Indian Premier League - 44th match

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 2 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)

Albie has the ball, Uthappa to face. Here we go!

Welcome back. Bangalore will fancy chasing this down. They better, as those collapses don't come too often. Hayden said during the break that Chennai were probably five runs short. Much worse actually, I'd say about 20-25 at least. It's Bangalore's game to lose from here on. They go up to No.4 on the points table if they win this. Their openers Uthappa and Kallis are strolling out. The Chennai fielders have taken their positions. Almost ready.

0.1

Morkel to Uthappa, 1 run, gets a thick outside edge to third man, bowled full on the off and pushes through the line, he's off the mark

Just a slip in place

0.2

Morkel to Kallis, 1 wide, straying down the leg side, they can't afford too many of those, concedes a run

0.2

Morkel to Kallis, OUT, big wicket in the first over! Albie pitches fullish marginally outside off stump, Kallis presses forward gently, not a big stride at all and he gets hit on the front roll, after a long thought umpire Harper raises the finger of fate

JH Kallis lbw b Morkel 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Lets wait for replays on that one. Thats a duck for Kallis. Yes, the ball hit him outside the line of impact so Kallis is indeed unlucky. In comes Dravid at one-drop.

0.3

Morkel to Dravid, no run, straighter one, Dravid is early on the flick and plays back to Albie

0.4

Morkel to Dravid, FOUR, super shot for four, Dravid just eases into a square drive, punching the wide and full delivery into the gap behind square on the off side

0.5

Morkel to Dravid, no run, pitches down the pads and hits Dravid clearly down leg stump, still they all appeal but no chance to get those ones in your favour

0.6

Morkel to Dravid, no run, full on leg stump, another mistimed clip and Albie does the fielding

So, a big slice of luck for Chennai. Kallis was not out. Shucks.

End of over 1 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 6/1 (124 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.52)
R Dravid    4* (4b 1x4)      JA Morkel    1-0-6-1
RV Uthappa    1* (1b)     

Sudeep Tyagi to bowl.

1.1

Tyagi to Uthappa, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Uthappa gets up and steers it behind point

1.2

Tyagi to Dravid, 1 wide, too wide and Dravid goes fishing, unable to put bat on ball

1.2

Tyagi to Dravid, no run, short ball down leg stump, Dravid goes for the shot off the pads but the bounce is too much and he ends up playing it down to the off side

1.3

Tyagi to Dravid, FOUR, shortish again but he gets up and uses the wrists well to drop it down safely wide of Hayden at slip and third man cannot get across to prevent the boundary

1.4

Tyagi to Dravid, OUT, straight to backward point! Not a shot Dravid will be too proud of, just failing to keep a short ball down, he aimed to slap it away but just steered it to Badrinath, who cupped it in front of his face with few hassles

R Dravid c Badrinath b Tyagi 8 (7b 2x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

Double jolt for Bangalore. In comes last game's hero, Ross Taylor. Chennai are abuzz.

1.5

Tyagi to Taylor, 1 run, fuller, middle and leg, tucked around the corner to open his account

1.6

Tyagi to Uthappa, FOUR, another airy fairy shot over the off side, Tyagi bangs it in and gets good bounce, Uthappa hops up and chases it with an ill-timed steer over cover, still it finds the boundary

End of over 2 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 17/2 (113 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 8.50, RRR: 6.27)
RV Uthappa    6* (3b 1x4)      S Tyagi    1-0-11-1
LRPL Taylor    1* (1b)      JA Morkel    1-0-6-1

2.1

Morkel to Taylor, no run, pitches on a length on the stumps and Taylor defends to mid-on

2.2

Morkel to Taylor, no run, short of a length on middle and off and he gets in line to defend

2.3

Morkel to Taylor, no run, tidy line and length from Albie, not offering Taylor any room to work with and the result is another tap back down the track

2.4

Morkel to Taylor, no run, fuller this time with some shape back in and Taylor plays it back again

2.5

Morkel to Taylor, no run, pitches outside off, Taylor comes onto the front foot and drives to cover

2.6

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, back of a length, angling in, pushes to extra cover and scampers

So no maiden over for Albie but thats a terrific six balls anyway.

