Under par Bangalore fail to fire against Redbacks
Ross Taylor came to the rescue of the Royal Challengers Bangalore after their top order failed to fire against the South Australia Redbacks in an important top of the table clash in Group B.
The Kiwi was in impressive form for the Royals Challengers; scoring 46 which included 8 fours and a six to offer some resistant’s against an impressive Redbacks bowling attack which limited Anil Kumble’s team to a total of just 154.
With Jacques Kallis missing out because of a back injury the Royals Challengers top order looked toothless with Manish Pandey, his replacement lasting just 5 deliveries before he was caught by Daniel Harris in the slips to give Shaun Tait his first wicket of the night.
Robin Uthappa (0) quickly followed to leave the Royals Challengers 7-2 after just two overs but Taylor once again proved why he is one of the best Twenty20 players in the world with a vital innings.
Taylor shared a vital 3rd wicket partnership of 46 with Rahul Dravid (4) before the former Indian skipper gloved a delivery from Aaron O’Brien through to wicket keeper Graham Manou to end a sub par innings which lasted 11 balls.
Taylor continued his attack dispatching Daniel Christian for a boundary through fine leg before Redbacks skipper Michael Klinger brought Tait back into the attack with the sole purpose of targeting the Kiwi.
Tait’s first delivery, a bouncer, was missed by everybody including Manou and raced away for a boundary but the Aussies responded with three length balls before Taylor thick edged his 5th delivery through to Manou.
Virat Kohil (3) quickly followed as the Royals Challengers slumped to 76-5 but Dillon du Preez, playing in his first game of the tournament smashed 46 from just 25 balls to keep the Redbacks at bay.
The South African smashed 4 sixes and a boundary during his time at the crease to relieve the pressure on the Royals Challengers before his cameo was ended by Christian at the end of the 17th over to break up an impressive 6th wicket partnership of 58 with Cameron White.
With du Preez back in the dug out the Royal Challengers lost their final four wickets in the space of two over with Christian picking three wickets in the space of 5 balls to leave the Redbacks facing a run chase of only 155.