Dravid falls as Chargers up the pressure
Andrew Symonds shook Royal Challengers Bangalore twice in two balls to put them on the back foot. He dismissed the well set Ross Taylor and then had Virat Kohli stumped by Gilly thus putting the Chargers ahead in the race to the Title.
Prior to that, Harmeet Singh dismissed Rahul Dravid when he went through Dravidís defence on the leg side and uprooted the batsmanís stumps.
RP Singh had started off by dismissing the dangerous Kallis for 15 while Pragyan Ojha struck twice in two overs to pull back the Royal Bangalore Challengers run chase. He dismissed Manish Pandey off the very first delivery he bowled in the match and then returned to send back Roelof van der Merwe who was going all guns blazing for 32 off 21 deliveries.
Earlier, it had looked like Anil Kumbleís day completely. Every time he brought himself on to bowl, he struck to break a partnership and put the pressure on the Chargers, finishing with an amazing figure of 4 for 16 off four overs.
Jumboís exploits with the ball saw Royal Bangalore Challengers restrict their opposition to 143 and put themselves in a comfortable position, unless they press the self destruct button.
Kumble had struck off the second delivery of the match when he dislodged Adam Gilchristís stumps to roll Bangaloreís campaign in style. Vinay Kumar supported Jumbo well and struck in his first over to dismiss Tirumalsetti Suman for 10. Bowling the last over, Kumar dismissed Azhar Bilakhia too.
The Bangalore skipper brought himself back in the ninth over to send back the ominous looking Andrew Symonds (33 off 21 balls) picking up his second wicket of the match. Symonds had looked liked Deccanís saviour, as he took his teamís total past the 50 run mark in the 8th over but Kumble cut short his stint at the crease.
Though the other bowlers dried up the runs and boundaries for Deccan Chargers, none could break through the defence of the Men in Blue.
In the meanwhile, Rohit Sharma and Herschelle Gibbs joined hands to put up a fifty run partnership for the fourth wicket and steady the Deccan ship to put up a respectable total for RCB to chase. Gibbs played the anchor role and brought up his half century to save Deccan some pride.
However, just when the duo looked like taking the game away from the Men in Red, the champion bowler that he is, Anil Kumble put his hand up and struck twice in his last over dismissing the dangerous looking Rohit Sharma and Venugopal Rao.
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.