End of over 3 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 18/2 (112 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.58)
LRPL Taylor    2* (7b)      JA Morkel    2-0-7-1
RV Uthappa    6* (3b 1x4)      S Tyagi    1-0-11-1

3.1

Tyagi to Taylor, FOUR, flashes and flashes well, slapping a generous half-volley past point

3.2

Tyagi to Taylor, no run, short ball goes away from Taylor, who flashes and misses this time

3.3

Tyagi to Taylor, no run, gets over the ball and goes hard but cant pierce the off side field

3.4

Tyagi to Taylor, FOUR, ah, bad ball, just too wide and he slashes it over backward point

3.5

Tyagi to Taylor, 2 runs, good ball, attempted yorker on the pads, Taylor does well go jam it out and then bisects two men on the leg side, calling Uthappa across for two, well run there

3.6

Tyagi to Taylor, 1 leg bye, too full down the pads, Taylor heaves and gets a thin leg bye instead

End of over 4 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 29/2 (101 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.25, RRR: 6.31)
LRPL Taylor    12* (13b 2x4)      S Tyagi    2-0-21-1
RV Uthappa    6* (3b 1x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-7-1

4.1

Morkel to Taylor, no run, slides down the pads, beats bat and clips the pad to Dhoni

4.2

Morkel to Taylor, no run, back of a length just outside off and he pushes it to the off side

4.3

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, leans into a wide half-volley and goes toward extra cover

4.4

Morkel to Uthappa, OUT, he's got him lbw! Pitches fullish, comes back in and gets him in front of middle and leg as he's late on the shot, seemed unsure of whether to go forward or back

RV Uthappa lbw b Morkel 6 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Yes replays showed it was hitting leg stump. Good call.

4.5

Morkel to Kohli, no run, go for a short ball outside off this time and no shot offered

4.6

Morkel to Kohli, no run, back of a length and he comes forward, defending to backward point

Great over from Albie. Bangalore are in trouble early. Game on.

End of over 5 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 30/3 (100 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.66)
V Kohli    0* (2b)      JA Morkel    3-0-8-2
LRPL Taylor    13* (16b 2x4)      S Tyagi    2-0-21-1

Balaji comes into the attack.

5.1

Balaji to Taylor, no run, starts off on a good length, with some shape back in from outside off stump, and the batsman pushes to cover and gets shooed back by the nonstriker

5.2

Balaji to Taylor, 1 run, fuller and straighter and well clipped wide of Oram at mid-on

5.3

Balaji to Kohli, 1 run, straight again, he rolls his wrists to on drive but cant beat midwicket

5.4

Balaji to Taylor, no run, slower ball, served up outside off and it beats a one-handed chase

5.5

Balaji to Taylor, 1 run, down the pads and he clips it out to deep backward square leg

5.6

Balaji to Kohli, no run, shorter in length, he tries to dab it fine but Hayden dives at slip to stop

End of over 6 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 33/3 (97 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 6.92)
V Kohli    1* (4b)      L Balaji    1-0-3-0
LRPL Taylor    15* (20b 2x4)      JA Morkel    3-0-8-2

End of the Powerplays. Its 33 for 3.

6.1

Morkel to Taylor, 2 runs, too straight so Taylor flicks past a diving Hayden at midwicket for two

6.2

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, pitches on a length and he pushes the ball to the off side

6.3

Morkel to Kohli, no run, nearly in the block hole, he cocks the wrists and plays it to mid-on

6.4

Morkel to Kohli, no run, wider, a tad shorter, Kohli plays and misses on that occasion

6.5

Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, short ball this time but he rides the bounce and guides to third man

6.6

Morkel to Taylor, 1 run, errs with a low full toss, slower ball, nicely flicked wide of midwicket

Great show from Albie. He's really jarred Bangalore.

End of over 7 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 38/3 (92 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 7.07)
LRPL Taylor    19* (23b 2x4)      JA Morkel    4-0-13-2
V Kohli    2* (7b)      L Balaji    1-0-3-0

First sign of spin. Its Jakati, left-arm around the stumps.

