Anushka cheers Virat Kohli at Chinnaswamy

Having beaten Chennai Super Kings in their adopted home ground in Pune, Mumbai Indians will go out with their tails up with confidence to take on a strong batting line-up of RCB, which has the likes of Virat Kohli and Brendon McCllum.

In his first over of the match, Thampi was brought on to put brakes on a dangerous-looking Samson, but ended up conceding two fours and a six against his Ranji team mate.

However, despite the loss of partners at the other end, the hard-hitting Lynn slammed a majestic 70-run knock comprising of seven fours and one six as KKR never let the opposition get a sniff of a victory.

A viral infection forced AB de Villiers to miss Sunday's game at the Chinnaswamy, and the void showed in the RCB batting. Some were forced due to the South African's absence. If de Villiers was playing, Kohli's approach would perhaps have been different, and RCB might have begun accelerating slightly earlier. However, it was the Kiwi who was keen to make his presence felt after being benched in their last three games.

There was concern when Nitish Rana was forced to retire with a back injury and Russell went from the next delivery, but Shubman Gill cut the first ball of the final over from Umesh Yadav to the boundary to win it. Russell turned 30 on Sunday, and had a pretty good birthday on the field against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Narine is the only spinner who has managed to dismiss Kohli a few times in this period.

Gayle though, said that officials from Bangalore had been in touch with him before the auctions and said they wanted him in the team, but he never heard back from anyone. But it was good to grind out and get some runs on the board and finished not out. It was after the 13th over that the skipper began to open his shoulders against both spinners and pacers. Mandeep Singh played a cameo of 19 off 14 balls, while Colin de Grandhomme finished with 11 off 6 to take RCB to a par total of 175. This was the second 50-plus stand in Bangalore's innings.

Two of the three sixes struck by Kohli were pure delight.

The last three overs went for 42 runs, and the RCB skipper put the ideal finishing touch by getting inside the line of a lifting a short-of-length slower delivery from Johnson and lifting it over deep backward square for a maximum.

For RCB, skipper Virat Kohli starred again with the bat as he made an unbeaten 68 from 44 balls.

  • Julie Sanders