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Chennai Super Kings Enter IPL Playoffs as RCB Stumble

  • By PTI

  • May 20, 2012
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Deccan Chargers celebrate the fall of Chris Gayle in Hyderabad May 20. (PTI)
  • HYDERABAD, India

    Dale Steyn produced a fiery pace bowling spell of three for just eight runs as Deccan Chargers knocked Royal Challengers Bangalore out of the Indian Premier League with a nine-run victory in a tense match here Sunday.

    Steyn claimed the wickets of the dangerous Chris Gayle, his opening partner Tillakaratne Dilshan and Zaheer Khan as RCB failed to chase down the target of 133 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Uppal.

    The victory by the Chargers also meant that defending champions Chennai Super Kings go through the play-offs stage, along with table-toppers Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.

    RCB collected 17 points from 16 matches, the same as that of Chennai but the latter made it to the play-offs stage on better net run rate. 

    Delhi now play Kolkata in the first qualifier in Pune on May 22 while Chennai take on Mumbai in the eliminator in Bangalore on May 23.

    The Chargers, who ended the tournament at eighth out of nine teams with nine points from 16 matches, spoiled RCB's chances of a play-off berth just two days after knocking out Rajasthan Royals from the tournament.

    Steyn was ably supported by Ashish Reddy (3/25), Amit Mishra (2/26) and Veer Pratap Singh (1/26) as RCB could score 123 for nine from their 20 overs. 

    For RCB, captain Virat Kohli top-scored with a 40-ball 42 while Saurabh Tiwary and Gayle contributed 30 and 27 respectively. 

    It was a perfect revenge for the Chargers who were earlier beaten by the same opponents.

    Earlier, South African all-rounder J.P. Duminy cracked a strokeful 53-ball 74 as Deccan Chargers recovered from a shaky start to post a modest 132 for seven. Duminy smashed four fours and five sixes and stitched 71 runs in 46 balls with Parthiv Patel (16) to help Deccan recover from 30 for 3 to post a respectable total.

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