bowled'im. RCB advance to Qualifier 2. They set up CSK Ranchi date for a place in the final. Chahal slips in the googly, Kulkarni fails to pick it after making room, he drives and doesn't connect. Chahal hits middle and off.
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AB de Villiers, Man of the Match: I haven't performed that well in the last couple of innings. I have no idea how we got to 180. We were looking at 140. The way Mandeep played was a Man-of-the-match performance. The trophy will go to him after the presentation. CSK have won many tournaments and we know what we are up against.
Virat Kohli: No quarter-finals left. It will be a semi-final from now. After seven overs, I honestly thought we should have bowled first. We all know AB is the best batsman in the world. Commendable effort from Mandeep and showed why we literally pulled him out of Kings XI. He [Starc] is a professional and knows how to manage his workload. Even I am a bit stiff in the legs. The 150[kph] kind of effort was not needed, he is fit and good. He was just going through the motions. We have played better cricket than previous seasons. 2013 we did not qualify and that hurt. I am really really happy as a skipper. Eventually it comes down to two games and the boys are really looking forward to the final.
Steven Smith: I think a fair bit went wrong for us today. We started well, but it got away in the middle and end. I though him [AB de Villiers] and Mandeep played nicely. I thought 160 was par and they got a fair bit over that. I think we did not have enough momentum going into the back end of the tournament.
11:30pm Kohli hugs AB. The players exchange pleasantries. After putting up a formidable total on the board, RCB chipped away at the wickets, skittling RR for 109 in 19 overs. Rahane offered some source of resistance with 42 off 39 balls but it was only a matter of time before Royal Challengers completed the formalities. The regular fall of wickets and scoreboard pressure hurt Royals' chase. They din't come to terms with the pitch either..
Naveen: "Don't forget the efforts of Harshal patel he's a real unsung hero for rcb "
Afzal: "ABD, the most humble cricketer... First he said about Miller in the world cup and now Mandeep..."
Ravi: "The 3 teams which are still standing have these things in common: "Indian player as captain" "Atleast one West Indian, who is contributing massively""
Ahsan Butt: "David Wiese - an unsung hero of RCB this season.
short and wide outside off, he goes on the back foot and slaps it to the covers
length on off, he sinks to one knee and slog-sweeps it high in the air. Just dies in front of Mandeep at deep midwicket
googly, spins in on off. Defensively pushed to the covers
pitched up and outside off, he throws his bat at it and slices it over the covers
floated up on middle and leg, pushed to long-on
namit: "no batsmen hit a single six for RR"
length and angling away outside off, he pokes limply and gets beaten
pitched up and on off, driven past the covers for one
short and dragged down leg, wide called
Ahsan Butt: "6 wickets in last 5 overs for 24 runs. Promising to watch RCB's bowling attack taking control. "
short and wide outside off, Kulkarni can't slice it away
good length on off, pressed to the covers
lowish full toss outside off, he pushes and misses. The ball was not far away from the off stump
pitched up and angled in on off, Kulkarni covers his stumps and shuts it down to the off side
back of a length and outside off, he steps away and flashes it past the covers. Starc gets across from sweeper cover, fumbles and gives away a four. RR reach three figures
another nail rammed in the RR coffin. Wiese bangs it short and outside off, Hooda is in no position to pull, mis-times it, hit high on the bat for a simple catch at deep square leg
length on middle, pressed into the covers for a quick one. He dives and makes his ground
slower one on off, flat-batted to long-on
short and wide outside off, stabbed to backward point
Hooda steps out, manufactures a low full toss and slices it in the air. AB sprints in from sweeper, but the ball lands in front of him
Morris bags a duck, picks out Chahal at mid-off. Full and on middle, Morris backs away and slices it straight down the throat of Chahal