Pietersen may replace injured Kallis

“Kallis is carrying a neck injury that has affected his lower cervical and upper thoracic spine.

“As a result, Cricket South Africa's medical team has advised him to rest to recover for the country's upcoming international commitments,” an RCB official informed from South Africa.

They said a replacement would be announced soon, and England batsman Kevin Pietersen seems to be the most likely candidate. Kallis starred for Bangalore in their first game, taking 3-16 and scoring 43 not out to win the Man-of-the-Match award against Guyana.

The veteran South African all-rounder has been nursing a sore back in recent games and he had to sit out last Friday's loss to South Australia in Durban. But Kallis made a return in
RCB’s last game against Mumbai Indians that the Bangalore franchise lost by two runs.

Challengers will have to beat Highveld Lions in Tuesday’s final group clash to reach the semifinals of the Champions League.

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