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
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
RCB players line up by the edge of the boundary
pretty full on off, jabbed to long-on
half-volley on the pads, flicked away behind square. Proper shot after a couple of miscued fours
Abdulla steps out, this is a short ball on middle, Abdulla slashes and sends an outside edge, fine on the off side now
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
full and on the pads, picked away to deep square leg
big dipper from Bravo, AB walks across, slogs and misses. Off the foot and to the keeper. Wided. Bravo is furious
DK and Bravo go up in unison. Slower ball full and outside off, AB slashes and is beaten. No nick there
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
low full toss outside off, AB can't get under it. He drags it to wide long-on
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
PK replies with a middle-stump yorker, dug out
length ball on off, AB sizes it up, and slugs it high over midwicket. He timed the pants off that
slower and outside off, 103ks, AB shuffles across and is early into the slog. Cue-ends it square on the off side
98ks slower ball from round the wicket. Abdulla waits and dabs to midwicket
Abdulla charges down the track and drills it to long-on
rank full toss outside off, Abdulla swipes and mis-hits it over deep midwicket. Finch can only tip it over the boundary
punched to sweeper cover
slides on outside off, down the track and drilled to long-off
back of a length and turns away outside off, forced to sweeper cover