Bengaluru: AB de Villiers played a scintillating knock and Iqbal Abdulla joined him to take Royal Challengers Bangalore to qualify for the final of IPL 2016 with a four wicket win over Gujarat Lions here on Tuesday.
In the chase of 159, Royal Challengers lost Virat Kohli for a duck and slipped to 29 for 5. Then, when Ravindra Jadeja had Stuart Binny lbw sweeping – though replays showed ball hitting pad marginally outside off stump – they were 68 for 6.
Royal Challengers got home with 10 balls left to play, with de Villiers remaining unbeaten on 79 and Abdulla on 33 not out.
The win took Royal Challengers into the final, while Gujarat Lions will have another crack at it when they take on the winner of Wednesday’s Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 159 for 6 (de Villiers 79*, Abdulla 33*, Kulkarni 4-14, Jadeja 2-21) beat Gujarat Lions 158 (Smith 73, Watson 4-29, Abdulla 2-38) by four wickets.