Indian Premier League, Final: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Deccan Chargers at Johannesburg, May 24, 2009
Deccan Chargers won by 6 runs
Played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (neutral venue)
24 May 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

16.30 local Its finally time to kick-start this baby. Lovely buzz around. A sea of supporters filling up. The DJ is adding to the bonhomie. Rudi Koertzen is all wired up and asking the Bullring if they're ready. I've never seen that. Gentlemen, lets play, he says. Kumble has the ball to his rival, Gilchrist.

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16.00 local Time for the toss. Let me just get over Ravi Shastri's bellowing. Lalit Modi flips the coin, Anil Kumble wins and says Bangalore will field. No surprises. Kumble wants to chase down whatever Deccan put up. Bangalore have fielded an unchanged side. Adam Gilchrist isn't perturbed at having to bat first. Deccan also have the same XI from their semi-final.

15.45 local The clouds have cleared and it looks pretty good. Its not a packed house at the Wanderers but its pretty full and buzzing. I expect it to fill out soon. The players are either having a knock or taking catches or working on their line and length. Good atmosphere.

"Its Beer versus Biryani" says Ram on feedback. "Am getting ready with Biryani and beer and going to watch this interesting game." Enjoy, boss.

Its a different pitch but looks the same as yesterday. Both of today's captains are generally field-first people.

15.30 local Hello and a very warm welcome to the final of the 2009 IPL. Thanks for your company, lets hope we get a good game of cricket for this gala event. Its amazing to see Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers Bangalore here today. Hats off to them. Few gave them a chance of getting here but they've surprised many through sheer dedication and hard work. They played hard, overcame a few hurdles, and deserve to be at the summit. No matter who wins, its southern comfort.

Still time to go until we get started. The toss is in 30 minutes, so until then here are a few nuggets for you to indulge in. One I'm sure Bangalore fans will be keen to read is Sriram Veera interview with Manish Pandey, the man of the moment. Also read Bangalore supporter James McGillivray's account of the second semi. You could contribute to our Fan Following section, too, during the World Twenty20. Details in the article.

The weather forecast for Johannesburg is mostly cloudy with a high of 69°. Lets hope it clears.


Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, fizzed up on a length outside off and Gilchrist defends to cover


Kumble to Gilchrist, no run, slower ball, flighted outside leg stump, comes down and defends

One slip in place ...


Kumble to Gilchrist, OUT, knocked him over! Kumble takes out Gilchrist! Kumble maintains that excellent line, keeps it slow through the air, Gilchrist dances out and tries to club the ball over the leg side but misses the wrong un and the ball shatters into the stumps, good delivery, poor execution

AC Gilchrist b Kumble 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Well well well. Superb from Kumble. He's ecstatic. Out comes T Suman.


Kumble to Suman, no run, flatter, middle and leg and Suman comes forward to defend


Kumble to Suman, 2 runs, ooooooh, down comes Suman to a full and flat ball on leg stump and he gets an inside edge between midwicket and square leg


Kumble to Suman, no run, flights it up on off stump, legbreak, played to backward point

Excellent first over from the captain. Gilchrist is gone. Blitzkrieg in one match, a duck the next.

End of over 1 (2 runs) Deccan Chargers 2/1 (RR: 2.00)

    • TL Suman 2 (3b)
    • HH Gibbs 0 (0b)
    • A Kumble 1-0-2-1

Gibbs will face Praveen Kumar.


Kumar to Gibbs, 1 wide, pitches full down leg stump and swings further for a wide


Kumar to Gibbs, 1 wide, even further down the pads and thats another freebie to Deccan


Kumar to Gibbs, 1 run, off the mark now is Gibbs, opening the face and dabbing a length ball down to third man


Kumar to Suman, 1 wide, full down the pads, Suman misses the flick, wide called again


Kumar to Suman, no run, good ball, full outside off stump, Suman presses forward and tries to tuck the ball behind the bat and the ball takes the inside edge onto his back thigh


Kumar to Suman, FOUR, short ball down the stumps and Suman hooks it over fine leg safely


Kumar to Suman, 1 run, straighter ball, no swing, Suman dabs it to midwicket and sprints


Kumar to Gibbs, no run, good stuff from PK, thats hit a good length outside off stump and Gibbs has to come forward and defend solidly to the off side


Kumar to Gibbs, 2 runs, a tad shorter and wider and Gibbs steers it to third man for two

End of over 2 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 13/1 (RR: 6.50)

    • HH Gibbs 3 (3b)
    • TL Suman 7 (6b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 1-0-11-0
    • A Kumble 1-0-2-1

Kallis into the attack. Kumble takes himself off. One wide slip in place.


