Royal Challengers cruise to easy victory
The Royal Challengers Bangalore cruised to another impressive victory sweeping aside the previously unbeaten Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets in a one sided encounter at the Brabourne Stadium.
Jacques Kallis, the leading run scorer in this years IPL was once again the stand out player producing another faultless batting display scoring 66 runs to help the Royal Challengers go top of the IPL group table.
The Mumbai Indians suffered a middle order batting collapse losing four wickets in the space of 10 balls to slump to a disappointing 151/9 leaving the Royal Challengers with an easy run chase to claim their third win of the tournament.
Kallis and Manish Pandey got off to a trouble free start as they built the foundations of an 85 run opening partnership which incredible was only the pairís third highest partnership in this years IPL.
With the Royal Challengers racing to towards another 10 wicket victory Harbhajan Singh finally made a breakthrough for the Indians. Having been hit for a massive six the previous ball Harbhajan tempted Pandey (40) into another big shot only for Kieron Pollard to take the catch out at midwicket.
Robin Uthappa (23) enjoyed a 15 ball cameo smashing two fours and a massive six off the bowling of Dwayne Bravo before he was bowled by Zaheer Khan in the 14th over.
Kallis remained composed passing 50 for the third time in this years IPL while Virat Kohli (17) offered the fire works at the other end smashing Harbhajan Singh for consecutive sixes in the 15th over before he was run out by Khan.
It was left to Kallis, together with Eion Morgan to see the Royal Challengers past the finishing line for another impressive victory.
Having won the toss and elected to bat the Indians enjoyed a positive start with Tendulkar and Tiwary enjoying a partnership of 35 to set the foundations of a big total after Sanath Jayasuriya (2) and Aditya Rate (9) were dismissed cheaply inside the first 5 overs.
The pair had looked set for another big partnership before Tiwary had a rush of blood to the head charging down the wicket only to completely miss an Anil Kumble googly which crashed into the stumps to leave the Indians 71-3.
Worse was to follow in the next over as Vinay Kumar picked up three wickets to leave the Indians 76-6. Ambati Rayudu was the first to go after attempting a half cut to third man only to get a think inside edge into the gloves of wicket keeper Mark Boucher.
Two balls later the Brabourne Stadium was stunned into silence as Kumar angled in a delivery from middle to leg which removed Tendulkarís leg stump to dismiss the Indian legend for 25.
Kumarís stunning over was completed when he angled in another short delivery trapping Dwayne Bravo (1) LBW to leave the stuttering Indians 76-6.
Rajagopal Sathish (24) and Kieron Pollard (21) responded with a record 2010 IPL 7th wicket partnership of 47 to give the Indians some hope but the pair were dismissed in the space of five ball to allow the Royal Challengers to wrestle back the initiative.
It was left to Harbhajan Singh and Khan to see out the last three overs to help the Indians reach 151/9, but, after the positive start Tendulkar and Tiwary gave the home side the Indians we be disappointed not to have set the Royals Challengers a higher total.