56th match (D/N), Centurion, May 21 2009, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 171)158/6
RCB won by 12 runs
player of the match
Manish Pandey
Royal Challengers Bangalore
end of over 2013 runs
DC: 158/6CRR: 7.90 
Azhar Bilakhia16 (8)
Ryan Harris4 (3)
Praveen Kumar 4-0-45-0
Anil Kumble 4-0-23-2


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

Praveen to Bilakhia, 1 run

full and straight, and incredibly Bangalore have finished third

Praveen to Harris, 3 runs

off a short run, gets an inside edge into the ground, which bounces over the keeper's head

Praveen to Bilakhia, 1 run

yorker on leg, and that's it, only wides and extras can win Deccan this game

Praveen to Bilakhia, 2 runs

full, on the pads, and flicked into the leg side, finds the gap but not the boundary

Praveen to Bilakhia, FOUR runs

extravagant footwork, extravagant shot, moves across the stumps, leaves all three sticks exposed, and flicks it over short fine

Praveen 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 Kumble 4-0-23-2
Praveen Kumar 3-0-32-0
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

Kumble to Bilakhia, 1 run

pitched up, outside off, and driven through to wide of extra cover

Kumble to Bilakhia, FOUR runs

good shot, back of a length, Bilakhia makes room and hits it over cover and finds the gap

Kumble to Harris, 1 run

flighted outside off, makes room, and smashes it down to long-off

Kumble to Bilakhia, 1 run

pitched up on the leg stump, swept away towards short fine

Kumble to Rohit 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

Rohit Sharma c Kohli b Kumble 12 (12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100