Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with an attacking unbeaten 93 as Royal Challengers outclassed Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets in the ninth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.
Chasing 162 for a win, the home team reached 162 for three in 17.4 overs to romp home with 14 balls to spare.
Kohli's superb innings was compiled off just 47 balls and was studded with four sixes and eleven fours. He was chosen Man of the Match.
Openers Mayank Agaral (29) and Chris Gayle (13) and A B de Villiers (15) were the other RCB batsmen to get among the runs today.
For Sunrisers, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra and Cameron White took a wicket apiece.
Earlier, powered by a quickfire half-century by Cameron White, Sunrisers piled up 161 for six from their 20 overs after their skipper Kumar Sangakkara opted to bat first after winning the toss.
White's 52 came off just 32 balls and included three sixes and three fours. He added 80 runs for the fourth wicket in the company of Thisara Perera, who made an equally brilliant 40 off just 24 balls with the help of four sixes and one four.
Sangakkara contributed 23, while Parthiv Patel contributed 20 and Akshath Reddy 12.
For RCB, Rudra Pratap Singh took three for 27 while Vinay Kumar, Muthaiah Muralitharan and Murali Kartik picked up a wicket apiece.
The two teams were involved in an exciting tie two days ago at Hyderabad after which the match had gone into the super over in which Sunrisers Hyderabad won.
For Sunrisers, that was their second consecutive win in their first appearance in the tournament, having beaten Pune Warriors by 22 runs in their opening match on April 4.
For RCB, this was their second win in the tournament, having beaten Mumbai Indians by two runs in a thriller on April 5.
RCB got off to a flying start in their chase, with Mayank Agarwal hitting Hanuma Vihari, who opened the bowling, for a six over deep square leg and following it up with a straight shot past the bowler for four. Twelve runs came off the first over.
In the next over, the big-hitting Chris Gayle pushed Dale Steyn past wide mid-off for four as the home team added eight more runs.
Ishant Sharma was brought into the attack and Agarwal smacked him to deep backward square leg for four.
Steyn put the brakes on the scoring, giving away only two runs in his second over. In the next over, Agarwal produced some fireworks, as he turned and hit Sharma off his hips for six over fine-leg and then smacked him through cover for four. Off the last ball of the over, Gayle hit him past the bowler for another four. Fifteen runs came off the over, and RCB were on 39/0 after five overs.
Thisara Perera came on and dismissed Agarwal, caught by Sangakkara at cover after the batsman got a leading edge. Agarwal made 29 off 20 balls, with two sixes and three fours.
Skipper Virat Kohli was the next man in, and he to business straightaway, hitting Perera through cover for four.
Off the first ball of the next over, Sharma got rid of Gayle, caught by Patel after the batsman had made only 13, with two fours, much to the disappointment of the home crowd. The ball had turned slightly and got an outside edge to the wicket-keeper.
Amit Mishra was brought into the attack, and he gave awya only two in his first over.
Kohli picked up a short one from Perera and hoisted over deep mid-wicket for six as RCB reached 69 for two at the end of 10 overs.
Ashish Reddy came on to bowl, and Kohli promptly cut a slower delivery and beat third man for four. Two balls later, de Villiers drove him over extra cover for six. Reddy conceded 13 runs in that over.
In the next over, Kohli got four off White with a shot that went through Akshath Reddy's legs. The next ball, Kohli stepped out and hit the ball over long-on for a huge six. However, off the last ball of that over, White managed to get de Villiers caught at deep mid-wicket by Vihari. de Villiers made 15 off 15 balls with the help of one six.
Five runs came off the next over from Steyn, before Kohli sent a ball from Mishra fine on the leg side for four. Moises Henriques then got an outside edge for another four.
Kohli blasted Mishra for two sixes and a four in the 16th over. In the next over, sent down by Perera, he hit three fours. He then took two fours off Sharma to wrap up the issue.
The home team made two changes with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Karun Nair making way for AB De Villiers and Rudra Pratap Singh.
Sunrisers made one change with Biplab Samantray coming in for Ankit Sharma.
The visitors began on a brisk note as Reddy took seven runs off the first over from Singh, including a four to fine leg. He then slammed Vinay Kumar over mid-on for another four. Singh had Reddy caught at mid-on by Vinay Kumar with the first ball of his next over.
