The big shot that Bangalore needed finally comes in the 16th over, albeit with the asking rate grazing at 12 per over. After Pollard had got the wicket of Mohammad Kaif off the very first ball of the innings, Saurabh Tiwary thwacked the West Indian over the outstretched hands of the long-on fielder.
Of course, the resurrection did not last too long, especially with the asking rate having spiralled up to 12 and Daniel Vettori’s bid to up the ante goes begging – stumped off the bowling of Harbhajan. Harbhajan Singh, who was dropped from the ODI squad, ends with figures of three for 20 off his four overs.
Tiwary continues to soldier on but the timing has gone awry for him as it has for all the batsmen. Nechim picks him while he tries to hoick the ball away – as he needs to with the required rate picking up speed after every ball – as Bangalore slump to 98/8 in the 18th over.
37 runs required off the last 12 balls, and Malinga concedes just five runs to seal Bangalore’s fate. Abu Nechim takes the last wicket to bowl Bangalore out for 108.
It was always thought that Bangalore would find things difficult in a bid to adapt to Chennai’s pitch. However, the capitulation is stunning, as the batting showed very little gumption in the wake of the slowing down of the track and against some good quality bowling.
To be fair to them, Mumbai Indians brought out their A game with the ball. Harbhajan captained brilliantly, he spun the ball more than he has ever done in the last three years or so, Chahal got his lines and lengths right while Pollard changed pace brilliantly to make scoring difficult. And of course, there was Malinga, who set the ball rolling with the wicket of his Sri Lankan mate, Dilshan.