Royal Challengers Bangalore 156-5 beat
Mumbai Indians 154-5 (Karthik 60) by 2 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Bangalore
Report by John Pennington
Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians by two runs in the second game of the Indian Premier League 2013, beating Mumbai in Bangalore for the first time in five attempts.
After Chris Gayle's 92 had helped Bangalore post a challenging 156 for five, Mumbai were in trouble before Dinesh Karthik struck a quickfire 60 but Ranganath Vinay Kumar took two wickets in the final over to seal the win for Bangalore.
The turning point looked to have come in the 17th over of the run chase when Karthik hit three huge sixes as Daniel Christian leaked 24 runs to leave Bangalore chasing the game.
However, Vinay Kumar dismissed Karthik and Ambati Rayudu in the final over to seal a historic win for Bangalore.
Gayle started the 2013 competition as he left off in 2011 and 2012, booming 11 fours and five sixes to prop up the Challengers with 92 in just 58 deliveries.
Fellow opener Tillakaratne Dilshan fell for an eight-ball duck when he was bowled by Mitchell Johnson but Gayle was quickly into his stride, although he was hampered by an injury in the later stages of his innings.
Captain Virat Kohli made 24 in 14 balls before he was the first of three wickets for Jasprit Bumrah. The right-arm quick, on his IPL debut, then had Mayank Agarwal caught by Sachin Tendulkar for one and Karun Nair trapped in front without scoring to return three for 32.
Christian was dismissed by Harbhajan Singh for four as Bangalore lost a brace of wickets for five runs between the 12th and 13th overs but Gayle finally found support from wicket-keeper Arun Karthik, who made 19 in as many balls, his primary role being to give Gayle the lion's share of the strike, which he did, as well as hitting three fours.
Ricky Ponting (28) and Sachin Tendulkar (23) then opened the batting for Mumbai with a 52-run stand in 7.3 overs. While plenty of fans enjoyed the sight of two of their generation's finest batsmen at the crease together, it later became clear that theyhadn't quite scored quickly enough, putting pressure on the batsmen in next.
The running sometimes left something to be desired, leading Tendulkar to twice hit Muttiah Muralitharan down the ground for boundaries while Ponting hit one four and one six.
He fell when he was stumped by Karthik off Murali Kartik and Tendulkar was, all too predictably, run out. Rohit Sharma (11) and Dinesh Karthik then came together and either looked brilliant, or inept.
Sharma cut nicely for his only boundary before being bowled trying to heave Ranganath Vinay Kumar over midwicket to a ball that wasn't there to hit.
Karthik also cut well, and hammered Christian for three huge sixes in a row during the 17th over, having preceded it with a series of balls where he struggled to lay bat on ball.
From 85 for three at the halfway stage, Mumbai progressed to 106 for three in 16 overs and with Karthik finding his form - and Christian losing his, also bowling a waist-high no ball - 24 runs came from it, including the single to take Karthik to his half-century, leaving Mumbai needing 27 to win in 18 balls. In the space of four legal deliveries, the game had swung completely.
Karthik cashed in by sweeping Muralitharan for six and immediately afterwards, the half-century partnership between him and Ambati Rayudu came up. It had taken just 24 balls but Bangalore rallied through Jaidev Unadkat to leave Mumbai requiring 10 to win from the final over.
It began with a scrambled bye as Vinay Kumar made a good start which got better when Karthik was then caught by Agarwal at deep midwicket for a brilliant 60 in 37 balls. Even better was to follow as Rayudu (18) was bowled trying to cut a ball that homed in on and took out off stump.
Harbhajan Singh dealt with the hat-trick ball by taking the single to get Kieron Pollard on strike. Pollard immediately hit a four but could only manage a single from a final ball and Bangalore's comeback was complete.
© Cricket World 2013
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