Bangalore: T. Suman (78 not out) played the innings of life while Andrew Symonds gave him the perfect support with a 24-ball 53-run cameo as Deccan Chargers beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets to stay afloat for a semifinal berth in the Indian Premier League in the Karnataka capital.
Chasing a competitive 184, Suman came up with runs when it mattered most for his team and shared an unbeaten 46-ball 91-run fourth-wicket stand with Symonds as the title holders overhauled the target comfortably with four balls to spare.
Suman bejeweled his innings with six fours and three sixes while Symonds blitzkrieg included five boundaries and three huge hits over the fence.
Charging in: Deccan Chargers’ Pragyan Ojha celebrates the wicket of Royal Challenger Bangalore’s Ross Taylor (unseen) during the IPL T20 match at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Thursday. Shailendra Bhojak / PTI
Earlier Jacques Kallis (68) and Virat Kohli (58) put on a 52-ball 95-run fifth wicket partnership to power Royal Challengers Bangalore to 184 for six.
With this win, Deccan took their points tally to eight from ten contests while the defeat saw RCB stagnate at ten points from as many matches.
It was also RCB’s second successive defeat, while Deccan returned back to winning after five consecutive loses.
Deccan did not have the perfect start to their run chase as they lost their opener Mohnish Mishra in the third over with just 11 runs on the board.
Skipper Adam Gilchrist (32 off 19) Suman, however, kept the Hyderabad side in the hunt, sharing 77 runs for the second wicket that came in just 8.3 overs.
But the whole scenario changed within just seven runs as Deccan lost two crucial wickets -- Gilchrist and Rohit Sharma -- to find themselves in a spot of bother.
Gilchrist’s 19-ball essay was cut short by Kumble who foxed him with a googly and Robin Uthappa did the rest behind the stumps.
As if that blow was not enough, five balls later Rohit Sharma (6) gave away a straight forward catch to Dale Steyn off R. Vinay Kumar to compound their problems.
But it was not to be Bangalore’s day as Suman and Andrew Symonds milked the Deccan bowlers with caution and set the platform for the comfortable victory with some sensible hitting.
Needing 49 off the last four overs, first Symonds opened up, hitting Praveen Kumar for a four and six and then Suman joined the party clobbering the medium pacer straight over his head to pile up 21 runs.
Symonds clobbered R. Vinay Kumar for a six and then followed it up with a boundary in the next ball to drew curtains to their run chase in style.
For RCB Praveen and Kumble picked up a wicket each, giving away 37 and 38 runs respectively.