Hyderabad, May 20 (IBNS) Deccan Chargers ended their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign by knocking out Royal Challengers Bangalore with a nine-run win at the Raji Gandhi International Stadium here Sunday.
Deccan Chargers win favoured Chennai Super Kings, who despite finishing on the 17 points with Royal Challengers, qualified for the play-offs as the fourth-best team on the basis of better run rate.
Put in, Deccan Chargers riding on South African all-rounder Jean Paul Duminy's 53-ball 74 recovered from a shaky start to post a modest 132 for seven.
Duminy smashed four fours and five sixes and stitched 71 runs in 46 balls with Parthiv Patel (16) to help Deccan recover from 30 for 3 to post a respectable total.
In reply, skipper Virat Kohli top scored with 42 while Saurabh Tiwary (30) and Chris Gayle (27) came up with valuable contributions as Royal Challengers managed 123 for nine in 20 overs.
Dale Steyn (3-8), key breakthroughs by Amit Mishra (2-26) and useful contribution by Ashish Reddy (3-25) helped the hosts win their second consecutive match at home.
Earlier, Deccan made a disastrous start after Shikhar Dhawan (5), Akshath Reddy (7) and skipper Kumar Sangakkara (15) were dismissed within the first five overs.
Duminy and Kumar Sangakkara tried to steady the innings with a 31-run partnership off 41 balls before the latter fall to compatriot Muttiah Muralitharan in the 12th over.
Duminy then single-handedly took the attack to the opposition and sent the bowlers for a leather hunt to rack up runs in quick time. The South African was particularly harsh on Murali in the 18th over, when he smashed the spinner for three sixes to pile up 20 runs.
Duminy was finally dismissed by Zaheer Khan in the next over when he failed to get rid off a full toss and was caught by substitute KP Appanna.