Port Elizabeth: Mumbai Indians kept their semi-final hopes alive as they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 16 runs at Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
Chasing a target of 157 runs, Mumbai Indians lose wickets at regular intervals and could manage only 141/7 in their alloted twenty overs. A late flourish from Boucher 48(33) was not good enough to take Bangalore past the target and eventually Mumbai came up trumps.
Challengers lost their first wicket when Dwayne Bravo struck in his first over as Jacques Kallis (12) cut to third man for Dhawal Kulkarni to take the catch.
In the next over, Robin Uthappa (4) hit a Kulkarni delivery from outside off-stump to short mid-wicket for Sachin Tendulkar to take the catch.
Harbhjan Singh who scalped two wickets was the best bowler for Mumbai Indians.
Earlier a record third wicket partnership (104*) between Jean Paul duminy and Ajinkya Rahane helped Mumbai Indians to post a respectable total of 157 against Bangalore Royal Challengers on Sunday.
This is the highest third wicket partnership in the IPL's season so far. Duminy and Rahane went past Matthew Hayden and MS Dhoni's 100 stand for the third wicket which they posted against Punjab earlier this season.
Rahane (62*) who scored his maiden fifty in the IPL hit four boundaries and a six in his innings.
Duminy's 59 came off 41 balls that was studded with 3 sixes and two sixes.
Mumabi Indians were off to a shaky start as they lost their captain Sachin Tendulkar for a duck.R Vinay Kumar struck in his first over as Tendulkar edged a leg cutter for wicket keeper Mark Boucher to take the catch.
Sanath Jaysuriya hit 4 fours in his 27-ball 29 before he was trapped plumb in front of the wicket by Roelof van der Merwe in his first over.
JP Duminy was declared man of the match.