RESULT
2nd Semi-Final (D/N), Johannesburg, May 23, 2009, Indian Premier League

RCB won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

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Scorecard summary
Chennai Super Kings 146/5(20 overs)
Royal Challengers Bangalore 149/4(18.5 overs)

The tag of the 'Test team' seems a distant memory.

So now we have a new set of finalists. Pandey set it up with a very breezy and stylish 48 before Dravid took over. Chennai were just outplayed and they suffered because Murali didn't have enough support. I agree with a lot of you that he should have been introduced earlier.

Jennings thanks the whole world for supporting his team. He says the team has picked up a lot of fighting. He told Cricinfo yesterday that his team was "tired of losing."

Here's the prez.

Dhoni: "The wicket was a bit slow but they played better cricket score. We were looking for a 160 score but we lost wickets at the wring time. They outplayed us. We were short by 15 runs at least. Bowling was a bit fragile, but we could have made it tougher for them."

Kumble: "One more win will be nice. Their score was not even a par score. Our batsmen backed themselves to clear the boundary. I thought Praveen and Vinay bowled very well at the end."

Pandey is the Man of the Match: "Today I got the license from Anil bhai to hit. I didn't want to get out to Murali and wanted to give Rahul the strike."

Time to catch my breath. Thanks for your company today and the mails. Get set for the final tomorrow between Bangalore and Deccan at the same venue. Cheers guys!

18.5
4
Oram to Kohli, FOUR runs

game over and Bangalore make it to the final! It's a half volley on the pads and he whips it past midwicket, several red shirts make their way to the outfield, we have a fairytale climax in the final, the two bottom-placed teams from last year will fight it out this time for the trophy

18.4
Oram to Kohli, no run

excellent yorker and he manages to dig it out

18.3
1
Oram to Taylor, 1 run

short delivery and he pulls to deep square-leg

The man in red at the dugout get ready to charge out

18.2
1
Oram to Kohli, 1 run

squeezes out a yorker outside off to Balaji at third man

18.1
1
Oram to Taylor, 1 run

fired on the pads and he clips it to short fine leg, they scamper through for the run

18.1
7nb
Oram to Taylor, (no ball) SIX runs

it's a waist high full toss and Taylor moves across and clubs it over deep squre leg, Koertzen signals a four at first and the decision goes upstairs, it's a six and a no-ball as well

Run a ball needed. Here's oram

end of over 188 runs
RCB: 135/4CRR: 7.50 RRR: 6.00
Virat Kohli19 (14)
Ross Taylor9 (9)
Muthiah Muralidaran 4-0-15-1
Suresh Raina 3-0-23-0
17.6
Murali to Kohli, no run

pushes it back to the bowler, now they've seen off Murali

17.5
6
Murali to Kohli, SIX runs

even Murali isn't spared! As Ian Chappell often says, if you want to chip down the track you might as well go the full distance and that's what Kohli does, gets right to the pitch of the ball and slams him several rows back over the sight screen

17.4
Murali to Kohli, no run

chips down the track and checks his shot

Only one slip in place

17.3
1
Murali to Taylor, 1 run

quick and flat on the pads and he clips it behind square

17.2
Murali to Taylor, no run

gets forward and drives to the covers

17.1
1
Murali to Kohli, 1 run

flat and wide outside off, he makes room and cuts to Gony at deep cover

end of over 1715 runs
RCB: 127/4CRR: 7.47 RRR: 6.66
Virat Kohli12 (10)
Ross Taylor8 (7)
Suresh Raina 3-0-23-0
Muthiah Muralidaran 3-0-7-1
16.6
1
Raina to Kohli, 1 run

comes down the pitch and forces it to long-on

16.5
6
Raina to Kohli, SIX runs

Raina to the party! Raina bowls it flat and Kohli gives the charge and takes him downtown over wide long-on, Vijay Mallya and co loved that

16.4
1lb
Raina to Taylor, 1 leg bye

fires it flat and quick again and the ball clips his pads and rolls away

16.3
6
Raina to Taylor, SIX runs

welcome boundary! Raina fires it flat and on a length, he thumps him across the line and has enough elevation to clear deep midwicket

16.2
1
Raina to Kohli, 1 run

chips it in the air towards cover

16.1
Raina to Kohli, no run

chips down and Raina bangs it in short, he thumps it to Dhoni at mid-off and the non-striker scampers back to beat the throw

end of over 162 runs • 1 wicket
RCB: 112/4CRR: 7.00 RRR: 8.75
Ross Taylor2 (5)
Virat Kohli4 (6)
Muthiah Muralidaran 3-0-7-1
Lakshmipathy Balaji 2-0-16-0

Some tension in the Bangalore camp

15.6
Murali to Taylor, no run

that's a nasty skidder which beats his hopeful prod outside the offstump, phew that was close

15.5
Murali to Taylor, no run

lunges forward and defends with a dead bat

Best performances - batters
MK Pandey
MK Pandey RCB
48 runs (35)
7 fours0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
17 runs
3 fours0 six
101519679
R Dravid
R Dravid RCB
44 runs (39)
6 fours0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
18 runs
2 fours0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
R Vinay Kumar
R Vinay Kumar RCB
O
4
M
0
R
38
W
2
ECO
9.5
M Muralidaran
M Muralidaran CSK
O
4
M
0
R
15
W
1
ECO
3.75
Match details
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
TossRoyal Challengers Bangalore, elected to field first
Series
Season2009
Player Of The Match
RCB
Manish Pandey
Series resultRoyal Challengers Bangalore advanced
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 days23 May 2009 - daynight (20-over match)
Umpires
South Africa
Rudi Koertzen
Australia
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
South Africa
Ian Howell
Reserve Umpire
South Africa
Karl Hurter
Match Referee
India
Javagal Srinath
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