Chasing a modest total of 133 to win, RCB could only manage 123 for 9 to be knocked out of the IPL. CSK became the fourth team to qualify.
Royal Challengers Bangalore innings:
20th over: 123 for 9 This is unbelievable. The Chris Gayle-powered RCB fail to chase down a modest total of 133. Well, that's IPL for you. It's not over till it's over.
Vinay Kumar c Duminy b Ashish Reddy 7(7)
Muralitharan c Duminy b Ashish Reddy 0(1)
19th over: 119 for 7 Big wicket for Deccan as Saurabh Tiwary falls off the first ball. Meanwhile, RCB pick up eight from the over. RCB need 14 off the last over. Will they or won't they? CSK are almost there.
18th over: 111 for 6 Amit Mishra is back into the attack and Tiwary keeps RCB in hunt as they pick up seven from the over to make it 22 to win off 12 balls. Anything is possible now. RCB need to win if they want to qualify for the playoffs otherwise CSK will go through.
Saurabh Tiwary c Sangakkara b Pratap Singh 30(27)
17th over: 104 for 6 Dale Steyn is back into the attack and bowls a fantastic over as he gives just one off it and also sends back Zaheer Khan. This is fantastic stuff.
Zaheer b Steyn 0(4)
16th over: 103 for 5 This time Kohli hits four off the first ball through the deep midwicket region and then hits a big one straight down the ground off the fifth ball. But Kohli finally perishes off the last ball trying to go for another six. RCB need 30 off 24 balls.
Virat Kohli c Gony b Ashish Reddy 42(40)
15th over: 89 for 4 Veer Pratap Singh is back into the attack and finally Saurabh Tiwary smashes him for four off the first ball to backward square leg and then hits the fifth delivery out of the park over the long-leg. Good over for RCB as twelve come off it.
14th over: 77 for 4 This does not look good for RCB as another excellent over by Deccan comes to an end. Gony gives just five from the over.
13th over: 72 for 4 Ashish Reddy continues and gives just four off it. RCB need 61 off 42 balls is they want to qualify for the playoffs. CSK fans will be biting their nails for sure.
12th over: 68 for 4 Mishra continues and Kohli smashes him out of the ground for six over the deep midwicket and the duo pick up two singles in the remaining over to pick eight from it.
11th over: 60 for 4 Ashish Reddy, comes into the attack and just three from it. Pressure is building on for the RCB. Meanwhile, Saurabh Tiwary is back in the middle after sustaining injury.
10th over: 57 for 4 Massive blow for Royal Challengers as they lose two in this over. First Ab de Villers departs as Duminy picks up a ripper at cover off Amit Mishra. And the legspinner bowls another peach of a delivery to clean bowl Agarwal.
de Villiers c Duminy b Amit Mishra 4(11)
Agarwal b Amit Mishra 1(2)
9th over: 54 for 2 Pratap Singh continues and RCB batsmen are finding it difficult to get runs as just two runs come from this over. It's time for strategy break.
8th over: 52 for 2 Amit Mishra, comes into the attack and a poor fielding off the first ball gives four overthrows to make it six from a single delivery. Eight runs come from the over.
7th over: 44 for 2 Veer Pratap Singh, comes into the attack and bowls a pretty nice and tight over. Just four from it.
6th over: 40 for 2 Saurabh Tiwary has done is hamstring here and has retired hurt. Good over by Gony as he gives just three off it.
5th over: 37 for 2 Steyn is on fire, he sends back Dilshan who is caught in front of the wickets. Deccan are surely back in the match now. Just one from the over.
Dilshan lbw b Steyn 4(12)
4th over: 36 for 1 Gony continues and RCB pick up another six from the over thanks to boundary by Virat Kohli that also gets him off the mark.
3rd over: 30 for 1 Steyn continues and he gets rid off the big man. Gayle tries to smash him over the cover but gets an inside edge straight onto the stumps.
Gayle b Steyn 27(10)
2nd over: 27 for 0 Gayle cuts loose. This man is a genius. He smashes Manpreet Gony all over the park. Three fours and two sixes comes off it. Absolutely mind-blowing batting by the big man. Two boundaries through the cover region and the trod one through long-off. And the first six over the long-on and the other one over the sweeper cover. Sensational stuff.
1st over: 3 for 0 Gayle and Dilshan are at the crease for RCB. Dale Steyn opens the attack for Deccan and bowls a neat and tidy over. Just three from it.
Deccan Chargers innings:
20th over: 132 for 7 Vinay Kumar comes to bowl the last over and bowls a fantastic last over. That also includes two wickets off the last two balls. First one to go was Parthiv Patel and second one Ashish Reddy.
Parthiv Patel c Gayle b Vinay Kumar 16(21)
Ashish Reddy b Vinay Kumar 4(4)
19th over: 126 for 5 Zaheer continues and sends back Duminy, who tries to hit another one out of the park but does not get hold of it and is caught in the deep. A wonderful innings come to an end.
