IPL 7: Reuniting with Jacques Kallis helped me, says Manish Pandey

Manish Pandey and Jacques Kallis previously played together for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. In 2009, Pandey became the first Indian to score a hundred in the tournament.

updated: April 17, 2014 10:29 IST
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Abu Dhabi: On a high after playing a crucial role in Kolkata Knight Riders' stunning Indian Premier League win over defending champions Mumbai Indians, Manish Pandey said reuniting with Jacques Kallis, the veteran with whom he previously played in the Royal Challengers Bangalore team, helped him rediscover some lost form.

Pandey's 64 and Kallis' 72 were the cornerstones of KKR's 163-run total, which helped them clinch a 41-run win over the fancied Mumbai. The duo's 131-run stand was the highlight of the IPL's opening match on Wednesday. (Highlights from the match | Scorecard | Match report)

"When I went out there to bat, I remembered the old times when I batted with him and I realised nothing had changed. It was exactly the same batting with Jacques again and I could feel that same comfort level. We had a lot of partnerships together with RCB and we know each other's games well. We kept talking throughout our time together in the middle," Pandey said.

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