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Royal Challengers win last ball thriller

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Bangalore: The star-studded Indian Premier League Vi match between Mumbai Indians and host, Royal Challengers Bangalore ended on a scintillating...

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ro3Bangalore: The star-studded Indian Premier League Vi match between Mumbai Indians and host, Royal Challengers Bangalore ended on a scintillating note thanks to inspired bowling by Vinay Kumar, which brought off a thrilling two-run win for the Challengers at the M A Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday.

The architects of the win were Vinay Kumar and Chris Gayle, who first plundered an unbeaten 92 from 58 balls to set the tone.A However, although the Challengers posted a respectable 156 for five, it looked like the Mumbai Indian would take the match away after Murali Karthik launched a fantastic counter-attack that included three successive sixes.

Vinay bowled Rohit Sharma to put the visitors a precarious 88 for three in the 14th over while chasing 157 for a win. Mumbai lost both openers after a steady start to be 62/2 in ten overs after Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar exited. Earlier, Gayle smashed an unbeaten 92 to single-handedly power the team to the score. His knock came from 58 balls and included eleven fours and five massive sixes.

Gayle initially adopted a wait and watch policy on a seaming Chinnaswamy track before exploding in the eight over.A Test discard and former skipper, Harbhajan Singh gave Mumbai a much-needed breakthrough in the form of Daniel Christian, caught at deep midwicket by Johsnson. Bumrah scalped his third wicket when he trapped Karun Nair leg before to see RCB in a spot of bother a 80 for four in 12.4 overs.

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