Johannesburg: Jacques Kallis and Robin Uthappa each scored unbeaten half-centuries to steer the Bangalore Royal Challengers to a thumping nine-wicket win over the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.
Man-of-the-match Kallis hit 69 and Uthappa added 66 to guide Bangalore home with 11 balls to spare at the Wanderers. Kallis blasted five boundaries and two sixes in 59 balls while Uthappa faced 42 balls and smashed eight boundaries and two sixes to help Bangalore to 150-1 after Mumbai reached 149-4.
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Bangalore was set on course by its South African medium-pace bowler Dillon du Preez, who bagged 3-32 from his four overs and bowled one maiden. He removed Sachin Tendulkar (11) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) in successive balls, and then accounted for JP Duminy on one.
In reply, Bangalore lost its only wicket when opener Wasim Jaffer was easily caught by Abhishek Nayar at square leg off Zaheer Khan in the third over.
But Kallis and Uthappa batted with real conviction, Kallis using his experience to dominate the Mumbai attack. The veteran South African batsman started off aggressively, putting away to the boundary anything short and outside off stump.
“It’s a great momentum to have,” said Bangalore captain Anil Kumble. “For Dillon to pick up those three wickets upfront was very crucial.”
Commenting on his team after a slow start to the tournament, Kumble said: “The confidence has always been there. We just needed to believe in ourselves. I think that win in Durban (against Kings XI Punjab) on Friday created the momentum and we hope to take that forward.”
Tendulkar, the Mumbai captain, said his team did not make the most of a batting wicket.
“The wicket was good to bat on,” Tendulkar said. “150...(is) not enough. We’ve got a good bowling attack, all we need to do is to put a decent score on the board.”