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46th match: Chennai Super Kings v Bangalore Royal Challengers at Chennai - May 21, 2008

Kumble gatecrashes Chennai's party

Anil Kumble

Having announced his retirement from one-day cricket, Anil Kumble might have little expected to shine in the shortest format but his 3 for 14, the best bowling for a Bangalore Royal Challengers' bowler in the IPL, came at a most unexpected juncture. He hadn't made a big impact on the tournament but he was responsible for engineering a consolation win, playing a part in gate-crashing into Chennai's party.

Defending a modest 126, Bangalore appeared to be heading to their sixth straight defeat when Kumble plucked out three important batsmen. Parthiv Patel was dismissed in a freaky manner - seeing a ball deflect off the bowler onto the non-striker and back to the bowler - as Kumble broke the opening stand. This came after Kumble missed a simple catch off Parthiv and there was no doubt that he was thrilled with the bizarre manner of dismissal.

The big wicket, though, came a little later. Stephen Fleming was timing the ball clean, including smashing a few sixes, but a quicker one did for him the batsman trying an injudicious sweep that landed in the hands of the fielder at deep square leg. The third wicket was crucial too. S Badrinath had held the middle order together in the earlier games but his ill-advised sweep, while shuffling across the stumps, trapped him in front.

All three dismissals were set-up by intelligently varying his pace and length. Even with the ball slightly wet in dewy conditions, he managed to get the legbreak and googly spot on. He even fooled Fleming with one that appeared to be bowled seam-up - forcing him to be a bit too late on the sweep and ending in the top-edge.


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