Indian Premier League, 38th match: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians at Port Elizabeth, May 10, 2009
Mumbai Indians won by 16 runs
Played at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth (neutral venue)
10 May 2009 (20-over match)

Bangalore have yet another new opening combination, Virat Kohli walks out with Jacques Kallis. Kallis takes strike against Dhawal Kulkarni

0.1

Kulkarni to Kallis, no run, starts with a fullish ball, Kallis defends off the front foot towards mid-off

0.2

Kulkarni to Kallis, 1 run, shorter this time, on offstump, Kallis jumps onto his backfoot and taps it toward backward point, the batsmen sprint through for a single

0.3

Kulkarni to Kohli, no run, length ball on offstump, Kohli pushes it watchfully towards mid-off, good start by Kulkarni

0.4

Kulkarni to Kohli, no run, strays onto the pads, he gets away with it though, as Kohli turns it straight to square leg

0.5

Kulkarni to Kohli, FOUR, lovely shot to get off the mark, a backfoot cover drive, it pretty square and nicely in the gap, no chance for any of the fielders

0.6

Kulkarni to Kohli, 1 run, shortish ball from Kulkarni, dabbed down to third man for a single by Kohli, six off the over

Arun from India says: "All this stuff about giving final over to rookie is rubbish. When dhoni gave the final 2 overs to raina against kings 11 punjab, it was hailed as a master stroke. If this move had worked, it would have been appreciated as well."

End of over 1 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 6/0 (152 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.00)

    • V Kohli 5 (4b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 1 (2b)
    • DS Kulkarni 1-0-6-0
1.1

Malinga to Kohli, 1 wide, Malinga starts off with a quick, full ball down the leg side, that's a wide

1.1

Malinga to Kohli, 1 wide, Malinga goes to the other extreme, short and very wide outside off

1.1

Malinga to Kohli, no run, finally on target, back of a length on offstump, defended towards point by Kohli

1.2

Malinga to Kohli, 1 run, on the pads this time, dabbed to the left of the pitch, slight hesitation before the batsmen set off for a single

1.3

Malinga to Kallis, no run, length ball on middle and off, pushed back down the pitch by Kallis

1.4

Malinga to Kallis, 2 runs, mishit from Kallis, he tried to loft that offstump delivery over the leg side, outside edged over cover

1.5

Malinga to Kallis, no run, nice and accurate from Malinga, Kallis pushes that length ball towards cover

1.6

Malinga to Kallis, FOUR, flicked off his thigh for a boundary to square leg, nine runs off the over, not quite as dramatic as the last time Kallis and Malinga faced off when the Sri Lankan was taken for 17 in his first over, including two sixes

End of over 2 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 15/0 (143 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 7.94)

    • JH Kallis 7 (6b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 6 (6b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-9-0
    • DS Kulkarni 1-0-6-0
2.1

Kulkarni to Kohli, no run, nice stump-to-stump line from Kulkarni, Kohli opens the face and runs it towards backward point

2.2

Kulkarni to Kohli, 1 leg bye, on middle and leg this time, Kohli doesn't get bat on it, hits his pads and rolls away towards the gully region

2.3

Kulkarni to Kallis, FOUR, lovely shot from Kallis, fractionally short from Kulkarni, Kallis swings it just in front of square leg for a boundary, not much effort behind that shot

2.4

Kulkarni to Kallis, 1 run, square-driven off the front foot to deep point by Kallis this time, Kulkarani has a fielder there, so it's only a single

2.5

Kulkarni to Kohli, 1 run, again that fielder is made to work, as Kohli slaps an offstump delivery to him

2.6

Kulkarni to Kallis, no run, Kallis was looking to walk down the track, the ball was a bit short so he didn;t get near the pitch, ultimately plays it back to the bowler

Good, steady start from Bangalore here

End of over 3 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 22/0 (136 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 8.00)

    • JH Kallis 12 (9b 2x4)
    • V Kohli 7 (9b 1x4)
    • DS Kulkarni 2-0-12-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-9-0

Bravo into the attack

3.1

Bravo to Kohli, no run, a bot of away movement for his right away, Kohli doesn't move his feet as he wafts at it outside off, he's beaten

A slight delay as there's a change in the field, square leg goes deep

3.2

Bravo to Kohli, no run, going down the leg side, Bravo goes up in appeal for a caught behind, might have brushed Kohli's thigh pad as the umpire doesn't signal a wide