7.1

Jakati to Taylor, no run, starts off flat on middle and leg, no air, and its patted back

7.2

Jakati to Taylor, 1 run, still flat on middle stump and he drives it nicely toward midwicket

7.3

Jakati to Kohli, 1 run, slower ball, drifting into the pads, turned wide of Vijay at midwicket

7.4

Jakati to Taylor, 1 run, fuller ball with some nice dip into Taylor, who clips it to mid-on

7.5

Jakati to Kohli, FOUR, too short and Kohli transfers the weight, hammering it past cover out to the deep where Balaji doesn't time his dive at all and allows a boundary

7.6

Jakati to Kohli, 1 run, now he gets across and works a straighter ball out to deep square leg

End of over 8 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 46/3 (84 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 7.00)
V Kohli    8* (10b 1x4)      SB Jakati    1-0-8-0
LRPL Taylor    21* (26b 2x4)      JA Morkel    4-0-13-2

Spin from both ends. Here's Murali. From around the stumps.

8.1

Muralitharan to Kohli, no run, tossed up on the stumps, turned just wide of Vijay at midwicket

8.2

Muralitharan to Kohli, 1 run, full and flat on middle and leg, clipped nicely this time

8.3

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, shorter ball surprises him, he gets back and pushes in the air toward mid-off, who is deep so no hard done

8.4

Muralitharan to Kohli, FOUR, strays down leg stump and Kohli sweeps, and sweeps well, out to the deep where Oram throws his big hulk of a frame around in vain

8.5

Muralitharan to Kohli, no run, spins across Kohli off a shorter length, he gets back to pull but doesn't time it well and Murali does the fielding

8.6

Muralitharan to Kohli, no run, floats it full outside leg stump, he sweeps and makes no contact

End of over 9 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 52/3 (78 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.77, RRR: 7.09)
V Kohli    13* (15b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-6-0
LRPL Taylor    22* (27b 2x4)      SB Jakati    1-0-8-0

9.1

Jakati to Taylor, 2 runs, flat down the pads, allowing Taylor a hard-earned two out to the deep

Albie has left. He's got some sort of stomach ailment.

9.2

Jakati to Taylor, 1 run, slower ball, tossed up on a length and he steers it wide of cover-point

9.3

Jakati to Kohli, no run, loops it up nicely on middle and leg, driven on the rise to extra cover

9.4

Jakati to Kohli, 1 run, lands on middle and off and he uses hard wrists to drive across the line

9.5

Jakati to Taylor, 1 run, pitches on off and turns away, he waits and dabs it toward cover-point

9.6

Jakati to Kohli, no run, too short but he gets away with it as Kohli cuts straight to cover

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End of over 10 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 57/3 (73 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.70, RRR: 7.30)
V Kohli    14* (18b 2x4)      SB Jakati    2-0-13-0
LRPL Taylor    26* (30b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-6-0

Bangalore need 73 from 60 balls. Here's Murali to Taylor.

10.1

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, tossed it up on a length and Taylor waits for spin, getting onto the back foot and forcing the ball away square on the off side

10.2

Muralitharan to Kohli, FOUR, tosses it up, no turn, Kohli gets back and across and glances very fine

10.3

Muralitharan to Kohli, 1 run, tossed up again and he punches just wide of the man in close

10.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, lands it on a good length, Taylor pushes it across but to the fielder

10.5

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, lovely flight there outside off stump, sucking Taylor forward and then skidding past the bat, Dhoni collects and in a flash breaks the stumps ... they go upstairs and all is settled when the big screen shows Taylor just had his back foot back inside the line

10.6

Muralitharan to Taylor, no run, rips it across and beats Taylor again, who is groping in the dark

End of over 11 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 63/3 (67 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.72, RRR: 7.44)
LRPL Taylor    27* (34b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-12-0
V Kohli    19* (20b 3x4)      SB Jakati    2-0-13-0

11.1

Jakati to Kohli, 1 run, slants into the pads and he turns it away in front of square for a single

This is a healthy stand forming. Some smart shots, some loose ones.

