Ambati Rayudu's 46 and JP Duminy's blistering 19-ball 42 powered Mumbai Indians to a formidable 191 for four against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their IPL match here today.
Invited to bat after a bomb blast delayed the start of the match by one hour, Mumbai Indians got off to a sedate start with Sachin Tendulkar (19) and Ryan McLaren (40) raising 34 in six overs.
The early dismissal of Tendulkar, caught by Ross Taylor off Jacques Kallis, brought Rayudu to the crease.
The talented youngster wasted no time in taking the fight into the RCB camp, taking 22 runs off a Pankaj Singh over to set the pace for the rest of the match.
Rayudu disdainfully smashed Anil Kumble twice into the stands at long on before he was caught and bowled by Kallis.
Kieron Pollard began with great flourish, effortlessly smashing three successive sixes of Pankaj Singh, who conceded a whopping 54 runs from his quota of four overs.
Fortunately for RCB, Pollard lasted just seven deliveries, Kumble nailing him in front of the sticks as the powerful West Indian ventured to play across the line.
Though a rather sedate McLaren, who enjoyed two reprieves at 2 and 24, fell to Kevin Pietersen, Pollard's aggression seemed to have had rubbed off on the Jean Paul Duminy.
The diminutive left-hander went berserk in the end overs, blasting three sixes and three fours.
Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Anil Kumble won the toss and elected to bowl against Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League match which was delayed by 45 minutes due to a low intensity blast at a gate of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.
The blast, which left four policemen and a private security guard injured, rocked the stadium at 3.15 pm, just 45 minutes before the start of the match.
Both the teams were taken to the safety of the dressing room. However, after a thorough security check, the police gave the go ahead for the match to start.
While Mumbai Indians have already qualified for the semifinals, Bangalore need to win this game to ensure a berth in the last-four stage.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Anil Kumble (c), Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey, Kevin Pietersen, Robin Uthappa, Ross Taylor, Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid, R Vinay Kumar, Pankaj Singh, Dale Steyn
Mumbai Indians: Sachin Tendulkar (c), Ambatti Rayudu, Saurabh Tiwary, J P Duminy, R McLaren, Keiron Pollard, A Tare, Harbhajan Singh, Abhishek Nayar, Zaheer Khan, Dilhara Fernando.