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Jaffer stars in Bangalore victory

A magnificent 44 from Wasim Jaffer powered the Bangalore Royal Challengers to a 3 run victory over the Deccan Chargers at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

The loss was the Hyderabad side's fifith in six matches and leaves them in a precarious position.

A 96-run third wicket partneship between captain VVS Laxman (52) and Rohit Sharma (57) wasn't enough to give Hyderabad a much-needed win.

The Chargers lost four wickets in the space of five runs soon after Sharma's 42-ball knock (with five boundaries and three huge sixes) came to an end as the Bangalore bowlers came back strong. Laxman's men finished three runs short of the total posed by Dravid's men.

Needing 19 to win off Anil Kumble's final over, Sanjay Bangar (17 not out) gave his team some hope by smashing two successive sixes but couldn't cross the ropes a third time.

Praveen Kumar was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his impressive spell of three for 23 and he was well supported by Zaheer Khan (two for 24) and Dale Steyn (none for 20).

Opener Wasim Jaffer top-scored as Royal Challengers Bangalore scored a modest 156 for eight.

Jaffer hit a 37-ball 44 while Virat Kohli (38) and Rahul Dravid (26) gave valuable contribution to the side even as other batsmen were cheaply out after being put in to bat by Deccan Chargers captain V V S Laxman at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Jaffer also stitched a 72-run partnership off 54 balls with Kohli. The hosts brought on the 50 in 6.3 overs, and were 80 for one after 10 overs.

Dravid, who was dropped by Scott Styris when he was on 12, finally got out on the last ball of the innings. He hit one four and two sixes in his 21-ball knock.

Their batting collapse began after RP Singh, who was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of three for 41 runs, bowled out Bharat Chipli at a measly 10 run individual score.

Pragyan Ojha removed Jaffer by having him caught by Herschelle Gibbs and uprooted the middle stump of Jacques Kallis (6) to finish with two wickets to his credit.

The Bangaloreans just could not counter the bowling attack and failed to increase the run rate when Kohli was also caught by Bangar off R P Singh and Misbah-ul Haq (3) was trapped lbw by fellow Pakistani Shahid Afridi .

The beleaguered Royal Challengers were 111 for loss of five wickets in the 15th over.

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