Indian Premier League: Chris Gayle proves a big hit in Bangalore

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Vinay Kumar Royal Challengers Bangalore

Vinay Kumar: Bangalore seamer came up big in final over

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Chris Gayle hit 92 not out as Royal Challengers Bangalore opened their Indian Premier League season with a two-run victory over Mumbai Indians.

Opening batsman Gayle's contribution came from 58 balls, including 11 fours and five sixes, and led the Royal Challengers to 156-5 after they were asked to bat at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Seam bowler Jasprit Bumrah claimed 3-32 to help reduce Bangalore to 80-5 in the 13th over but Gayle and Arun Karthik (19no) plundered an unbroken 76-run stand during the remainder of the innings.

Mumbai paired the top two Test run scorers of all time, Sachin Tendulkar (28) and Ricky Ponting (23), to launch their run chase.

The experienced duo put on 52 in 7.3 overs before number three Dinesh Karthik's 37-ball 60 kept the Indians in contention.

Tight

With 10 needed off the final over, Royal Challengers seamer Vinay Kumar stepped up. He conceded a single bye off the first delivery and then removed Karthik and Ambati Rayudu (18) with the next two.

Harbhajan Singh (1no) pushed a single to leave Kieron Pollard on strike with eight required and two balls remaining.

Pollard hit a full toss back over Kumar's head for four to take the contest down to the final delivery.

Kumar (3-27) got his yorker on target and Pollard (5no) could only jam it for a single on the leg side to ensure Bangalore emerged victorious.

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