Indian Premier League - 71st match

Deccan Chargers v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Deccan Chargers won by 9 runs

That errant cloud has been vapourised. Blue skies and a pleasant evening ahead. Gayle and TMD walk to the middle, Gayle is swinging his arms ominously, loosening them. Equally ominous is what's about to run in at him, Dale Steyn from over the wicket.

0.1

Steyn to Gayle, 1 run, length ball outside off, Gayle stays back and opens the face of the bat, steering the ball behind point, Duminy dives to his right and half-stops the ball

0.2

Steyn to Dilshan, no run, Steyn pitches on a good length outside off and seams it away from the right-hander, Dilshan lets it go, that was 147 kph

0.3

Steyn to Dilshan, no run, this time Dilshan has a little prod at a good length ball that pitches on off and bends away from the right-hander, it beats the outside edge

0.4

Steyn to Dilshan, 2 runs, Dilshan drives off the front foot but ends up spooning the ball towards point, it falls short and goes past the diving fielder

0.5

Steyn to Dilshan, no run, played from the crease towards point, that was on a good length on off stump

0.6

Steyn to Dilshan, no run, a loud appeal from Steyn for caught behind but no one else joined in. It was a lovely outswinger, pitching on a length that drew Dilshan into the front-foot drive and moving away to beat the bat

End of over 1 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 3/0 (130 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 6.84)
TM Dilshan    2* (5b)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0
CH Gayle    1* (1b)     

Gony from over the wicket ...

1.1

Gony to Gayle, FOUR, after those lovely outswingers from Steyn, Gony delivers a short and wide loosener outside off stump, Gayle goes back and thumps it through cover

1.2

Gony to Gayle, no run, good length and much closer to off stump, Gayle stays in his crease and lets it pass

1.3

Gony to Gayle, FOUR, another length ball outside off stump, Gayle can go back and drive with power through cover, lots of width for the batsman

1.4

Gony to Gayle, SIX, there he goes! A length offering from Gony, and Gayle hammers it over wide long-on, lofting it off the front foot

1.5

Gony to Gayle, FOUR, too full and lots of width outside off, Gayle simply stays in his crease, gets under the ball and frees his arms. He hits it flat over mid-off and the ball bounces just short of the rope

1.6

Gony to Gayle, SIX, Gony does not know where to bowl, or if he does, he's not hitting his lines or lengths. Another short and wide ball outside off. Gayle frees his arms again, slashing powerfully over the cover boundary

End of over 2 (24 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 27/0 (106 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 13.50, RRR: 5.88)
CH Gayle    25* (7b 3x4 2x6)      MS Gony    1-0-24-0
TM Dilshan    2* (5b)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0

2.1

Steyn to Dilshan, no run, good length on off stump, Dilshan moves forward and plays towards midwicket

Gareth: "I know we're almost getting used to it, but you have to marvel at Gayle's domination of this form of the game. Nearly 3 times more sixes than anyone in the tournament, and an average nearing 70. Just insane."

2.2

Steyn to Dilshan, 1 run, a touch full on the pads, Dilshan flicks towards fine leg

Liza: "Can Gayle complete 1000 runs in this IPL? A new world record!!"

Pratik: "End of second over and Gayle brings the [required] run-rate under 6..."

How will Gayle approach Steyn? Just play him out and feast on the lambs at the other end?

2.3

Steyn to Gayle, 2 runs, in the air but just wide of the fielder at cover, Steyn throws his head back in anguish. Gayle goes back and taps a short of a length ball in the air but wide of Dhawan diving to his right

2.4

Steyn to Gayle, no run, fire from Steyn. A well-directed bouncer at searing pace. That was aimed at the head. Gayle ducked in the nick of time

2.5

Steyn to Gayle, OUT, bowled him! Steyn's won his battle. Gayle was trying not to let Steyn dictate terms. He backed away towards leg to try and smash through the off side. Steyn, however, is a little quicker than Gony. Gayle is rushed for time and he gets a bottom edge on to his stumps

CH Gayle b Steyn 27 (10b 3x4 2x6) SR: 270.00

2.6

Steyn to Kohli, no run, good length outside off at brisk pace, Kohli lets it go

End of over 3 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 30/1 (103 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 6.05)
V Kohli    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    2-0-6-1
TM Dilshan    3* (7b)      MS Gony    1-0-24-0

Steyn is breathing fire at the moment, RCB will be well advised to see him out. What can Gony breathe?

