Skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front with a sparkling half-century before Mumbai Indians rallied to comfortably defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 19 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Tuesday.
Invited to bat, Mumbai rode on Rohit's 35-ball 59 and Kieron Pollard's handy 43 off 31 balls to post a stiff 187 for five.
In reply, Bangalore lost their way from 94 for one in the 10th over to be restricted to 168 for eight at the Wankhede Stadium.
The Bangalore franchise started their run chase at a brisk pace with Parthiv Patel and Chris Gayle at the helm. The duo stitched a quick 53-run stand before the wicketkeeper-batsman's stumps were shattered by off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.
Patel struck five fours for his 26 but Gayle was the aggressor of the two, carting the bowlers all over the park.
He hit Pawan Suyal for two sixes and an equal number of fours in the third over, with the bowler going for 28 runs. RCB dominated the start and scored 43 runs in three overs.
However, Gayle couldn't continue the onslaught and was castled by Harbhajan in the 10th over. His 24-ball 38 was laced with three fours and as many sixes.
RCB captain Virat Kohli was given a reprieve when he was dropped on 32 by Jasprit Bumrah at short-fine leg off Lasith Malinga.
SCORES IN BRIEF
MUMBAI INDIANS: 187 for 5 in 20 overs (Gautam 30, R Sharma 59 not out, Pollard 43; Patel 1-28)
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: 168 for 8 in 20 overs (Gayle 38, Patel 26, Kohli 35, Rossouw 24; Bumrah 2-22, Harbhajan 2-33, Malinga 2-29)
Result: Mumbai Indians won by 19 runs.
Player-of-the-match: Rohit Sharma.