BANGALORE: Mumbai Indians, who were shot out for just 92 in their previous tie against Sunrisers Hyderabad, recovered from the humiliating loss to post an impressive six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday night.
The crucial win helped Mumbai to take the fourth spot on the table while Bangalore will now have to win their remaining four games and hope for other results to go their way to seal a playoff spot.
For Mumbai, the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium has always been a happy hunting ground and on Wednesday they posted their sixth win in seven encounters against Bangalore.
Having restricted Bangalore to 151-4, Mumbai knocked off the target with eight balls to spare. Rohit Sharma (25) and Ambati Rayudu (44) batted with caution before their overseas stars Kieron Pollard (35 off 19) and Jos Buttler (29 off 11) guided them to victory with eight balls to spare.
Earlier, Bangalore got off to a disastrous start with their key batsmen failing to get to double digits. Chris Gayle in his comeback game lasted only six balls and was dismissed for his seventh consecutive single digit score in T20s.
K.L. Rahul batted well to remain unbeaten on 68, while Sachin Baby made 25 from only 13 balls providing a late flourish.
Krunal Pandya stood out for Mumbai with 11 dot balls and gave away only 15 runs.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE 151-4 in 20 overs (K.L. Rahul 68 not out, Sachin Baby 25 not out, A.B. de Villiers 24); MUMBAI INDIANS 153-4 in 18.4 overs (A.T. Rayudu 44, K.A. Pollard 35 not out, J.C. Buttler 29 not out, R.G. Sharma 25; V.R. Aaron 2-37).