3.3

Bravo to Kohli, no run, fullish deliver outside off, Kohli gets forward and pushes it towards extra cover

3.4

Bravo to Kohli, 1 run, Kohli was a goner if that hit, he just tipped it towards point and started to run, there was a bit of hesitation after that, but Duminy doesn't hit at the non-striker's end, so Kohli's safe

3.5

Bravo to Kallis, OUT, Bravo gets the breakthrough, and Kallis is gone, shortish ball and was very close to the offstump, Kallis went for an upper cut which flies straight to the fielder at third man, nice, low catch from Kulkarni

JH Kallis c Kulkarni b Bravo 12 (16m 10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

Robin Uthappa is the new batsmen

3.6

Bravo to Kohli, FOUR, wonderful shot from Kohli, stands tall and cracks it past cover, all the way along the ground, add four more to Bangalore's total

End of over 4 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 27/1 (131 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 8.18)

    • V Kohli 12 (14b 2x4)
    • RV Uthappa 0 (0b)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-5-1
    • DS Kulkarni 2-0-12-0
4.1

Kulkarni to Uthappa, no run, Kulkarni starts with a back of a length ball in the corridor, Uthappa plays-and-misses

4.2

Kulkarni to Uthappa, no run, similar length, on offstump this time, Uthappa gets on the backfoot and drops it towards cover

4.3

Kulkarni to Uthappa, FOUR, that was a close call, Uthappa fetches a length ball from outside off and tries to slam it over mid-on, doesn't get full hold of it, and it flies agonisingly close to Harbhajan at mid-on

4.4

Kulkarni to Uthappa, no run, pushed towards mid-off off the backfoot, no run this time

4.5

Kulkarni to Uthappa, OUT, Uthappa doesn't survive this time, he attempted the same hoick over mid-on, again he mishits it and it ends up as a simple catch for Tendulkar at short midwicket

RV Uthappa c Tendulkar b Kulkarni 4 (4m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Manish T from India: "Well said Arun. Even that gift over by Tendulkar in the last match against Delhi Daredevils would have been a master stroke if it worked. I wonder it only works for Dhoni"

Ross Taylor is the new man in.

4.6

Kulkarni to Taylor, no run, short and wide from Kulkarni, Taylor shoulders arms to that one which was not too far away from being called a wide

End of over 5 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 31/2 (127 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.20, RRR: 8.46)

    • LRPL Taylor 0 (1b)
    • V Kohli 12 (14b 2x4)
    • DS Kulkarni 3-0-16-1
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-5-1
5.1

Bravo to Kohli, no run, Kohli tries to swat a shortish ball on offstump, doesn't connect well with it, ball trickles towards midwicket

5.2

Bravo to Kohli, no run, on offstump, defended back to the bowler by Kohli

5.3

Bravo to Kohli, no run, fullish on middle and leg, Kohli doesn't make the most of that one, just turned to square leg

5.4

Bravo to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli has a close shave, he attempts the same shot that accounted for Uthappa, Nanda jumped at mid-on but it was just too high for him

5.5

Bravo to Kohli, no run, on middle and leg, pushed towards midwicket by Kohli

5.6

Bravo to Kohli, FOUR, Kohli gets himself a boundary, but not too convincing, he tries another loft over the leg side, this time aiming at midwicket, timing is completely awry but he gets it over the infield and for a four

Preshant from India goes back to the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup: "Talking about rookie last overs,Joginder Sharma's last over could have been disastrous but for the batsman himself.Sometimes it works sometimes it does not."

End of over 6 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 39/2 (119 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 8.50)

    • V Kohli 20 (20b 4x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 0 (1b)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-13-1
    • DS Kulkarni 3-0-16-1

The legspinner Nanda into the attack

6.1

Nanda to Taylor, 1 run, starts with a ball on the pads, turned to square leg for a single

6.2

Nanda to Kohli, no run, a bit of air from Nanda, a bit short and outside off, chopped to backward point

6.3

Nanda to Kohli, OUT, Kohli throws it away, it was a half-tracker but there was some extra bounce, Kohli swipes it straight to short midwicket

V Kohli c Duminy b Nanda 20 (29m 22b 4x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

Bangalore's familiar top-order troubles continue

6.4

Nanda to Dravid, 2 runs, Dravid starts with a fluent offdrive for a couple

6.5

Nanda to Dravid, 1 run, fullish on middle and leg, Dravid manages to get it away towards cover for a single

6.6

Nanda to Taylor, no run, Taylor pushes at an outside off delivery, gets an outside edge but he had taken the bottom hand off the bat as he poked at the ball, which dribbles towards short third man

End of over 7 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 43/3 (115 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.14, RRR: 8.84)

    • LRPL Taylor 1 (3b)
    • R Dravid 3 (2b)
    • C Nanda 1-0-4-1
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-13-1

Harbhajan comes in to make it a double-spin attack.

