Kallis keeps Bangalore breathing
19 May 2009
Jacques Kallis helped keep the Bangalore Royal Challengers’ hopes of making the semi-final alive, scoring 58* in their seven wicket victory over the Delhi Daredevils.
If Bangalore beat Deccan on Thursday they’ll make the play-offs and they have the South African to thank for the fact they’re still alive.
In pursuit of a tame target of 135, Kallis played watchfully, scoring his runs off 56 deliveries. He was ably supported by Rahul Dravid (38), as the duo put on 70 for the second wicket, before Ross Taylor smashed three sixes en route to a valuable 25 off 12 balls to seal the result.
Having already qualified for the semi-final, Delhi looked distinctly disinterested. Their top order continue to fail, which must be worrying going into the play-offs.
Virender Sehwag fell on the third ball of the innings and was followed two balls later by Mithun Manhas.
Gautam Gambhir got a start (27) but holed out when he was set, heaping pressure on his middle order. AB de Villiers (28) and Dinesh Karthik (31) stabilised the innings, but they were always going to post a below par target.
Bangalore never looked under pressure, but now face the arduous task of downing Deccan who will be on a mission to secure their place in the semis.
Delhi 134/7 - AB de Villiers 28, Dinesh Karthik 31, Praveen Kumar 3-30
Bangalore 135/3 - Jacques Kallis 58*, Rahul Dravid 38, Yogesh Nagar 2-20
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Bangalore won by seven wickets