Bangalore v Punjab, IPL 2010, Bangalore March 16, 2010

Blazing Kallis gets Bangalore off the mark


Bangalore Royal Challengers 204 for 2 (Kallis 89*, Uthappa 51) beat Kings XI Punjab 203 for 3 (Bopara 77, Bisla 73) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

At the halfway mark it seemed as if Kings XI Punjab had scored enough to record their first victory of the tournament, but Royal Challengers Bangalore went after the target with such vengeance that Punjab were punished for trespassing on private property. At the forefront of the chase was the reborn Twenty20 basher Jacques Kallis, who smashed an unbeaten 89, and playing valuable and entertaining supporting roles were Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa.

One of Bangalore's adopted sons, Ross Taylor, wasn't around to send the ball soaring like he's done many times, but the power hitting from Kallis, Uthappa and Pandey more than made up for his absence. The batsmen with strong forearms thumped the ball with amazing velocity to fetch massive sixes, particularly over the on side, to deflate the bowling side and cut the target down to size.

Although Punjab were overpowered by a better batting side on the day, they could have restricted Bangalore had they bowled better lengths. The spinners in particular were guilty for dropping the ball on a length which sat up nicely for the batsmen to rock back and swing their arms. The fuller lengths didn't work and that was illustrated by one particular over from Sreesanth, which went for 25. The only way to restrict them was to either bowl yorkers or hurry them up with pace and bounce but Punjab didn't possess the bowlers to do either.

Kallis' biffing made the crowd delirious as Bangalore neared the target but the early entertainer was Pandey. The Ranji season's highest run-scorer earned a promotion and made it count by the sheer power of his strokes and using the crease. The ball was coming on nicely on to the bat and they had the freedom to hit across the line at will. A lightning quick straight drive nearly cleaned up the umpire and the bowler, Irfan Pathan, was smoked for two huge sixes over his head in his next over. Pathan was smacked for bowling it too full and when Yuvraj Singh held the length back, Pandey shoveled him over midwicket for a six.

Piyush Chawla sent him back for 38, trapping him with a quicker delivery and inducing a top edge. There was no respite for Punjab as Uthappa walked in and recorded the second-fastest fifty of the IPL. He rocked back and smacked Chawla with a powerful forehand, following it up with a delicate late cut. Abdulla was spanked over the second tier at deep midwicket but the more experienced Sreesanth suffered the worst treatment of the night. Uthappa cleared the front leg to smash three sixes and a four in five balls. Sangakkara was running out of options and at that stage he must have wondered of his team should have scored 250 instead.

Uthappa cut Bipul Sharma to bring up his fifty off 19 balls and tried to clear long-off in the same over but was safely caught by Mohammad Kaif. Bangalore still needed 61 off 36 balls at that stage but they had the safety net of Kallis. He matched Pandey and Uthappa for style and power, particularly those shots over midwicket. The ball was dumped over that region with such regular frequency that the crowd ought to have worn helmets.

Bangalore still needed 34 off the last three overs but didn't look like messing it up. Punjab were dazed and had virtually thrown in the towel. Sharma's first IPL experience was a nightmare as Kallis ripped him apart for 23 in the 18th over. It included three sixes and a feisty cut for four. Bangalore finished it with an over to spare and the Punjab dugout had nothing else to do but look on helplessly.

Such was the impact from Bangalore's batsmen that the seventies by Manvinder Bisla and Ravi Bopara were lost in memory. The fact that Bisla was an unknown quantity worked in his favour because the Bangalore bowlers didn't know what to expect. After an edgy start, Bisla quickly proved his doubters wrong. He looked far more comfortable against the slower pace of Kallis and R Vinay Kumar, regularly making room to slap the ball over backward point and third man. Following a sequence of off-side thumping, he showed his prowess on the on side, playing short-arm pulls off Kallis and a cheeky scoop over the wicketkeeper's head off Virat Kohli's gentle leg cutter.

When the pair brought up the fifty stand, Bopara's contribution was only 8. Even the experienced Kumble couldn't halt the momentum and the captain took a couple of blows to the body when he intercepted two full-blooded straight drives off Bopara. Bisla moved to 75 and looked to dump Kallis over deep midwicket but couldn't get the distance.

