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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)
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• The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Royal Challengers in final after de Villiers' rescue act

An unbeaten half-century from AB de Villiers steered Royal Challengers Bangalore into the IPL final after a top-order collapse against Gujarat Lions

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Scorecard summary
Gujarat Lions158/10(20 overs)
Royal Challengers Bangalore159/6(18.2 overs)

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

18.2
2
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

18.1
1
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
17.6
4
Bravo to Abdulla, FOUR runs

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

17.5
4
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

17.4
4
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

17.3
1
Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run

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

17.3
1w
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

17.2
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

17.1
4lb
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
16.6
1
Praveen to de Villiers, 1 run

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

16.5
4
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

16.4
Praveen to de Villiers, no run

PK replies with a middle-stump yorker, dug out

16.3
6
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

16.2
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

16.1
1lb
Praveen to Abdulla, 1 leg bye

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

Praveen

end of over 1616 runs
RCB: 126/6CRR: 7.87 RRR: 8.25
Iqbal Abdulla19 (20)
AB de Villiers66 (38)
Shadab Jakati 3-0-45-0
Dwayne Smith 1-0-14-0
15.6
1
Jakati to Abdulla, 1 run

Abdulla charges down the track and drills it to long-on

15.5
6
Jakati to Abdulla, SIX runs

rank full toss outside off, Abdulla swipes and mis-hits it over deep midwicket. Finch can only tip it over the boundary

15.4
1
Jakati to de Villiers, 1 run

punched to sweeper cover

15.3
1
Jakati to Abdulla, 1 run

slides on outside off, down the track and drilled to long-off

15.2
1
Jakati to de Villiers, 1 run

back of a length and turns away outside off, forced to sweeper cover

Best performances - batters
AB de Villiers portrait
AB de Villiers RCB
79 runs (47)
5 fours
5 sixes
Control88%
Productive shot
off drive
26 runs
1 four
3 sixes
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Dwayne Smith profile photo
DR Smith GL
73 runs (41)
5 fours
6 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
slog shot
18 runs
0 four
3 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Dhawal Kulkarni portrait
DS Kulkarni GL
O
4
M
1
R
14
W
4
ECO
3.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Shane Watson player pic
SR Watson RCB
O
4
M
0
R
29
W
4
ECO
7.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W1W
Match details
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
TossRoyal Challengers Bangalore, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2016
Player Of The Match
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers
Series resultRoyal Challengers Bangalore advanced
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20
Match days24 May 2016 - night (20-over match)
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Abhijit Deshmukh
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Ranjan Madugalle
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