A thumping win for Bangalore has sealed their place in the Champions League. That was the entire purpose of this game, and they've managed to finish their tournament on a high. Deccan were abysmal, being bowled out for 82 and their last two defeats have marred a run of five consecutive victories that had propelled them to second place in the points table. We'll get you the presentation details in a bit.
Arun: "IPL makes connection with the environment by giving away a 'green-tip' before every match to million of viewers. How green is to burst these crackers after every match? and do we need it?"
Gilchrist: "We saved our worst for last, in the semis and tonight. It's been a good campaign, we fought hard to get here. We let our owners, fans and ourselves down today. They bowled well, our shot selection wasn't right. Our boys are very proud of their efforts. All three years have been great. I'd like to come back next year. It was a frustrating year with the bat and am really enjoying the captaincy. We would like to nestle back in to Hyderabad, and we owe them some wins there."
Kumble is the Man of the Match for his four-for: "The bowling was exceptional. We were a bit inconsistent in the tournament, but the bowling was exceptional backed up by some good batting. As a team, we were good. On paper we were one of the best sides. Robin batted well and his keeping was exceptional. Everyone contributed, and it's good to finish the tournament on a happy note. South African conditions will certainly suit us [in the Champions League], and Bangalore fans deserve this victory."
We are yet to hear an official announcement of the venue for the Champions League, but Kumble, and Steyn earlier today, have made a mention of South Africa. Here's where the matter last stood.
That's all we have from here today. Join us tomorrow for the IPL final. Until then, it's goodbye.
This could be the last over of the match