It was a stunning display of ruthlessness from the Royal Challengers Bangalore previously unseen but done with such drama less precision, it even took the winning Mumbai Indians by surprise at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
Jacques Kallis yet again for another match in succession showed the value of having a batsman with a sound technique, talent and temperament with a match winning knock of sixty-six off just fifty-five balls. He also had the company of Manish Pandey who displayed his wares with forty runs as RCB raced to a comprehensive win, not really in doubt throught he course of the RCB innings.
Earlier in the day, Dale Steyn and Vinay Kumar decimated the Mumbai Indians’ batting order with stunning blows. While Steyn helped polish off matters, Vinay Kumar was the wrecker in chief as he picked up three important wickets in the span of a single over.
The eleventh over marked an action packed break after a sedate start to the Mumbai Indians innings. The first ball saw Vinay account for Ambati Rayudu and the final ball of the over saw him dismiss Dwayne Bravo to a simple lbw decision to leave the hosts reeling at six down for seventy-six. But it was the third ball of the same over that perhaps cost the Mumbai Indians more. Steyn put an end to the Kieron Pollard enigma and it was practically game over.
Sachin Tendulkar was the steady hand until he became Vinay’s second wicket, falling for the top score of twenty-five shared with Saurabh Tiwary. The Mumbai Indians were simply blown away and even the 151 runs they raised was not enough to contain the Kallis parade in the 2010 IPL 3.