Duminy c (sub)Appanna b Zaheer 74(53)
18th over: 119 for 4 This is sensational stuff by Duminy, he smashes Murali for three sixes in an over. He smashes the first one over the long-on and second one over the deep midwicket boundary and third one straight down the ground. Finally Deccan are making match of it.
17th over: 99 for 4 Zaheer Khan continues and finally Duminy cuts loose. He smashes the first ball for four to wide long on and then smashes the fourth ball for a six over wide long off. In process he also brings up his fifty. Finally a big over for Deccan.
16th over: 84 for 4 Vinay Kumar is back into the attack and Duminy finally hits first six of the match. Kumar balls a slower delivery that Duminy hits it through the line and clobbers it for the maximum.
15th over: 75 for 4 Harshal Patel continues and give eight from the over that includes a boundary towards deep square leg fence by JP Duminy.
14th over: 67 for 4 Tillakaratne Dilshan, comes into the attack and gives away just six of it. And it's time for second strategy break.
13th over: 61 for 4 Harshal Patel continues and some relief for Deccan as they pick up seven runs of which includes a boundary off the fifth ball through long-leg thanks to Parthiv Patel.
12th over: 53 for 4 Muralitharan continues and picks up his former teammate. He tosses delivery up and invites Sangakkara to go for the lofted shot, Sangakkara accepts the invitation by dancing down the track and lofting it but straight to the fielder.
Sangakkara c Vinay Kumar b Muralitharan 15(22)
11th over: 51 for 3 Harshal Patel is back into the attack and another fantastic over. Just four from it thanks to four singles. Batsmen are finding it difficult to cut loose at the moment.
10th over: 47 for 3 Murali continues and another god over as just six come off it. Keeps the batsmen down to just ones and twos. Deccan batsmen need to up the ante now.
9th over: 41 for 3 Parameswaran continues and just four from it. It has been a good start by Bangalore bowlers so far. Time for strategy break!
8th over: 37 for 3 Harshal Patel, comes into the attack and gives away seven run off it that includes a boundary by Duminy thanks to a deliberate edge that goes for four through the third-man.
7th over: 30 for 3 Parameswaran continues and a good over apart from a boundary off the third ball by JP Duminy. Seven runs come off it. Duminy and Sangakkara are in the middle for the hosts.
6th over: 23 for 3 Muralitharan continues and bowls a fantastic over, just keeps the batsmen down to just two from it. RCB at the moment are in cruise control of the match at the moment.
5th over: 21 for 3 Prasanth Parameswaran, comes into the attack and sends back Cameron White off the second ball of the over. Agarwal takes a simple catch off the poorest shot of the match so far. A great over just one of it.
Cameron White c Agarwal b Parameswaran 1(5)
4th over: 20 for 2 Another one goes, Vinay Kumar gets better of Akshath Reddy, a thin edge carries to the wicketkeeper AB de Villiers. Akshath's painful stay at wicket ends.
Akshath Reddy c de Villiers b Vinay Kumar 7(11)
3rd over: 16 for 1 Zaheer Khan continues and after keeping it nice and tight in the first five balls, Sangakkara spoils good over bu hitting him for four through fine-leg.
2nd over: 10 for 1 Vinay Kumar comes into the attack and bowls a tidy over first up. Gives just four of it in singles and twos.
1st over: 6 for 1 After no run off the first ball, Dhawan punches one through the covers to give Chargers their first boundary. He takes a single off an inside edge and then another dot. Akshath Reddy gives Dhawan strike on the last ball, which clipped the bails to give the visitors their first wicket.
S Dhawan b Khan 5 (4)
3:35 p.m. Virat Kohli wins the toss and RCB are bowling.
Bangalore are playing the same team from their last match, while for Deccan skipper Kumar Sangakkara returns at the expense of Chris Lynn.
Deccan Chargers: Akshath Reddy, Shikhar Dhawan, Cameron White, Parthiv Patel (wk), Kumar Sangakkara (capt), Jean-Paul Duminy, Ashish Reddy, Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Manpreet Gony, Veer Pratap Singh
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (capt), Saurabh Tiwary, AB de Villiers (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Harshal Patel, Prasanth Parameswaran, Muttiah Muralitharan
3:15 p.m. After a marathon 47 days and 70 matches, we have reached this Sunday - the last day of the round-robin phase in the 2012 Indian Premier League. And that one of the four playoff spots is still up for grabs tells you that this has been the IPL's most competitive season.
Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians are already through to the playoffs - with this match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers to decide whether Bangalore or Chennai Super Kings sneak in to join Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.
Bangalore and Chennai both stand at 17 points before the start of this match. So Bangalore's sole aim will be to win today and put Chennai's outside chance to rest. A win will take Bangalore to 19 points and into the knockout phase, but if they lose, Chennai, who have a better net run rate than Bangalore, will leapfrog their souther neighbours into the fourth spot.
Deccan, who otherwise have had a forgettable campaign, will be motivated with a chance at hand to avoid a last-place finish. Should they beat Bangalore, they will go to the eighth spot with nine points, pushing Pune down to the last spot.