Saturday, October 08, 2011

Royal Challengers Bangalore reaches to the Champions League Twenty20 final

Despite scoring a century, David Warner could not help his team to avoid the defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the first semi-final of the Champions League Twenty20.

RCB reached to the Champions League Twenty20 final after beating New South Wales (NSW) by 6 wickets with 9 balls remaining at hand.

Losing the toss, NSW came to bat first and scored 203 for the loss of 2 wickets. This score seemed much bigger and unbeatable in the shortest format of cricket game but RCB successfully chased down this target.

David Warner produced his second consecutive century against RCB. His first T20 century (135 off 68 balls) was earlier this week against Chennai. He was unbeaten on 123 runs from 68 balls, including 6 fours and 11 sixes. He made a record of hitting 11 sixes in the innings and also became the first batsman to hit back-to-back T20 centuries in this ongoing tournament.

However, Chris Gayle’s aggressive 41-ball 92 dimmed Warner’s performance and led the team towards victory. In his long innings, he hit 8 fours and 8 sixes. He was supported by Virat Kohli who scored not out 84 runs from 49 balls, including 10 fours and 3 sixes.

Virat Kohli was named player of the match for his heroic effort. He along with Gayle put up 141 runs playing from 11 overs for the second wicket stand.

However, NSW bowler Patrick Cummins could make some protest against the Challengers’ as he took all the four wickets. Because of his late strike, RCB lost 3-10 in ten balls which left the winning side from 162-2 to 172-4. Last three wickets are Gayle, Saurabh Tiwary and Mayank Agarwal.

For RCB, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sreenath Aravind took one wicket each.

Now, RCB is looking for the final match that will be played on October 9, 2011 at Chennai.