The collective team efforts from Royal Challengers Bangalore helped them to beat the firm favourite of IPL 2009 out of the tournament. The Royal Challengers Bangalore romped home to a spectacular six-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings at the Wanderers in the second semi-final of the Indian Premier League on Saturday.
Chasing a target of 147 runs for victory, the new hero Manish Pandey once again played a superb knock of 48 runs of just 35 balls and involved himself in crucial partnership of 72 runs of just 58 balls with Rahul Dravid to put his team in total control of run chase. In the end it was Virat Kohli (24 runs of 17 balls) and Ross Taylor (17 runs of 12 balls) who have finished the job with ease crushing Chennai Super Kings dream of winning the IPL 2009.
Both Virat Kohli and Ross Taylor inished it off in a clinical finish with seven balls to spare. Now Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Deccan Chargers on Sunday in the big Final at New Wanderers, Johannesburg.
What a dramatic turnaround this has been for two teams that placed right at the bottom in the points table and now they will clash on Sunday to get their hands on beautiful IPL 2009 trophy. It was amazing to see how Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers Bangalore have defied the odds, and conventional wisdom, to make Sunday's IPL 2009 final.
Earlier Bangalore Captain Anil Kumble won the toss and put CSK into bat. Chennai Super Kings got off to brilliant start by their openers Parthiv Patel (36 runs of 27 balls) and Mathew Hayden (26 runs of 19 balls). Both went on to put 61 runs in just 7 overs. However Royal Challengers Bangalore bowled really well after that and conceded just three boundaries in last 7 overs of CSK inning.
To restrict such batting line up to just 146 runs in 20 overs, the credit goes to Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar and Anil kumble. All three bowled really well in the depth overs.
Manish Pandey was declared Man of the Match for his brilliant knock of 48 runs from just 35 balls.
Match Summary (Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 6 Wickets)
Chennai Super Kings – 146/5 in 20 Overs
P.Patel- 36 M.S.Doni –28
R.Vinay Kumar – 4-0-38-2 P.Kumar– 4-0-26-1
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 149/4 in 18.5 Overs
M.Pandey- 48 R.Dravid –44
M.Muralitharan– 4-0-15-1 S.Jakati– 4-0-29-1