The Mumbai Indians woke up just in time in the do or die match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday. They were looking down the barrel at 83 for 5 at the end of the 13th over with dangerman Kieron Pollard back in the dugout. But just when the RCB were getting ready for the kill, Saurabh Tiwary and Dwayne Bravo put together an aggressive and defiant 64-run partnership off just 34 balls to help the Mumbai Indians post a fighting 165-run total.
The duo, for once, took the attack to the Bangalore camp who had controlled the game completely until then. The Mumbai Indians couldn't get off to a start they would have wanted.
The Bangalore bowlers, Praveen Kumar and Vinay Kumar, kept it really tight and both Sachin Tendulkar and Shikhar Dhawan struggled to get off the blocks.
And then Praveen had Tendulkar edging a slightly away-going delivery to trigger a collapse. The following batsmen found it hard to handle the inspired-looking Bangalore attack and struggled to score. Dhawan tried to hold the fort for the Mumbai Indians, but he too fell after a measured 41.
The Mumbai Indians appeared to have completely lost it until that partnership between Tiwary and Bravo. They did well considering the situation they came in together, but it might still not be enough to halt the RCB.
As for the RCB, they appeared to have done a lot of homework after their loss to South Australia.
The new ball pair of Praveen Kumar and Vinay Kumar worked well, and then Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis kept up the pressure. The fielding too looked quite sharp.
They would now look for a good start from their openers to chase down the gettable-looking total.