Rajan 2-0-20-1
    • A Mishra 2-0-19-0

Mishra to Dilshan, no run, the googly almost gets him, he went for the cut even as it spun in, had walked out of the crease after inside edging it, Parthiv was a shade late in gathering it, could have been a stumping


Mishra to Dilshan, 1 run


Mishra to Kohli, 1 run, drives hard down to long off


Mishra to Dilshan, 1 run, could have out twice, charged out and swung wildly, the ball almost carried to short third man, a better throw from there could have caught Dilshan short at the non-striker's


Mishra to Kohli, 1 run, punched down to long off


Mishra to Dilshan, no run, beaten on the cut off a quick and flat delivery

End of over 12 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 97/1 (85 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.08, RRR: 10.62)

    • TM Dilshan 64 (46b 7x4 2x6)
    • V Kohli 4 (4b)
    • A Mishra 3-0-23-0
    • Anand Rajan 2-0-20-1

Ashish Reddy to Kohli, no run, nearly edged it to the keeper as he looked to steer it to third man


Ashish Reddy to Kohli, no run, slower wide length ball, he waits and tries to hammer it through extra cover, still to early on the stroke, and beaten


Ashish Reddy to Kohli, FOUR, this time he connects, swings it from a good length on off behind square leg


Ashish Reddy to Kohli, 1 run, another slow and wide one, cracked away to sweeper cover


Ashish Reddy to Dilshan, no run, that kept low, he has been bowling those slower ones regularly, this one was closer to off, and he is beaten on the cut


Ashish Reddy to Dilshan, no run, punched straight to point

End of over 13 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 102/1 (80 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.84, RRR: 11.42)

    • TM Dilshan 64 (48b 7x4 2x6)
    • V Kohli 9 (8b 1x4)
    • A Ashish Reddy 3-0-23-0
    • A Mishra 3-0-23-0

James: "Too many dots and singles from GC. This now looks a very difficult task considering Steyn will be bowling two of the remaining overs."


Mishra to Kohli, OUT, forget Steyn the bowler, they'll have to contend with Steyn the fielder as well, Virat absolutely smoked this full delivery with the turn, it was headed for six, before Steyn decided to get in the way at wide long off, timing his leap to pluck a stunner, Virat was shocked, he did not move for some time

V Kohli c Steyn b Mishra 9 (10m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Mishra to Pathan, 2 runs, hit hard through point for a couple


Mishra to Pathan, 2 runs


Mishra to Pathan, no run, googly, he cannot pull it away


Mishra to Pathan, OUT, Steyn at it again, Mishra has another wicket, tossed up legbreak, drawing the batsman out, luring him into a big stroke, the ball turns away sharply, and swirls high off the mishit only to settle into the safe hands of you-know-who

AUK Pathan c Steyn b Mishra 4 (1m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Praveen: "I see great piece of fielding from DC today. Had they done so well from the beginning of tournament, they would have won atleast half of what they lost."


Mishra to Dilshan, 1 run, they still go after Mishra, mistimes a big cover drive for a single

End of over 14 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 107/3 (75 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.64, RRR: 12.50)

    • TM Dilshan 65 (49b 7x4 2x6)
    • AB de Villiers 0 (0b)
    • A Mishra 4-0-28-2
    • A Ashish Reddy 3-0-23-0

Samrat: "Gayle's new policy of Go Slow, and then Bang Bang is not working for the RCB's...Time for a change in approach?"


Anand Rajan to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, tries to hit a length ball with the angle off the pad, cannot connect, the ball rolls towards point


Anand Rajan to de Villiers, 1 run, works a back of a length ball square on leg


Anand Rajan to Dilshan, 1 run, high full toss, he tries to go after it but was late on the swing, mishits it to extra cover, Dilshan did not ground his bat at the non-striker's, had the throw from White hit, he was gone


Anand Rajan to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed down to long on


Anand Rajan to Dilshan, 1 wide, way too wide outside off stump


Anand Rajan to Dilshan, 1 run, cuts a slow length ball on the bounce to short third man, there was a chance for an overthrow, but AB had run far too much for the single


Anand Rajan to de Villiers, no run, pushed to extra cover, White has found the stumps, this could be tight, Dilshan seems to be in after backing up, just by a frame though when the bails come off

End of over 15 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 113/3 (69 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.53, RRR: 13.80)

    • AB de Villiers 2 (3b)
    • TM Dilshan 67 (52b 7x4 2x6)
    • Anand Rajan 3-0-25-1
    • A Mishra 4-0-28-2

Asking-rate nearly 14 now

Suri: "Is this the same Deccan team? or are they fielding someone else in disguise???"


Pratap Singh to Dilshan, FOUR, low full toss, on the pads, poor bowling, Dilshan happily swings it wide of deep midwicket


Pratap Singh to Dilshan, OUT, Dilshan loses his stumps now, Chargers on top, Dilshan was looking to go square on the leg side again, missed the full delivery, and two stumps are uprooted

TM Dilshan b Pratap Singh 71 (77m 54b 8x4 2x6) SR: 131.48


Pratap Singh to Agarwal, 1 wide, goes after a wide one outside off, misses


Pratap Singh to Agarwal, 1 run, tries to slog a pitched up ball, mishit to midwicket

ram: "two Surprises today 1. Hilfy's last 3 balls 2. Deccan fielding."


