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Blazing Kallis give first win to Royal Challengers Bangalore

Bangalore: Kallis blazing innings of 88 runs from 55 balls including 8 fours and 5 sixes give comfortable win to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Robin uttappa too contributed with his 51 runs of just 21 balls including 4 fours and 4 sixes helped RC Bangalore note their first victory in IPL 3.

Earlier Manvinder Bisla and Ravi Bopara powered Kings XI Punjab to a strong 203-3 against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday.

Bisla hammered his first half-century in the IPL and went on to score 75 from just 51 balls with the help of seven fours and four sixes, while Bopara stroked his second consecutive fifty as the pair added 129 runs for the first wicket after captain Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and opted to bat.

The openers saw through a probing opening spell from Dale Steyn and Praveen Kumar before picking up pace. Bisla fell in the 15th over but not before putting his side in a commanding position.

Despite the failure of Yuvraj Singh (9), Punjab kept their momentum as Bopara and Mahela Jayawardene (26 not out) guided the team to an imposing total. Bopara was out in the final over for 77, having faced 50 balls.

Both teams lost their opening games, with Punjab tasting defeat against Delhi Daredevils at home, while Bangalore lost to Kolkata Knight Riders away.

Punjab brought in Bipul Sharma to replace Ramesh Powar while Bangalore made two changes to their side, with Mark Boucher and R Vinay Kumar replacing Roelof van der Merwe and Shreevats Goswami.

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