Bangalore: Kieron Pollard led a disciplined Mumbai Indians bowling attack with three wickets for 28 as the visitors crushed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 57 runs in an IPL match on Saturday evening.
Table toppers Mumbai Indians gleefully accepted the home side’s offer to bat first and posted a huge 191 for four and then restricted Bangalore to 134 for nine to post their 10th win from 13 matches at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Chasing an intimidating 192 for a win, Bangalore top order crumbled under tight Mumbai bowling with none of them coming up with a big score in the match which was delayed by one hour due to low intensity explosions outside the stadium 45 minutes before the start.
Virat Kohli top-scored with a brave 24-ball 37 but all his batting colleagues had a collective failure in their last league match.
Manish Pandey (16), Jacques Kallis (14), Kevin Pietersen (21), Rahul Dravid (16), Robin Uthappa (4) and Ross Taylor (9) failed to click under a disciplined bowling effort from Mumbai.
The home side were never in the run chase with their openers Pandey and Kallis back in the hut with just 31 on board in the sixth over before Dravid was out in the ninth over.
MumbaiIndians skipper Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the IPL 20 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Saturday. Shailendra Bhojak/PTI
When Pietersen and Uthappa fell in successive overs — in the 11th and 12th — and then Taylor followed suit in the 15th it was all over for Bangalore whose top six contributed just 97 runs.
All the five Mumbai bowlers took at least a wicket with Pollard being the most successful with three wickets for 28 from his four overs.
Dilhara Fernando and Harbhajan Singh took two wickets apiece by conceding 24 and 28 runs respectively from four overs each. Zaheer Khan and Ryan McLaren chipped in with a wicket each.
With this win, Mumbai, who have already qualified for the semifinals, increased the gap with other teams taking their points tally to 20 with one league match yet to play.
Bangalore, who slumped to their seventh loss on Saturday, will have to wait for the results of other league matches as the other three last-four slots are likely to be decided by net run rates.
Bangalore ended their league engagements with 14 points and a net run rate of plus 0.219.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
M Pandey ct Zaheer Khan b Dilhara Fernando 16
J Kallis b Ryan McLaren 14
K Pietersen ct Saurabh Tiwary b Harbhajan Singh 21
R Dravid ct KA Pollard b Harbhajan Singh 16
R Uthappa ct Abhishek Nayar b KA Pollard 4
R Taylor ct Harbhajan Singh b Dilhara Fernando 9
V Kohli ct Aditya Tare b KA Pollard 37
D Steyn b Zaheer Khan 0
V Kumar not out 10
P Singh ct Zaheer Khan b KA Pollard 1
A Kumble not out 1
Total:134/9 20 overs
R McLaren lbw Kevin Pietersen 40
S Tendulkar ct Ross Taylor b Jacques Kallis 19
A Rayudu ct Jacques Kallis b Jacques Kallis 46
K Pollard lbw Anil Kumble 20
J Duminy not out 42
A Nayar not out 9
H Singh - -
S Tiwary - -
Z Khan - -
A Tare - -
D Fernando - -
Total: 191 / 4 20 overs