South Africans Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis secured victory for the Bangalore Royal Challengers with a 55-run partnership on Sunday.
Set an imposing 166 to win, Bangalore were struggling at 106-4 with only six-and-a-half overs remaining. But Boucher’s arrival initiated a fightback. The Proteas wicketkeeper smashed four 4s and two sixes in a 19-ball knock of 39*.
Kallis was more circumspect, but hit one big six over the bowler’s head. His contribution of 25 off 24 deliveries was just as valuable to a side in need of an anchor. While Boucher stole the show with his dazzling strokeplay, Kallis held the innings together.
This result was Bangalore’s first win after Friday’s loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Mumbai Indians – 165-6 in 20 overs
Robin Uthappa 48, Sanath Jayasuria 29, Shaun Pollock 28, Zaheer Khan 2-17.
Bangalore Royal Challengers – 166-5 in 19.4 overs
Mark Boucher 39 *, Rahul Dravid 32, Jacques Kallis 25.
BRC won by five wickets
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