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Road to CLT20: RCB

Nitin Chouhan,Cricketnext.com
Sep 02, 2010 at 01:13pm IST

New Delhi: The Anil Kumble-led Royal Challengers Bangalore is among the three teams, along with Victoria Bushrangers and Wayamba Eleven, that featured in the inaugural edition of the Champions League T20 in 2009.

Last year they made it to the tournament after finishing runners-up in the IPL, but this year their ride was a choppy one with the team hitting a series of crests and troughs. The side started off rather badly in IPL 2010, losing their first outing to Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.

But three man-of-the-match performances by South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis - 89no, 44no, 66no - and a 38-ball 68 by Robin Uthappa helped Bangalore to gain momentum.

Road to CLT20: Royal Challengers Bangalore

Last year they made it to the tournament after finishing runners-up in the IPL.

The team once again stumbled, winning only three of their next nine games, but eventually managed to set up a semi-final clash with the Mumbai Indians. However, below-par performances from both the bowlers and the batsmen handed them a 35-run loss.

In the third-place playoff, Anil Kumble's four wickets demolished Deccan Chargers' batting. And a 50-run stand between Rahul Dravid and Kevin Pietersen was enough to seal a Champions League spot for the Challengers.


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