Mumbai, May 10: Mumbai Indians (MI) went down fighting Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 39 runs in a crucial match of the Indian Premier League 2015 (IPL 8) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday. Chasing a mammoth 236 in 20 overs, the home team rode the back of Lendl Simmons (68 not out off 53 balls) and Kieron Pollard (49 off 24 balls) to finish at 196/7 in 20 overs.
Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal were the most successful of the RCB bowlers with 2 wickets each. AB de Villiers was adjudged the man of the match for his 133 not out off 59 balls.
This win took the RCB to the fourth position in the table with 13 points. They still have three matches to go in the league stage. The MI, on the other hand, tasted defeat after five consecutive wins and will have to win both their remaining matches to remain in the contention for the play-offs.
AB de Villiers slams unbeaten 133 off 59 balls
Earlier, AB de Villiers slammed an unbeaten 133 off (19x4s, 4x6s) to help the RCB post 235/1 in 20 overs. de Villiers, who scored the highest individual score of this season so far, hit 4 sixes and 19 boundaries during his knock.
Kohli scored 82 not out off 50 balls
RCB captain Virat Kohli also remained unbeaten on 82 off 50 balls (6x4s, 4x6s) as the duo put up a record 215 run partnership for the second wicket. It is the highest-ever partnership in the annual T20 tournament in India.
Chris Gayle (13) was the only wicket to have fallen for the RCB. He was picked by Lasith Malinga, the first-time ever in the IPL.
Earlier, Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in a batsman's paradise.
Mumbai Indians: Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel (wk), Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mitchell McCleaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli ©, AB de Villiers, Dinesh Karthik (w), Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, David Wiese, Mitchell Starc, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sreenath Arvind