Bangalore ease to Semi Final victory
The Bangalore Royal Challengers eased to a 6 wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings to seal thier place in the IPL Final against the Deccan Chargers.
Chasing 147 runs to win, cool Ross Taylor (17*) and Virat Kohli (24*) ensured Royal Challengers home in 18.5 overs.
Young sensation Manish Pandey (48) and Rahul Dravid (44) stole the thunder from Super Kings and batted like mighty under the lights. Both displayed some exquisite timing hitting the leather and kept the scorers busy all throughout.
Manish, who became the first Indian to slam an IPL ton, missed his first fifty when Shadab Jakati's delivery found its way to the stumps. He smashed seven fours in his magnificent innings.
Dravid's love for the ball remained the same as he timed the ball with perfection. Dravid hammered six fours in his 44-run stay. Muttiah Muralitharan got the prized wicket of Dravid.
Pandey and Dravid steadied Bangalore after early wickets and together added 50 runs in 34 balls. Both played some lusty shots and scored with ease under the lights.
Bangalore lost Jacques Kallis (9) early against Chennai at New Wanderers Stadium. Manpreet Gony drew the first blood and dismissed Kallis when he edged one to Parthiv Patel behind the stumps much to his disappointment.
Roelof van der Merwe (2) was sent up the order to pace the innings but failed to deliver. Muralitharan dropped him once at the mid-off but Albie Morkel rocked Merwe's timbers the very next ball, much to the relief of Murali.
Sent in to bat first, Chennai Super Kings scored 146/5 in 20 overs against spirited Bangalore Royal Challengers at New Wanderers Stadium.
Bangalore grabbed wickets at regular intervals after the strategy break to restrict the rampaging Super Kings, who scored at 8 runs in the first 10 overs. Besides the 61-run partnership between the openers, Chennai batsmen failed to find their feet on the slow surface.
Super Kings lost Parthiv Patel (36) and Matthew Hayden (26) after a cracking start against Bangalore Royal Challengers at New Wanderers Stadium.
Openers Patel and Hayden got Super Kings off to a rollicking start and scored briskly in the powerplays. Hayden blasted 26 runs in 19 balls with the help of two fours and a six.
Manish Pandey took a comfortable catch at the deep midwicket off Vinay Kumar to dismiss dangerous Hayden cheaply.
Patel followed Haydos, as Royal Challengers grabbed two quick wickets before the strategy break to foil Chennai's surge. Aggressive of the two, Patel batted beautifully for his 36 runs before being snapped by Jacques Kallis in the 9th over.
After losing their openers in quick succession, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina played cautiously and opted to go big only off the loose balls.
Destructive Suresh Raina did not last long only managed 20 runs before being claimed by his UP team-mate Praveen Kumar. Kumar enjoyed every bit of the dismissal.
Dhoni worked hard for his 28 runs in 30 balls which did not include any hit to the fence. He was caught brilliantly by Vinay Kumar in the deep off Roelof van der Merwe.
Albie Morkel also chipped in with 20 runs off 17 balls.
Anil Kumble won the toss and invited Chennai Super Kings to bat first in the second IPL semi-final.
On Friday, Adam Gilchrist led Deccan Chargers to a 6-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils and stormed into the final.