Kallis to Suman, 1 run, pitches wide of off stump and Suman plays it to third man for one


Kallis to Gibbs, no run, good length outside off, subtle movement back in, Gibbs defends


Kallis to Gibbs, no run, back of a length and Gibbs pushes at, then checks the shot to cover


Kallis to Gibbs, 1 run, comes forward to a length ball and drives hard to short cover, where Uthappa flings himself to his right and saves runs, a good effort from him there


Kallis to Suman, no run, short ball stops on Suman who pushes it uneasily to backward point


Kallis to Suman, no run, slow bouncer just outside off stump, Suman thinks about playing but then holds back, arches his head and allows the ball sail past to Boucher

Good start from Kallis.

End of over 3 (2 runs) Deccan Chargers 15/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • TL Suman 8 (9b 1x4)
    • HH Gibbs 4 (6b)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-2-0
    • P Kumar 1-0-11-0

R Vinay Kumar replaces Praveen Kumar.


Vinay Kumar to Gibbs, 1 run, starts off with a straight ball, to which Gibbs is coming out before and then turns it wide of midwicket for a single


Vinay Kumar to Suman, 2 runs, slashes a full and wide ball up over gully, it drops safely in the deep and third man runs across to his right and stops it from running over the boundary


Vinay Kumar to Suman, OUT, gone! Suman perishes to a straight ball on the pads, takes a step down and looks to flick that over midwicket but the late movement undoes him, the leading edge going high to the off side where three men converge but its Pandey from point who runs back and takes it

TL Suman c Pandey b Vinay Kumar 10 (11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 90.90


Vinay Kumar to Gibbs, no run, good length, movement back in, Gibbs defends solidly to cover


Vinay Kumar to Gibbs, no run, straighter ball and Gibbs gets the wrists into play, flicking it to midwicket


Vinay Kumar to Gibbs, no run, better length outside off stump, luring Gibbs into a checked shot thats played a tad uppishly to cover

Good first over from Vinay. A wicket. Bangalore are looking good.

End of over 4 (3 runs) Deccan Chargers 18/2 (RR: 4.50)

    • HH Gibbs 5 (10b)
    • A Symonds 0 (0b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-3-1
    • JH Kallis 1-0-2-0

Kallis is Symonds


Kallis to Symonds, FOUR, just short of a length outside off stump and Symonds doesn't disappoint, leaning onto the back foot and punching the ball between cover and point for four


Kallis to Symonds, no run, slower ball, fuller length, Symonds runs it straight to backward point


Kallis to Symonds, no run, now he digs it in short to force Symonds onto the back foot, he hops up and allows the ball come on to him before dabbing it in front of cover


Kallis to Symonds, 1 run, fuller ball and the movement draws an edge from Symonds' bat, he was waiting on the back foot and played at it late and got a thick edge between slip and gully

Fine leg comes up ... square leg drops back ...


Kallis to Gibbs, no run, good shot and good fielding by Uthappa at cover, Gibbs gets onto the front foot and drives a length ball but Uthappa tumbles to his right athletically


Kallis to Gibbs, no run, good use of the bouncer, Gibbs goes for a pull and misses

End of over 5 (5 runs) Deccan Chargers 23/2 (RR: 4.60)

    • HH Gibbs 5 (12b)
    • A Symonds 5 (4b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-7-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-3-1

Vinay Kumar to Symonds, no run, another bouncer, quicker than what Kallis produced, Symonds doesn't get into position to pull but tries the shot anyways, the ball follows and cramps and beats him


Vinay Kumar to Symonds, no run, oh lord Dravid has dropped a sitter at slip! The man who has the most catches in Test cricket fluffs a regulation catch, it came at him at a good height after Symonds got back and steered a short ball right to Dravid, but its in and right back out, shocking that


Vinay Kumar to Symonds, 1 run, fuller on the stumps and he flicks it wide of midwicket for one


Vinay Kumar to Gibbs, 1 run, pitches it up outside off, Gibbs lunges forward and pushes to mid-off


Vinay Kumar to Symonds, 2 runs, makes some room and throws the bat a length ball, miscues it, slashes up and over backward point and the ball drops in no mans land


