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Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 4 wickets
158 - 20/20 ov
159/6 - 18.2/20 ov
Qualifier 1, Bengaluru

What a match that was! That swung one way to the next, back again, then the other way! All in all, we all need a lie down. AB de Villiers is a freak of nature and even Virat Kohli's adamant he's the best T20 batsman out there. That was a phenomenal innings and it's booked RCB's spot in the Final on Sunday, which is at the Chinnaswamy once more. For Gujarat Lions, they've got another bit at the cherry, and they will take on the winner of Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders. That match is tomorrow, so we hope you can join us for that. Until then, goodbye.

MoM: AB de Villiers

Kohli: "Unbelievable. I don't quite think I'm standing here as the winning captain. I think that's put the end to the debate to the best batsman around. I'm really happy for him and the team. We have played good cricket coming into the Playoffs. Today the top order didn't do well, but AB stuck in. Special credit to Iqbal Abdulla. The pitch played a bit slower. The showers in between settled the wicket. You need composure in a high pressure game and that's what AB did. It's the perfect story, the Final being in Bangalore. The support has been fantastic and this win is for them. We can't wait to grab our chance and win the Final."

Raina: "I think we bowled pretty well. I think AB batted pretty well. At a small ground, you never know what's going to happen. We've got another game so we'll come again. It was good batting by Smith. 160 was defendable. AB's a world class batsman. Dhawal and Smith were exceptional tonight. The boys did a good job and hopefully we'll come again in the next one."

Match Report: A sensational innings from AB de Villiers rescued Royal Challengers Bangalore from a dire situation and helped them book a place in the Final of VIVO IPL 2016. In the first of the Playoff matches at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, RCB were tottering at 68 for 6 in pursuit of 159, when the Superman from South Africa took control and powered his team over the line. RCB got past the finish line in the 19th over, winning the match by 4 wickets.

RCB were in dire straits when their skipper Virat Kohli was dismissed for a duck and the big-hitting Chris Gayle was dismissed for 9 in the fourth over. KL Rahul fell for a first-ball duck, Shane Watson edged to slip and Sachin Baby tamely drove to the man at cover as RCB slipped to 29 for 5 before the end of the Powerplay overs. Stuart Binny (21) added 39 runs in the company of de Villiers to keep the table-toppers at bay for a brief period.

At the half-way stage, RCB were 70 for 6, needing a further 89 runs in the second half of the innings. That’s when de Villiers took charge; in the company of Iqbal Abdullah, he added 91 runs in an unbeaten partnership and took his team over the line in style.

Given the position his team was in, the need of the hour was caution, and de Villiers exercised plenty of caution and batted conservatively early on; at the conclusion of fourteen overs, he had 47 from 32 balls against his name. That’s when he decided it was time to step on the gas; he flat-batted a Dwayne Smith delivery in the fifteenth over to bring up his half-century, and sent the next ball in orbit. The first delivery of the 16th over – bowled by Shadab Jakati – was swept into the stands at square leg. In the next over, the experienced Praveen Kumar was at the receiving end; he deposited the ball into the crowds at midwicket and then reverse swept one past the fielder at point. As a result of the blitz, the required run-rate which was 10.50 at the end of the 14th over, had come down to a modest 7.00.

Iqbal Abdullah hit three boundaries of the last three deliveries of the 18th over to all but seal the deal. AB de Villiers remained unbeaten on 79, made from 47 balls and aided with five fours and as many sixes, while Iqbal Abdullah remained undefeated on 33, made from 25 balls. RCB got home with ten balls to spare.

On the bowling front, Dhawal Kulkarni broke the backbone of RCB with a sensational spell of bowling; the Gujarat Lions speedster delivered the ball in just the areas batsmen found difficult to negotiate and picked up four wickets before the fielding restrictions were relaxed. Kulkarni ended with career-best figures of 4-1-14-4. The left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was impressive too; on a surface which afforded a bit to the spin bowlers, he varied his pace and trajectory, and finished with figures of 4-0-21-2. Shadab Jakati came in for plenty of stick, conceding 45 runs in his three overs.

