Kumble strikes back to remove Symonds
A masterstroke from Anil Kumble saw the departure of Andrew Symonds in an unlikely manner.
The ball hit Symmo’s thigh pads and rolled on to the stumps to dislodge the bails.
Symonds had looked liked Deccan’s saviour taking his team past the 50 run mark in the 8th over after the Men in Blue had lost two early wickets. The Australian almost succeeded in his attempt to take the attack to the opposition with a few lusty hits to the fence, and over it too, stabilising the Chargers innings somewhat.
However, that was not meant to be for long as Kumble brought himself on after he had bowled the first over successfully scalping Gilly. He struck gold again in the form of Andrew Symonds when he came in to bowl the 9th over. He scored 33 off 21 balls.
Prior to Roy’s arrival at the crease, Deccan Chargers were off to the worst possible start in their campaign to lift the IPL Trophy as they lost two quick wickets in the form of Adam Gilchrist and Tirumalsetti Suman inside four overs.
Anil Kumble had started the proceedings for Royal Challengers Bangalore in style when Jumbo foxed Adam Gilchrist off the second ball of the innings. All Gilly could do was walk back to the pavilion staring at his shattered furniture.
Later, Vinay Kumar struck in his very first over to dismiss Suman, who was living dangerously, for just 10 runs.
Earlier, in the mega finale of the DLF IPL 2009, Bangalore Royal Challengers captain Anil Kumble won the first battle at the toss and decided to put Deccan Chargers in to bat.
Both the teams fielded an unchanged squad from what they did in the semi finals.