IPL AB de Villiers and Iqbal Abdulla played a brilliant knock to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore fightback and take them into the Indian Premier League final with a thrilling four wicket win over Gujarat Lions in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s chase of 159, they needed 91 to win off 62 balls with four wickets in hand. RCB were struggling at 68 for 6 staring at a certain defeat but these two have combined to get their side past the finishing line. Iqbal Abdulla played a huge role as well as his boundaries off Bravo literally sealed the tie.
Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle can close the game in a space of a few overs but the opening pair had an off day. Kohli, who has been in sensational form this IPL, suffered a rare failure when he dragged a wide one off Dhawal Kulkarni on to his stumps, stunning the crowd into silence. Chris Gayle too was out in Kulkarni’s over as he attempted a hit over midwicket to see his stumps rattled. Kulkarni kept bowling in the off stump corridor and that worked brilliantly for him. Lokesh Rahul was caught at first slip the following ball and Kulkarni was on a hat-trick. Kulkarni ended up with a career best figures of 4 for 14, albeit in a losing cause.
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With the spectacular win, RCB are into their third IPL final and one step away from their maiden title. Gujarat Lions on other hand will have another chance to make the summit clash in the Qualifier 2 in Delhi on Friday. The RCB were expected to overcome the target with minimum fuss but tricky batting conditions at the normally batting friendly Chinnaswamy made the job tougher for them.
AB de Villiers played a brilliant unbeaten 79-run knock to help RCB sneak through to their third IPL final.
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