Over the course of the Indian Premier League 2013, there have been several versions of Mumbai Indians who have turned up on the field. The team that came out to decimate Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday (April 27) was, by some distance, the most intimidating and clinically destructive.
A relentlessly dominating batting performance gave Mumbai a formidable total of 194 for 7, and a high quality bowling show ensured Bangalore were kept to just 136 for 7. As a contest, the match was settled in a six-ball period in which Bangalore went from 37 for 1 in 6.4 overs to 43 for 4 in 7.4 overs. The three batsmen dismissed - Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Gayle fell to Harbhajan Singh, prompting the offspinner's own version of Gangnam-style celebrations. But Mitchell Johnson and Lasith Malinga, who were spot on and fired up at the start, could claim some of the credit for tying Gayle down and leading to the heave that Ambati Rayudu caught with poise at the deep mid-wicket fence. In the next over, Dhawal Kulkarni, handed his first game of the tournament, bowled like a dream, hitting the perfect channel to have as accomplished batsmen as Kohli and de Villiers poking uncertainly to be caught behind.