3.1

Gony to Dilshan, no run, good length angling into the right-hander, the batsman tries to flick but misses and is hit on the pad

3.2

Gony to Dilshan, 1 wide, strays down leg side this time, Dilshan misses the glance

3.2

Gony to Dilshan, 1 run, worked off the pads through square leg

Dhaval: "And finally, Dale makes Gayle look pale!"

3.3

Gony to Kohli, FOUR, pushed at it off the front foot and the good length ball hits the outside edge and runs to the third man boundary

3.4

Gony to Kohli, no run, good length outside off, Kohli goes back and punches towards cover

3.5

Gony to Kohli, no run, fuller length on middle stump, Kohli leans forward and plays towards mid-on

3.6

Gony to Kohli, no run, Kohli tries to pull but the ball isn't short enough, he was cramped for room and short on time.The ball hit him where it hurts

End of over 4 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 36/1 (97 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 6.06)
V Kohli    4* (5b 1x4)      MS Gony    2-0-30-0
TM Dilshan    4* (9b)      DW Steyn    2-0-6-1

4.1

Steyn to Dilshan, no run, good length outside of, Dilshan moves forward and plays to cover

4.2

Steyn to Dilshan, no run, good length on off stump, Dilshan plays the ball watchfully to cover. Ten more Steyn deliveries to go

4.3

Steyn to Dilshan, OUT, lbw! Dilshan looks disappointed but if there was no edge, that is plumb. Steyn bowled on a good length and very straight. Dilshan cleared his front foot and swung across the line. He was hit on the back pad in front of middle. That is plumb.

TM Dilshan lbw b Steyn 4 (12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Ryan: "Steyn giving the world a reminder that Gayle is not really going to be missed in England, his technique would be devoured by those quicks surely!"

Tiwary to face the heat from Steyn, who means serious business. He has that fiery look going.

4.4

Steyn to Tiwary, no run, good length slanting across the left hander, Tiwary lets it go

4.5

Steyn to Tiwary, 1 run, oh ho, Tiwary is the deer in the headlights, was very late in getting out of the way of a supremely directed short ball. Tiwary fended in hope. The ball lobbed off the glove and straight to where a gully fielder would have been. Dhawan ran from first slip and dived to his left but couldn't reach it

4.6

Steyn to Kohli, no run, good length and fast outside off, the batsman lets it go

End of over 5 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 37/2 (96 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.40, RRR: 6.40)
V Kohli    4* (6b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-0-7-2
SS Tiwary    1* (2b)      MS Gony    2-0-30-0

5.1

Gony to Tiwary, no run, good length just outside off, Tiwary prods and gets beaten again

5.2

Gony to Tiwary, 1 run, full ball outside off, Tiwary drives off the front foot towards point where Duminy dives to his left and prevents the ball from going past him

5.3

Gony to Kohli, 2 runs, a half-volley on the pads, Kohli flicks gracefully through midwicket but Gony has a fielder patrolling the boundary

MrGarreth: "@Ryan, I think that kinda undermines Steyn's ability. Chris Gayle has 2 triple centuries to his name in test cricket. he is NO slouch in that form of the game. Steyn is just quite simply the world's greatest fast bowler."

Ankit: "Why do these aggressive batsmen not use their head sometimes? Seriously, it's not like they have to go at 9 an over. Just see out the world's best bowler. It's like trying to beat Mike Tyson at his own game."

Jake: "Steyn bowling like a dream. This just means that the Chargers are going to lose again. Now when was the last time DC won on a day Steyn was breathing fire?"

Tiwary seems to have a problem with his leg and is getting some treatment from the physio. It seems to be taking a while and Tiwary has decided to go off the field.

5.4

Gony to Kohli, no run, good length on off stump, defended on the front foot

AB is the new batsman.

