Skipper Michael Klinger and Daniel Harris produced a 124-run opening partnership to help South Australia inflict a humiliating eight-wicket defeat on Royal Challengers Bangalore and qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 semifinal,here on Friday.
South Australia first came out with a disciplined bowling display to restrict the Bangalore side to 154 in 19.5 overs on a slightly slow Kingsmead pitch and then achieved the target with nine balls to spare in the Group B encounter.
Klinger scored an unconquered 69 off 57 balls with the help of nine fours and a six,while Harris came out with a brilliant 57 off 38 balls.South Australia scored 155 for two in 18.3 overs,with Callum Ferguson (21 off 14) giving company to Klinger.
Chasing 155 to win,both the openers started on an attacking note. Neither Klinger nor Harris faced any problem in tackling the Bangalore bowling attack and kept sending the ball to the fence.
Earlier,Dillon du Preez Preez and Ross Taylor scored an identical 46 to help Bangalore overcome a mid-innings slump and post 154 after Kumble opted to bat.Taylor,who cracked eight fours and a huge six during his 28-ball stay,steadied the RCB innings in
middle overs while Preez capitalised on his home condition when the
team was struggling at 76 for five in 10.5 overs.
BRIEF SCORES: Royal Challengers Bangalore 154 all out in 19.5 ovs (R Taylor 46 D Preez 46; DT Christian 4/23) lost to South Australia Redbacks 155 for two in 18.3 ovs (DJ Harris 57,M Klinger 69 n.o.; A Kumble 1/25
Tough test for CSK
Port Elizabeth: On a roll after two consecutive wins,IPL champions Chennai Super Kings face their toughest test yet when they take on Australian side Victoria Bushrangers in their third Group A match on Saturday. Chennai have recorded wins over over Central Districts and Wayamba Elevens but repeating the performance against David Husseys Victoria would not be easy for Chennai.