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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.
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RCB in the driver's seat now. Wow AB has scripted something magic.
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16.6 Praveen to de Villiers, 1 run, low full toss outside off, he gets down and swats it to deep midwicket to keep strike for the next over.
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16.5 Praveen to de Villiers, FOUR! Unleashes the reverse sweep! Takes a full ball from outside leg and hits it past short third man. And now some cheek. Changes his position, gets into a reverse position and then just places it between point and short third man. The crowd is up and shouting their lungs out. Make a statue of AB in that position already.
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16.4 Praveen to de Villiers, no run, in the blockhole, de Villiers can only dig it back to Praveen.
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AB de Villiers, you beauty! If Kohli carried them to the playoffs, it's AB who's taking them to the finals. The best batsman in the world for a reason.
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16.3 Praveen to de Villiers, SIX! That is a slot ball, and de Villiers gets underneath that and launches it over deep midwicket and very very deep. And AB was sitting back waiting for the slower ball and smoked it over deep mid-wicket. Insane stuff, this is comeback of gigantic proportions.
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16.2 Praveen to de Villiers, no run, outside off, he goes for a midwicket heave but gets the toe end that goes towards the bowler.
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16.1 Praveen to Abdulla, 1 run, slow ball on the pads, tucked softly to square leg.
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Praveen.
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Massive, massive over for RCB. Two gigantic sixes in that over have swung the game in the favour of the home side.
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The score is 126-6 after 16.
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15.6 Jakati to Abdulla, 1 run, advances down the track again and slaps it hard to long on for a single.
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15.5 Jakati to Abdulla, SIX! Full toss, he laps it up nicely and pulls it over deep midwicket. Jakati tried the other ball, slipped away and Abdulla smoked it over mid-wicket. This is terrible ball under pressure at the crunch time. Gujarat letting this slip.
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15.4 Jakati to de Villiers, 1 run, slower outside off, punched to sweeper cover.
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Kohli is smiling now, perhaps for the first time tonight.
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15.3 Jakati to Abdulla, 1 run, dances forward and hoists the ball over the bowler.
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15.2 Jakati to de Villiers, 1 run, shortish outside off, pushed off the back foot to deep cover.
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15.1 Jakati to de Villiers, SIX! Slog sweeps a ball from outside off to the deep square leg fence. That was stroke of pure genius, Shuffles across, swats and then nonchalantly sweeps it over square leg for a maximum. This is some innings under pressure.
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Jakati!
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Expensive over from Smith. AB has climbed into him.
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14.6 Smith to Abdulla, 2 runs, pulls a short ball with power to deep midwicket. He got on top of the ball this time.
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14.5 Smith to de Villiers, 1 run, comes down the track and swats the deep midwicket. Bravo come in, running in from long on, and dives forward to gulp the ball. But, as fate would have it perhaps, the ball landed just short of him. For a moment, AB would have had his heart in this mouth.