Vinay Kumar to Symonds, FOUR, bang, thats four! Again Symonds backs away to create room, Vinay drops the ball short but Symonds bludgeons it over extra cover and it lands just short of being a six

End of over 6 (8 runs) Deccan Chargers 31/2 (RR: 5.16)

    • A Symonds 12 (9b 2x4)
    • HH Gibbs 6 (13b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-11-1
    • JH Kallis 2-0-7-0

Kallis to Gibbs, 1 run, on the pads and he glances it around the corner for a single


Kallis to Symonds, FOUR, dismissed! Symonds gets back and a full ball immensely hard past mid-off where Kumble dives with an outstretched left hand in vain


Kallis to Symonds, FOUR, shot man! Again Symonds backs away and smokes the ball past a diving cover and thats four more, what batting

Kumble packs the off side ...


Kallis to Symonds, 1 run, makes room, Kallis follows him with a short ball, Symonds swats the ball through midwicket


Kallis to Gibbs, FOUR, and now thats edged smack between slip and Boucher! Good ball, hits a length and lures Gibbs away from the body, he defends and the deviation draws a perfect edge


Kallis to Gibbs, no run, pitches it up, Gibbs gets over it and angles the ball to backward point

Expensive over from Kallis. Symonds looks like he's going to make Bangalore pay for the drop.

End of over 7 (14 runs) Deccan Chargers 45/2 (RR: 6.42)

    • HH Gibbs 11 (16b 1x4)
    • A Symonds 21 (12b 4x4)
    • JH Kallis 3-0-21-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-11-1

Spin again. Its Roelof. Left-arm around the stumps. Slip in place.


van der Merwe to Symonds, no run, flat ball on a length, Symonds waits for turn and then goes back and turns the ball away but Roelof dives to his right athletically and saves a runs, great fielding


van der Merwe to Symonds, SIX, thats short and pulled away over midwicket to raise Deccan's fifty


van der Merwe to Symonds, 2 runs, slower ball, on the pads, Symonds on-drives past midwicket


van der Merwe to Symonds, no run, flatter ball, slider, Symonds presses forward and is late on the shot but there's no appeal because that was missing leg stump easily


van der Merwe to Symonds, 1 run, slider again, too short and he pulls it past square leg


van der Merwe to Gibbs, no run, slower ball, tossed up on middle and leg and Gibbs defends

End of over 8 (9 runs) Deccan Chargers 54/2 (RR: 6.75)

    • HH Gibbs 11 (17b 1x4)
    • A Symonds 30 (17b 4x4 1x6)
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-9-0
    • JH Kallis 3-0-21-0

Kumble brings himself back on. Crucial move.


Kumble to Symonds, no run, slowly floats it up outside off and Symonds pushes to extra cover


Kumble to Symonds, 2 runs, short ball, hurries on but Symonds pulls it past midwicket for two


Kumble to Symonds, 1 run, thats just too short but Symonds can only pull a single out to Roelof at deep midwicket


Kumble to Gibbs, 1 leg bye, wrong 'un pitches straight and beats the bat as Gibbs plays over it, Kumble appeals but the umpire shakes his head, was probably missing leg stump, Gibbs gets a leg bye


Kumble to Symonds, OUT, what a way to get out! Kumble slides another wrong 'un down leg stump, its short and sits up to be pulled but Symonds cannot connect at all, the ball hits him under the arm, drops onto his thighs and then lands on leg stump to dislodge the bails

A Symonds b Kumble 33 (21b 4x4 1x6) SR: 157.14

Kumble erupts and Symonds cannot believe he's out in that way. In comes Rohit. Short leg on.


Kumble to Sharma, 1 leg bye, slides down leg stump, ball skims the pads, they run a leg bye

Massive strike from Kumble. He's taken out the dangerous Australians.

End of over 9 (5 runs) Deccan Chargers 59/3 (RR: 6.55)

    • RG Sharma 0 (1b)
    • HH Gibbs 11 (18b 1x4)
    • A Kumble 2-0-5-2
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-9-0

PK is back ...


Kumar to Sharma, no run, back of a length on off stump, Rohit goes back and defends


Kumar to Sharma, 1 run, shot but just a single, Rohit gets onto the back foot and drives the ball with flair into the gap on the off side and deep cover comes into play


Kumar to Gibbs, 2 runs, straighter ball, slower too, Gibbs turns it off his pads and runs hard


Kumar to Gibbs, no run, good length just outside off, he comes onto the front foot and defends


Kumar to Gibbs, no run, nips back in off a length and he blocks it back, thats good bowling


Kumar to Gibbs, no run, fuller outside off stump, swings away, no shot offered

And so we have a time-out. See you soon. Her team's out of the competition, but Tishani Doshi doesn't mind too much.

