MI were in the game for just one over where Zaheer removed Kohli and Yuvraj, but their 115 proved too small in the end as RCB won easily by 7 wickets. (BCCI)
It won't be wrong to analyse that Mumbai Indians lost in the first 20 overs of their IPL-7 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Dubai on Saturday, as their 115 was never enough to challenge a batting-heavy RCB, who romped home by 7 wickets with 2.3 overs to spare.
Mumbai were in the game for just one over during the Bangalore innings when the old warhorse Zaheer Khan removed the dangerous Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh in quick succession, but the 99-run unbeaten partnership betwween AB de Villiers (45*) and Parthiv Patel (57*) doused Mumbai's hopes of a comeback win.
RCB were 17 for 3 at one stage, having lost three wickets in six balls, but de Villiers and Patel batted smartly to shut the door on Mumbai for their second straight defeat in the tournament.
Parthiv mixed the right dose of caution and aggression to score an unbeaten 57 off 45 deliveries. His innings was laced with seven boundaries.
De Villiers at the other end played the sheet-anchor's role to perfection, making an unbeaten 48-ball 45 with the help of three fours and two sixes.
Earlier, put in to bat, Mumbai batsmen failed to counter the clinical bowling display by. The Mumbai openers started on a decent note but soon lost the plot against the RCB pacers.
South African pacer Morkel drew first blood after scalping Mike Hussey for 16 in the 4th over of the innings. Tare also didn't last long as pacer Aaron induced a top-edge from the batsman which landed in the safe hands of Maddinson in the deep.
Legspinner Chahal then bowled a magnificent spell to bag two quick wickets, giving away just 17 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma (2) was a prized scalp for the Haryana tweaker and soon the big-hitting Kieron Pollard also fell to his guile.
Ambati Rayudu and Corey Anderson then tried to stem the rot, stitching together a 31-run fifth-wicket partnership, but Starc sent the two batsmen back in the dug-out in his third over to choke MI.
Rayudu was caught at long off for a fighting 35 as de Villiers took his second catch while Anderson followed him soon after to give Starc a hat-trick chance.
The Australian left-arm pacer did not get the hat-trick but ended with impressive figures of 2 for 21. Dinda joined the party to send Zaheer back for a duck and Mumbai slipped further.
Harbhajan Singh tried to counter-attack with a boundary in his run-a-ball eight-run stay but Aaron soon picked his second wicket.
The win takes RCB into a position of strength very early into the tournament after their eight-wicket win against Delhi Daredevils in Sharjah while Mumbai certainly need to pull up their socks after their second successive loss.