Bangalore Royal Challengers v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, BangaloreAB de Villiers Earn Five Wicket Win For Bangalore07-May-2012 02:54:00 GMT
Bangalore: AB de Villiers (47 not out off 17 balls) won the battle against Dale Steyn as Bangalore scored a five-wicket win with against Hyderabad to stay alive in IPL.
The home side needed 39 balls from 18 balls when Steyn returned for his last two overs after conceding just seven runs in his first two overs including a maiden. Facing him was de Villiers, who is in red-hot form in this tournament.
The former South African T20 captain straightaway got going, carting Steyn for a massive six off the very first ball. The express pace of Steyn had little impact as his colleague smashed 23 runs off the over to make it a no contest from then on.
Chasing a stiff target of 182, Bangalore were off to a cautious start with openers Tilakaratne Dilshan and Chris Gayle adding 93 runs inside 11 overs. On a day when Gayle (26 off 22) failed to flourish after showing promise, Dilshan did all the hard work, knocking off 71 runs in just 54 balls.
In the end, de Villiers finished it brilliantly to put an end to Bangalore's run of defeats. The win took Bangalore to fifth place with 11 points from 11 matches.
Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan made amends for his lapse in the last match, smashing an unbeaten 73 from 52 balls as Hyderabad set a challenging target of 182.
First, he put on 86 with Daniel Harris who came in for Daniel Christian and then took the score to 168 with the support of Cameron White (45, 24 balls).
It was as if Dhawan was responding to his coach Darren Lehman's call for an improved show from the youngsters in the side. Dhawan was run out for 36 against Chennai on Friday as Hyderabad lost chasing 161.
The hosts sprang a surprise making five changes to the team that lost to Punjab on May 2. Vinay Kumar and Sourabh Tiwary made way for Prashanth Parameshwaran, drafted into the side on Friday, and Abhimanyu Mithun. Bangalore also brought back Dilshan in place of Andrew McDonald.
eccan Chargers 181 for 2 (Dhawan 73*, Harris 47, White 45)
Royal Challengers Bangalore 185 for 5 (Dilshan 71, de Villiers 47*)
Result Royal Challengers Bangalore won by five wickets
MOM AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Points Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Deccan Chargers 0