Qualifier 1 (N), Bengaluru, May 24 2016, Indian Premier League
RCB won by 4 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
79* (47)

11.23pm AB is mobbed by his team-mates. Sarfraz and Chahal jump onto him and the helmet gets knocked back. Wild celebrations in the RCB camp. What an innings this has been from AB on this slow un-Chinnaswamy track. Kohli and Gayle embrace each other.

Dhawal Kulkarni cut through the top order on the helpful track with four wickets, but AB provided the spine of the chase, and then muscle, with a helping hand from Abdulla.

The RCB top order experienced failure probably for the first time this season. But AB stepped up and how! From 5 for 29 and then 6 for 68, RCB knocked off 159. The unbroken 91-run stand between AB and Abdulla is the second highest for the seventh wicket in IPL.

Suresh Raina: AB batted really well. We bowled well upfront. We bowled well in the middle It is a small ground and we did not get wickets in the in-between overs. Smithy and Dwivedi batted well. 160 was defendable. Dr Smith made crucial runs.

Virat Kohli: I don't believe that I am standing here as the winning captain. That ends the debate who is the best. I bow down to the big man [AB]. Come the big game, AB stands up. One of the best knock under pressure. Really happy for him. We have played good cricket coming into the playoffs. Today, the top order did not do well. I could see the opposition was worried about AB. Credit to Abdulla as well. Terrific composure from the young guy. The ball stopped early but eased in the second innings. It couldn't be a better scripted story for us: playoffs in Bangalore and final in Bangalore. This one is for the people of Bangalore.

Chants of "AB AB AB," ring around the Chinnaswamy.

AB de Villiers, Man of the Match: I was very, very nervous to be honest. I know if I was at the end, we would be close. The one boundary just cleared the fielder [Finch] and I saw the ball well from then. I attacked Dwayne Smith; Virat said the weather was bad. This crowd is the loudest I have heard in my life... We went down in the first half of the tournament, but we have turned it around.

Sushil: "Well all the focus on ABD but what an supporting innings from Abdulla. Also excellent bowling by Dhawal."

Davinder: "Raina did mistake by bowling out Kulkarni and Jadeja early"

Tejas Shah: "For me the players of the game Abdulla and Binny..they stopped the slide..when wickets were falling like house of cards.."

lohith: "Well doneRrrrrrrCcccccccBbbbbbbb#Playbold!!!!!

Cracking match. Thanks for tuning in. Who will join RCB in the final? Lions again? KKR or SRH? That is all we have for you from this match. Goodnight

Praveen to Abdulla, 2 runs

low full toss on off, flicked away to wide long-on. RCB book their spot in the final. The RCB players charge onto the field

RCB players line up by the edge of the boundary

Praveen to de Villiers, 1 run

pretty full on off, jabbed to long-on

end of over 1818 runs
RCB: 156/6CRR: 8.66 RRR: 1.50
Iqbal Abdulla31 (24)
AB de Villiers78 (46)
Dwayne Bravo 3-0-26-0
Praveen Kumar 3-0-29-0
Bravo to Abdulla, FOUR runs

half-volley on the pads, flicked away behind square. Proper shot after a couple of miscued fours

Bravo to Abdulla, FOUR runs

Abdulla steps out, this is a short ball on middle, Abdulla slashes and sends an outside edge, fine on the off side now

Bravo to Abdulla, FOUR runs

slower short ball on the leg stump, Abdulla shapes to pull. Flaps it fine on the leg side, the ball rolls into the RCB dug out

Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run

full and on the pads, picked away to deep square leg

Bravo to de Villiers, 1 wide

big dipper from Bravo, AB walks across, slogs and misses. Off the foot and to the keeper. Wided. Bravo is furious

Bravo to de Villiers, no run

DK and Bravo go up in unison. Slower ball full and outside off, AB slashes and is beaten. No nick there

Bravo to de Villiers, 4 leg byes

quick back of a length ball outside off - 133ks, AB reverses his hands and aims for a scoop. Off the thigh and rolls away past DK for 4 leg byes

DJ Bravo is back

end of over 1712 runs
RCB: 138/6CRR: 8.11 RRR: 7.00
AB de Villiers77 (43)
Iqbal Abdulla19 (21)
Praveen Kumar 3-0-29-0
Shadab Jakati 3-0-45-0
Praveen to de Villiers, 1 run

low full toss outside off, AB can't get under it. He drags it to wide long-on

Praveen to de Villiers, FOUR runs

PK pushes it full on the leg stump/just outside leg, quick ball. Whoa! AB manipulates it. Reverse sweeps it past backward point, beats short third man as well. Precise placement. AB is a phenom

Praveen to de Villiers, no run

PK replies with a middle-stump yorker, dug out

Praveen to de Villiers, SIX runs

length ball on off, AB sizes it up, and slugs it high over midwicket. He timed the pants off that

Praveen to de Villiers, no run

slower and outside off, 103ks, AB shuffles across and is early into the slog. Cue-ends it square on the off side

Praveen to Abdulla, 1 leg bye

98ks slower ball from round the wicket. Abdulla waits and dabs to midwicket


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