7.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dravid, 1 wide, starts with a wide down the leg side

Dravid is in the familiar position of saving his side after a top-order collapse

7.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dravid, no run, nicely flighted from Harbhajan, Dravid gets a big stride in and smothers the ball with his front-foot defence

7.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dravid, 1 leg bye, fired onto the legs, hits Dravid's pad and rolls towards square leg for a leg-bye

7.3

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, 1 run, straighter ball, pitching on a length, Taylor comes down the pitch and plays it down to long-off

7.4

Harbhajan Singh to Dravid, 1 run, Dravid sweeps a full ball on offstump to fine leg

7.5

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, Taylor shuffles across the stump to work a ball from offstump to fine leg, doesn't beat the fielder in the ring

7.6

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, fullish ball on middle and leg, Taylor pushes it to midwicket, no run though, and that ends a good over from Harbhajan

End of over 8 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 47/3 (111 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.87, RRR: 9.25)

    • LRPL Taylor 2 (6b)
    • R Dravid 4 (5b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-3-0
    • C Nanda 1-0-4-1
8.1

Nanda to Dravid, no run, a bit of turn for Nanda, short ball outside off, left alone by Dravid

8.2

Nanda to Dravid, 1 run, Nanda pushes this one through on the legstump, flicked to square leg for a single

8.3

Nanda to Taylor, 2 runs, again Taylor isn't comfortable against the turn, it was a shortish ball but Taylor was onto the front-foot, and gets an outside edge past slip

8.4

Nanda to Taylor, 1 run, punched down to long-on for a strolled single

8.5

Nanda to Dravid, 2 runs, innovative from Dravid, that was a length ball from outside off, Dravid paddle-sweeps it very fine to collect a couple

8.6

Nanda to Dravid, 1 run, sensibly driven down to long-off for a single by Dravid

End of over 9 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 54/3 (104 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 9.45)

    • R Dravid 8 (9b)
    • LRPL Taylor 5 (8b)
    • C Nanda 2-0-11-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-3-0
9.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dravid, no run, big appeal for caught behind, Dravid goes for the reverse-sweep, doesn't get any bat on it and the ball balloons off his boot to the keeper

Mohan from India isn't an Uthappa fan: "I am assuming Uthappa is not the smartest bloke in the team. He's just escaped being caught, and what does he do? Mishits again to a fielder. Sheesh!"

9.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dravid, 1 run, nicely whipped off the backfoot to square leg for a single

9.3

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, 1 run, full and outside off, Taylor slaps it to point for a single, both batsmen content to get the ones and twos for now

9.4

Harbhajan Singh to Dravid, 1 run, swept powerfully from middle stump to deep backward square leg for another single

9.5

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, 1 run, OUT, big blow for Bangalore, Dravid is run out, Taylor punched the ball to long-off and immediately called for two, Dravid was always struggling and when Malinga's fired in an accurate throw, Dravid was well short as Harbhajan whipped off the bails

R Dravid run out 10 (13m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Mark Boucher comes in, much earlier than he would have liked

9.6

Harbhajan Singh to Taylor, no run, a dot ball to end the over, on middle stump, Taylor dabs it to the leg side

And that will be the strategic time-out. Mumbai well on top at this stage, with the required-rate in double-digits, and several of Bangalore big names dismissed.

And on the decision to give Mithun the final over of the Mumbai innings, Shriram writes in from the Netherlands: "I have a theory behind the masterstroke. I feel if a batsman has a realtively decent game and scored soem runs , he should be given the ball and his luck will carry ahead with team. For example in the case of suresh raina, he had contributed 30 odd runs earlier in that match. Similarly T.suman and rohit sharma who picked 6 wickets amongst them against mumbai had contributed with the bat too scoring a fast 20 and 38 respectively. So for a masterstroke to click , ball should not be passed blindly to anyone but to a person who seem to have the luck that day."

And Mike from Australia puts in a sensible word: "Why do people criticize decisions so much despite knowing the fact that the decision is a gamble. You guys understand gamble. Gambles can turn out to be flops and masterstrokes. Please do not say "Oh! Horrible captaincy. Rubbish decision"."