End of over 10 (3 runs) Deccan Chargers 62/3 (RR: 6.20)

    • HH Gibbs 13 (22b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 1 (3b)
    • P Kumar 2-0-14-0
    • A Kumble 2-0-5-2

Kallis to Sharma, no run, Kallis pitches on a tight length just outside off stump and beats Rohit's forward defense


Kallis to Sharma, no run, Rohit comes forward and plays the ball back towards the bowler, tidy start after the break


Kallis to Sharma, 1 run, short of a length on middle stump, Rohit turns the ball towards midwicket


Kallis to Gibbs, 1 run, length ball outside off, Gibbs pushes off the front foot past cover


Kallis to Sharma, 1 run, fuller ball, nips back, Rohit pushes hard off the front foot and the result is a thin inside edge down the ground just wide of mid-on for a single


Kallis to Gibbs, no run, shorter length, nips back and cramps Gibbs, who plays it late and pushes it to the on side, Gibbs wants one but Rohit shoos him back, Kallis dives and flicks the ball back but Gibbs just manages to lunge his bat across the line safely

End of over 11 (3 runs) Deccan Chargers 65/3 (RR: 5.90)

    • HH Gibbs 14 (24b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 3 (7b)
    • JH Kallis 4-0-24-0
    • P Kumar 2-0-14-0

van der Merwe to Sharma, 1 run, slow ball down the pads and he flicks it to square leg for one


van der Merwe to Gibbs, 1 run, tosses it up, Gibbs makes room and gives him the charge, driving over cover but the ball lands safely and Uthappa moves well to cut it off on the bounce


van der Merwe to Sharma, 1 run, flat on the stumps and he works it to midwicket


van der Merwe to Gibbs, no run, slows it up, lands it on the pads, worked straight to the fielder


van der Merwe to Gibbs, 1 run, good ball on a length, Gibbs makes room and dabs it square


van der Merwe to Sharma, no run, quicker and flatter down on stump, beats the bat as Rohit tries an ungainly paddle-flick, Roelof appeals but Simon Taufel shakes his head because it was missing off stump, but what sharp turn!

End of over 12 (4 runs) Deccan Chargers 69/3 (RR: 5.75)

    • RG Sharma 5 (10b)
    • HH Gibbs 16 (27b 1x4)
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-13-0
    • JH Kallis 4-0-24-0

Good stuff from Bangalore. Its been ages since Deccan managed a boundary.


Kumble to Gibbs, 1 run, short outside off, Gibbs goes back to cut and inside-edges to cover


Kumble to Sharma, no run, shorter ball, breaks away, he pulls and misses


Kumble to Sharma, 2 runs, rank short ball, makes room and slaps it over extra cover, looks a four but Pandey gives it all he's got, diving forward and saves a boundary, excellent fielding in the deep


Kumble to Sharma, 1 run, full and flat on the pads and turned around the corner for one


Kumble to Gibbs, no run, slower ball, straight, Gibbs comes out and slaps the ball hard but cannot time it and Kumble cuts it off to his left


Kumble to Gibbs, 1 run, shorter in length and this one is pulled out to deep midwicket

Gibbs is struggling. Just cannot time the ball at all. Good bowling from the spinners.

End of over 13 (5 runs) Deccan Chargers 74/3 (RR: 5.69)

    • HH Gibbs 18 (30b 1x4)
    • RG Sharma 8 (13b)
    • A Kumble 3-0-10-2
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-13-0

van der Merwe to Gibbs, 1 run, tossed up on a length, turns away from off stump and Gibbs drives past the covers, he tries another run but has to turn back and dive as a good throw is returned


van der Merwe to Sharma, FOUR, makes room for himself and cuts the ball late and fine square on the off side, its beats two men and thats a welcome boundary, really well played and terrific placement


van der Merwe to Sharma, 1 run, slows it up, gives it some air, gets some dip and Rohit swings it hard for an inside edge to square leg


van der Merwe to Gibbs, no run, shorter ball, Gibbs goes back to pull but chops it back to Roelof


van der Merwe to Gibbs, 1 run, makes room and hurries to push a quicker ball past cover


van der Merwe to Sharma, no run, slides down leg, Rohit plays a hard pull-sweep and can't connect

End of over 14 (7 runs) Deccan Chargers 81/3 (RR: 5.78)

    • RG Sharma 13 (16b 1x4)
    • HH Gibbs 20 (33b 1x4)
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-20-0
    • A Kumble 3-0-10-2

Sluggish track. Hard to middle the ball. Gibbs has especially looked troubled.


