Mumbai: Unheralded pacer R Vinay Kumar produced a sensational three-wicket burst before Jacques Kallis (66 not out) heroics as Royal Challengers Bangalore spanked Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in an Indian Premier League match on Saturday.
Vinay Kumar (3/25) dismissed Ambati Rayudu (3), Sachin Tendulkar (25) and Dwayne Bravo (1) in one over - his third and Mumbai’s 11th -- and he was ably supported by Dale Steyn (3/26) in restricting Mumbai Indians to 151 for 9 after the home side elected to bat at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
Chasing the modest target, RCB romped home with five balls to spare with opener Kallis top-scoring with a 55-ball unbeaten 66 - his third IPL 3 half century - and returning unconquered for the fourth time as the visitors notched up their third win on the trot after losing their opening match against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Jaques Kallis plays a shot against Mumbai Indians during the IPL 3 match at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. Shirish Shete/PTI
Manish Pandey, the other opener, and one-down Robin Uthappa contributed 40 and 23 respectively as RCB ended at 155 for three in 19.1 overs with Kallis hitting a four to win the match in style.
For Mumbai Indians, who tasted their first defeat after beating Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils in their earlier two matches, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh picked up a wicket apiece conceding 18 and 35 runs respectively.
With this win, RCB are now on top of IPL 3 table with six points from four matches.
Mumbai Indians: 151 for nine in 20 overs (Sachin Tendulkar 25, Saurabh Tiwary 25; R Vinay Kumar 3/25, Dale Steyn 3/26).
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 155 for three from 19.1 overs (Jacques Kallis 66 not out, Manish Pandey 40).