The Royal Challengers Bangalore needed to win their game against New Zealand’s Otago Volts to qualify for the Super Eights which they did and in some style thanks to the South African all rounder.
Jacques Kallis silenced critics who stated he was not good enough for Twenty20 with an astonishing all round performance, one that will go into the highlights of the Champions League Twenty20.
Kallis first turned it on with the bat, making a scintillating seventy-three run innings from just fifty-nine balls and then, turned his arm to take three key wickets in a match that overwhelming confirmed RCB as the winners.
Robin Uthappa played a less reckless innings for his forty-two as did Virat Kohli responsibly for his thirty-two but it was New Zealand’s Ross Taylor who inflicted injury on his own by slamming thirty-two runs from juts eleven balls to take RCB to a formidable total of 188.
In reply, it was a sorry figure for the Volts who showed no signs of an energized team with captain Craig Cumming top scoring with just twenty. Kallis tripped their line up, picking up the top three in their line up – Brendon McCullum, Aaron Redmond and Hamish Rutherford (son of former New Zealand captain, Ken Rutherford) and broke their back, all out for 108 in less than eighteen overs as Vinay Kumar and RCB captain Anil Kumble finishing off the rest.