Kumar to Gibbs, SIX, shot at last from Gibbs! Just gets across and uses the wrists to whip a straight ball flat over midwicket for half a dozen


Kumar to Gibbs, 2 runs, slower ball, pitched up, he pushes it down to long-off and runs hard for the second, the sweeper it slow and returns the ball to Boucher's end but Gibbs is safe


Kumar to Gibbs, 1 wide, tries a slower ball but its down the pads, Gibbs advances and misses


Kumar to Gibbs, 1 run, better placement to a fuller and straighter one, just gets across and paddles it down to the man at fine leg for a single


Kumar to Sharma, SIX, short ball and its gone for six! Praveen drops it short on the stumps, it sits up and Rohit gets back to pull, gets a top edge but manages six over deep square leg


Kumar to Sharma, 2 runs, slower ball ends up a low full toss, Rohit makes a mess of the shot but the top edge goes over midwicket off the bottom of the bat and drops between three fielders


Kumar to Sharma, 1 wide, short ball slides down leg stump, Rohit misses, wide called


Kumar to Sharma, 1 run, makes room and takes a straight ball on the full, its off the toe end of the bat but Rohit manages to place the ball wide of extra cover and gets a single

Thats a poor over, the most costly of the innings so far.

End of over 15 (20 runs) Deccan Chargers 101/3 (RR: 6.73)

    • RG Sharma 22 (19b 1x4 1x6)
    • HH Gibbs 29 (36b 1x4 1x6)
    • P Kumar 3-0-34-0
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-20-0

Deccan's hundred is up. Five overs remain.


van der Merwe to Sharma, 1 run, tossed up on a length, no turn, Rohit punches off the back foot for one


van der Merwe to Gibbs, 1 run, hits a good length and turns away, Gibbs waits and steers it fine


van der Merwe to Sharma, 1 run, makes room and hits the ball in the air but well wide of extra cover

Rohit asks for a new ball


van der Merwe to Gibbs, FOUR, good shot from Gibbs, making room to slap a short ball from off stump into the gap behind backward point, the man is to fine and thats a boundary


van der Merwe to Gibbs, 1 run, dances down but Roelof spots him and follows him with a slower, flatter ball which Gibbs manages to turn past square leg out to Kohli in the deep


van der Merwe to Sharma, no run, slower ball drifts down the pads, Rohit swings but can't connect

End of over 16 (8 runs) Deccan Chargers 109/3 (RR: 6.81)

    • RG Sharma 24 (22b 1x4 1x6)
    • HH Gibbs 35 (39b 2x4 1x6)
    • RE van der Merwe 4-0-28-0
    • P Kumar 3-0-34-0

Kumble brings himself back on.


Kumble to Gibbs, 1 run, skips out and collects on the full, driving down to long-on


Kumble to Sharma, OUT, and Kumble strikes again on return thanks to an excellent catch from Pandey! He floats it up, gets some turn, Rohit makes room and dances out looking to go over extra cover for six but doesn't connect, the ball is up in the air for ages and Pandey covers a lot of ground on the run from long-off and dives forward to pluck a great catch with two hands

RG Sharma c Pandey b Kumble 24 (23b 1x4 1x6) SR: 104.34


Kumble to Gibbs, FOUR, short ball outside off and he gets back to pull past square leg for four


Kumble to Gibbs, 1 run, smarter slower ball on a length, Gibbs drives past extra cover


Kumble to Venugopal Rao, no run, wrong 'un on middle and leg, comes out and pushes it straight


Kumble to Venugopal Rao, OUT, four for Kumble! Venugopal Rao chucks it away with a loose inside-out shot, charges out but cannot get enough elevation and the ball goes straight to the man back on the extra cover boundary

Y Venugopal Rao c Taylor b Kumble 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

What a match Kumble has had. Four wickets. In a final. Amazing. He's been superb.