5.5

Gony to Kohli, no run, stays steady in his crease and pushes a good length ball to point

5.6

Gony to Kohli, no run, short of a length outside off stump and Kohli mis-times the pull to mid-on

End of over 6 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 40/2 (93 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 6.64)
V Kohli    6* (10b 1x4)      MS Gony    3-0-33-0
SS Tiwary    2* (4b)      DW Steyn    3-0-7-2

Steyn's been given a break, Veer Pratap is on. I was hoping to see Steyn v AB, especially considering how AB dismantled him in their previous meeting. I suspect AB would have calmly tried to play him out today.

6.1

Pratap Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, good length outside off, AB drives through cover

6.2

Pratap Singh to Kohli, 1 run, short and wide outside off, cut off the back foot through point

6.3

Pratap Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven from the crease through cover

6.4

Pratap Singh to Kohli, 1 run, length ball outside off, Kohli moves forward and drives through cover

6.5

Pratap Singh to de Villiers, no run, that kept a touch low outside off, AB tries to steer behind point but was beaten

6.6

Pratap Singh to de Villiers, no run, driven on the front foot to mid off

End of over 7 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 44/2 (89 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.28, RRR: 6.84)
AB de Villiers    2* (4b)      V Pratap Singh    1-0-4-0
V Kohli    8* (12b 1x4)      MS Gony    3-0-33-0

Ace: "Sangakara should absolutely have bowled Steyn out here, not only would this have bought in AB vs Steyn, the match would've evened up had the latter got AB out, (quite likely with the venom Steyn's bowling with)." A tricky decision to bowl out your best bowler so early.

Here's Mishra.

7.1

Mishra to Kohli, 6 runs, rubbish cricket from Deccan Chargers. A gentle push towards cover point has resulted in six runs. There was one throw to the bowler's end which conceded an overthrow. Then Gony backed up and threw again needlessly and this time there was no one backing up so the ball went for four more overthrows. Village.

7.2

Mishra to Kohli, no run, played back to the bowler

7.3

Mishra to Kohli, 1 run, driven to long off for a single

7.4

Mishra to de Villiers, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

7.5

Mishra to de Villiers, no run, played late off the back foot to point, where Dhawan fields

7.6

Mishra to de Villiers, 1 run, played off the front foot in front of point

End of over 8 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 52/2 (81 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 6.75)
AB de Villiers    3* (7b)      A Mishra    1-0-8-0
V Kohli    15* (15b 1x4)      V Pratap Singh    1-0-4-0

8.1

Pratap Singh to de Villiers, no run, AB moves outside leg stump and throws his bat at a short of a length ball outside off, he was too far away to make contact

8.2

Pratap Singh to de Villiers, no run, steps out of his crease and drives a full ball fluently to White at mid off

8.3

Pratap Singh to de Villiers, 1 run, full length on off stump, driven from the crease to mid-off's right for a quick single

8.4

Pratap Singh to Kohli, no run, the crowd thinks it's a catch but Kohli had mis-timed the drive into the ground before the ball lobbed up to point

8.5

Pratap Singh to Kohli, no run, a loose cover drive against a good length ball in the channel outside off stump, Kohli is beaten

8.6

Pratap Singh to Kohli, 1 run, in the blockhole to finish a tight over, Kohli taps it towards midwicket. The umpire signals for the time-out

End of over 9 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 54/2 (79 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.18)
V Kohli    16* (18b 1x4)      V Pratap Singh    2-0-6-0
AB de Villiers    4* (10b)      A Mishra    1-0-8-0

Raj: "@Ace: I disagree.. AB would have calmly played out Steyn given the circumstances.. Better to have him bowl in the later stages if the chase becomes tight .. One good over there and it would seal it for the bowling team.."

Karn: "Terrible decision to not bowl Steyn out, considering the rhythm with which he was bowling. Plus, if he took out AB now, the game would have been far more open. By the time Styen would get back for his last, AB would have sealed the game."

Vaibhav: "@Ace, I am with Sangakara on this one as it is a good opportunity to go through other bowler's overs economically which might not be the case later.And as you can see it is happening."

9.1

Mishra to Kohli, 1 run, the googly and Kohli plays the ball to midwicket

9.2

Mishra to de Villiers, OUT, caught at cover! AB's gone! A flighted ball outside off stump, sucking AB into the front foot drive. It dipped on him and AB ended up spooning it in the air. Unfortunately for him, Duminy was at cover and he was athletic enough to leap high into the air and catch the ball at full stretch over his head. Tremendous catch. Game on?