Venkataraghavan from India isn't too thrilled with the Bangalore XI chosen today: "I wonder what is Balachandra Akhil is doing in the bench! Is he bench so cold that someone of his calibre has to warm it up? people who follow domestic cricket know how useful is he at 7. And why has not Goswami been given a game despite his performances."

End of over 10 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 58/4 (100 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.80, RRR: 10.00)

    • LRPL Taylor 7 (11b)
    • MV Boucher 0 (0b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-7-0
    • C Nanda 2-0-11-1

Nanda continues after the break

10.1

Nanda to Boucher, 1 run, short ball again from Nanda, Boucher waits for it to turn and chops it to backward point, a tight single is taken

10.2

Nanda to Taylor, 1 run, pushed through quicker, and on the pads, nudged behind square leg

10.3

Nanda to Boucher, no run, fuller, on offstump, defended back to the bowler off the front foot

10.4

Nanda to Boucher, 1 run, low full toss outside off, punched to long-on for a single

10.5

Nanda to Taylor, SIX, Bang! Bangalore need more of those, Ross Taylor gets down on his knee and clobbers it over midwicket for a big six, that's a shot he used pretty effectively last season

10.6

Nanda to Taylor, 1 run, this time he pushes it down to long-off for an easy single

End of over 11 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 68/4 (90 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.18, RRR: 10.00)

    • LRPL Taylor 15 (14b 1x6)
    • MV Boucher 2 (3b)
    • C Nanda 3-0-21-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-7-0

Malinga is back, he still has three overs to go

11.1

Malinga to Taylor, 1 run, starts off with a trademark yorker, on middle and leg, dug out towards mid-on by Taylor

11.2

Malinga to Boucher, 1 wide, loses his radar this time, goes way down the leg side

11.2

Malinga to Boucher, no run, length ball on offstump this time, driven to extra cover

11.3

Malinga to Boucher, 2 runs, digs in the bouncer, Boucher spots it early and hooks it to backward square leg, Boucher made sure he kept the ball down

11.4

Malinga to Boucher, 1 run, flicks another yorker on middle and leg to square leg, asking-rate is now 10.2

11.5

Malinga to Taylor, OUT, beautiful, Malinga does what he does best, full and fast, Taylor was looking to play it to leg, misses the ball and it crashes into middle and off

LRPL Taylor b Malinga 16 (39m 16b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

There's not too much batting to come for Bangalore, only Roelof van der Merwe.

Supraj from India finds a flaw in Shriram's theory: "Mr. Shriram, you seem to have forgotten the Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals game in IPL 2008 when Symonds had a more than decent outing with the bat, and VVS Laxman, following your theory, handed him the ball for the last over of the Rajasthan innings. The rest is history: Shane Warne put him away for 18 runs to give his team a miraculous victory!"

11.6

Malinga to van der Merwe, 1 run, a full ball outside off, van der Merwe slaps it past point for a single to get off the mark

End of over 12 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 74/5 (84 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.16, RRR: 10.50)

    • RE van der Merwe 1 (1b)
    • MV Boucher 5 (6b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-15-1
    • C Nanda 3-0-21-1
12.1

Nanda to van der Merwe, 1 run, another short ball from Nanda, cut towards cover by van der Merwe

12.2

Nanda to Boucher, no run, tossed up by Nanda, Boucher gets an outside edge towards third man

12.3

Nanda to Boucher, 2 runs, low full toss on the pads, Boucher was looking to play to midwicket, gets a leading edge which lands just wide of Tendulkar at short cover

12.4

Nanda to Boucher, 1 run, whipped to midwicket for a single

12.5

Nanda to van der Merwe, 1 run, steps out and drives a fullish delivery down to long-on for a single

12.6

Nanda to Boucher, SIX, that's a six from Boucher, the swipe just about clears the rope at midwicket, Harbhajan Singh was fielding in the deep and was kept interested till the last moment

End of over 13 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 85/5 (73 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.53, RRR: 10.42)

    • MV Boucher 14 (10b 1x6)
    • RE van der Merwe 3 (3b)
    • C Nanda 4-0-32-1
    • SL Malinga 2-0-15-1
13.1

Harbhajan Singh to van der Merwe, 4 leg byes, Harbhajn fires it flat down the legside, van der Merwe looks to sweep, hits his pad and runs away fine for a boundary

