Bangalore win last ball thriller
Bangalore Royal Challengers beat Chennai Super Kings by 2 wickets to win the 44th match of the second edition of the Indian Premier League at Kingsmead in Durban on Thursday.
Bangalore achieved the victory target of 130 runs with just 2 balls to spare to clinch a thrilling victory and climb to the fourth position in the points table.
Ross Taylor top scored for Bangalore hitting a six and 2 fours in his 50-ball 46 and was adjudged the Man of the Match. Virat Kohli hit 2 sixes and 4 fours in his 38-run knock that came off 35 balls.
Bangalore need 5 runs to win from the last over but Taylor got out on the very first ball, leaving Bangalore to get 5 runs in 5 balls.
Praveen Kumar took a single on the second ball, R Vinay Kumar took 2 on the third ball and hit the fourth delivery of the over for four to register a thrilling victory.
Earlier, Bangalore Royal Challengers were 57/3 in 10 overs.
Bangalore got off to a poor start when Jacques Kallis was adjudged leg before wicket off Albie Morkel by umpire Daryl Harper even though Kallis was on the front foot and the impact was outside off-stump.
Rahul Dravid hit 2 fours in his 7-ball 8 before hitting a Sudeep Tyagi delivery to backward point for Subramaniam Badrinath to take the catch.
Morkel got his second wicket soon after when he trapped Robin Uthappa (6) plumb in front of the wicket to reduce Bangalore to 30/3.
Holding fort for Bangalore are Ross Taylor (26) and Virat Kohli (14) with an unbeaten 27-run partnership.
Earlier, Bangalore Royal Challengers bowled out Chennai Super Kings for 129 runs in 19.4 overs.
Jacques Kallis, captain Anil Kumble and R Vinay Kumar took 2 wickets each as the Chennai middle and lower order squandered off the advantage given by Matthew Hayden's 60-run knock that came off 38 balls and was studded with 3 sixes and 5 fours.
The only partnership of substance for Chennai was of 45 runs that came between Hayden and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the third wicket.
That partnership was broken when Dhoni (18) hit straight and Roelof van der Merwe dived to his right across the pitch to take a fantastic catch off his own bowling.
Chennai Super Kings were 72/2 in 10 overs.
Batting first after winning the toss, Chennai got off to a poor start with Jacques Kallis striking in his first over having Murali Vijay (5) caught at fine leg by Robin Uthappa in the fourth over of the match.
Suresh Raina hit 3 fours in his 10-ball 13 before Kallis exposed his weakness against deliveries bowled at his rib cage. Raina edged a similar delivery to short mid-wicket where der Merwe dived forward to take the catch.
Chennai are unchanged from the last match while Bangalore have recalled Praveen Kumar and Roelof van der Merwe replacing KP Appanna and Jesse Ryder.