Chris Gayle (82 not out) and Virat Kohli (36 not out) steered Royal Challengers Bangalore to a comprehensive 9-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in a crucial Indian Premier League game at the Wankhede stadium on Wednesday.
Gayle and Kohli put on unbeaten 94 runs for the second wicket to help Bangalore register an easy win with two overs to spare and jumped to fourth in the IPL points table from seventh position.
Chasing 142-run target, Bangalore batsmen executed their plans successfully as they played cautiously against the dangerous Lasith Malinga (0-20) and did not give wickets to the Purple Cap holder of the tournament.
Chris Gayle smacked six huge maximums and five boundaries in his quick-fire 59 balls blitzkrieg as he earned the Orange Cap for becoming the highest run-getter in the current edition. Gayle raced to his fifty off 36 balls, which included four maximums and three boundaries, soon after Dilshan's wicket fall.
Stand-in skipper Kohli played his part in the run chase as he hit couple of sixes, including the winning runs, and a four in his 25 balls rapid knock.
Bangalore lost Tillakaratne Dilshan (19) after they started their run chase cautiously against Mumbai.
Dilshan hit three boundaries in his slow 25 balls innings as he added 48 runs for the opening wicket with Gayle. Off-spinner Pragyan Ojha trapped Dilshan leg before in the ninth over to give Mumbai a crucial breakthrough.
Bangalore openers take the visitors to 27 runs in five overs without taking any unnecessary risks.
Sent in to bat, Kieron Pollard (21 not out) and skipper Harbhajan Singh (20 not out) helped Mumbai post a competitive 141/6 against Bangalore.
Pollard and Harbhajan shared an unbeaten 41-run stand off 25 balls to boost the Mumbai innings in the end. Pollard smashed two huge sixes in his 13-ball blitzkrieg whereas Mumbai skipper hit three boundaries in his 12-ball whirlwind knock.
Bangalore off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (2-24) dismissed Dwayne Smith (2) and Dinesh Karthik (44) in successive balls to rock Mumbai. Muralitharan struck twice in the sixteenth over to reduce the hosts to 100/6 in 15.5 overs.
Dinesh Karthik smashed a six and three fours in his quick 39-ball knock to resurrect the Mumbai innings.
Bangalore medium pacer Harshal Patel (2-24) dismissed Ambati Rayudu (22) in the fourteenth over to break the blossoming fourth wicket partnership for Mumbai between Karthik and Rayudu.
Rayudu hit two boundaries in his quick-fire 17-ball innings and put on a valuable 44 runs stand with Karthik.
Patel also took a simple return catch of Sachin Tendulkar (24) to give third blow to Mumbai. The medium pacer dismissed Tendulkar in the ninth over to reduce Mumbai to 41/3 in 8.3 overs.
After two early wickets, Tendulkar added crucial 39 runs for the third wicket with Dinesh Karthik to revive the Mumbai innings. Tendulkar hit four boundaries in his patient 27-ball knock.
Pacer Vinay Kumar (2-34) dismissed Rohit Sharma (0) and James Franklin (1) in the second over to give Royal Challengers early breakthroughs.
In his return match, Vinay struck twice in his first over to reduce Mumbai to 2/2 in 1.5 overs.
Earlier, Bangalore stand-in skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to field against hosts Mumbai.
Bangalore have made three changes for the game as Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar and Harshal Patel are included in place of Abhimanyu Mithun, Asad Pathan and Parameshwaran.
For Mumbai, Kieron Pollard and Pragyan Ojha are back replacing Munaf Patel and Robin Peterson.
Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Rohit Sharma, Rudra Pratap Singh.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Mayank Agarwal, AB de Villiers (wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli (Captain), Muttiah Muralitharan, Harshal Patel, Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad, Saurabh Tiwary, R Vinay Kumar.