The Mumbai Indians made quite a statement, batting and bowling brilliantly in a 58-run thrashing of the seemingly unbeatable Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2013.
Led by a solid all-round performance from Dwayne Smith (50 and two for 20) the Mumbai Indians eased to their fifth win in eight matches, leaving RCB stuck on six wins in nine.
MI took full advantage of batting first after winning the toss, posting a huge total of 194 for seven, before restricting Chris Gayle and RCB to just 136 for seven.
The chase was never really on for RCB as the in-form side lost their top-four batsmen early on, and with it ruining any chances of pulling off a win.
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Chris Gayle were tied down by some really intelligent and aggressive bowling from Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson.
Chris Gayle was living bit of a charmed life and just could not get going like in his previous innings, when he played an unbelievable 175. Dilshan (13, 18b, 2x4) at the other end was also struggling and it came as no surprise when the Sri Lankan opener was caught out at third man by Mitchell Johnson off Dhawal Kulkarni.
Gayle (18, 20b, 2x4, 1x6) followed his opening partner to the pavilion in the next over - the seventh -- holing out to Ambati Rayudu at long-on off Harbhajan Singh (two for 21).
The game was over bar the shouting in the next over as Kulkarni (three for 17) induced outside edges off the blades of Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers, sending RCB reeling on 43 for four.
With the big three of Gayle Kohli and De Villiers gone, it was just a matter of time after that, as RCB crawled to 136 for seven.
Earlier, the Mumbai Indians took full advantage of the flat pitch, with an all-round effort from their batsmen helping them to a big total.
Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith again opened the batting, with Ricky Ponting sitting it out for the second straight game.
Both players got off to fliers, with Tendulkar in particular rolling back the years with some outstanding strokes.
The third over from Ravi Rampaul was vintage Tendulkar, as the Master Blaster smashed the RCB fast bowler for four boundaries, each of them better than the other.
However, the Tendulkar brilliance was shortlived, with RP Singh trapping the Indian legend in front of the wicket for a quickfire 13-ball 23, which included five fours.
MI carried on unfettered though, as Smith and Dinesh Karthik allied for 68 runs from just 6.3 overs. Smith was by far the aggressor in the partnership, scoring 46 of those runs as the West Indian laid the platform for a huge score.
The first ball of the eleventh over saw Smith (50, 36, 4x4, 3x6) walking back to the pavilion, after missing a straight Syed Mohammad delivery and seeing his timber disturbed.
Rohit Sharma (10) was unnecessarily run out two overs later following a massive mix-up with Karthik.
That brought in the dangerous Kieron Pollard, though, and the big West Indian took full toll of the flat pitch on his way to a 16-ball 34, with two fours and three sixes.
Pollard and Karthik (43, 33b, 3x4, 1x6) put together 51 runs in just 25 deliveries, as the Mumbai Indians targeted a score nearing 200.
The home side lost their way a bit in the 18th over, as RCB picked up a team hat-trick. Both Karthik and Ambati Rayudu were run out, before Pollard was caught out at third man by Rampaul off Vinay Kumar.
Harbhajan "Turbanator" Singh (16 in 8), however, took control of things blasting three boundaries off RP Singh in the next over as the Mumbai Indians roared to 194 for seven.