Unheralded medium pacer R Vinay Kumar grabbed three wickets in one over, including the prized wicket of Sachin Tendulkar, to help Royal Challengers Bangalore restrict Mumbai Indians to 151 for 9 in the Indian Premier League here today.
Vinay Kumar sent back Ambati Rayudu, Tendulkar - who made a fluent 25 with an array of flicked and glanced fours in 22 balls -and Dwayne Bravo in his third over and Mumbai's 11th as the home team, seemingly on course to a formidable score, slid from 71 for two to 76 for six in a jiffy.
MI had lost veteran Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya in the second over, made a brief recovery to 36 before one-down Aditya Tare fell and then rallied through an enterprising stand between in-form batsmen Tendulkar and Saurabh Tiwary only to lose four wickets in a heap.
RCB captain Anil Kumble started the slide soon after the strategic time-out called for by the fielding side at 69 for two in nine overs. He sent back the left-handed, long-haired Tiwary for 25 in 21 balls with three fours. Vinay followed suit with his brilliant three-wicket haul.
The innings was restored by the seventh wicket pair of R Satish (24 in 22 balls with 3 fours) and big-hitting West Indian Kieron Pollard (21 in 19 balls with a four and a six),
The duo put on 47 runs, stepping up the run-rate after the mandatory batting side time-out at the end of the 16th over when MI were 108 for 6.
MI then lost four wickets in ten balls, including Tendulkar, after the first strategic time out resumption and three of them fell in one over from Vinay Kumar.
Tiwary was the first to go. The left-hander went for an almighty heave to leg after charging out to Kumble, missed the line completely and was bowled. He struck three fours while making 25 in 21 balls.
The home team then lost Ambati Rayudu, caught behind in the first ball of the next over from Vinay Kumar, Tendulkar and Dwayne Bravo to suddenly plunge from a healthy-looking 71 for two to 76 for six in a jiffy.
Tendulkar opened his leg stump to run the ball down to the leg, missed connecting and was bowled by Vinay Kumar before the Karnataka medium pacer trapped West Indian all rounder Bravo in front with a sharp incoming ball.
Satish and Pollard repaired the damage with the latter smacking Praveen Kumar for a huge six wide of long on before both fell in the same over of Steyn.
Pollard was caught at deep point while Rahul Dravid took a superb running catch at mid-wicket to send back Satish off a pull shot which left MI at a sorry-reading 125 for eight in the 18th over.
MI added 26 runs later with Zaheer using the long handle well against Praveen Kumar to remain unconquered on 23 in nine balls, inclusive of one six and three fours.
For RCB, Steyn and Vinay Kumar picked up three wickets each while Kumble bowled superbly for one wicket.
Mumbai Indians team
ST Jayasuriya, SR Tendulkar*, AP Tare†, SS Tiwary, AT Rayudu, DJ Bravo, KA Pollard, R Sathish, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, SL Malinga
Royal Challengers Bangalore team
JH Kallis, MK Pandey, RV Uthappa, V Kohli, R Dravid, EJG Morgan, MV Boucher†, P Kumar, A Kumble*, DW Steyn, R Vinay Kumar