Royal Challengers Bangalore's hopes of reaching the Indian Premier League play-offs were ended after they suffered a nine-run defeat against Deccan Chargers.
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The Challengers needed a win to force themselves into the top four and they looked to be in a decent position after winning the toss, with the Chargers slipping to 51 for four on a pitch that suited the bowlers.
But Jean-Paul Duminy blasted four fours and five sixes in his 74 to help Deccan reach 132 for seven. Vinay Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with three for 22.
Bangalore opener Chris Gayle began his innings in typically brash fashion, plundering three fours and two sixes in his 10-ball 27 before he was bowled by Dale Steyn, who took three wickets for just eight runs in his four overs.
Skipper Virat Kohli anchored the Challengers' innings but he departed for 42 and a steady flow of wickets undermined their charge as they fell just short against the IPL's basement side.
Their defeat means Chennai Super Kings will join Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians in the play-offs.