AB de Villiers c Duminy b Mishra 4 (11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

9.3

Mishra to Agarwal, 1 run, the legbreak bowled flatter and straighter, Agarwal goes back and hits to long off

9.4

Mishra to Kohli, 1 run, biffed hard into the pitch and the bounce takes it over Mishra's head

9.5

Mishra to Agarwal, OUT, bowled him! Game truly on! It was the flatter, straighter and quicker ball. Agarwal went back and tried to play on the leg side. Missed it completely and middle stump was knocked back

MA Agarwal b Mishra 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Well Tiwary's back after retiring hurt because of a hamstring problem.

9.6

Mishra to Tiwary, no run, nudged off the back foot towards square leg

Who'd have thought it would have come to this after Gayle dismantles Gony in the second over?

End of over 10 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 57/4 (76 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.70, RRR: 7.60)
SS Tiwary    2* (5b)      A Mishra    2-0-11-2
V Kohli    18* (20b 1x4)      V Pratap Singh    2-0-6-0

10.1

Ashish Reddy to Kohli, no run, good length on off stump, Kohli drives to point

10.2

Ashish Reddy to Kohli, 1 run, hit off the back foot towards point

10.3

Ashish Reddy to Tiwary, 1 run, played off the back foot towards midwicket

10.4

Ashish Reddy to Kohli, no run, tight length on a wicket to wicket line, the batsman defends

10.5

Ashish Reddy to Kohli, 1 run, a bottom edge so close to the stumps! Kohli tried to force a good length ball through the off side. No footwork and he is lucky not to be bowled

10.6

Ashish Reddy to Tiwary, no run, good length on middle and off, Tiwary gets behind the line and defends

End of over 11 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 60/4 (73 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.45, RRR: 8.11)
SS Tiwary    3* (7b)      A Ashish Reddy    1-0-3-0
V Kohli    20* (24b 1x4)      A Mishra    2-0-11-2

11.1

Mishra to Kohli, no run, Kohli goes back and plays to cover, tight line and length

11.2

Mishra to Kohli, SIX, that's loose, a long hop, Kohli rocks back and pulls the ball over the midwicket boundary for a six that will give RCB a lot of relief

11.3

Mishra to Kohli, no run, defended back to the bowler

11.4

Mishra to Kohli, no run, another flatter ball, Kohli goes back and plays to midwicket

11.5

Mishra to Kohli, 1 run, the straighter one this time, Kohli goes back and drives to long off

11.6

Mishra to Tiwary, 1 run, a flat short ball from Mishra, Tiwary punches off the back foot through cover

End of over 12 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 68/4 (65 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.66, RRR: 8.12)
SS Tiwary    4* (8b)      A Mishra    3-0-19-2
V Kohli    27* (29b 1x4 1x6)      A Ashish Reddy    1-0-3-0

12.1

Ashish Reddy to Tiwary, no run, the slower ball out of the back of the hand, Tiwary defends from the crease on the off side

12.2

Ashish Reddy to Tiwary, 2 runs, length ball outside off stump, Tiwary moves forward and biffs the drive into the ground and over the fielder at cover

12.3

Ashish Reddy to Tiwary, 1 run, played off the back foot in front of Duminy at point

12.4

Ashish Reddy to Kohli, no run, another back of the hand slower ball, Kohli mis-times the cover drive, he had to reach for it outside off

12.5

Ashish Reddy to Kohli, no run, a third slower ball from the back of the hand, Kohli times the drive better this time but White dives to his right at cover to save runs

12.6

Ashish Reddy to Kohli, 1 run, a low full toss played to long on

End of over 13 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 72/4 (61 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.53, RRR: 8.71)
V Kohli    28* (32b 1x4 1x6)      A Ashish Reddy    2-0-7-0
SS Tiwary    7* (11b)      A Mishra    3-0-19-2

Gony's back for his last over ...

