Royal Challengers pounce on Deccan Chargers

Published: Sunday, May 25, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Vinay Kumar (3/27) took some pounding from Gibbs&Gilly before bouncing back with a tidy second spellHyderabad: Right-arm seamer Vinay Kumar (3/27) after having taken pounding from Gibbs and Gilly came back strongly in his second spell to halt Chargers to 165 and all-rounder Akhil blasted 27* in seven balls including three towering sixes as Bangalore outfit outsmarted the local unit with a five-wicket win in their penultimate IPL league tie at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Sunday.

The local lads ensured Royal Challengers finish ahead of Deccan Chargers in the IPL points chart.

Challengers limited Chargers to 165 despite the blistering knocks from Gibbs (47 off 34) and Gilchrist (46 in 37) . And chased down the victory target with five wickets in hand and six balls to spare.


Bangalore chasing a competitive 166-run mark started off on a poor note with Jaffer conceding his wicket in the shape of run out.

Kallis played some proper cricketing shots en route to his 25-ball 31 comprising of six boundary hits. The SA all-rounder despite being handicapped by sprained ankle looked set for big one before his assist runner Jaffer failed to make his ground.

Misbah and Dravid revived Bangalore innings with a 33-run stand. Misbah clobbered Venu for 18 runs in one over including a six over mid-wicket and two boundaries. However the Pakistani tried one too many and was holed to Silva at long-off off Ravi Teja. Misbah stroked 34 in 28 balls with four hits to fence and one over it.

Dravid looked threatening in his short stay. He sent Bangar for a leather hunt picking three boundaries in as many balls before guiding a short of length ball on outside the off-stump line to Gilly and the Aussie did the rest. Challengers were precariously placed at 119/4 in 16th over.

Vaas dismissed Kohli cheaply after the India Colts' batsman trying to up the scoring rate played an inside out shot off tricky Vaas only to find Ravi Teja's safe pair of hands at extra cover. Equation at this juncture for B'lore read 24 more runs in 16 balls.

In came Akhil and out he went bal after ball and finished it with a bang. The lusty hitting Karnataka Ranji batting all-rounder hit two boundaries and three towering sixes in his 7-ball knock.

Earlier, right-arm seamer Vinay Kumar and Virat Kohli battled Royal Challengers back in the middle overs after the Hyd batters up-front Gibbs and Gilchrist ran riot as Deccan Chargers stumbled from 109/2 to 165 all out.

Hyd openers Gibbs and Gilly shrugged off the sluggish start to raise 100 in 11.2 overs. Vinay (3/27) and military medium pacer Kohli (2/25) plucked a flurry of wickets in the middle overs to halt Chargers. Venu made a quickfire 12-ball 26.

Openers Gibbs and Gilly saw off the initial spells from Kumble, who started off the proceedings for B'lore and Steyn. After a four-over lull Gilly eased off the pressure smashing Kallis to a long-on fence and followed it up with a pull to mid-wicket fence.

Gibbs taking cue from his partner walked down the wicket to loft his fellow countryman Kallis over long-off fence. From then on no looking back for the duo who made merry on change bolwers. The South African welcomed Vinay, who was introduced in the eighth over, with two boundaries and six. In the following over he picked two boundaries off Akhil.

His partner Gilly too joined the party collecting as many as 20 runs including two boundaries and as many sixes in the 11th over bowled by Akhil. The pair raised 100 runs in 11 overs.

Kumble coming in for his second spell to bowl 12th over of the innings snared Gibbs. The wily leggie drew Gibbs out of the crease and defeated him with a delivery that spun other way. Gloveman Goswami did the rest. Gilly followed his partner immediatly after his heave of a length ball off Vinay flew straight into the hands of Akhil at long-off.

Chamara Silva promoted up the order failed to capitalise on it when he edged a length ball outside the off-stump thro' to Goswami off Kohli as Hyderabad was reduced to 109/3 in the 14th over.

Rohit, the man tipped as next Tendulkar, played his trademark cover drive- a treat to for puritans- and that's it. Although Hyderabad was sitting pretty at 117/3 in 14 overs and the Mumbaikar had a perfect platform to construct his innings and then go for leather hunt but he failed himself, his team and the crowd waiting to see his act. Rohit top-edged a heave off Vinay and Steyn at sweeper cover did no mistake in taking the catch.

Local lad Venu took his side past 150 in the 18th over with a 12-ball 26 inclusive two sixes and an equal number of hits to the fence before Vinay consumed him.

Steyn bowled a fine last over conceding only a single besides taking two wickets.


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