Bangalore's strength is clearly its batting with five off the six top batsman getting scores above 23 and A B de Villiers holding the innings together with a classy 54 off 40 balls. In fact, one could assess that the game was won by him alone as he launched a late assault, taking Bangalore home with a flurry of sixes and fours.
In so doing, de Villiers compensated for the RCB's shoddy bowling performance as captain Vettori was the only bowler from amongst the 7 used to go for an economy rate of less than 7. In fact, he was exceptionally frugal, conceding just 17 runs off his four overs and taking one wicket. The RCB's would do well to take a leaf out of his book and bowl better in the game against Mumbai.
After all, Bangalore will be up against the fire, pace and toe-crushing venom of Lasith Malinga and one is well aware of his destructive exploits with the ball against Delhi when he took 5/13 - only the third best bowling figures ever in the IPL.
Meanwhile, Bangalore will be training its guns on the Little Master who's deft and aggressive touch guided Mumbai home against Delhi after his side slipped to 31/2. Sachin Tendulkar along with another local boy Rohit Sharma, showed that they are capable of weathering the storm stirred up by the pacemen and spinners, as demonstrated by their unbroken stand of 68 against Delhi.