Friday 17 September 2010 

South Australia Make It Three Wins Out Of Three

South Australia Make It Three Wins Out Of Three
South Australia Make It Three Wins Out Of Three
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South Australia 155-2 (Klinger 69no, Harris 57) beat
Royal Challengers Bangalore 154 (Taylor, du Preez 46) by eight wickets
Champions League Group B, Durban

South Australia took their third straight Champions League Twenty20 victory with an impressive eight-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Durban.

After Daniel Christian's four wickets had helped them bowl the Indian Premier League side out for 154, half-centuries from openers Daniel Harris and Michael Klinger saw them to the win, and into the semi-finals, with nine balls to spare.

Although Christian claimed four wickets, the early damage, as Bangalore slipped to 53 for three, was done by Shaun Tait, Aaron O'Brien and Gary Putland who grabbed a wicket apiece.

Ross Taylor counter-attacked, slamming 46 in 28 balls, in partnership with Cameron White, who made 25 before Tait dismissed Taylor and Christian picked up White's wicket.

Bangalore were then blasted towards a competitive score by Dillon du Preez's career-best effort of 46 in 25 balls, an innings which included four sixes.

Harris (57) and captain Klinger (69 not out) then added 124 in 14.2 overs for the opening wicket and it took the run out of Harris to separate them as they shared 16 boundaries and three sixes.

Anil Kumble bowled Gary Manou for a three-ball duck before Callum Ferguson hammered a quickfire unbeaten 21 in 14 balls to maintain South Australia's unbeaten start to the competition.

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