This is Mumbai’s fifth win in eight matches, while RCB slumped to its seventh defeat in eight games. Set to chase 172, Mumbai reached the target with an over to spare. Mumbai got off to a flier with Quinton de Kock scoring a brisk 40 off 26 balls as he added 70 runs for the opening wicket with captain Rohit Sharma in 7.1 overs.
Earlier, AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali hit impressive half centuries to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore to a respectable 171 for 7. After RCB lost skipper Virat Kohli (8 off 9 balls) and Parthiv Patel (28 off 20 balls) inside seven overs, de Villiers (75 in 51 balls) along with Ali (50 runs in 32 balls) resurrected the innings with a 95-run stand for the third wicket.
The South African star stamped his authority, hammering six fours and four sixes, as he completed his half century in 41 balls. Ali was a little bit more aggressive than de Villiers as he hit five sixes and a lone boundary as the two took the MI attack to cleaners.
Ali initially played second fiddle but later upped the ante. He was particularly severe on Australian pacer Jason Behrendoff (1/49), whom he hit for two sixes and a four in the 16th over, which fetched 17 runs for RCB.
De Villiers, who took time to settle, then showed his class, as he hit round the park. However, veteran Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Maliga (4/31) pegged the visiting side back by removing Ali and Marcus Stonis (0) in the 18th over and taking two wickets in the final over.
Brief scores: RCB 171/7 in 20 overs (AB de Villiers 75, Moeen Ali 50, Lasith Malinga 4/31) lost to Mumbai Indians 172/5 in 19 overs (Q de Kock 40, H Pandya 37*)