Bengaluru: Oct 5, 2011
A swashbuckling century by Daniel Harris and a smashing 70 from Callum Ferguson powered South Autsralia Redbacks to a commanding 214 for two against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final Group B match of the Champions League Twenty20 at Bengaluru.
Electing to bat, the Australian outfit made a mockery of the hapless RCB bowlers to post the highest total in the tournament. The Redbacks have four points and need a victory to take the top slot.
The last six overs produced 92 runs with Sreenath Aravind being hit for 69 runs in his four over spell. The manner in which the left-arm seamer was hit all over the park may seriously dent his chances of making it to the playing XI against England.
For the Australian side, the "Doctor was on call" as Harris (a qualified medical practitioner) was the star of the innings.
The right hander took charge from the word go with his audacious strokes that stunned the RCB bowlers. His magnificent innings was laced with 17 hits to the fence and two sixes one of which was the one which helped him reach his maiden T20 ton.
Ferguson was equally brilliant at the other end, scoring a 43-ball 70, studded with four boundaries and three sixes.
After losing skipper Michael Klinger (7), Harris joined hands with Ferguson as the second wicket pair stitched a belligerent century partnership of 114 runs coming off only 75 balls.
Harris showed no respect to RCB's left arm seamer Dirk Nannes, hitting him for four consecutive boundaries taking 18 runs in the process. He was particularly severe on Arvind, creaming 28 runs in two overs.
For RCB, Syed Mohammad and Rajoo Bhatkal claimed a wicket apiece.(PTI)
Brief Score: South Australia Redbacks 214 for 2 in 20 overs (Daniel Harris 108, Callum Ferguson 70; JS Mohammad 1 for 29) vs RCB