Mumbai Indians were handed their first defeat of the IPL 2010 as they slumped to a 7 wicket defeat to a rejuvenated Royal Challengers Bangalore team in their own backyard [SCORECARD]. The match was a display of dominance by the Challengers as their bowling restricted Mumbai Indians to below par score of 151 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. Mumbai Indians had a dramatic late order collapse as they went from 72 for 2 to 76 for 6 in the matter of few overs. This is a huge task by the RCB bowlers considering that Mumbai have scored above 200 in their previous two matches and also have probably the biggest, and meanest batting line-up in the IPL.
Mumbai started weakly losing two wickets in the powerplay itself, one of them being the major wicket of Jayasuria. Mumbai then steadied the ship and looked to crescendo slowly to fire at all cylinders with the likes of Pollard and Bravo, but all this was foiled by Vinay Kumar as he picked up three wickets in an over completely unsettling the balance of the game towards the visitors side. Vinay Kumar's three scalps were the inform Rayadu, Tendulkar and Bravo. Anil Kumble also bowled brilliantly and ended up with the figures 18 for 1 in his 4 overs. The skipper even had a slip and a forward short leg during part of his bowling! The local players in the MI team were subjected to a barrage of bumpers seen against the RR, while others such as Sachin, were kept quiet with stump to stump bowling. The bowling plans were spot on and the execution even better. There's no better feeling for a captain and a coach to see their hard worked plans being executed with success. Ray Jennings and Anil Kumble will surely be happy men.
The RCB fielding is without doubt one of the best fielding sides in the IPL. Young Manish Pandey and Virat Kohli showcased some brilliant ground fielding that even Jonty Rhodes would be proud of and Rahul Dravid pulled of an spectacular catch to send former ICL player Satish back.
The batting again had Kallis written all over it as he scored yet another undefeated half century. Kallis has been undefeated so far in IPL 2010. Manish Pandey showcased his talent as he continued his good run and scored 40 quick runs. This young lad is destined for greatness and I wouldn't be surprised if he gets a national call soon. The only thing Pandey does wrong is that he manages to get himself out after getting a decent start and fails to convert it to anything big like his century yesteryear in South Africa.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are on top of the table and look like the most menacing team so far. With momentum and form in their way, RCB will be looking to go one better than last year this time.