Royal Challengers Bangalore booked a place in the Champions League T20 later this year after a clinical 9 wicket win over Deccan Chargers in the third place playoff [SCORECARD]. Deccan won the toss, elected to bat, but that was the only thing that went their way as Adam Gilchrist was removed in the very first over by a Kumble full toss. Things didn't get better for the Chargers as they lost 3 wickets within the powerplays. Some brilliant bowling and bizzare shot selections had Deccan all out for a miserly score of 82 runs. The last 5 wickets fell for just mere 4 runs. Kumble bagged 4 wickets while Praveen and Kallis took two. With only 83 to get, the Challengers had already won the game, but the formality had to be completed and it was done in great style by Dravid and Pietersen.
The bowling department for RCB clicked and Kumble led from the front getting his counterpart in the very first over. Steyn, Kallis and Praveen bowled beautifully and made it look like the deck was a minefiled. The debutant Niyan Doshi showed some amazing charecter and bowled a brilliant first over and followed it up with a great spell. His father Dilip Doshi must surely be happy with his son's performance. I don't know why he wasn't played before this season, but he was brilliant yesterday.
The fielding was excellant and up to it's RCB standard as usual.
The batting has nothing much to tell. Rahul played some trademark cuts while Kevin Pietersen finished the game in great style.
It was a rollercoaster of a tournament for RCB and has been full of mixed results. I'm sure the Challengers could have done better this seaon but there's no shame in finishing third. RCB have booked a place in CLT20 and I'm looking forward to that.