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
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!
excellent yorker and he manages to dig it out
short delivery and he pulls to deep square-leg
The man in red at the dugout get ready to charge out
squeezes out a yorker outside off to Balaji at third man
fired on the pads and he clips it to short fine leg, they scamper through for the run
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
pushes it back to the bowler, now they've seen off Murali
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
chips down the track and checks his shot
Only one slip in place
quick and flat on the pads and he clips it behind square
gets forward and drives to the covers
flat and wide outside off, he makes room and cuts to Gony at deep cover
comes down the pitch and forces it to long-on
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
fires it flat and quick again and the ball clips his pads and rolls away
welcome boundary! Raina fires it flat and on a length, he thumps him across the line and has enough elevation to clear deep midwicket
chips it in the air towards cover
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
Some tension in the Bangalore camp
that's a nasty skidder which beats his hopeful prod outside the offstump, phew that was close
lunges forward and defends with a dead bat
|New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Toss||Royal Challengers Bangalore, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Royal 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 days||23 May 2009 - daynight (20-over match)|