Result
56th match (D/N), Centurion, May 21 2009, Indian Premier League
170/4
(20 ov, target 171)
158/6
RCB won by 12 runs
Player Of The Match
Royal Challengers Bangalore
1y
• The Bulletin by Jamie Alter

Pandey century takes Bangalore to No. 3

In a campaign that has included matches insipid and inspiring the Royal Challengers have well and truly come to life

Match centre 
Scorecard summary
Royal Challengers Bangalore170/4(20 overs)
Deccan Chargers158/6(20 overs)
end of over 2013 runs
DC: 158/6CRR: 7.9 
Azhar Bilakhia16 (8)
Ryan Harris4 (3)
Praveen Kumar4-0-45-0
Anil Kumble4-0-23-2

Presentation:

Adam Gilchrist: "We weren't as sharp as we would have liked to be. We were outplayed. But it's a fresh start tomorrow."

Anil Kumble: "It's a great thing for us, from what happened last year, and even from what happened this year.

"Brilliant hundred from Manish. We took a risk sending him up and he responded superbly. The way Virat and Akhil bowled was superb too."

Manish Pandey, Man of the Match: I got the chance to open, and I wanted to make the most of it. The wicket was nice to drive, the ball was coming on properly. It's an amazing feeling, really happy today."

With that we finish the coverage of the league stages of the IPL 2009. Do join us for the semi-finals, which promise to be exciting. As Gilchrist said, anybody can beat anybody. Okay bye

**

So incredibly Bangalore have finished at No. 3, after a disastrous first quarter. More importantly they have earned Jacques Kallis one extra day before they play their semi-final. That said, if they play the final, they will be playing on back-to-back days.

Deccan make it to the semis too, but they will have to turn up tomorrow and face Delhi, the No. 1 team in the league standings. They have questions facing them, both at death bowling and the lower-middle order.

Vishwa has a point worth your while: "In the last 3 matches BLR have beaten the other 3 semi-finalists. Pretty cool!"

And to add to it, Deccan have lost twice to Delhi this season

19.6
1
Kumar to Bilakhia, 1 run
full and straight, and incredibly Bangalore have finished third
19.5
3
Kumar to Harris, 3 runs
off a short run, gets an inside edge into the ground, which bounces over the keeper's head
19.4
1
Kumar to Bilakhia, 1 run
yorker on leg, and that's it, only wides and extras can win Deccan this game
19.3
2
Kumar to Bilakhia, 2 runs
full, on the pads, and flicked into the leg side, finds the gap but not the boundary
19.2
4
Kumar to Bilakhia, FOUR runs
extravagant footwork, extravagant shot, moves across the stumps, leaves all three sticks exposed, and flicks it over short fine
19.1
2
Kumar to Bilakhia, 2 runs
yorker from PK, hit softly towards long-off, lack of pace on the shot means they can get two

Last over. 26 to get. Bangalore most likely to finish third

end of over 197 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 145/6CRR: 7.63 • RRR: 26.00
Ryan Harris1 (2)
Azhar Bilakhia6 (3)
Anil Kumble4-0-23-2
Praveen Kumar3-0-32-0
18.6
Kumble to Harris, no run
good ball, short and fired into him, Harris makes room and wafts and misses. Boucher makes a stumping, but replays show he is in comfortably
18.5
1
Kumble to Bilakhia, 1 run
pitched up, outside off, and driven through to wide of extra cover
18.4
4
Kumble to Bilakhia, FOUR runs
good shot, back of a length, Bilakhia makes room and hits it over cover and finds the gap
18.3
1
Kumble to Harris, 1 run
flighted outside off, makes room, and smashes it down to long-off
18.2
1
Kumble to Bilakhia, 1 run
pitched up on the leg stump, swept away towards short fine
18.1
w
Kumble to Sharma, OUT
Kohli is cooler than Sharma. Low fulltoss from Kumble, Sharma tries to clear long-on, doesn't middle, Kohli nonchalantly stations himself at the boundary, and takes it over his head. Doesn't move, doesn't emote. Like it's everyday business
RG Sharma c Kohli b Kumble 12 (12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
end of over 187 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 138/5CRR: 7.66 • RRR: 16.50
Rohit Sharma12 (11)
Azhar Bilakhia0 (0)
Praveen Kumar3-0-32-0
Balachandra Akhil4-0-18-2
17.6
1
Kumar to Sharma, 1 run
pitched up on the pads, and Sharma makes room and flicks it in the air towards deep backward square, Taylor does the fielding
17.5
w
Kumar to Venugopal Rao, OUT
beats Rao outside off, Sharma wants the strike, Rao has to run for the bye, and Boucher underarms it perfectly to Kumar who finds Rao short
Y Venugopal Rao run out (†Boucher/Kumar) 8 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 88.88
17.4
Kumar to Venugopal Rao, no run
good bowling, sees Rao move away, and throws it full and wide, and beats him
17.3
1
Kumar to Sharma, 1 run
slower ball, Sharma makes room, opens the face towards short third, but they take a single after a fumble from Uthappa
17.2
4
Kumar to Sharma, FOUR runs
shot, cool Sharma plays a cool scoop shot, this was another yorker gone wrong by just being a touch shorter than one, he walks in front of his stumps, and flicks it over short fine leg
17.1
1
Kumar to Venugopal Rao, 1 run
goes for the yorker, it's a low fulltoss, which he plays down to long-on

Forty in 18 required. Tough ask, but Sharma is still batting

Praveen to bowl. He needs to make up for an expensive first over

Best performances - batsmen
MK Pandey
114 runs (73)
10 fours
4 sixes
Control89%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
36 runs
1 fours
4 sixes
813132143331
HH Gibbs
60 runs (43)
3 fours
4 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
leg glance
19 runs
0 fours
2 sixes
1019416524
Best performances - bowlers
B Akhil
O
4
M
0
R
18
W
2
Eco
4.50
A Kumble
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
2
Eco
5.75
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossRoyal Challengers Bangalore , elected to bat first
SeriesIndian Premier League 2009
Player Of The Match
Manish Pandey
Season2009
Hours of play (local time)16.30 start, First Session 16.30-17.50, Interval 17.50-18.10, Second Session 18.10-19.30
Match days21 May 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Ian Howell
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
Shavir Tarapore
Reserve Umpire
Murray Brown
Match Referee
Srinivas Venkataraghavan
PointsRoyal Challengers Bangalore 2, Deccan Chargers 0