11.2

Jakati to Taylor, 1 run, shuffles across and glances the ball off the stumps to short fine leg

11.3

Jakati to Kohli, no run, flatter ball, just hits a length and thats punched to cover

11.4

Jakati to Kohli, no run, uses his feet, Jakati drops it on a length and does the fielding himself

11.5

Jakati to Kohli, no run, shorter and flatter, he makes room but ends up punching it back

11.6

Jakati to Kohli, 1 run, uses his feet and goes over midwicket out to Oram on the bounce

Two good overs of spin on the trot. Chennai are keeping it in check.

End of over 12 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 66/3 (64 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.50, RRR: 8.00)
V Kohli    21* (25b 3x4)      SB Jakati    3-0-16-0
LRPL Taylor    28* (35b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-12-0

12.1

Muralitharan to Kohli, no run, aye, close! Murali rips it across Kohli, who shapes to cut and misses

12.2

Muralitharan to Kohli, FOUR, and Hayden makes a mess down at long-on! Kohli gives Murali the charge, lofting it over mid-on down to where Hayden misjudges it completely, he starts coming in but then doesn't pick it up and back peddles but for no use as thats four

12.3

Muralitharan to Kohli, no run, goes for another cramped cut and fails to make contact

12.4

Muralitharan to Kohli, no run, again tossed up just outside off and it beats a fierce attempt to cut

12.5

Muralitharan to Kohli, no run, quicker and flatter, Kohli drives it back hard and Murali is alert

12.6

Muralitharan to Kohli, SIX, not timed to perfection but he's picked his spot and thats six, he charged down and though not to the pitch, carried on with the big shot over midwicket and beat the man running across

End of over 13 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 76/3 (54 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.84, RRR: 7.71)
V Kohli    31* (31b 4x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    3-0-22-0
LRPL Taylor    28* (35b 2x4)      SB Jakati    3-0-16-0

Massive over that for Bangalore.

13.1

Jakati to Taylor, no run, flat on middle and off, Taylor drives and Jakati dives to save runs

13.2

Jakati to Taylor, 1 run, errs in line and Taylor paddles it off his pads for a single

13.3

Jakati to Kohli, no run, dances down, drives hard but Jakati takes it rather well

13.4

Jakati to Kohli, SIX, super shot and this kid has found a groove alright! Skips down, gets the momentum needed, and lofts it high, high, high down the ground for maximum

13.5

Jakati to Kohli, 1 run, back to full and flat and he coolly clips a single wide of midwicket

13.6

Jakati to Taylor, 1 run, slower one, flighted on middle and off, Taylor pushes it back past Jakati

End of over 14 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 85/3 (45 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.07, RRR: 7.50)
LRPL Taylor    30* (38b 2x4)      SB Jakati    4-0-25-0
V Kohli    38* (34b 4x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    3-0-22-0

Should be Bangalore's for the taking. Dhoni calls back Balaji.

14.1

Balaji to Taylor, 1 run, right up there in the blockhole and he pushes it down to long-off for one

14.2

Balaji to Kohli, OUT, great catch by Oram! Kohli pulls a short ball from outside off stump, looks a cracking shot over midwicket until Oram sprints forward from the ropes and dives forward to grasp a tumbling catch an inch or two off the grass, awesome effort and do we have another twist?

V Kohli c Oram b Balaji 38 (35b 4x4 2x6) SR: 108.57

14.3

Balaji to Boucher, no run, very full outside off and Boucher squirts it straight to backward point

14.4

Balaji to Boucher, no run, slower ball slants back in and beats the bat, Boucher gets across to cut it fine but makes no contact and the ball dribbles down to Dhoni behind the stumps

14.5

Balaji to Boucher, FOUR, too much room and he dabs it behind backward point, Tyagi from third man runs after it and then comically dives a month too early and muffs what could have ben stopped

14.6

Balaji to Boucher, 1 run, short of a length, Boucher allows it come to him and dabs it for a single

Crucial blow from Balaji, but too much too late? Will we have a cracker?

End of over 15 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 91/4 (39 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.06, RRR: 7.80)
MV Boucher    5* (4b 1x4)      L Balaji    2-0-9-1
LRPL Taylor    31* (39b 2x4)      SB Jakati    4-0-25-0

Murali continues. Hayden at slip.

