RCB demolish outclassed Guyana

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Jacques Kallis took three wickets and made 43 runs to lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a massive nine-wicket thumping of Guyana in their Airtel Champions League Twenty20 match at Centurion on Sunday evening.

Sent in to bat, Guyana looked hopelessly outclassed as they struggled to a paltry total of 103 all out. Christopher Barnwell was the only one who managed to put together any kind of innings, as the other batsmen came and went with regular monotony.

Kallis, who took his first wicket in his first over, when he bowled captain Ramnaresh Sarwan for seven, finished with the remarkable figures of three for 16 off his four overs. The other South African in the team, Dale Steyn, took Barnwell’s wicket with the last ball of the innings, to add to the two catches he took to dismiss opener Travis Dowlin and Royston Crandon.

Praveen Kumar took two for 22, while Anil Kumble and Nayan Doshi took a wicket each.

Chasing an easy target, Kallis and Rahul Dravid took the score to 78 in the 11th over before Dravid was bowled by Royston Crandon for 39. Kallis was imperious as he steered the Challengers to victory, ably assisted by Robin Uthappa, who smashed two fours and two sixes to make 25 off eight balls. The Challengers reached their target of 104 with seven overs and four balls to spare. Kallis was unbeaten on 43 off 32 balls. He was named man of the match.

The Highveld Lions, who lost the earlier match on Sunday to the South Australian Redbacks, will have watched the match with interest – they play Guyana at the Wanderers next Sunday, and they will believe they have the beating of the West Indies side unless they find some fire power in the coming week.

The Challengers now travel to Durban to play the Redbacks on Friday, while Guyana’s next outing is against the Mumbai Indians in Durban on Thursday.

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