Prince paces Warriors to win

Fri, 23 Sep 21:09:00 2011

A well-paced 74 from opener Ashwell Prince and a brutal 42 from captain Johan Botha helped the Warriors chase down Bangalore Royal Challengers' imposing 172 for eight to win their Champions League opener.

Warriors batsman Ashwell Prince plays a shot during the Champions League Twenty20 League group B match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Warriors at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore - 0

Prince batted almost through the innings and found belligerent support from his skipper, whose 24-ball blast included two fours and three sixes.

The hosts' total was a team effort, with no outstanding contribution. Dangerman Chris Gayle (23) sliced a six over extra cover and found another over midwicket with a flat-batted swat but, when a similar tennis-shot looped to mid-on, Botha positioned himself under the swirling ball and took an excellent tumbling catch.

Virat Kohli (34) fell two balls after his stand with AB de Villiers passed 50 and De Villiers made 31 but holed out the ball after hitting Botha for six. Saurabh Tiwary blazed 28 from 15 balls and Mohamed Kaif added 26 as Bangalore closed on 172 for eight, Rusty Theron taking four for 29.

Prince put on 38 with opening partner Jon-Jon Smuts and then hit a one-bounce four which saw the cheerleaders ducking for cover.

Colin Ingram hit 15 from eight balls but Mark Boucher and Justin Kreusch fell cheaply before Botha joined Prince for a crucial partnership. They added 73 in 6.3 overs before Prince slogged Abhimanyu Mithun up in the air and Dirk Nannes' catch ended his 55-ball knock.

Craig Thyssen departed after a solitary boundary and Nicky Boje flat-batted his first ball for six, but Botha played and missed twice at Sreenath Aravind before holing out. A Boje single and a four from Wayne Parnell left two needed off the last ball, and the newcomer found what was needed with a bunt to long-on.

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