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Classy Akhil seals it for Bangalore

Bangalore Royal Challengers survived a top-order collapse to beat Deccan Chargers by five wickets in their Indian Premier League match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

Australian Cameron White and Balachandra Akhil comfortably saw Royal Challengers home with some explosive batting at the end.

Wasim Jaffer, who was included in the playing eleven, departed in hurry. The right-handed batsman was run-out for a meagre score of 5. But he was back on the field to assist Jacques Kallis as a runner. Kallis, who hurt himself during bowling opened the innings with a runner, also succumbed to Jaffer. Wasim failed to make the crease this time too.

Unusual Misbah-ul-Haq, who was looking in a rollicking mood, mistimed a sort in the safe hands of Chamara Silva. Misbah made a quickfire 34 in 28 balls.

Sanjay Bangar got rid of skipper Rahul Dravid, who was looking dangerous for his 31 in 21 balls.

Earlier, Herschelle Gibbs (47) and Adam Gilchrist (47) gave a rollicking start but Deccan Chargers lost the plot towards the end and folded for 165 in exactly 20 overs in their Indian Premier League match against Bangalore Royal Challengers on Sunday.

Deciding to bat first, the Gilchrist-Gibbs duo overcame a subdued start and came down hard on the Bangalore attack. But once they departed in a space of seven balls, the home team witnessed a batting collapse with only Y Venugopal Rao (26) and Rohit Sharma (17) managing double figures.

Bangalore captain Rahul Dravid sprang a surprise by opening the attack with Anil Kumble and the leggie didn't disappoint either, as he kept it tight, while Dale Steyn too proved a miser.

But once they were taken off, Gilchrist and Gibbs imposed them on the visitors. Vinay Kumar and B Akhil came in for some harsh treatment from the duo as the Deccan Chargers reached the 100-mark in the 11th overs without losing a wicket.

On his return, Kumble drew first blood when Sreevats Goswami stumped Gibbs and in the next over, Gilchrist fell to Vinay Kumar to join his opening partner in the hut. Gibbs' 34-ball 47 included six fours and two sixes, while Gilchrist hit four boundaries and two sixes en route to his 37-ball 46.

Wickets kept tumbling and Rohit's exit further complicated things for the Deccan Chargers. Venugopal hit Kumble for two sixes and a boundary in his last over before Vinay Kumar cut short his stay.

The Deccan Chargers in fact lost their last nine wickets for just 56 runs in less than eight overs.

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