Deccan Chargers 132-7 (Duminy 74) beat
Royal Challengers Bangalore 123-9 by 9 runs
Indian Premier League 2012, Hyderabad
Royal Challengers Bangalore shot their own chances of making the Indian Premier League 2012 play-offs, going down to Deccan Chargers by nine runs at Hyderabad.
The visitors had needed to win this game to displace Chennai Super Kings from the fourth spot and instead made a dismal exit.
Meanwhile, this win lifted Deccan from the last spot on the table, relegating Pune Warriors to ninth.
Bangalore won the toss and elected to field first. Deccan got off to another horrific start, losing their top order for almost nothing. They were reduced to 20 for three in the fifth over.
Kumar Sangakkara and Cameron White then did the rebuilding job, putting on 31 runs for the fourth wicket. Sangakkara though did not last long and was out in the 12th over. But JP Duminy kept strong and tied up one end, stroking his way to a second fifty of the tournament. He scored 74 runs off 53 balls, with four fours and five sixes.
He found little support from other batsmen as the next best score was 16 by Parthiv Patel who was once again moved in the batting order. Extras were the fourth highest contributor to the score, 10 of them, as Deccan finished with 132 for seven.
Ranganath Vinay Kumar with three for 22 was Bangalore’s best bowler, while Zaheer Khan also picked up two for 30.
Royal Challengers were heavily dependent on Chris Gayle and as always he gave them a flier. But he couldn’t carry on the good work, bowled by Dale Steyn in the third over. He made 27 off only 10 balls, with three fours and two sixes.
In his next over, Steyn trapped Tillakaratne Dilshan in front for four runs and Bangalore were already in deep trouble. Virat Kohli and Saurabh Tiwary got the innings going again, but the latter retired hurt after straining a hamstring.
It provided a bigger boost to Deccan as they tightened the noose around Bangalore's batting. None of the following batsmen could reach double digits, Vinay Kumar scoring the highest - seven.
Kohli looked like he could still fashion a win, but a rush of blood cost him his wicket. He made 42 runs off 40 balls, with two fours and two sixes. At 103 for six, Tiwary did come out to bat again, and made his way to 30 off 27 balls, including one four and one six, but the asking was just too much.
Steyn finished his four overs with a magnificent three wickets for eight runs, while Ashish Reddy and Amit Mishra picked up three for 25 and two for 26 in their respective spells. Their collective effort meant Deccan’s season didn't end in total disappointment.
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