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Anil Kumble

Final: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Deccan Chargers at Johannesburg, May 24, 2009

Kumble's leaves Deccan spellbound

After Anil Kumble provided Adam Gilchrist's wicket in the first over, he pulled Deccan back every time they threatened to get away from them. Symonds, strode in after Gilchrist's dismissal and tore the other Bangalore bowlers apart. With Symonds looking threatening on 33, Kumble had to turn to the man most likely to get a wicket on the night - himself. Sure enough, in the ninth over, he bowled Symonds off the thigh pad. And off he went rushing towards Vinay at fine leg. If Kumble was animated now, just rewind to the first over. He chose to bowl it himself, to the man most likely to make this a one-sided final. To the third ball Gilchrist stepped out, and saw - didn't see - rather a full ball squeeze under his bat and take the leg stump out. Off went Kumble, pumping fists and pointing to the dugout. All age barriers were broken then. And Kumble was not done yet. Suddenly Deccan had reached 109 for 3 after 16 overs, capable of anything in the last four. Kumble brought himself back, and inevitably he got Rohit with the second ball he bowled. For good measure he got Venugopal Rao with the last ball of his spell, ending with 4 for 16.

Andrew Symonds

Andrew Symonds star with the ball

Deccan Chargers invoked the bull in their emblem to successfully defend a modest total, beat Royal Challengers Bangalore and win a tournament they had ended up last in the previous season. They bowled with fire, fielded aggressively and sledged and hustled - almost literally - to victory in a final that twisted and turned and lived up to the occasion. The last of those turning points was the 15th over, bowled by Andrew Symonds, who matched his verbal skills from earlier in the night with the wickets of Ross Taylor and Virat Kohli off back-to-back deliveries. Bangalore were 99 for 6 when the over started, and Taylor had looked dangerous during his 20-ball 27. That Symonds over, though, was symbolic of the night: every time a batsman got away from the bowling, a breakthrough pulled the batting side back. Taylor looked like taking Bangalore home coolly, hitting three fours and a six, until Symonds got him on the pull, with a touch of extra bounce. Adam Gilchrist pulled off a smart stumping down the leg side next ball, as Kohli made his way out.


Jacques Kallis

2nd Semi-Final: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings at Johannesburg, May 23, 2009

Kumble calls back Kallis for the ninth over

Parthiv Patel was looking in good nick, playing some positive shots off Bangalore's bowlers. He took two boundaries off Praveen Kumar, followed by a couple more off R Vinay Kumar. Parthiv had reached 32 off 20 deliveries, while Matthew Hayden was still 13. What odds would punters get for that? Then, just after Hayden departed, Kumble saw the opportunity and brought back Jacques Kallis, whose first two overs had cost 21. With his fourth delivery Kallis removed Parthiv and Bangalore went on to restrain the new batsmen.

Virat Kohli

Dhoni gambles on Raina for the 17th over

After an asphyxiating 16th over, Bangalore required 35 off four overs. Chennai needed a gamble then, after all other bowlers had been taken for runs. Suresh Raina bowled the next over, and both Ross Taylor and Virat Kohli took a six off him. Bangalore's fifth win in a row was all but sealed.


Ryan Harris

1st Semi-Final: Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers at Centurion, May 22, 2009

Ryan Harris' wonder first over

The dismissal of Delhi Daredevils' openers in the first over seemed to have vindicated Adam Gilchrist's decision to field. Ryan Harris had taken only two wickets in six games but the decision to persist with him yielded two in two balls in a maiden opening over. Gautam Gambhir gave it away with a reckless charge that resulted in a catch to third man, and David Warner cut the next ball straight to backward point. A frenetic start had a touch of confusion when Daryl Harper sent back AB de Villiers as soon as he walked out, because apparently Dilshan had crossed the boundary rope before him.

Adam Gilchrist

Gilchrist fireworks light up Deccan chase

Deccan's chase wasn't expected to be an easy one. In five deliveries Gilchrist smashed any such thoughts. Dirk Nannes, one of the success stories of this IPL, was flayed for five consecutive boundaries in the first over, Gilchrist pulling, cutting and driving with power. Nannes was not needed again until the 17th over, when the result was decided. That assault set a trend that continued though Gilchrist's innings as he made the semi-final his own. Gilchrist was in a hurry, clobbering Pradeep Sangwan's first three balls for four, four and six. No frills, just excellent bat speed and powerful wrists. In three overs Deccan were 41 for 1, out of which Nehra's first over cost just three. Nehra's second was nowhere as controlled. Gilchrist drove a no-ball for four and drilled the free hit for a straight six to raise Deccan's fifty in 23 deliveries - his contribution being 48 from 14 balls. His half-century needed just 17 balls, the fastest of the IPL. Virender Sehwag came on for the first and last time in the tournament, with Gilchrist plundering three successive sixes in a 25-run over. It was the Gilchrist of old, the man who put the fear of God in bowlers the world over.


Manish Pandey

56th match: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Deccan Chargers at Centurion, May 21, 2009

Manish Pandey announces himself

RP's drop off Manish Pandey proved a costly error. Pandey began his innings looking out of sorts, twice inside-edging Ryan Harris on the bounce to Adam Gilchrist and top-edging safely to third man. Batting as though Bangalore needed to chase 250, Pandey clouted the ball through the leg side with gay abandon. Pandey weighed the situation and hung on. By this time he was 33, and on resumption after the strategic break dumped T Suman's offspin for consecutive sixes to raise his half-century. Very strong through the leg side, Pandey's main scoring option was the swipe across the line. RP returned to bowl the 14th over and Pandey reminded him of his reprieve, swatting and edging fours. He continued the same way, clearing his front leg and slogging against the turn. His hundred came up with a single down the ground and there wasn't much fanfare.


Gautam Gambhir

55th match: Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians at Centurion, May 21, 2009

Openers lay platform for Sehwag blitz

Gautam Gambhir and David Warner, Delhi's openers, blitzed to 30 in the first three overs. It started from the sixth ball of the first over. Lasith Malinga found bounce and bowled over 140kph but Gambhir picked his slower bouncer and pulled it for four to square leg. Then Gambhir and Warner hit 22 off the next 12 balls. Gambhir walked out and hit Dhawal Kulkarni for a four behind square leg before lifting a fuller one down the ground for another boundary. Rahil Shaikh began his IPL campaign with a high full toss that Warner pulled to midwicket boundary before being picked for another in the same area by Gambhir. Warner lofted Kulkarni for a six over long-on as the opening stand raced to 36.


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