Champions League T20

Classy Kallis inspirational

2010-09-12 20:42
Jacques Kallis (File)

Centurion - Jacques Kallis followed up his 3-16 with 43 not out as he inspired Royal Challengers Bangalore to a dominant nine-wicket win over Guyana in the Champions League Twenty20 on Sunday.

The South African produced the best all round display of the tournament so far, and Bangalore the most comprehensive victory, as Guyana was outclassed by the star-studded IPL team in Group B at SuperSport Park.

Kallis' bowling was backed up by 2-22 from Praveen Kumar, and one wicket each from Anil Kumble, Nayan Doshi and Dale Steyn as Guyana was bundled out for 103.

The allrounder then hit 43 from 32 balls, and Robin Uthappa fired a rapid 25 from eight, as Bangalore cruised to 106-1 in 12.2 overs.

Rahul Dravid was the only man out, for a measured 33 off 34 balls.

"It was the perfect game," Bangalore captain Kumble said. "The first couple of overs were critical but once (Ramnaresh) Sarwan was out cheaply, the pressure was on them.

"The thought was always there to boost the run rate, but you need a solid platform, too. Rahul and Kallis did just that, and Robin was able to tee off."

Kallis crashed two fours off Lennox Cush in the first over as Bangalore began its chase in a hurry. He then flicked a six down to midwicket off Esaun Crandon in the second to race to 15.

A flowing cover drive brought up Bangalore's 50 in 42 balls, with Kallis scoring 30 of them.

Opening partner Dravid stroked three fours before he gave Guyana a rare moment of joy in the one-sided contest when he was bowled by spinner Royston Crandon.

Dravid had tried to cut a delivery that cramped him for space and it hammered into his stumps.

That only set up a brutal finish from wicketkeeper batsman Uthappa.

Uthappa began with a sublime straight drive off Christopher Barnwell for four, and followed with a straight six over long-on next ball.

He then hammered a second six, this time down to midwicket for three boundaries in three balls, as he raced to 25 from eight and Bangalore cruised home with more than seven overs to spare.

Earlier, Guyana's batsmen seriously struggled, with only number five Barnwell emerging with some credit as he battled to 30 from 35 balls, with two fours, before he was removed by Steyn off the last ball of the innings.

Only four Guyana batsman reached double figures.

"The majority of them have never played in these conditions and it is a learning experience," captain Ramnaresh Sarwan said. "But we really need to learn fast."

Man-of-the-match Kallis had struck up front, bowling the dangerous Guyana captain for seven, and then picked up two wickets in his final over when Jonathan Foo edged to wicketkeeper Uthappa and Derwin Christian was caught on the third man boundary by Kumar.

A listless Guyana team lost its last six wickets for 33 runs.

Kumar made early inroads when he had Travis Dowlin caught by Steyn.

Cameron White ran out Sewnarine Chattergoon with a direct hit for 18, before Kallis struck with Sarwan's vital wicket one ball after the West Indian batsman had sent a six sailing over the cover boundary.

Spinners Kumble and Doshi chipped in, before Kallis removed Foo and Christian in the space of three balls to see Guyana slump to 75-7.

Kumar grabbed his second when Cush was caught by Kumble.

An unusually subdued Steyn picked up his only wicket when Barnwell finally succumbed after slashing at a short one and sending a thick edge through to Uthappa.


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