13.1

Gony to Kohli, 1 wide, the first ball is down leg side from over the wicket ... Parthiv tumbles to his left to collect

13.1

Gony to Kohli, 1 run, good length delivery angling across the left-hander, Tiwary tries to cut but there's not enough room for that

13.2

Gony to Tiwary, no run, good length ball angling across the left-hander, Tiwary tries to cut but there's not enough room for that

13.3

Gony to Tiwary, no run, now he tries to pull with a lot of power, but the length isn't short enough and Tiwary gets beaten outside off stump

13.4

Gony to Tiwary, 1 run, cut off the back foot towards third man

13.5

Gony to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli moves forward and pushes the ball to mid-on

13.6

Gony to Tiwary, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven with power to long off, the players will take the final time out with RCB needing 56 off 36 balls

DP: "Deccan should win today, Pune have been the worst team of the lot and deserves to end up at the bottom of the table. Deccan has atleast put up some fight in most of their matches. Oh, and did I say I am a CSK fan!!"

Fawaz: "Sangakkara has to bring back Steyn to takeout Kohli. Once he finds his rhythm we all know what he can do to the best of them. Remember how he treated Malinga at Hobart?"

End of over 14 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 77/4 (56 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.50, RRR: 9.33)
SS Tiwary    9* (15b)      MS Gony    4-0-38-0
V Kohli    30* (34b 1x4 1x6)      A Ashish Reddy    2-0-7-0

14.1

Pratap Singh to Tiwary, FOUR, short ball on leg stump and Tiwary pulls off the front foot, placing it into the gap on the backward square leg boundary. An ideal re-start for RCB

14.2

Pratap Singh to Tiwary, 1 run, Tiwary walks out of his crease and pulls again, this time he mis-times the shot through midwicket

14.3

Pratap Singh to Kohli, no run, short of a length outside off stump with slight movement away from Kohli as he tries to drive on the up through cover, he gets beaten

14.4

Pratap Singh to Kohli, 1 run, played from the crease this time to long-on

Aniket: "Kohli will take RCB home. He is due for a long time. And barring Steyn there not much fire in anyone else. Dhoni is not going to the semis this time."

14.5

Pratap Singh to Tiwary, SIX, that's far too short and it's fodder for Tiwary who swivels and pulls the gentle medium-pace long hop high and far over square leg

14.6

Pratap Singh to Tiwary, no run, good length on off stump, Tiwary stays back and plays to point

End of over 15 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 89/4 (44 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.93, RRR: 8.80)
SS Tiwary    20* (19b 1x4 1x6)      V Pratap Singh    3-0-18-0
V Kohli    31* (36b 1x4 1x6)      MS Gony    4-0-38-0

15.1

Ashish Reddy to Kohli, FOUR, a friendly full toss, Kohli swings off the front foot and hits the ball into the gap on the deep midwicket boundary. Chargers bowlers have been poor after that time out.

15.2

Ashish Reddy to Kohli, 1 run, slower ball outside off stump, Kohli goes back and hits the ball through cover

15.3

Ashish Reddy to Tiwary, 2 runs, good length and straight, tapped slowly off the pads into the gap at midwicket - there's no one in the circle so the batsmen rush back for two

15.4

Ashish Reddy to Tiwary, 1 run, the slower ball down leg side, played off the back foot behind square, would have been wide had the batsman let it go

15.5

Ashish Reddy to Kohli, SIX, massive hit! Kohli gets under a length ball and lofts through the line, hitting it into the fans beyond the long-on boundary

Sanga will have to bring Steyn back into the attack.

15.6

Ashish Reddy to Kohli, OUT, he's hit it straight to long-on! And Kohli is furious with himself. He tried to clear long-on again but this time he hit it flat, instead of high. Gony moved to his right and caught it before tumbling to the ground

V Kohli c Gony b Ashish Reddy 42 (40b 2x4 2x6) SR: 105.00

So Tiwary is the last of the recognised batsmen. Zaheer is his partner.

End of over 16 (14 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 103/5 (30 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.43, RRR: 7.50)
     A Ashish Reddy    3-0-21-1
SS Tiwary    23* (21b 1x4 1x6)      V Pratap Singh    3-0-18-0

Steyn's back for his final over ... can he summon up the same intensity as he bowled with earlier? He's bowling from over the wicket.

16.1

Steyn to Tiwary, 1 run, fast and straight, Tiwary pushes towards mid off and runs

16.2

Steyn to Khan, no run, good length and very straight, Zaheer dropped the ball at his feet and began to run, the ball nearly bounced on to his stumps. Tiwary was not running

16.3

Steyn to Khan, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Zaheer backs away and swings hard, he gets beaten

Steyn has only three balls left.

