Hyderabad, May 20: Royal Challengers Bangalore were knocked out of IPL 5 after losing to Deccan Chargers by 9 runs, making way for Chennai Super Kings into the play-offs in game 71 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
[Scorecard: DC vs RCB]
Both RCB and CSK ended with 17 points, but a better run-rate (+0.100) pushed CSK into the play-offs and will take on Mumbai Indians in the first eliminator round in Bangalore on May 23. Delhi Daredevils will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the first qualifier in Pune on May 22.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli (42) provided some resistance in the middle but Chargers pace sensation Dale Steyn and leg-spinner Amit Mishra's impressive bowling performance crushed Bangalore to 123/9.
In a must-win game, RCB batsmen faced the real test after the early loss of Chris Gayle (27). Criticised for being overdependent on the Jamaican giant, batsmen found it difficult to keep up the momentum on a slow track.
Chargers pacer Steyn struck again claiming the important wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan (4). Saurabh Tiwary was retired hurt due to a hamstring niggle. AB de Villiers came in for Tiwary but failed to hang on for long.
Deccan leg-spinner Amit Mishra's double-strike in the 10th over put a huge dent in RCB's run chase. De Villiers (4) and Mayank Agarwal (1) were dismissed in the space of four balls.
After Mishra's double blow, Tiwary (30) returned to the field, who along with skipper Kohli added a steady 46-run stand for the fifth wicket. Deccan bowler Ashish Reddy claimed the wicket of Kohli putting Tiwary under pressure with the run-rate soaring.
Pressure eventually mounted over Tiwary who fell off Veer Pratap Singh. With 14 required off the last over, Reddy dismissed Vinay Kumar(7) and Muttiah Muralitharan(0).
Deccan Chargers ended their campaign on a high with two wins in a row knocking out Rajasthan Royals and Bangalore. Deccan finish above Pune Warriors in eighth spot with nine points.
Deccan Chargers innings report
An impressive knock from JP Duminy(74) helped Deccan Chargers score a modest total of 132/7
Despite the slow start and loss of crucial wickets early on, Chargers all-rounder JP Duminy smashed five sixes and four boundaries to score his second fifty this season and help the team post a decent total.
Chargers were rocked early on when RCB pacer Zaheer Khan struck in the first over to bowl out in-form Shikhar Dhawan(5). More trouble followed when Akshath Reddy (7) and Cameron White (1) were dismissed in successive overs by pacers Vinay Kumar and Prashant Parameswaran.
Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara (15) looked to recover along with Duminy but the pair managed to score a slow 31 before RCB's spin maestro Muttiah Muralitharan dismissed the fellow Sri Lankan.
Chargers were down to 51/4 after the dismissal of their skipper Sangakkara. Duminy took the resposibility to lead the team past the 120-run mark including a quick 71-run with wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel for the 5th wicket.
Vinay Kumar ended with impressive figures of three wickets conceding 22 runs in four overs while RCB pacer Zaheer claimed 2 wickets for 30 runs. Parameswaran and Muralitharan took one wicket apiece.
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bowl firs.
Bangalore have retained the same squad which beat Delhi Daredevils on Thursday while Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakarra returned to the playing XI replacing Chris Lynn.
RCB have no choice but only a win can seal a play-off berth. The Chargers on Friday, won by five wickets to eliminate Rajasthan Royals from this season.
Deccan Chargers: Kumar Sangakkara (captain) Cameron White, Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra, Manpreet Gony, JP Duminy, Dale Steyn, Veer Pratap Singh, Akshath Reddy, Ashish Reddy.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prasanth Parameswaran, AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Zaheer Khan, Muttiah Muralitharan, Harshal Patel, Saurabh Tiwary, R Vinay Kumar.
Umpires: S Ravi (India) and Simon Taufel (Australia)
Third umpire: Johan Cloete (South Africa)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)