Royal drubbing for hapless Guyana in second match of CLT20 double-header at Centurion

2010-09-13 00:00

THE star-studded Royal Bangalore Challengers exposed the ever-growing gap in cricket, as they thumped a hapless Guyana by nine wickets in the second match of yesterday’s Champions League double-header at Centurion.

The Challengers, brimming with the collective talents of Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn, simply steam-rolled the limited islanders.

Steyn was too brisk, Anil Kumble was too wily and it was only a matter of time as Guyana got caught in the headlights.

The loudest roar during the Guyanese innings was when Dravid dropped a dolly at cover. It hardly made a difference though, as wickets tumbled and the runs went on strike.

Ramnaresh Sarwan, the sole star attraction in the Guyana team, struck a magnificent six off Jacques Kallis to raise hopes of some competition.

He then promptly got castled by the next ball.

The Challengers will face stiffer tasks of course, but the likes of Steyn and Kumble looked in handy nick with the ball.

Chasing all of 104 to win, Kallis and Dravid made merry, spanking the ball to all parts.

It resembled a practice match really, and the only surprise was that neither of the batsmen made a half-century.

Dravid got bowled when he tried to get too casual, but that only brought the dashing Robin Uthappa to the crease.

Clearly armed with instructions to finish it off before the 8 pm movie, Uthappa’s strike rate of over 300 saw him pummel 25 off 8.

Kallis finished on an undefeated 43, as Guyana were put out of their misery with almost 50 balls to spare.

SCORES IN BRIEF: Guyana 103 all out (C Barnwell 30, J Kallis 3 for 16)

Bangalore 106 for 1 in 12.2 overs (J Kallis 43 not out, R Dravid 33)

Bangalore won by nine wickets.

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