Vettori propels Royal Challengers Bangalore to 169

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Daniel Vettori scored 44 off just 23 balls Getty Images

Bangalore: Sep 29, 2011

A splendid rear guard action by skipper Daniel Vettori alongside unknown Raju Bhatkal helped Royal Challengers Bangalore post a challenging 169 for nine against Kolkata Knight Riders in a do-or-die game of Champions League Twenty20.

Down in the dumps at 91 for six in the 14th over, Vettori launched a swift yet brutal counter attack on KKR bowlers in company of Bhatkal. The duo added 61 runs in only 5.2 overs as Gautam Gambhir’s bowlers lost the plot at the death. The last six overs produced 75 runs for the RCB.

Vettori was out of the last delivery of the innings after smashing 44 off 23 balls with the help of two sixes and five fours. Bhatkal contributed useful 25 from 18 balls with help of two fours and six.

KKR captain Gambhir won the toss and elected to bowl.

Brett Lee who has had a torrid time bowled a maiden first over to dashing Chris Gayle (25) while Sri Lankan captain Tillekratane Dilshan (18) was kept quiet at the other end.

However Gayle broke the shackles in the very next Lee over hitting him for two sixes. He hit another six but it was Jacques Kallis’ perfect yorker that castled the former Windies skipper after the South African was hit for maximum a couple of deliveries earlier.

In the very next over, the dangerous Virat Kohli was out for a duck as Lee dug one short as the batsman chose to close the face of his bat. Rival skipper Gambhir didn’t make any mistake at cover.

Saurabh Towary (18) during his brief stay hit a six off Kallis and four off Rajat Bhatia but was holed out in the deep trying to pull Yusuf Pathan.

Mayank Agarwal (13) and Mohammed Kaif (5) were dismissed by left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla who easily was the pick of the bowlers.(PTI)

Brief Score: RCB 169 for 9 in 20 overs (Daniel Vettori 44, Chris Gayle 25; Iqbal Abdulla 2 for 20) vs KKR

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