Challengers Bangalore snatched victory off the final delivery against the South Australia Redbacks, winning by two wickets, to progress to the semifinals of the CLT20 in Bangalore on Wednesday.
In a roller-coaster match, TillakaratneDilshan and Chris Gayle gave the hosts the best possible start, adding 65 runs off the first 6.1oversbefre Gayle fell to Daniel Christian, but the steepler caused Redbacks captain Michael Klinger and Tom Cooper to collide even though Klinger held on to the catch.
Klinger had to leave the field with an injured leg after the incident and Callum Ferguson took over the captaincy.
Dilshan continued with ViratKohli and the pair pummeled the Redbacks’ attack to all corners of the park for a 100-run partnership within nine overs before Kohli became Shaun Tait’s first victim for 70.
Kohli faced 36 balls and hit four boundaries and six maximums.
Dilshan continued on the quest, but the wickets kept tumbling around him as Shaun Tait found his radar, and dismissed SaurabhTiwary, followed by the in-form Dilshan (74) with 15 runs still needed off 11 balls.
Tait was not finished, and he also got rid of Daniel Vettori and RajuBhatkal in the 19th over to finish with 5/32 and give the South Australian team hope to still salvage a victory.
However, SreenathAravind made up for his woeful bowling by scooping a four over the wicketkeeper, running a bye and Arun Karthik hit the winning six off the final ball to see the Redbacks crashing out of the competition.
Earlier, Daniel Harris blazed the second century of this year’s Champions League T20 to lift South Australia Redbacks to 214 for two after opting to bat first.
Harris and Ferguson demolished the Bangalore attack, posting 114 runs for the second wicket in just over 12 overs, but Ferguson fell to the slower one when he had 70, needing only 43 deliveries.
Harris finished unbeaten on 108, having hit 17 boundaries and two sixes off 61 balls, and he was especially severe on Aravind who conceded 69 runs off his four overs.