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Deccan Chargers did a big favour to defending champions Chennai Super Kings by knocking out Royal Challengers Bangalore from the Indian Premier league (IPL) with a nine-run win in their last home match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here today.
The win took Super Kings into the play-offs as the fourth-placed team despite being tied on 17 points with Royal Challengers. Chennai went ahead on the basis of their better run rate.
In their must-win match, Royal Challangers bowlers did well to restrict Deccan Chargers to 132 for seven in 20 overs. But their famed batting order flopped when it needed to fire and managed only 123 for nine in 20 overs.
With their second consecutive win, Chargers moved out of the bottom spot for the first time in the season and finished eighth ahead of Pune Warriors.
Put in to bat first, it was a late charge by Jean Paul Duminy (74 off 53) that helped Chargers reach a respectable total of 132 for seven in 20 overs.
In return, the Chargers bowlers, led by pace spearhead Dale Steyn, put on a great show to trouble the Royal Challengers. Steyn (3-8) was the Man of the Match while leggie Amit Mishra (2-26) and Ashish Reddy (3-25) did well.
Skipper Virat Kohli top-scored with 42 while Saurabh Tiwary (30) and Chris Gayle (27) came up with valuable contributions but not enough to take them accross the line.
Earlier, a late charge by Duminy (74 off 53) helped Chargers reach a respectable total, which at one time looked out of sight. The South African's knock was studded with four boundaries and five sixes. It providing some entertainment to the holiday crowd, which was disappointed by the poor show by the top order of the home team.
Duminy was supported well by Parthiv Patel (16 off 21). They added 71 for the fifth wicket to revive the innings after Chargers were left struggling at 51 for four in the 12th over.
For Royal Challangers, Vinay Kumar was the most successful bowler, picking up three wickets for 22. Zaheer Khan claimed two for 30 while Prashant Parameswaran and Muttiah Muralitharan took a wicket each.
A dejected Kohli said: Kohli: "We could have played better shots, we did not play the right shots on that wicket. We did not get in first. My wicket probably changed the game. We just need to learn from our mistakes and come back stronger next year. The wicket was not that bad to bat on ... you need to have clarity in the mind about what sort of shots to play."
Steyn said it was special to finish an otherwise dismal season with a win.
"I think we've lost games that have been so crucial. To win tonight ... a last over finish, I'm very happy we pulled it off. There were a lot of emotions coming out in that final over. I was up for the challenge today and it paid off," he said.
Shikhar Dhawan b Khan 5
Akshath Reddy c de Villiers b Vinay Kumar 7
Kumar Sangakkara c Vinay Kumar b Muralitharan 15
Cameron White c Agarwal b Parameswaran 1
Jean Paul Duminy c sub (Appanna) b Khan 74
Parthiv Patel c Gayle b Vinay Kumar 16
Ashish Reddy b Vinay Kumar 4
Dale Steyn not out 0
Extras (b 1, lb 5, w 4) 10
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 132
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Dhawan, 0.6 overs), 2-19 (Reddy, 3.3), 3-20 (White, 4.2), 4-51 (Sangakkara, 11.1), 5-122 (Duminy, 18.5), 6-132 (Patel, 19.5), 7-132 (Ashish Reddy, 19.6)
Zaheer Khan 4-0-30-2
Vinay Kumar 4-0-22-3
Prasant Parameswaran 3-0-12-1
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-30-1
Harshal Patel 4-0-26-0
Tillekaratne Dilshan 1-0-6-0
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Chris Gayle b Steyn 27
Tillekaratne Dilshan lbw Steyn 4
Virat Kohli c Gony b Ashish Reddy 42
Saurabh Tiwary c Sangakkara b Pratap Singh 30
AB de Villiers c Duminy b Mishra 4
Mayank Agarwal b Mishra 1
Zaheer Khan b Steyn 0
Vinay Kumar c Duminy b Ashish Reddy 7
Harshal Patel not out 5
Muttiah Muralitharan c Duminy b Ashish Reddy 0
Prashant Parameswaran not out 0
Extras (w 3) 3
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 123
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Gayle, 2.5 overs), 2-36 (Dilshan, 4.3), 2-40 (Tiwary, retired not out, 5.3), 3-55 (de Villiers, 9.2), 4-57 (Agarwal, 9.5), 5-103 (Kohli, 15.6), 6-104 (Khan, 16.5), 7-111 (Tiwary, 18.1), 8-120 (Vinay Kumar, 19.2), 9-121 (Muralitharan, 19.4)
Dale Steyn 4-0-8-3
Manpreet Gony 4-0-38-0
Veer Pratap Singh 4-0-26-1
Amit Mishra 4-0-26-2
Ashish Reddy 4-0-25-3
Toss: Royal Challengers Bangalore, who chose to field
Result: Deccan Chargers won by nine runs
Player of the match: Dale Steyn (Deccan Chargers)
Umpires: S.Ravi and Simon Taufel (Australia)
TV umpire: Johan Cloete (South Africa)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)