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Pandey leads the way for Bangalore

Manish Pandey's unbeaten 117 runs handed the Bangalore Royal Challengers a 12-run win over the Deccan Chargers in Pretoria to set up a semi final clash with the Delhi Daredevils.

Earlier, young Manish Pandey notched up his maiden Indian Premier League century to single-handedly power Royal Challengers Bangalore to 170 for four against Deccan Chargers here on Thursday.

Pandey proved the saying 'fortune favours the brave' right as he latched on with both hands to the life provided by RP Singh when he was on 2 and struck 10 fours and four sixes en route his blistering 73-ball 114-run innings.

The 19-year-old stitched a crucial 55-run partnership with Roelof van der Merwe for the first wicket to set the platform for the big score after Anil Kumble won the toss and elected to bat.

However, opting to bat Royal Challengers were dealt with an early blow when their last match hero Jacques Kaliis gave a simple catch to T Suman at square leg of the bowling off tournament's highest wicket-taker RP Singh in the innings second over.

The Bangalore side could have found themselves in further trouble in the very next over had RP Singh not dropped Pandey off Ryan Harris at third man.

Roelof van der Merwe (23 off 18) added salt to RP Singh's wound when he struck the left-arm pacer for two consecutive boundaries to take 10 runs of the fourth over.

Van der Merwe was not there to stick around and meant business from the word go. He welcomed Pragyan Ojha with a boundary and then a lofty hit over midwicket fence to pick up 12 runs of the left-arm spinners opening over.

But the dangerous looking 55-run stand finally came to an end when van der Merwe was stumped by Gilchrist off Andrew Symonds with the Bangalore scoreboard reading 64/2 at the halfway mark.

However, Pandey was not to be bogged down by the fall of wickets at the other end as the Karnataka lad managed 18 runs off T Suman's first over, cloberring him for back-to-back sixes just after the strategy break to bring up his maiden IPL 50.

From there on Pandey grew from strength to strength and dispatched Deccan bowlers to all parts of the ground without much trouble.

Although, Dravid feel cheaply to Ojha in search of quick runs caught at long off by Gibbs, Pandey ensured that Bangalore end up with a huge score on the board.

He showed no mercy to any Deccan bowlers and struck fours and sixes at will to help Bangalore pick up 106 runs in the last 10 overs.

Pandey and Virat Kohli finished off Bangalore innings in style, clobbering RP Singh for three huge sixes to score massive 23 runs of the last over.

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