16.4

Steyn to Khan, no run, Zaheer backs away and slogs, what's he doing? Steyn steams past the bat with a short ball.

16.5

Steyn to Khan, OUT, middle stump has taken a beating! The ball was full and dead straight. Zaheer backed away again and slogged, exposing all three stumps. He missed and Steyn uprooted middle stump. Senseless batting really, should have just seen Steyn off.

Z Khan b Steyn 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

16.6

Steyn to Vinay Kumar, no run, in the blockhole to finish, the new batsman watchfully plays on the off side. Zaheer should have been playing like that.

So Steyn has done more than Chargers could have asked for - 4-0-8-3. It's up to the rest now. Will they let him down?

End of over 17 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 104/6 (29 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.11, RRR: 9.66)
R Vinay Kumar    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    4-0-8-3
SS Tiwary    24* (22b 1x4 1x6)      A Ashish Reddy    3-0-21-1

17.1

Mishra to Tiwary, 1 run, tossed up and straight, Tiwary drives to long off for a single

James: "What on earth were RCB thinking? A batting line-up with Zak at 7? How can that possibly be a recipe for success coming into the crucial stages of the tournament?!"

17.2

Mishra to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards long-off, Vinay is off the mark

17.3

Mishra to Tiwary, 2 runs, a flat and fast ball heaved towards deep midwicket where White had to run to his right and field

17.4

Mishra to Tiwary, 2 runs, Tiwary takes a step out and drives to long on where Duminy fields. Mishra makes a poor attempt of collecting the ball and allows an overthrow. Poor from Mishra, he should have been behind the throw from Duminy

17.5

Mishra to Tiwary, 1 run, swung off the pads behind square leg

17.6

Mishra to Vinay Kumar, no run, Mishra draws the batsman forward and spins the googly between bat and pad. Lovely delivery to end the over

End of over 18 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 111/6 (22 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.16, RRR: 11.00)
R Vinay Kumar    1* (3b)      A Mishra    4-0-26-2
SS Tiwary    30* (26b 1x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    4-0-8-3

So RCB need 22 off 12 to make the playoffs. Tiwary to face. Time for him to earn his $1.6 million. Veer Pratap to bowl the penultimate over.

18.1

Pratap Singh to Tiwary, OUT, caught at midwicket! Tiwary's mis-timed the pull against a short ball straight up in the air. It was there to pull for six but Tiwary could not execute. Sangakkara settled under the ball and took a crucial catch. Tiwary's hand came off the bat as he played the shot. Are RCB are slipping out of the season?

SS Tiwary c Sangakkara b Pratap Singh 30 (27b 1x4 1x6) SR: 111.11

Harshal Patel is at the non-striker's end.

18.2

Pratap Singh to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, swung through the leg side for a single

18.3

Pratap Singh to Patel, 1 run, backs away towards leg but the bowler follows him, played to long on

18.4

Pratap Singh to Vinay Kumar, FOUR, Vinay backs away and heaves at a length ball, pulling it into the gap on the cow corner boundary, keeping RCB in the chase

18.5

Pratap Singh to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, in the blockhole and the batsman forces it towards midwicket, Sanga throws at the bowler's end, forcing Vinay to dive

18.6

Pratap Singh to Patel, 1 run, a full toss, Harshal had backed away outside leg and could only hit it along the ground to long off

End of over 19 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 119/7 (14 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.26, RRR: 14.00)
HV Patel    2* (2b)      V Pratap Singh    4-0-26-1
R Vinay Kumar    7* (6b 1x4)      A Mishra    4-0-26-2

So Royal Challengers need 14 to enter the playoffs and knock Super Kings out of IPL 2012. Thirteen to take the game into a super over. Reddy to bowl the final over.

19.1

Ashish Reddy to Patel, 1 run, a slower ball on off stump, driven along the ground to long of where White fields

19.2

Ashish Reddy to Vinay Kumar, OUT, another slower ball and Vinay has holed out to long-on. CSK will be rejoicing. Vinay had to reach outside off stump to hit that and he dragged it straight to Duminy

R Vinay Kumar c Duminy b Ashish Reddy 7 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

19.3

Ashish Reddy to Patel, 1 run, in the blockhole this time and the batsman, Harshal, mis-times through midwicket

Murali wanted the strike, he didn't sprint the single.

