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Bangalore, Chennai top 2 teams into IPL playoffs

Bangalore Royal Challengers moved into the IPL playoffs as the No. 1 team after winning by eight wickets over Chennai Super Kings, the defending champions who took second place following Kolkata Knight Riders’ last-ball loss to Mumbai Indians on Sunday.

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Published: Mon 23 May 2011, 1:20 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:10 AM

West Indian opener Chris Gayle smashed 75 not out containing six sixes and four boundaries in 50 balls to guide Bangalore to 129-2 in 18 overs after Chennai was restricted to 128-8 on a lively pitch.

In Kolkata, Mumbai won by five wickets after Ambati Rayudu hit a six off the final ball by quick Lakshmipathy Balaji with the team needing four to win. James Franklin hit the first four deliveries of the over for boundaries to set up the dramatic finish.

Chennai pipped Mumbai to second place due to having a better run rate. Kolkata finished fourth. The four teams qualify for the playoffs with a round to spare in the 10-team tournament.

“Gayle has been responsible for the turnaround, he has been outstanding,” Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori said. “Our fielding and bowling has been good as well, especially Zaheer (Khan) today.”

Chennai collapsed to 22-4 after being put in to bat, with Indian paceman Zaheer dismissing in-form batsmen Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina for 4 runs each.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lashed a 40-ball 70 not out with six sixes and three fours but Bangalore was always on top, taking wickets at regular intervals.

Dhoni put on 42 for the fifth wicket with Wriddhiman Saha (22) before Virat Kohli provided the crucial breakthrough. Vettori and pacer Sreenath Aravind finished with two wickets each.

Dhoni smashed pacer Abhimanyu Mithun for two sixes and a four to lift the Super Kings’ score in the final over.

South African batsman AB de Villiers fell to spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for nought, but Gayle and Kohli (31) put on 80 for the second wicket.

Gayle hit two sixes in one over off Australian left-arm paceman Doug Bollinger and reached his fifty with a boundary off West Indian allrounder Dwayne Bravo.

Gayle smashed spinner Raina for a six and a four to bring up the victory.

“If you are four to five down at the start, it is always catch-up in this format,” Dhoni said. “We tried to get a decent total on the board in the end. It was doing a bit in the first few overs, we should have delayed the attack.”

South African batsman Jacques Kallis struck a controlled 59 to lift Kolkata, which lost early wickets after being put in to bat.

Kallis, who reached his fifty with two successive sixes off paceman James Franklin, put on 45 for the third wicket with Manoj Tiwary (35) and 57 for the next with Yusuf Pathan (36) to step up the scoring rate.

Sachin Tendulkar hit 38 and Harbhajan Singh, promoted as a pinch-hitter, lashed 30 but quick Rajat Bhatia’s three-wicket burst, including the prized wicket of Tendulkar, put Kolkata in control.

Franklin, who previously took two wickets, turned it around with a 23-ball 45 not out, hitting 17 runs in the final over with Mumbai Indians needed 21 to win.

“Great finish by Rayudu and Franklin,” Tendulkar said. “It was important to regain our momentum. Anything is possible in this game, it’s a tricky game, if the bowler doesn’t get it right and the batsman is lucky, that’s what can happen.”

Bangalore plays Chennai in the opening playoff match on Tuesday.

Scores:

Chennai Super Kings 128-8 in 20 overs (Mahendra Singh Dhoni 70 not out, Zaheer Khan 2-19, Sreenath Aravind 2-20, Daniel Vettori 2-15) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 129-2 in 18 overs (Chris Gayle 75 not out, Virat Kohli 31).

Kolkata Knight Riders 175-7in 20 overs (Jacques Kallis 59, Manoj Tiwary 35, Yusuf Pathan 36, Abu Nechim 2-32, James Franklin 2-35) lost to Mumbai Indians 178-5 in 20 overs (Sachin Tendulkar 38, Harbhajan Singh 30, James Franklin 45 not out, Rajat Bhatia 3-22).



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