Mumbai Indians extended their winning streak to two as they routed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs to record a magnificent victory at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. RCB, who haven't won a single match away from home this season, were bullied into submission first by the MI batsmen who put on 194, before their bowlers shred RCB's batting into disarray.
Chasing a steep 195, RCB started tentatively. Chris Gayle pulled Mitchell Johnson for a six in the third over before hitting two boundaries in the fifth over. Dhawal Kulkarni had a struggling Tillakaratne Dilshan (13) caught by Johnson at third man to give MI their first wicket. Harbhajan Singh then struck the body blow having Gayle (18) top-edge to Ambati Rayudu in the deep. It went downhill from there as Kulkarni had Virat Kohli (1) and AB de Villiers (2) caught behind to leave RCB reeling at 43 for 4.
Saurabh Tiwary stepped out and slammed Harbhajan for a six in the 9th over. Arun Karthik joined in hooking Kulkarni for a six and at the halfway stage RCB were 66 for 4. Arun Karthik (12) was then stumped beautifully off Harbhajan for his second wicket. Dwayne Smith then struck twice dismissing Tiwary (23) and Syed Mohammad (9) in quick succession. R Vinay Kumar (26*) and Ravi Rampaul (22*) delayed the inevitable putting on 51 run for the eighth wicket. RCB eventually fell 58 runs short.
Earlier, MI opting to bat, had Sachin Tendulkar looking in ominous mood as he smashed four boundaries in Ravi Rampaul's third over. RP Singh however provided some respite for RCB trapping Tendulkar (23) leg before. The 6th over of the innings – bowled by Vinay Kumar - was taken for 14 runs as MI raced to 52 for 1 from their power play. Smith dismissed Kumar for two sixes in the 9th over as MI plundered 19 runs from it.
Syed Mohammad got the breakthrough breaching the defense of Smith (50). A misunderstanding between Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma (10) resulted in the latter being run out. Kieron Pollard launched Syed Mohammad for two massive sixes in the 15th over before taking apart RP Singh's 17th for 17 runs. MI lost three wickets off successive deliveries in the 18th over; Karthik (43) and Rayudu (0) were run out by Kohli before Kumar had Pollard (34) caught by Rampaul. Harbhajan (16) hit three boundaries off RP Singh as MI finished at 194 for 7.
Man-of-the-Match : Dwayne Smith
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 194 for 7 (Dwayne Smith 50, Ravi Rampaul 1-35) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore 136 for 7 (Vinay Kumar 26*, Dhawal Kulkarni 3-19) by 58 runs.
194: Mumbai Indians’ score - highest in Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore contests. The previous record was also held by Mumbai Indians with 191 (for 4) at Bengaluru in 2010.
176.92: Sachin Tendulkar’s strike-rate in the match – his highest in IPL 2013 and second highest in all IPL games.
100: Percent – Royal Challengers Bangalore’s win-loss record at home and away in IPL 2013. They have won all six home games and lost all three away games.
10: Number of stumpings Harbhajan Singh has had off his bowling in IPL – second most by any bowler after Amit Mishra’s 14 (Pragyan Ojha also has 10 dismissals in this mode).
2: Number of run-outs effected by Virat Kohli off two consecutive balls – first Dinesh Karthik and then Ambati Rayudu.
The crowd boos as Virat Kohli walks up. "The IPL is not the end of the world, they are forgetting I play for India as well. The top four are not going to click in every game, this was one of those days when it didn't click. We have to pick ourselves up. Hopefully, we can re-group."
Rohit Sharma: "We pretty much did everything well today, right from the batting and we finished off pretty well. Special mention to Dhawal Kulkarni, first game for him, it was a tremendous effort from him. I just don't want to get carried away too much."
Man of the Match is Dwayne Smith: "We didn't have a good start at the top in the first couple of games... It was a very good pitch."