NEW DELHI: 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 last night. With this victory, Bangalore jumped to third from fifth in IPL table with 15 points from 13 matches.
Chasing a 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 on 11 off eigth balls.
Vinay scalped two wickets in the 18th over to reduce Pune to 122 for nine 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 15th 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 12th over to reduce Pune to 84 for five in 11.1 overs.
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.
Earlier, sent in to bat, Chris Gayle (57) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (53) helped Bangalore post 173 for three.
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 four-ball knock.
Dilshan (53 off 44 balls) got run out in the 18th over soon after he completed his half-century off 40 balls.