Bisla's innings was the best thing Bopara could have hoped for because it released the pressure off him. He survived a run-out early on 7 when Steyn's underarm flick missed the stumps while attempting a quick single. Bopara really opened up after the halfway mark of the innings, flat-batting Steyn to wide long-off and paddling Praveen to fine leg to bring up his fifty off 42 balls. The bowler went on to claim his wicket with a slower ball but by then, the total was headed towards 200. Audacious shots from Mahela Jayawardene ensured the flow wasn't disturbed. What Punjab didn't know at that stage was that it was only the curtain raiser for what was to come.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • R on March 19, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Every1 is talking abt RCB, yeah it semerging as a great side, but I posting for RR, this team was underdog in the first IPL, but thn they were troubled a lot cause of their attitude and politics. First this year the thrown out R Jadeja by playing games of politics with him and now they are facing problem in form of injured players.....smith is gone so as mascr...and shane watson also is cant expect Yusuf Pathan to score 100 in very match....hahahahaha this team is gone.....first three are to come....wait n watch

  • chandrasekhar on March 17, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    IF anyone comments that kallis cant play T20, i ask them to keep their mouth shut. Kallis really showed as to what T20 is all about. Not improper slogging but a timely sloggin can be very very effective in t20. This man has 20,000 runs and more than 500 wickets in T20 but never gets the attention as to what flintoff gets after just shining in one ahses test series. Kallis never gets injured and never sits down as frequently as flintoff. Common Kallis show the world that why you are the best. Non one one can ever achieve what you have achieved.

  • TIMOTHY on March 17, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    jacques kallis showed the whole world what he is capable of.... a legend among legends

  • vinay on March 17, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    Senior Pros on song..Youngsters in great form..RCB unstoppable this season..

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    Kallis showed us what class can do in any format whather its Test match,ODI or T-20 format by this blazzing innings everyone vl agree now what Kallis can do in T-20 format olso.RCB has great chance to win third IPL edition in my view ya bowling is little weak but my god batting is best even better then Delhi & 3 big payers to come K.P,Ross,C.White they will snathes all over the fance so bowlers be ready to get stick.

  • Ramesh on March 17, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    This match was fun to watch in TV. Best of the matches so far ( Except Yusuf's innings). both teams displayed fentastic batting !! My feelings to the bowlers.. poor guys. They are turning into "ball delivering mechines" !! no effects whatsoever.. batsman will tee off whatever they get !! Kallis showed y he is one the best in the world in any format of the game. Message to all young indian players " if your technique is good..then u will rule in cricket !! "...GO RCB...

  • Ayushi on March 17, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    It was a nail bitting match n robin utthapa's 50 in 19 balls was superb. It was a difference of only 2 balls. I wish RCB best of luck.:)

  • Sanjeev on March 17, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    After KP, White and Taylor Joins the team. This Combination should be ideal 1.kallis (Bowling and Batting); 2.Pandey; 3.Uthappa (Wicket Keeping) ; 4.kohli (Bowling and Batting);5.KP/White (Bowling and Batting); 6.Taylor; 7.Dravid; 8.P Kumar (Batting and Bowling); 9.Steyn (Bowling); 10.Kumble (Right Arm Spnner); 11.Appanna/Sriram (Left Arm Spinner); The Combination mentioned above can be ruthless with 7 bowling options(One tear away seamer Steyn. Kallis,Praveen Medium pacers,Kumble,Apanna and KP Spinning Options) and with big hitters like KP, Taylor, Kallis, Pandey and Uthappa. Its Sad that Boucher cant make final eleven... Must include KP/White KP brings that Offspinning Option which RCB wants badly..& White brings that another spinning option..So watch out Delhi and CSK. Kumble Should Give Steyn another couple of matches to Showcase his Bowling Skills... If he fails then should replace him with van der merve and Appana/Sriram should be replaced with Vinay or Mithun or B Kumar.

  • Krupesh on March 17, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    The T-20 format requires both hard hitting & solid players like Kallis & Dravid.One end would be safe with these kind of players whereas the batsmen at the other end can go hammer & tongs.You cant leave these batsmen behind in their strike rates as well as they can score faster without taking too many risks.Add to these two & you have Pandey , Uthappa , Morgan , Taylor , Peitersen , Kohli & Boucher in their ranks.RCB bowling looks a little bit rusty with old warhorse Kumble ageing , Dale Steyn being expensive in this format , Praveen Kumar is OK & the rest are tit bit bowlers.....but as a whole RCB look a formidable side.

  • Mahantesh on March 17, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Time and again it is been reiterated in this IPL, that not matter how big score you put up on the board you cannot be sure of the result till the last ball is bowled. This was evident in yesterday's match between RCB and KingsXI. After scoring 203, the body language of the team members and the management of KingsXI in the dug out showed so much of over confidence of winning the match before even the opponents had started batting. By the time they realised what their over confidence had cost them, it was too late since RCB had already gained full control over the game. Thanks to Kallis,Uthappa & Pandey.Similar situation was there in the match between Mumabi Indians and Rajasthan Royals (RR) this season. Yusuf Pathan had almost won the match for RR chasing 200+. So the bottom line seems to be that, nothing is good enough to win the match untill the last ball is bowled.

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