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Rayudu, Pollard seals MI's emphatic win

The start of match was delayed by 50 minutes due to rain and later at about 8 pm, play was stopped again for nearly seven minutes as one of the flood lights stopped working.

Rayudu then upped the ante by clobbering a six and a four off Gayle.

Rayudu got to his fifty with a cracking straight drive, keeping the Mumbai Indians in the hunt, before Pollard joined him in the onslaught.

Rayudu and Pollard provided the impetus in the 17th over, first smacking Zaheer for a six and then driving one back past the bowler for a four.

Zaheer conceded 16 runs in his third over, leaving Mumbai Indians to score 41 runs off 18 balls.

Rayudu took R Vinay Kumar to the cleaners, bludgeoning him for 16 runs, before Pollard finished the show in style.

Earlier, Mayank Agarwal produced a blistering 30-ball 64 at a crucial juncture to power Bangalore to a challenging 171 for six. Mayank smashed Munaf Patel for 24 runs in the innings' last over, which included two sixes and as many fours. In all, he hit six fours and four sixes.

Mayank came out to bat when RCB were precariously placed, having lost four wickets with less than 100 on the board.

At the start however, Munaf did not disappoint captain Harbhajan Singh who hoped to get early wickets by exploiting a slightly greenish pitch, as he struck two crucial blows for Mumbai Indians, dismissing Gayle for just six and running out host captain Virat Kohli for three.

In his first over Lasith Malinga almost had Saurabh Tiwary caught at deep extra cover but fortunately for the batsman, the ball landed safely between two fielders.

But suddenly, the hosts were in trouble at 47 for three by the seventh over. After losing three wickets, Dilshan and AB de Villiers were involved in a 40-run partnership in 29 balls before Kieron Pollard removed the South African for 14.

Agarwal cut loose in the 16th over, hammering 11 of the 15 runs conceded by RP Singh. However, RP put an end to the 46-run stand for the fifth wicket by bowling out Dilshan for 47 in the 17th over.

Agarwal then took Malinga to the cleaners, collecting 13 runs in the penultimate over.

He smashed back-to-back four and a six to take the total to 147 without further inroads. Agarwal brought up RCB's 150 in Munaf's first ball after he whacked him for a handsome six.

Earlier in the innings, after Harbhajan opted to field, Munaf bowled a nine-ball over as he delivered three no balls and conceded 21 runs.

Tiwary made the most of it by first hammering the Mumbai pacer for a four and a six over midwicket.

Opener Dilshan too slapped one through the extra-cover region.

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