19.4

Ashish Reddy to Muralitharan, OUT, Murali's skied the ball high in the air, slogging at a length ball outside off stump. Duminy ran forward and to his left from long-on to judge the catch perfectly. RCB need two sixes off the remaining balls to win now.

M Muralitharan c Duminy b Ashish Reddy 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.5

Ashish Reddy to Patel, 1 run, it's all but over for RCB. Harshal can only drive the ball to long off. Super Kings are one ball away from the playoffs.

19.6

Ashish Reddy to Parameswaran, 1 wide, he's tried to experiment and bowl a back of the hand slower ball, but it's too wide outside off, the batsman slogs and misses

19.6

Ashish Reddy to Parameswaran, no run, and that's that, good length and straight, the batsman slogs across the line and makes no contact. RCB have crashed out of the IPL and Super Kings are through to the playoffs. Deccan Chargers finish eighth.

7.35 pm Chennai Super Kings needed Deccan Chargers to beat Rajasthan Royals and for Delhi Daredevils to beat Kings XI Punjab to make the playoffs. Both of those results went their way. They then needed more from Chargers. Super Kings needed Chargers to beat Royal Challengers as well today. And they have Dale Steyn and his friends to thank.

Steyn was red hot today, absolutely red hot - 4-0-8-3. Those figures don't even begin to describe the intensity with which be bowled. I'm getting a mindboggling about of emails from Super Kings fans, thanking Chargers and Steyn!

And this is what Albie Morkel had to say to Steyn on Twitter: "Hooooooooollllliiiiiioooooo."

Not to forget Duminy's contribution. An innings of 74 on a tough pitch and a screamer of a catch to dismiss AB de Villiers.

So the top four are Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. And that's how it will remain irrespective of whether Mumbai Indians beat Rajasthan Royals or not.

Prabu: "RCB were just too much dependent on Gayle or De Villiers ..... Cant remember a game where they won with both not firing ....."

It's time for the presentation ...

Sangakkara: "It was great to win. Home crowd, last match of the season ... glad we won."

Kohli: "We could have played better shots, we did not play the right shots on that wicket. We did not get in first. My wicket probably changed the game. We just need to learn from our mistakes and come back stronger next year. The wicket was not that bad to bat on ... you need to have clarity in the mind about what sort of shots to play."

The Man of the Match, with special mention to JP Duminy, is Dale Steyn - 4-0-8-3. He took the wickets of Gayle and Dilshan.

Steyn: "I think we've lost games that have been so crucial. To win tonight ... a last over finish, I'm very happy we pulled it off. There were a lot of emotions coming out in that final over. I was up for the challenge today and it paid off."

Steyn on his battle with Gayle: "In all honesty, it came off tonight. He could have hit me into the stands. In the previous game they got after me."

Thank you for all your emails today. It's been memorable. Enjoy the last league game, there's nothing riding on it. Cheers.

End of over 20 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 123/9 (10 runs required)
P Parameswaran    0* (1b)      A Ashish Reddy    4-0-25-3
HV Patel    5* (5b)      V Pratap Singh    4-0-26-1
Tournament Results
KKR v Super Kings at Chennai - May 27, 2012
KKR won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Daredevils v Super Kings at Chennai - May 25, 2012
Super Kings won by 86 runs
Super Kings v Mum Indians at Bangalore - May 23, 2012
Super Kings won by 38 runs
Daredevils v KKR at Pune - May 22, 2012
KKR won by 18 runs
Royals v Mum Indians at Jaipur - May 20, 2012
Mum Indians won by 10 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
Chargers v RCB at Hyderabad (Deccan) - May 20, 2012
Chargers won by 9 runs
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May 20, 2012

Dale Steyn rattled Royal Challengers Bangalore with figures of 3 for 8, Deccan Chargers v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Hyderabad, May 20, 2012

Dale Steyn rattled Royal Challengers Bangalore with figures of 3 for 8

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May 20, 2012

Dale Steyn flattens Zaheer Khan's middle stump, Deccan Chargers v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Hyderabad, May 20, 2012

Dale Steyn flattens Zaheer Khan's middle stump

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