Royal Challengers crush Deccan Chargers
by CricketArchive staff reprter
DateLine: 25th April 2010
Royal Challengers Bangalore crushed Deccan Chargers by nine
wickets and snatched a place in the champion league at the Dr. DY
Patil stadium here on Saturday.
It was a spineless display by Deccan Chargers which folded up for
paltry 82 runs. Only two batsmen managed scores beyond two digits and
Anirudh Singh (40) managed nearly half of the teamís total.
Bangalore cruised home in the 14th over with Dravid (35) and Kevin
Petiersen (29) remaining unbeaten and added 50 runs for the second
A few people turned up for the tie and match petered out to be a
lop-sided contest much to their dismay. Adam Gichrist had yet another
failure at the top and the he set the tone of the contest when he
skied Kumble to be caught in the deep. The big guns in the Deccan
line-up failed to fire. Andrew Symonds could repeat his rescue act and
even he couldnít cash on to the reprieve he got when Steyn dropped
him. Symonds made just two when Steyn snared him. Rohit Sharma and
Smith fell in quick succession as Deccan slid to 35 for five. Then
came the best phase of the innings when Anirudh Singh (40) and
Venugopala Rao added 43 runs for the sixth wicket.
But what followed the dismissal of Vengopala Rao was shocking
considering the manner in which Deccan batted throughout this
tournament. Deccan collapsed from 78 for five to 82 all out losing the
last five wickets for just four runs in 3.3 overs. It was the lowest
total in this season's IPL.
Kallis bored the handful of spectators with a sedate innings while
Dravid played a few crisp shots at the top compensate Kallisí obdurate
knock. Sharma snapped up Kallis. But Petiersen and Dravid ensured that
Banaglore clinched the champions league spot without much fuss.