Pratap Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, loses his bat as he charges out, but only after he has hit the length ball to extra cover, lets the bat be and completes the single


Pratap Singh to Agarwal, SIX, Agarwal gets one away, over long off, not sure he was looking to go that direction as he cleared front leg, and drilled the length ball, bit of a leading edge but he gets maximum for the effort


Pratap Singh to Agarwal, FOUR, they have more than the required runs for the over, Agarwal has creamed this length ball with the angle wide of deep midwicket

End of over 16 (17 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 130/4 (52 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.12, RRR: 13.00)

    • MA Agarwal 11 (3b 1x4 1x6)
    • AB de Villiers 3 (4b)
    • V Pratap Singh 3-0-34-1
    • Anand Rajan 3-0-25-1

Ashish Reddy to de Villiers, FOUR, now AB with the reverse hit to a medium-pacer, connects well and places it just wide of backward point


Ashish Reddy to de Villiers, 1 run


Ashish Reddy to Agarwal, SIX, Agarwal turning it around for RCB, he bends his knee, and carves a pitched up ball high in the air, it carries over the deep extra cover rope, clean effective hitting


Ashish Reddy to Agarwal, 1 run, slower one, wide outside off, he cuts it wide of sweeper cover

40 off 20, gettable on this pitch, and this small ground


Ashish Reddy to de Villiers, 1 run, hit hard down to long off along the ground


Ashish Reddy to Agarwal, OUT, that has to be close, and he's been given, Agarwal's cameo is over, but he's given RCB a chance, looking to swing on the leg side, misses, and is hit in front of middle and leg

MA Agarwal lbw b Ashish Reddy 18 (9m 6b 1x4 2x6) SR: 300.00

End of over 17 (13 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 143/5 (39 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.41, RRR: 13.00)

    • AB de Villiers 9 (7b 1x4)
    • A Ashish Reddy 4-0-36-1
    • V Pratap Singh 3-0-34-1

Steyn to de Villiers, SIX, Dale Steyn? short ball? what's the fuss about? AB calmly stays in the crease and pulls Steyn for a flat six over deep midwicket


Steyn to de Villiers, 2 runs, Steyn's response is a ripping yorker on middle and leg, AB comfortably works it square on the leg side


Steyn to de Villiers, FOUR, Steyn tries the slower one, at 118.4 kph, AB clears front leg and slogs it between deep midwicket and long on, no problems again, what have you got, Dale?


Steyn to de Villiers, SIX, holy moly, incredible, insane, unbelievable, Absolutely Brilliant, it is a 146 kph near-yorker on middle stump, for crying out loud, but AB has made room and clobbered it over extra cover, I refuse to believe it


Steyn to de Villiers, FOUR, it got better, if it could, he has scooped a 142 kph Dale Steyn length ball from two feet outside off over short fine leg


Steyn to de Villiers, 1 run, and for good measure, he calmly drops a furious short ball to third man to keep the strike

End of over 18 (23 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 166/5 (16 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.22, RRR: 8.00)

    • AB de Villiers 32 (13b 3x4 2x6)
    • J Syed Mohammad 0 (0b)
    • DW Steyn 3-1-30-0
    • A Ashish Reddy 4-0-36-1

Anand Rajan to de Villiers, FOUR, that was Dale Steyn, this is Anand Rajan, and AB de Villiers is in control, down the track, no hint of any desperation, how does he manage it, carves it over extra cover


Anand Rajan to de Villiers, FOUR, they keep disappearing, it does not matter who bowls, clobbered straight down the ground, you got to feel, for the ball


Anand Rajan to de Villiers, SIX, short, pull, six, he was a shade late on it, but that did not matter one bit in the end


Anand Rajan to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed to sweeper cover to equal the scores


Anand Rajan to Syed Mohammad, FOUR, that will be it, length ball swung to the deep midwicket boundary to make the Chinnaswamy go wild

Phew. That brings us to the end of what should be remembered as the night the world's best fast bowler was blown away. You may not like the Twenty20 format, you might not like the IPL, but there was nothing crass about AB de Villiers' hitting against a great fast bowler. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off. Cheers

AB de Villiers is the Man of the Match. AB: "We needed that win. The commentators spoke about our charity initiative back home, guess that is what motivated me tonight. I was actually quite scared facing him [Steyn], I know him pretty well. It does not happen every day." He was scared? What if he hadn't been?

Virat: "We wanted to win it badly, they bowled well in the middle overs, but when you have AB, anything is possible. That's one of the best finishes I have seen. Hopefully we can continue this momentum and make it to the play-offs."

Sanga: "We made a good score, but we did not get the yorkers in. We needed to bowl good balls and make it difficult for AB, who batted unbelievably well. All you can do is trust your bowlers to do the work for you. Dale has had a great tournament, unfortunately he had a bad over today. You hold and hold until you ultimately win."

RCB needed 62 off 26. Agarwal's cameo gave them the boost, and AB de Villiers was, well, AB de Villiers. It takes some skill to take 23 off a Dale Steyn over. It takes incredible talent and calm to hit a Steyn yorker over extra cover for six, and scoop him from outside off over short fine leg. I cannot think of many batsmen who could have take apart Steyn the way AB did, and none who could have done it so nervelessly

Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers, South Africans, have an embrace, with broad smiles on their faces. It was carnage, while it lasted, but they are done with it, both of them

Chris: "I am the proudest South African on this planet right now!!!"

Farhan: "In contemporary cricket many don't come to mind who can deal with Steyn that way..awesome!!"

Ran Vijay: "He should be renamed as "A B Delivers"!!!"

Dr Roshan: "Are you kidding me? I went to the kitchen to raid some late night snacks and they scored 68 runs in 3.3 overs while I was gone !!!!"

Akshay: "never able to hit Steyn like that even in my cricket video game like AB did...!!!"

Max: "I think 'AB' should be considered as a synonym of 'freak'."






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