End of over 17 (6 runs) Deccan Chargers 115/5 (RR: 6.76)

    • HH Gibbs 41 (42b 3x4 1x6)
    • A Kumble 4-0-16-4
    • RE van der Merwe 4-0-28-0

Vinay Kumar to Bilakhia, 2 runs, slower ball slides down the pads, Bilakhia cannot connect well on the pull but gets some glove on ball and it runs down to fine leg


Vinay Kumar to Bilakhia, 1 wide, bouncer outside off stump, Bilakhia doesn't expect it and pulls out, the umpire signals a wide for height


Vinay Kumar to Bilakhia, 1 run, slower ball, much straighter, and he chips it over mid-on for one


Vinay Kumar to Gibbs, 1 run, takes a couple steps down and tries to pull a short ball but makes poor contact and the ball ends up dribbling between midwicket and mid-on


Vinay Kumar to Bilakhia, 1 run, fuller in length and Bilakhia pushes it to extra cover and just sets off


Vinay Kumar to Gibbs, 2 runs, searches for the blockhole but doesn't quite find it, Gibbs makes room and drives the ball down to long-on where Kohli does well to stop the ball


Vinay Kumar to Gibbs, 2 runs, again he drives a straight and full ball down the ground to long-on

End of over 18 (10 runs) Deccan Chargers 125/5 (RR: 6.94)

    • HH Gibbs 46 (45b 3x4 1x6)
    • AA Bilakhia 4 (3b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-21-1
    • A Kumble 4-0-16-4

Just two overs to go. Can Deccan post a challenging total? PK will bowl out.


Kumar to Bilakhia, 1 run, full and straight and Bilakhia clips it past midwicket for a single


Kumar to Gibbs, no run, superb ball, slows the pace and keeps it very full and straight so Gibbs, coming out, can only jam the ball back down the track


Kumar to Gibbs, SIX, now he connects, and connects well, getting underneath a length ball and slamming it over mid-on for a flat six that brings up his half-century


Kumar to Gibbs, 1 run, shorter in length, again he advances and now swats it past mid-on


Kumar to Bilakhia, no run, excellent slower ball beats Bilakhia, PK just rolls the finger over the seam and the ball dribbles out and slides under the bat as the batsman swings across the line


Kumar to Bilakhia, 1 run, fuller this time and Bilakhia can only drive it to long-off for a single

End of over 19 (9 runs) Deccan Chargers 134/5 (RR: 7.05)

    • AA Bilakhia 6 (6b)
    • HH Gibbs 53 (48b 3x4 2x6)
    • P Kumar 4-0-43-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-21-1

Six balls to go. Do Deccan have enough. Bilakhia has to get Gibbs on strike. Vinay will bowl.


Vinay Kumar to Bilakhia, OUT, and he's struck first ball with an attempted on the stumps, Bilakhia gets across to swing it over midwicket but misses and the low full toss hits him in front of leg stump

AA Bilakhia lbw b Vinay Kumar 6 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

Good work from Vinay. Gibbs has to get on strike. Bangalore have done well. Harris comes out.


Vinay Kumar to Harris, 2 runs, full on off stump, he makes room and drives down the ground, Gibbs wants two and Harris comes back


Vinay Kumar to Harris, 2 runs, yorker on the stumps, he somehow gets underneath it and biffs it over Gibbs, who again wants two, honestly he should be trying to get down the other end


Vinay Kumar to Harris, 2 runs, full ball, driven past extra cover, Gibbs calls for two and they get it


Vinay Kumar to Harris, 2 runs, Gibbs has set off before the ball is bowled, Harris connects well and drives it down the ground, Gibbs is just not wanting to get on strike


Vinay Kumar to Harris, 1 run, makes room, Vinay follows him and the result is an inside edge for one

Excellent work from Bangalore. They've set an achievable target. Deccan struggled on a slow track. Gibbs has batted the entire innings for 53 from 48 balls. He did not face one ball in the last over. Each time he called for two. Not sure what the logic of that was and that could very well come back to hurt Deccan. If they win then critics will say Gibbs did well to bat out the entire innings. I'm not convinced what Gibbs did was smart at the end. Bangalore have set themselves 144. Kumble looks confident of chasing it down. Didn't he bowl well? Four wickets in the final. Took out Gilchrist first over and then sent back Symonds when he was looking devastating. I'll be back shortly for the chase.

End of over 20 (9 runs) Deccan Chargers 143/6

    • RJ Harris 9 (5b)
    • HH Gibbs 53 (48b 3x4 2x6)
    • R Vinay Kumar 4-0-30-2
    • P Kumar 4-0-43-0





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