It was all ABD ABD chant at Chinnaswamy after team was struggling at 25-5. Ab de Villers was the man for Royal Challenger Bangalore who played match winning innings of 79 from 47 balls to beat Gujarat Lions by 4 wickets. RCB will now play finals of IPL 2016 on Sunday.
Virat Kohli, skipper of RCB won the toss and elected to bowl first which turned to be excellent decision after GL were reduced to 10-3 in 4 overs. All big three Finch, McCullum and Raina were back in hut. But today DR Smith had some other plans who smashed the ball all around to place the team in a comfortable position. He scored 73 off 41 balls. Dwivedi’s 9 ball 19 lifted Gujarat Lions to 158.
Chasing 159, RCB had a good opening over. But introduction of Dhaval Kulkarni was downfall of RCB’s top order. He picked 4 wickets in his spell of 4 overs and reduced home team to 25-5. Stuart Binny along with ABD showed some resistance but Binny fell to a straight delivery from Ravindra Jadeja. He was given out leg before wicket.
ABD needed someone to be with him at non strikers end. Iqbal Abdulla was the man to do this. ABD and Abdulla carried RCB home from 68-6. De villers smashed the ball in all parts of ground when needed.
RCB has reached third final of IPL. Whereas Gujarat Lions will play eliminator. If Gujarat win eliminator we can witness the same match in final. The final is scheduled at same venue on 29th May.