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IPL 2016 Match 57: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Gujarat Lions by 4 wickets

Updated: 25 May 2016 13:24 IST - Published: 24 May 2016 13:09 IST
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Wow, this has been some match. This comeback is of humongous proportions. RCB are riding on momentum, and it seems difficult to stop them. The IPL final will be played at the Chinnaswamy. Is it their time to win the trophy?
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AB de Villiers is the man of the match. No prizes for guessing: "I was very nervous. Just wanted to focus on the basics. Knew if I was till the end, we would be close. Speaks volumes about the character of the side. We were down and out in the first half of the tournament and have turned it around. Cricket is a funny game, it is never over until it is over."
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Virat Kohli: "Unbelievable. That should end a lot of debates about who is the best batsman going around. So calm and composed under pressure. AB took Iqbal took along. The opposition was worried about him. Credit to Iqbal to for maintaining his composure. The pitch settled in the second half. Did not mind the showers, that settled the track. It could not be better scripted one for us. The crowd has always supported us, this one os for the crowd."
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Raina: "I think we bowled pretty well, it was a small ground and ABD batted really well. There's one more game in Delhi to get to the finals. At one point, we were down to 9-3, but it was very good batting by Dwayne Smith. I thought 160 was defendable, Dhawal and Praveen bowled well at the start, but AB DeVilliers was brilliant."
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RCB were in real heap as they lost Kohli, Gayle, Watson, Baby, Binny, Rahul faster than the blink of an eye. Dhawal Kulkarni sliced through​ the batting. AB de Villiers at the other end was like a monk and carried the team all by himself. He was supported well by Iqbal Abdulla and this partnership of 91 runs took RCB home. They are in the finals.
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The team has invaded the field, this is historic, this is magic. This is cricket, you can never count any team out. Kohli is pumped, AB is calm. Take a bow champ. The crowd has gone nuts, Chinnaswamy has lost its roof. This is not a one-man show.
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Kohli has gone from being furious to being ecstatic to being emotional. He has given De Villiers the biggest and the warmest of hugs and is over the moon at the moment.
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18.2 Praveen to Abdulla, RCB WIN! 1 run, flicks a low full toss to deep midwicket. The RCB players are celebrating in the middle! Insane batting from de Villiers.
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18.1 Praveen to de Villiers, 1 run, full and straight, driven to long on.
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From being 5 down in the first 6 overs, RCB now need 3 runs off 12 balls! That's some comeback!
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3 runs needed. That is right.
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17.6 Bravo to Abdulla, FOUR! Full on the pads, flicked like an opening Test batsman to the deep square leg fence. This is pathetic bowling from Bravo. He has wilted under pressure, but take a bow Iqbal Abdulla. He has held his fort with some aplomb​.
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For a moment, put AB de Villiers aside, and think about how well Iqbal Abdulla has batted!
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17.5 Bravo to Abdulla, FOUR! Outside off this time, he slashes hard at it, and gets a thick edge that goes fine to the third man fence.
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17.4 Bravo to Abdulla, FOUR! Short ball on the body, he fends it away from him, and fine enough to beat a diving fine-leg. And now Abdulla joins the party. Swivels around nicely and then helps is around to the fine leg boundary. Kohli is like a cat at the boundary jumping around. RCB have scripted magic.
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17.3 Bravo to de Villiers, 1 run, angling down the leg, he flicks it to deep square leg.
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17.3 Bravo to de Villiers, WIDE! Down leg. And now Raina is furious with the call. Now Raina is furious! That ball had touched the pad, but it was given as a wide. Bravo couldn't believe it. Raina was exchanging words with the umpire.
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17.2 Bravo to de Villiers, no run, outside off and full, he tries to drive it through the covers but misses.
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17.1 Bravo to de Villiers, FOUR! On the off stump, he goes for a reverse sweep but the ball hits the thigh pad and runs to the third man fence. He is running hot and everything is going for him. Lucky, but he deserves all the luck today.
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Can the DJ do some magic. He will bowl now.