15.1

Muralitharan to Boucher, OUT, and he's struck first ball, tossing the doosra up outside off stump, it takes the outside edge as Boucher loses balance on the drive, Hayden gobbles it up to his left at slip

MV Boucher c Hayden b Muralitharan 5 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

15.2

Muralitharan to van der Merwe, no run, tosses it up on off stump, he presses forward and defends to cover

15.3

Muralitharan to van der Merwe, 1 run, flat outside the pads, Roelof works it away off the pads for a single

15.4

Muralitharan to Taylor, 1 run, tosses it up outside leg stump, he gets across and turns it away

Slip, short leg and leg gully in place ... awesome.

15.5

Muralitharan to van der Merwe, no run, tosses it up wide, he goes for a booming drive and misses out

15.6

Muralitharan to van der Merwe, no run, top bowling, right on middle and off and he drives it straight back

End of over 16 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 93/5 (37 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.81, RRR: 9.25)
RE van der Merwe    1* (4b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-24-1
LRPL Taylor    32* (40b 2x4)      L Balaji    2-0-9-1

Excellent over that. Bangalore are slipping here. We're in for a cracker alright.

16.1

Balaji to Taylor, 1 run, full on off stump, searching for the yorker, he gets across and clips it

16.2

Balaji to van der Merwe, 1 wide, bad ball, slower ball slips out way down the pads, Dhoni stops well

16.2

Balaji to van der Merwe, 1 run, full again, down the pads, he makes room and just manages to dig it out, gets an inside edge near his pads and he gets called across for the sharp single

16.3

Balaji to Taylor, SIX, shot! Thats where you don't want to be bowling to this man, Taylor gets across and swings the slower length ball flat over midwicket for six, excellent

Dhoni stands up now ...

16.4

Balaji to Taylor, 1 run, slower ball again, full on the pads and clipped to deep midwicket

16.5

Balaji to van der Merwe, 1 run, OUT, now thats not the smartest piece of cricket I've ever seen! Attempted yorker on the stumps, Roelof drives hard straight to cover-point and sets off, the fielder returns an over throw and they get one, then a piece of madness from Roelof ends his manic innings ... he was slow on the return and pranced back over the line with his bat not outstretched as Dhoni received a good lob from Murali and disturbed the stumps, not sure what he was doing there because he was well home but hit bat was dragging by his feet ... after numerous replays the decision is OUT and while Chennai explode Roelof slinks off back to the Bengaluru dug out

RE van der Merwe run out 3 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

16.6

Balaji to Akhil, no run, slower ball on a length outside off and Akhil swats it back to Balaji

A real moment of madness from Roelof may have cost Bangalore. Can Taylor do it again?

End of over 17 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 104/6 (26 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.11, RRR: 8.66)
B Akhil    0* (1b)      L Balaji    3-0-20-1
LRPL Taylor    40* (43b 2x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    4-0-24-1

Oram gets the ball with Chennai defending 26 from 18 balls. Dhoni up to the stumps.

17.1

Oram to Taylor, 2 runs, full outside off and he drives past cover and sprints back for two

17.2

Oram to Taylor, 1 run, another full ball and this time he squeezes a single to extra cover

This is good bowling. Full, straight, not much room. Could be straighter though.

17.3

Oram to Akhil, OUT, smart catch from Tyagi! Oram gets Akhil with a short ball, he slogs at top edges and Tyagi, running in from third man, dives superbly and clutches the steepler as it dies in front of him ... its moments like these, and Oram's earlier catch, will really matter in such situations

B Akhil c Tyagi b Oram 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

In comes PK.

17.4

Oram to Taylor, 4 byes, safest place to score your runs! Its very, very full, in fact almost a yorker just outside off stump and Taylor jams down at it, misses, but ball hits Dhoni's pads and runs away

17.5

Oram to Taylor, 1 run, full on the stumps, he shuffles across and clips wide of midwicket

Hmm ... mid-off is up, fine leg is up ...

17.6

Oram to Kumar, 1 run, full ball, well done, no room and PK pushes to cover and sets off

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End of over 18 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 113/7 (17 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.27, RRR: 8.50)
P Kumar    1* (1b)      JDP Oram    1-0-5-1
LRPL Taylor    44* (47b 2x4 1x6)      L Balaji    3-0-20-1

Bangalore need 17 from 12 balls. PK on strike. Balaji will bowl out.

