Durban: Mumbai Indians pulled off a sensational win over Bangalore Royal Challengers in their Group B encounter in the Champions League T20 in Durban.
The match was a close one with both teams having a chance to win till the final delivery of the match. The team from Mumbai eventually won the match by 2 runs.
However, despite the victory the Mumbai Indians have been knocked out of the League as Bangalore and Highveld Lions have a better net run rate with one match still to go.
Mumbai finished the league with fours points with a net run rate of +0.22, while Bangalore (+0.85) and Lions (+0.72) are in a better position with still a game to go.
Batting first, Mumbai Indians posted a challenging score of 165/7 in their 20 overs. They got off to a bad start as they lost man-in-form Tendulkar early and wicketkeeper Rayudu very shortly. However, Tendulkar's opening partner Shikhar Dhawan scored a vital 41 off 37 deliveries with two fours and two sixes in his innings.
Then Saurabh Tiwary(38 off 30) coming in at No 3 and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo(29 off 17) played some superb strokes to keep the Mumbai Indians afloat and help them put up a competitive score of 165. The duo shared a crucial partnership of 64 for the sixth wicket before Bravo was dismissed.
Dale Steyn was the pick of the bowlers for the Royal Challengers Bangalore picking up three wickets and giving away 26 runs in his four overs.
Coming out to chase, Bangalore Royal Challengers got off to a much better start than Mumbai Indians. The opening duo of Rahul Dravid and Jacques Kallis put on 41 run stand before Kallis was dismissed.
Dravid however, continued to play some good strokes and was playing a sheet-anchor role for the Royal Challengers. The Challengers were cruising along nicely but they lost two quick wickets in the 11th and 14th over. The wickets brought down the net run-rate and the asking was rising continously.
Virat Kholi however played a gem of an innings scoring 47 runs off just 25 balls to bring the Challengers closer to the victory margin.
Needing 13 runs off last over, Kohli struck two fours off Zaheer Khan but in the end it was not enough to guide Bangalore home as he was caught in the final delivery by Ambati Rayudu.
Bangalore have to win against Highveld Lions in their final match in order to join South Australia Redbacks in the semi-finals.