Bangalore thump Delhi by 7 wickets, keep semifinal hopes alive

Bangalore thump Delhi by 7 wickets, keep semifinal hopes alive
PTI
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First Published: Wed, May 20 2009. 12 30 AM IST
Updated: Wed, May 20 2009. 10 14 AM IST
Johannesburg: Jacques Kallis delivered when it mattered most as the South African cracked an unbeaten half century to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore to a thumping seven-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils and keep their semifinal hopes alive in the Indian Premier League match on Tuesday.
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Kallis (58 not out) carried his bat through the innings hitting two fours and two sixes from 56 balls to steer Bangalore to their seventh win from 13 matches after Delhi elected to bat and posted 134 for seven.
Kallis first shared a 70-run stand from 69 balls for the second wicket with Rahul Dravid (34-ball 38) and then combined with Ross Taylor (12-ball 25) for 29 runs from just 14 balls for the third wicket to take Bangalore home with one over to spare.
Bangalore, now at fourth place in IPL table with 14 points to their kitty, will though need to win their last match against Deccan Chargers at Centurion on 21 May to make sure that they make it to the semifinals.
Chasing 135 for a win on a slow Wanderers pitch, Bangalore batsmen, except for Taylor, grafted for runs for most part of the match.
Robin Uthappa (1) continued his poor form but the other opener Kallis and one down Dravid stabilised the Bangalore innings.
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First Published: Wed, May 20 2009. 12 30 AM IST