13.2

Harbhajan Singh to van der Merwe, 1 wide, OUT, great job by Takawale, van der Merwe is stumped down the leg side, another fullish delivery, van der Merwe tried to flick off the front foot and overbalanced, the bails were off before he got back, this game is in Mumbai's bag now

RE van der Merwe st †Takawale b Harbhajan Singh 3 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Vinay Kumar comes in

13.2

Harbhajan Singh to Vinay Kumar, no run, flighted, overpitched on middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

13.3

Harbhajan Singh to Vinay Kumar, no run, arm ball from Harbhajan, goes past the outside edge of the defending Vinay

13.4

Harbhajan Singh to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, turned to square leg for a single this time by Vinay Kumar

13.5

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, no run, Boucher opens himself up for the sweep, misses the ball but is hit on the pads outside legstump

13.6

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, square leg has more work to do, there's some confused calling from the batsmen, who aren't sure whether to go for the second, finally decide against it

End of over 14 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 92/6 (66 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.57, RRR: 11.00)

    • MV Boucher 15 (12b 1x6)
    • R Vinay Kumar 1 (3b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-10-1
    • C Nanda 4-0-32-1
14.1

Kulkarni to Boucher, 1 run, Kulkarni starts his final over with a low, wide full toss, driven firmly to long-off

14.2

Kulkarni to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, short and wide this time, dabbed to backward point, where Duminy cuts its off, Vinay was wondering whether to go a single, goes finally and just about makes his ground

14.3

Kulkarni to Boucher, no run, whipped powerfully towards midwicket. straight to the fielder

14.4

Kulkarni to Boucher, 2 runs, Boucher bends his knee as he tries to slog to midwicket, gets a top edge which luckily for him lands between two fielders

14.5

Kulkarni to Boucher, 2 runs, length ball outside off, driven powerfully to outside off, it was a tight second, Vinay barely made his ground

14.6

Kulkarni to Boucher, 2 runs, another off-drive, another couple, this time Boucher places it wide of long-off so the second is taken with more ease

Tom from India is keeping the faith: "It's not over till Boucher's out."

End of over 15 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 100/6 (58 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 11.60)

    • MV Boucher 22 (17b 1x6)
    • R Vinay Kumar 2 (4b)
    • DS Kulkarni 4-0-24-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-10-1
15.1

Malinga to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, Malinga unsurprisingly starts with a full ball, played with soft hands towards mid-off, and Boucher gets back on strike

15.2

Malinga to Boucher, 1 wide, very wide outside off, Bangalore won't mind more of these free runs

15.2

Malinga to Boucher, 1 run, fats yorker from Malinga, crunched down to long-on for a single

15.3

Malinga to Vinay Kumar, no run, Malinga keeps in his favourite area, Vinay shuffles across and taps it to midwicket, there's no single this time

15.4

Malinga to Vinay Kumar, no run, yet another yorker that Vinay Kumar can't do much with, he digs it out back to the bowler

15.5

Malinga to Vinay Kumar, 2 runs, a bit shorter this time, Vinay walks across his stumps and flicks to square leg where a misfield gives away an extra run

15.6

Malinga to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, length ball outside off, Vinay gets it away to third man for a single and retains the strike

Phil from the United Kingdom says: "Another forgettable day for Mr Mallya-Sutil was out in the first lap and Fisichella is last on the Spanish circuit."

End of over 16 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 106/6 (52 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.62, RRR: 13.00)

    • R Vinay Kumar 6 (9b)
    • MV Boucher 23 (18b 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-21-1
    • DS Kulkarni 4-0-24-1
16.1

Bravo to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, slapped to point for a single by Vinay, who was desperate to get off the strike

16.2

Bravo to Boucher, 2 runs, well bowled by Bravo, very full on offstump, Boucher's attempts a scythe, hits the ball with the bottom of the bat, Vinay scampers back for the second

16.3

Bravo to Boucher, no run, yorker outside leg stump, Boucher had backed away to get some room, but that one slipped between his legs

16.4

Bravo to Boucher, 1 wide, this time it's a wide, way outside off

16.4

Bravo to Boucher, 2 runs, Bravo follows the Malinga example and keeps it full, Boucher muscles it down to long-off

16.5

Bravo to Boucher, 1 run, another yorker from Bravo, this time Boucher manages to get it away to long-on but only for a single

Great over so far from Bravo

16.6

Bravo to Vinay Kumar, no run, and ends with a clever slower ball, Vinay was through with his attempted pull before the ball came through

End of over 17 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 113/6 (45 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.64, RRR: 15.00)

    • R Vinay Kumar 7 (11b)
    • MV Boucher 28 (22b 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-20-1
    • SL Malinga 3-0-21-1

Pat from the US quips: "Shouldn't Sachin bowl now?? and give Bangalore a chance to come back and win??"

