Royal Challengers uncork victory, rout Mumbai Indians

Royal Challengers uncork victory, rout Mumbai Indians
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First Published: Mon, Apr 21 2008. 10 42 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Apr 22 2008. 02 59 PM IST
Mumbai: The Proteas duo of Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis boomed big Sunday evening en route their way to help Rahul Dravid-led Bangalore Royal Challengers thrash Mumbai Indians by five wickets in an evening Twenty20 clash in the Indian Premier League here.
The South African wicket keeper scored an important 39 runs with timely support from all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who scored a breezy 28 runs of 12 balls, while chasing a target of 166.
The Mukesh Ambani-owned Mumbai Indians failed to stop liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s Bangalore Royal Challengers at the Wankhede stadium even as Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Anil Kapoor cheered at the Mumbai team from the stands.
Boucher hit two sixes and four fours in his unbeaten 19-ball knock and weaved a 55-run partnership for the fifth-wicket with Kallis to ensure his team earn their first points in the tournament. The 17th and 18th overs virtually sealed any chance whatsoever for the Mumbai team when Sanath Jayasuriya and Ashish Nehra gave away 29 runs.
Wounded by a meek surrender in the tournament’s opening game against Kolkata Knight Riders in Bangalore Friday by a mammoth 140-run, the southern team made sure a different menu this time. Even the Indian cricket ‘wall’ and captain of the Bangalore team, Rahul Dravid, who is hardly known for scoring at a racy speed, wielded his willow to produce a quick fire 32.
Earlier the Mumbai squad without their star player and captain Sachin Tendulkar made 165 for 6 in 20 overs.
A late assault by Shaun Pollock helped Mumbai Indians cross 150 with the former South African ace hitting three sixes and two fours in his 12-ball stunt while making 28 after coming in at number seven.
The hosts lost wickets regularly after stand-in captain Harbhajan Singh chose to bat first on winning the toss and their total was built mainly around opener Sanath Jayasuriya (29), top-scorer Robin Uthappa (48) and Pollock.
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First Published: Mon, Apr 21 2008. 10 42 AM IST