Sangakkara was aggressive from the word go, as he drove Singh through the crowded off-side for four. In the next over, he slammed Vinay Kumar towards the sight-screen for another four.
Patel, too, got into the act and flicked Jayadev Unadkat to the deep backward square leg boundary. At the end of five overs, Sunrisers were on 32 for one.
Muralitharan came on at this stage, and Patel got a top edge, while attempting a sweep, and the ball raced to the deep mid-wicket boundary. Eight runs came off that over.
Patel, however, fell to Muralitharan in his next over, knocking back his off-stump as the batsman wented for a lofted drive only to see the ball slip between the bat and pad. Patel's 20 came off 19 balls and included two fours.
Sangakkara and Cameron White picked up six off Murali Kartik's first over. White got an outside edge off Muralitharan that went past the slip to the fence for four. At the end of 10 overs, Sunrisers were on 62/2.
The Sunrisers skipper did not last much longer, falling to the second ball of Kartik's next over. Sangakkara got a leading edge and his counterpart Virat Kohli took an easy catch at cover. Sangakkara's 23 came off 24 balls and included two fours.
Unadkat conceded only three in his next over. Thisara Perera hammered Kartik over long-off into the crowd for a huge six, as the batsmen picked up 13 runs from the 13th over. Muralitharan gave away only four in the 14th over.
White smashed a short one from Unadkat to deep backward square leg for four and then Perera lifted him over long-on effortlessly for a huge six. Sunrisers got 14 runs from that over and were 98 for three after 15 overs.
After that the two batsmen broke loose. White hit Moises Henriques for four to deep extra cover and Perera then lifted him out of the ground twice, both in the deep mid-wicket area. Henriques conceded 18 runs in that over.
Perera continued to plunder the bowling, hitting Vinay Kumar for another huge six before White sent him over long-on for another six. The 17th over yielded 19 runs as Sunrisers moved to 135 for three.
In the next over, Perera smacked a full toss from Singh for four to deep mid-wicket. Two balls later, he lost his off-stump after moving too far across and missing the ball. Nine runs came off that over.
White reached his half-century with a beautiful six, off a slow half-volley from Vinay Kumar, which he lifted over extra cover. He did not last much longer, caught by de Villiers off the last ball of that over, driving another half-volley straight to the fielder. White's 52 came off just 34 balls and included three sixes and three fours.
In the last over, Singh got Ashish Reddy (3) with his first ball, uprooting his middle-stump. Hanuma Vihari (4) and Biplab Samantray (2) added six runs off the remaining balls as Sunrisers set RCB a target of 162.
Akshath Reddy c Vinay Kumar b Singh 12
Parthiv Patel b Muralitharan 20
Kumar Sangakkara c Kohli b Kartik 23
Cameron White c de Villiers b Vinay Kumar 52
Thisara Perera b Singh 40
Ashish Reddy b Singh 3
Hanuma Vihari not out 4
Biplab Samantray not out 2
Extras (w 4, nb 1) 5
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 161
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Reddy, 2.1 overs), 2-50 (Patel, 7.5), 3-62 (Sangakkara, 10.2), 4-142 (Perera, 17.4), 5-155 (White, 18.6), 6-155 (Ashish Reddy, 19.1)
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-27-3
Vinay Kumar 4-0-43-1
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-29-0
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-23-1
Murali Kartik 3-0-21-1
Moises Henriques 1-0-18-0
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Mayank Agarwal c Sangakkara b Perera 29
Chris Gayle c Patel b Sharma 13
Virat Kohli not out 93
AB de Villiers c Vihari b White 15
Moises Henriques not out 7
Extras (lb 1, w 4) 5
Total (for three wickets in 17.4 overs) 162
Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Agarwal, 5.1 overs), 2-47 (Gayle, 6.1), 3-96 (de Villiers, 11.6)
Hanuma Vihari 1-0-12-0
Dale Steyn 4-0-16-0
Ishant Sharma 3.4-0-30-1
Thisara Perera 3-0-35-1
Amit Mishra 4-0-42-0
Ashish Reddy 1-0-12-0
Cameron White 1-0-14-1