17.1

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, punched down to long-on for a single

17.2

Harbhajan Singh to Vinay Kumar, OUT, Gone, Vinay Kumar is stumped by a mile, he was charging down the track, Harbhajan bowled it short and wide, the batsman didn't get anywhere near the pitch of the ball, and his wild heave connects with air, Takawale has the easy job of whipping off the bails

R Vinay Kumar st †Takawale b Harbhajan Singh 7 (19m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 58.33

17.3

Harbhajan Singh to Kumble, 1 run, Kumble drives to long-on for a single which brings Boucher back on strike

17.4

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 2 runs, very full and on legstump, Boucher clubs it wide of long-on, plenty of screaming before the batsmen decided to come back for the second

17.5

Harbhajan Singh to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher is looking to make room, Harbhajan follows him with a yorker, which the batsmen digs out towards mid-on

17.6

Harbhajan Singh to Kumble, no run, Kumble tries to whip to square leg, but is hit on the pad outside leg

End of over 18 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 118/7 (40 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.55, RRR: 20.00)

    • A Kumble 1 (2b)
    • MV Boucher 32 (25b 1x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 4-0-15-2
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-20-1
18.1

Bravo to Boucher, 1 run, low full toss from Bravo, slogged to wide long-on for a single

18.2

Bravo to Kumble, 1 run, bouncer this time, well outside off, Kumble cracks it to mid-off for a single

18.3

Bravo to Boucher, no run, Boucher goes for the big swipe, misses and the ball goes past the offstump to the keeper

18.4

Bravo to Boucher, 1 run, full on legstump, gets an inside edge onto his pads

18.5

Bravo to Kumble, FOUR, tests Kumble with a bouncer, the batsman goes for a hook, top edges it over the keeper for a streaky four

18.6

Bravo to Kumble, no run, didn't have the luck this time, Kumble's heave meets with air

End of over 19 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 125/7 (33 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.57, RRR: 33.00)

    • A Kumble 6 (5b 1x4)
    • MV Boucher 34 (28b 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-27-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 4-0-15-2
19.1

Malinga to Boucher, 1 wide, yorker down the leg side, called a wide

19.1

Malinga to Boucher, 2 runs, Boucher slogs it to midwicket for a single, 30 needed off five balls

19.2

Malinga to Boucher, SIX, a golf swing sends a length delivery from Malinga screaming over the straight boundary

19.3

Malinga to Boucher, 1 run, this time Boucher can only get it down to Bravo at long-on, just a single

19.4

Malinga to Kumble, 1 run, Kumble was backing away, Malinga follows him with a yorker which the batsman can't get away

19.5

Malinga to Boucher, FOUR, a one-bounce four for Boucher, it was very full on the pads, Bravo at long-on completely lost sight of it

19.6

Malinga to Boucher, 1 run, another swat to long-on, Bravo fields this time, and that's victory for Mumbai

Mumbai renew their hopes of a semi-final spot with that 16-run win victory. Again their openers, Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya, flopped but Ajinkya Rahane finally came good in the IPL, and JP Duminy continued to clock up composed half-centuries. Still, 157 seemed no more than a competitive total.

Bangalore tried out a new combination at the top of the order, but they still couldn't get things right. The top-order, as they have so often, made a hash of things, and Rahul Dravid's run-out in the tenth over was a big turning point. With this defeat, Bangalore's slim chances of making the final four become slimmer yet.

Post-match presentation: Kumble: Probably Rahul's run-out was crucial. It was still a good wicket to get 9 or 10 runs an over at the end, but we lost too many wickets early.

Tendulkar: We needed this victory, I thought Rahane and Duminy batted well till the end. I thought we played well all round, batting was good, bowling was good, fielding was good. We need exactly what are the aspects to focus on (to make the semi-finals).

The Man of the Match is JP Duminy. "I thought our total was very challenging. We might have liked something around 160-170, but in the end, we won. That's all that matters."

That's it from me Siddarth Ravindran, do join us for our coverage of the Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders in Johannesburg.

End of over 20 (16 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 141/7 (17 runs required)

    • MV Boucher 48 (33b 1x4 2x6)
    • A Kumble 7 (6b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-37-1
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-27-1
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