18.1

Balaji to Kumar, SIX, and what a shot, what a shot! PK backs away and clubs a short ball over wide long-on for a super six ... talk about delivering under pressure, excellent shot

18.2

Balaji to Kumar, 1 run, low full toss, uses his feet and drives it down to long-on for one

18.3

Balaji to Taylor, 1 run, walks across his stumps and clips a full ball wide of midwicket, PK drops his bat but hurries on to the other end

Hayden comes to silly mid-on ...

18.4

Balaji to Kumar, 1 run, full outside off stump and he dabs it wide of cover and point for one

18.5

Balaji to Taylor, 1 run, uses his crease well, walking right across the stumps and again clipping the full ball wide of midwicket and mid-on

18.6

Balaji to Kumar, 2 runs, full on the stumps and he drives excellently through extra cover, really good placement and they run back for the second, top shot, and top running

End of over 19 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 125/7 (5 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.57, RRR: 5.00)
P Kumar    11* (5b 1x6)      L Balaji    4-0-32-1
LRPL Taylor    46* (49b 2x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    1-0-5-1

Six balls to go. Five needed. Taylor on strike. Fine leg up. Square leg back. Oram will bowl.

19.1

Oram to Taylor, OUT, Taylor what have you done? Takes a step forward and across, Oram holds back the length and Taylor top edges the ball up in the air, Dhoni doesn't for a second lose sight of it as he runs back towards the boundary and takes it easily ... Kiwi to Kiwi, Oram has won that battle when it mattered most

LRPL Taylor c †Dhoni b Oram 46 (50b 2x4 1x6) SR: 92.00

19.2

Oram to Kumar, 1 run, gives him the charge and swats a length ball wide just past midwicket

Team huddle for Chennai. Four to win from four. Dhoni is in charge. Vinay on strike.

19.3

Oram to Vinay Kumar, 2 runs, slower ball, back of a length outside off stump, Vinay gets across and gets the wrists into play superbly, turning it wide of midwicket, PK is calling for the second and they get it easily because Raina returned a poor throw back from the deep

A runner for Vinay. He was limping on the way back. Back comes Taylor. Two needed from three.

19.4

Oram to Vinay Kumar, FOUR, game over in comical fashion! Oram gives Vinay room, he slashes it up and backward of point, Balaji at third man doesn't spot it and is slow to chase, he dives on the boundary but cannot stop the ball from going for four, back in the middle the two batsmen are unsure of whats happening and they are settling for one, then PK says run man, he didn't stop it, so they go for two but in the end everyone sees Balaji signaling four so the match is won with two balls in hand

Whew. What a finish. Bangalore have stuck on in the IPL with a thrilling win. So close. They have beaten Chennai and have to beat Deccan and Delhi in days to come. This was a great game. Not a lot of runs but plenty of good bowling and not lacking in tension. The presentation details in a bit.

Dhoni: "Not really happy. We tried to win a game out of it. Our fielding has been suspect throughout the tournament. We are a safe fielding side, but not a brilliant fielding side. We have a lot of youngsters in the side who can't throw or run all that well. We were clearly about 20 short. "

Kumble: "It was a fantastic effort. The bowling was brilliant. In the end Ross Taylor saw us through. We stuck to plan. We wanted to get Haydos early on but that didn't happen. Still overall our plan worked. Kallis bowled brilliantly. We'd like to take it one game at a time."

And the Man of the Match for two games running is Taylor. Kudos. "Hayden put us on the back foot but the bowlers and our fielding put us back in the game. Both teams bowled well. I always though we could finish it but I was disappointed I got out when I did."

Thats that. Don't go far because we have another game coming up. Rajasthan v Mumbai. Bye for now!

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Chargers won by 6 runs
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Chargers won by 6 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
RCB v Chargers at Centurion - May 21, 2009
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May 14, 2009

MS Dhoni and Jacob Oram seem to have run out of ideas, Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Durban, May 14, 2009

MS Dhoni and Jacob Oram seem to have run out of ideas

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May 14, 2009

Praveen Kumar and R Vinay Kumar take Bangalore home, Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Durban, May 14, 2009

Praveen Kumar and R Vinay Kumar take Bangalore home

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