Mumbai: Mumbai Indians were better placed on the points table than Royal Challengers Bangalore before the start of this crucial clash at the Wankhede Stadium. And that might explain Bangalore's commitment and intent - in all three departments of the game - and Mumbai's lack of it. As a result of the difference in attitude as well as Bangalore exploiting the pitch better than the hosts, the tone was set early on. Despite a comprehensive Bangalore win by nine wickets, Mumbai stayed in third spot, while the visitors moved into fourth. (Scorecard)
It was a strange pitch for Mumbai to have prepared for a home match, with appreciable bounce and carry from the start. And with Bangalore bowling first, Zaheer Khan, R Vinay Kumar and Harshal Patel were in business straightaway. James Franklin and Rohit Sharma fell early. Sachin Tendulkar played and missed a fair bit as Mumbai stuttered to just 12 after the first five overs, and then just 25 at the end of the six powerplay overs. (Also see: Dropping Gayle cost us, says Bhajji)
Tendulkar did find his bearings after that, but fell to a top-edged pull off Patel for a 27-ball 24. The task of consolidation was left to Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu. Scoring was tough, but the two fought hard, scoring at just over a run a ball to bring the innings back on track.