Chasing 131 for a win, Sunrisers Hyderabad made 56 for three in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Royal Challengers in the seventh match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.
Hanuma Vihari was batting on 15 and skipper Kumar Sangakkara on 1 at the half-way mark.
The Hyderabad batsmen to fall included Akshath Reddy (23, 2x4), Parthiv Patel (2) and Cameron White (5).
Earlier, opting to bat first, RCB made 130 for eight from their 20 overs, powered by a superb 46 by skipper Virat Kohli, who was the top scorer for his side, and Moises Henriques' 44.
None of the other RCB batsmen got into double figures today.
For Sunrisers, Ishant Sharma took three for 27, while Dale Steyn, Hanuma Vihari, Thisara Perera, Amit Mishra and Ashish Reddy took one apiece.
Both teams went into the match with a win each from their first outings. RCB beat Mumbai Indians by two runs in a thriller on April 5 and Sunrisers outplayed Pune Warriors by 22 runs in their first outing on April 4.
Chasing 131 for a win, Akshat Reddy and Parthiv Patel of Sunrisers got four off the first over from Jaydev Unadkat.
Henriques came on from the other end, and got Patel (2) caught behind by Arun Karthik with his very first ball. Reddy turned a delivery down the leg side off his hips for four to the fine leg boundary. Cameron White flicked Unadkat past fine leg for another four in the next over. Sunrisers were 19/1 after three overs.
In the fourth over, White left, caught by Muralitharan at mid-off off Henriques. He had made 5 off 9 balls with one four.
Murali Kartik came on to bowl, and Reddy stepped out and guidedone through cover for an exquisite four. At the end of five overs, Sunrisers were on 31 for two, and needed 100 from the remaining 15 overs.
The home team added six runs in the sixth over and six more in the seventh through singles and twos. The eighth over yielded only four.
Muthaiah Muralitharan was brought into the attack at this stage and he promptly delivered, bowling Reddy (23, 2x4) with his second delivery, one that stayed low and turned, knocking back his off stump.
At the half-way mark, Sunrisers were on 56 for three, and still needed 75 runs from the remaining 60 balls.
The first session saw RCB getting off to a brisk start, with eight runs coming off the first over from Steyn. The visitors were all confidence, with star opener Chris Gayle recovered from the injury that had hobbled him in the previous match.
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli hits a six during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Hyderabad on April 7, 2013. Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Sunrisers skipper Kumara Sangakkara suprised everyone by bringing on off-spinner Hanuma Vihari, who stunned RCB by dismissing Gayle with his first ball in IPL.
He sent down a gentle delivery from round the wicket, slightly quick and with a little extra bounce. Gayle attempted a cut, and ended up edging the ball to wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel. There was disbelief all around the stadium, with many in the crowd having come to watch some fireworks from Gayle.
RCB skipper tried to keep the scoreboard moving, hitting Steyn off the back foot past gully for four. After three overs, they were 19/1.
In the next over, Ankit Sharma knocked back Tilakeratne Dilshan's stumps, which the batsmen to push forward but was beaten. He made 5 off 9 balls.
Kohli came down the track and drove Sharma over extra cover for another four as RCB reached 33/2 at the end of five overs. In the next over, he pulled a short one from Ishant Sharma for another four.
Thisara Perera comes on and concedes just two runs in his frist over and Amit Mishra then comes into the attack. With his first ball, he traps K K Nair (9) leg before wicket and RCB were reduced to 42/3 in 7.1 overs. The bowler concedes only one run in that over.
In the next over, Henriques slams Mishra past gully with a late cut for a four as RCB reached 55/3 at the end of 10 overs. A little later, he came down the track and slammed one from Ishant Sharma straight over the bowler's head for six.
Ashish Reddy was brought into the attack and Kohli smashed him to deep point for four. Two balls later, he had Kohli caught and bowled, rendering a huge blow to the visitors. Kohli's 46 came off 44 balls and included one six and five fours.
Henriques sent a ball from Perera to long-on for four as RCB reached 94/4 at the end of 15 overs. Two overs later, Henriqes despatched Steyn twice to the fence off successive balls. Off the last ball of that over, Steyn got rid of Mayank Agarwal (7) with an off-cutter, caught by Ankit Sharma at mid-wicket. At the end of 17 overs, RCB were 108/5.
Henriques continued to be in a punishing mood as he dragged a slower one from Perera over the gap in the mid-wicket region. In the same over, Perera dismissed Arun Karthik (0), caught by Reddy at mid-off.
In the 19th over, Vinay Kumar took four off Steyn with an edge over the wicket-keeper's head.
Ishant Sharma came back for the last over and promptly dismissed Henriques, caught by Cameron White at mid-wicket off a slower one. Henriques' 44 came off 40 balls and included five fours.
Two balls later, Vinay Kumar (7) also departed, caught by Sangakkara at extra cover. RCB ended up setting a target of 131 for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Chris Gayle c Patel b Vihari 1
Tillekaratne Dilshan b Sharma 5
Virat Kohli c & b Ashish Reddy 46
Karun Nair lbw Mishra 9
Moises Henriques c White b Sharma 44
Mayank Agarwal c Ankit Sharma b Steyn 7
Arun Karthik c Ashish Reddy b Perera 0
Vinay Kumar c Sangakkara b Sharma 7
Murali Kartik not out 2
Jaydev Unadkat not out 1
Extras (lb 1, w 7) 8
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 130
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Gayle, 1.1 overs), 2-22 (Dilshan, 3.4), 3-42 (Nair, 7.1), 4-85 (Kohli, 13.6), 5-108 (Agarwal, 16.6), 6-114 (Arun Karthik, 17.6), 7-125 (Henriques, 19.1), 8-127 (Vinay Kumar, 19.3)
Dale Steyn 4-0-37-1
Hanuma Vihari 1-0-5-1
Ishant Sharma 4-0-27-3
Ankit Sharma 2-0-17-0
Thisara Perera 4-0-21-1
Amit Mishra 4-0-15-1
Ashish Reddy 1-0-7-1