Dubai: Putting up an all-round show, Royal Challengers Bangalore humbled defending champions Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in an IPL VII match at the Dubai International Stadium, here, on Saturday.
After restricting MI to a modest 115 for nine, RCB cantered to their second successive win in the tournament in 17.3 overs.
RCB, though, had a shaky start when left-handed opener Nic Maddinson was cleaned up by pacer Lasith Malinga for 16 and Zaheer Khan wreaked havoc in the very next over with two wickets.
The left-arm pacer sent back captain Virat Kohli for a duck and then trapped Yuvraj Singh leg before for nought in the space of three deliveries.
But the defending champions’ joy was shortlived as Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers soon got a grip of the situation to stitch together a 99-run unbroken partnership.
Parthiv mixed the right dose of caution and aggression to score an unbeaten 57 off 45 deliveries. His innings was laced with seven boundaries.
De Villiers at the other end played the sheet-anchor’s role to perfection, making an unbeaten 48-ball 45 with the help of three fours and two sixes.
Earlier put into bat, MI batsmen failed to counter the clinical bowling display by the RCB bowlers. The MI openers started on a decent note but soon lost the plot against the RCB pacers.
South African pacer Albie Morkel drew first blood after scalping Michael Hussey for 16 in the 4th over of the innings.
The other opener Aditya Tare also couldn’t last long as pacer Varun Aaron induced a top-edge from the batsman which landed in the safe hands of Maddinson in the deep.