Kallis canes Punjab
16 Mar 2010
Jacques Kallis scored a brilliant unbeaten 89 as the Royal Challengers chased over 200 to comfortably defeat the Kings XI in Bangalore.
Bangalore reached the victory target of 204 with seven balls to spare and eight wickets standing, thanks largely to Kallis as he eased his way to a second fifty in the competition. Kallis’ 89 came of just 55 balls, and included five sixes, three of which came off the 18th over.
Left arm-spinner Bipul Sharma had 34 runs to defend off three overs, but Kallis hit three maximums and a boundary as the Challengers claimed 23 in six balls. That eased the pressure, and the Challengers cantered home as Kallis hit the winning runs off Yusuf Abdulla.
Earlier, Punjab were on target for an average score, but they also launched an onslaught and in the final four overs they put on 61 runs as Ravi Bopara clubbed his final 29 runs in 11 balls. The England batsman took a liking to Pravin Kumar, who went for 34 in his final two overs.
Roelof van der Merwe was surprisingly dropped by Bangalore after his two-wicket showing in the first match, but due to Mark Boucher’s return, there was limited space for the four overseas players. Dale Steyn stayed in the side, and both he and Kallis took a wicket. They were pasted for 36 and 43 runs respectively in their allotted overs, but in the context of the match on a small field and flat track, their efforts with the ball were noteworthy.
Kings XI Punjab 203-3 in 20 overs
Ravi Bopara 77, Manvinder Bisla 75
Royal Challengers Bangalore 204-2 in 18.5 overs
Jacques Kallis 89*, Robin Uthappa 51
Bangalore win by eight wickets
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