Disciplined Royal Challengers bowlers helped Bangalore register a thumping 35 runs victory over Pune Warriors India in an Indian Premier League clash at the Subrata Roy Sahara stadium on Friday.
With this victory, Bangalore jumped to third from fifth in IPL table with 15 points from 13 matches.
Chasing 174-run target, Pune Warriors lost wickets at regular intervals and never looked capable of reaching the challenging target as they managed just 138/9 in 20 overs.
Pacer Vinay Kumar was the wrecker-in-chief for Bangalore as he took three Pune wickets for 32 runs in four overs. Muttiah Muralitharan (2-16) and Zaheer Khan (2-21) took two wickets each whereas KP Appanna (1-30) and Harshal Patel (1-36) took a wicket each.
Pune stand-in skipper Steven Smith remained unbeaten for 24 off 25 balls which included just one boundary. Whereas at the other end, Krishnakant Upadhyay remained stranded for 11 off 8 balls.
Vinay scalped two wickets in the eighteenth over to reduce Pune to 122/9 in 18 overs and took the game away from the hosts with it. Vinay dismissed Rahul Sharma (0) and Alfonso Thomas (7) .
Pune lost Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2) and Anustup Majumdar (31) in successive overs as they stuttered in their run chase. Majumdar hit four fours in his quick 26-ball innings.
Muralitharan dismissed Kumar in the fifteenth over soon after Harshal Patel got rid of Majumdar in the previous over.
Pune Warriors also lost Angelo Mathews (4) and Robin Uthappa (38) in quick succession.
KP Appanna dismissed Mathews in the twelfth over to reduce Pune to 84/5 in 11.1 overs. Mathews fall soon after Muttiah Muralitharan dismissed in-form Uthappa in the ninth over.
Uthappa hit a six and five boundaries in his quick-fire 23-ball innings as he tried to revive the Pune run chase with Anustup Majumdar. The duo put on quick 50 runs for the fourth wicket.
Pune Warriors lost three wickets inside four overs against Royal Challengers.
Vinay Kumar dismissed Michael Clarke (13) in the fourth over to reduce Pune to 22/3 in 3.5 overs. Clarke hit two fours in his 10-ball innings.
Bangalore pacer Zaheer Khan struck twice in the very first over to give Pune early blows.
Pune started their run chase on wrong foot as the hosts lost Manish Pandey (0) and Mohnish Mishra (4) and reduced to 4/2 in 1 over.
Sent in to bat, Chris Gayle (57) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (53) helped Bangalore post 173/3 against Pune.
Saurabh Tiwary (36 not out) and AB de Villiers (9 not out) remained unbeaten for Bangalore in the end as they put on quick 35 runs for the fourth wicket.
Tiwary hit a six and three fours in his 30-ball innings whereas De Villiers hit a last ball six in his short 4-ball knock.
Dilshan (53 off 44 balls) got run out in the eighteenth over soon after he completed his half-century off 40 balls. Dilshan hit a six and six boundaries in his quick-fire knock as he lead the Bangalore charge after two quick blows.
Bangalore lost Virat Kohli (9) and Gayle in quick succession after a terrific start.
Spinner Rahul Sharma dismissed Kohli in the twelfth over to check the Bangalore run charge as the visitors are reduced to 95/2 in 11.3 overs.
Bangalore lost Gayle after he added 80 runs for the opening wicket with Tillakaratne Dilshan.
After long rain delay, Gayle started Bangalore innings with feisty 31-ball knock as he smacked six huge sixes and three boundaries in his another whirlwind innings.
Pune pacer Angelo Mathews struck in the ninth over to give the hosts a crucial breakthrough as he reduced Bangalore to 80/1 in 8.3 overs.
The 'Orange Cap' holder took Bangalore to 66 for no loss with Dilshan after the mandatory six powerplay overs.
The IPL 5 match between Pune and Bangalore started after almost an hour delay due to rain.
Earlier, new Pune Warriors skipper Steven Smith won the toss and decided to field against Royal Challengers on Friday.
"The track gets better as the match progresses, which is why we want to chase. Sourav Ganguly has rested himself," said the young stand-in skipper Smith.
"We would have batted first anyway, the track may not get better. KP Appanna has come into the side in place of Syed Mohammad," Kohli said after losing the toss.
Pune Warriors: Michael Clarke, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Anustup Majumdar, Angelo Mathews, Mohnish Mishra, Manish Pandey, Rahul Sharma, Steven Smith (capt), Alfonso Thomas, Krishnakant Upadhyay, Robin Uthappa (wk).
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Mayank Agarwal, KP Appanna, AB de Villiers (wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli (capt), Muttiah Muralitharan, Harshal Patel, Saurabh Tiwary, R Vinay Kumar.