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Cricket

Kartik's last-ball six gives RCB the last semi-final spot
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Bangalore, October 05, 2011
First Published: 22:48 IST(5/10/2011)
Last Updated: 14:01 IST(7/10/2011)
Elated RCB batsmen Arun Karthik (L) and Sreenath Arvind run towards their teammates after their team's victory during the Champions League Twenty20 League match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and South Austrailian Redbacks (SAR) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

David Warner blew away the semi-final chances of holders Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. Daniel Harris almost made it another Australia Day in the Champions League Twenty20 on Wednesday.

With victory a must, Royal Challengers Bangalore fans came in hoping for another blitz from demolition man Chris Gayle. Instead, they had to savour the pounding from the 31-year-old Harris that almost took South Australian Redbacks into the semi-finals from Group B along with Somerset.

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However, Virat Kohli and Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed brilliant half-centuries as the thriller snaked its way towards a tantalising finish. Shaun Tait almost sealed it for the Redbacks when he captured three wickets in the penultimate over, but Arun Karthik smashed a winning six off the last ball to seal the final last four spot on Wednesday.

Harris had laid the foundation when in walked Callum Ferguson (70 off 43 balls) and the pair put together a 114-run second wicket partnership that guided SA Redbacks to 214-2, the highest total recorded in Champions League Twenty20.

RCB appeared to have almost clinched it when Tait imposed his express pace to wrest control only for Daniel Christian to let it slip away with the final delivery of the stunning contest.

Gayle and Dilshan began well before Kohli took up the challenge in stunning fashion.

When Kohli's astonishing 36-ball 70 ended, RCB still needed 50 for victory in five overs. With 18 needed off the last two overs, Tait snapped up three wickets in the 19th over. He yorked Dilshan for 74 and took two more before the final twist.


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