Earlier in the evening, the Gujarat Lions, put in to bat, slipped to 9 for 3, losing Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch and Suresh Raina in the first four overs. The innings was put back on track by an 85-run partnership between Dwayne Smith and Dinesh Karthik. Smith, 73 from 41 balls, took a liking for the RCB spinners and plundered them; he scored 51 runs off 23 balls against the two spinners. Karthik’s 26 was the second-highest score of the Lions’ innings. Eklavya Dwivedi (19 from 9 balls) and Dhawal Kulkarni (10 from 4 balls) also made useful contributions at the end. The latter was run out off the last ball of the innings and Gujarat Lions were bowled out for 158; it was the second time this season that GL had been dismissed, and both those instances were against RCB.

For RCB, Shane Watson was the most successful bowler, picking up four wickets, which also earned him the Purple Cap. Iqbal Abdullah picked up two wickets – those of the two openers, as did Chris Jordan. Yuzvendra Chahal leaked 42 runs in his four overs, but picked up the big wicket of Dwayne Smith, caught at long off.

Royal Challengers Bangalore win by 4 wickets

End of Over 19 - 3 runs RCB 159/6
Iqbal Abdulla*33* (25b 3x4 1x6)
AB de Villiers79* (47b 5x4 5x6)

They've done it! RCB have pulled this off! AB de Villiers nearly gets his head ripped off by his mobbing team mates!

18.2 P Kumar to I Abdulla, two runs, 129.98 km/h full toss just outside off stump.
18.1 P Kumar to AB de Villiers, one run, 124.91 km/h full length on middle stump.
End of Over 18 - 18 runs RCB 156/6
Iqbal Abdulla31* (24b 3x4 1x6)
AB de Villiers*78* (46b 5x4 5x6)

Four! And now clipped through square leg nonchalantly. What a turnaround! I cannot believe this!

17.6 DJ Bravo to I Abdulla, FOUR, 134.94 km/h full length going down leg.

Four! Abdulla steps away and gets a thick outside edge for four. Some very stern faces on the faces of the Gujarat Lions

17.5 DJ Bravo to I Abdulla, FOUR, 126.26 km/h short length on off stump.

Four! Pulls the short ball down to fine leg. RCB can sense they're pulling off something special here!

17.4 DJ Bravo to I Abdulla, FOUR, 124.48 km/h short length going down leg.
17.3 DJ Bravo to AB de Villiers, one run, 135.18 km/h full length on leg stump.
17.3 DJ Bravo to AB de Villiers, wide delivery.

Close! Huge appeal for caught behind from Karthik and Bravo but the umpire says not out!

17.2 DJ Bravo to AB de Villiers, no run, 107.26 km/h full length outside off stump.
17.1 DJ Bravo to AB de Villiers, 4 leg byes.
End of Over 17 - 12 runs RCB 138/6
AB de Villiers*77* (43b 5x4 5x6)
Iqbal Abdulla19* (21b 1x6)
16.6 P Kumar to AB de Villiers, one run, 124.18 km/h full toss outside off stump.

Four! And now the cheekiest reverse sweep I ever saw. de Villiers is from another planet!

16.5 P Kumar to AB de Villiers, FOUR, 126.33 km/h full length on leg stump.
16.4 P Kumar to AB de Villiers, no run.

Six! An AB monster! Waits in his crease and smashes PK over mid-wicket

16.3 P Kumar to AB de Villiers, SIX, 104.71 km/h full toss outside off stump.
16.2 P Kumar to AB de Villiers, no run, 102.79 km/h short length outside off stump.
16.1 P Kumar to I Abdulla, 1 leg bye.
End of Over 16 - 16 runs RCB 126/6
Iqbal Abdulla*19* (20b 1x6)
AB de Villiers66* (38b 4x4 4x6)
15.6 S Jakati to I Abdulla, one run, 85.54 km/h good length outside off stump.

Six! Full toss and slapped over mid-wicket for six

15.5 S Jakati to I Abdulla, SIX, 81.18 km/h full toss outside off stump.
15.4 S Jakati to AB de Villiers, one run, 87.7 km/h short length just outside off stump.
15.3 S Jakati to I Abdulla, one run, 85.74 km/h good length outside off stump.
15.2 S Jakati to AB de Villiers, one run, 91.89 km/h short length just outside off stump.

Six! Down on one knee and slog swept over square leg. This is AB mode at its finest!

15.1 S Jakati to AB de Villiers, SIX, 89.04 km/h short length just outside off stump.
End of Over 15 - 14 runs RCB 110/6
Iqbal Abdulla11* (17b)
AB de Villiers*58* (35b 4x4 3x6)
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