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Unbeaten Kallis Give Royal Challengers Bangalore another Victory

Kallis’s another wonderful knock of 44 from 34 balls including 7 fours give another comfortable victory to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kallis and Manish Pandey (42 of 30 balls including 7 fours and 1 six) remain unbeaten in the match chasing a small total 92 runs.

Earlier Bangalore packed off Rajasthan’s batting order for a paltry 92 thanks to the season’s first hat-trick from Praveen Kumar at the Chinnaswamy stadium on Thursday.

Put into bat, Rajasthan never found rhythm during their innings and laboured throughout their innings against some quality bowling from the Bangalore outfit. Yusuf Pathan was the top-scorer in a woeful batting performance with 26.

Rajasthan were unable to deal with the absence of Graeme Smith and Dmitri Mascarenhas from their side as the replacements failed to impress. Michael Lumb was stumped for 10 while Damien Martyn ambled to 19 before being dismissed.

Jacques Kallis began the slide for Rajasthan after their openers saw out a probing opening spell. Captain Anil Kumble and Kallis struck in tandem as the Royals slumped, before a misjudged single brought an end to Yusuf Pathan’s promising innings.

Praveen Kumar returned for his second spell and snared Martyn, Sumit Narwal and Paras Dogra off successive deliveries to spark off wild celebrations before Kumble wrapped up the innings.

Bangalore, who lost their opening match to Kolkata Knight Riders returned with a victory over Kings XI Punjab while Rajasthan are still searching for a win in the tournament.

Rajasthan, who have lost Graeme Smith and Dmitri Mascarenhas to injury, made four changes to their squad. Damien Martyn and Michael Lumb replaced the injured pair while Morne Morkel came in for Shaun Tait, and Siddharth Trivedi for Amit Uniyal. Bangalore remained unchanged.

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