The Royal Challengers Bangalore continued their strong start to this season's IPL with a comfortable seven-wicket win against the Champions, Mumbai Indians.
RCB captain, Virat Kohli, won the toss and decided to put MI in to bat and the decision proved to be the right one. Rohit Sharma's side could only manage a poor score of 115-9 off their 20 overs.
The Challengers bowling attack were economical and disciplined with Mitchell Starc (2-21), Ashok Dinda (1-14) and Yuzi Chahal (2-17) all impressing with the ball.
Mumbai Indian's batting wasn't a pleasant watch, with Ambati Rayadu the only batsmen to pass 30, with only three others managing to reach double figures. Mumbai's innings never really got going, with key players such as captain Rohit Sharma (2) and Kieron Pollard (3) failing to make a noticeable score for their side.
The chase for RCB wasn't all plain sailing at the start, with the Challengers, who were missing Chris Gayle, losing three early wickets inside four overs.
Zaheer Khan claimed the early scalps of Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh, both for second-ball ducks, and Lasith Malinga clean bowled Nic Maddinson in typical fashion. This left Kohli's side on 17-3 and Mumbai smelt a real opportunity.
However, this brought AB de Villiers to the crease to bat alongside opener Parthiv Patel. Patel was impressive in the first game, which RCB won, as he made a quick 37 to help his side edge closer to victory.
de Villiers and Patel batted together for over 13 overs, smashing 99 runs between the two. Patel hit his first fifty, a patient but smart innings, ending on 57 off only 45 deliveries. de Villiers, on the other hand, finished on 45, an impressive innings in a tricky chase.
The win signals a powerful start to the IPL by RCB, winning two games out of two comfortably. That too, without arguably the best Twenty20 batsmen, Chris Gayle. The West Indian is currently out with a stiff back.
Captain Virat Kohli said after the game: "Two-nil. There was a nervous moment or two there, but there were positives. AB getting in early and getting a hit, and PP batting well."
RCB's next match is against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday, 24th April.
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