Dinesh Karthik (Mumbai) - 86 runs from 48 balls
Dinesh Karthik's explosive innings helped Mumbai beat Delhi by 44 runs to register their second win in the sixth edition of the domestic T20 tournament in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Batting first, the star-studded Mumbai side lost their way early after losing captain Ricky Ponting for a duck and Sachin Tendulkar three balls later for one run.
The departure of the big guns didn't deter Mumbai as Karthik joined Rohit Sharma to counter a Delhi attack bolstered by the arrival of South African fast bowler Morne Morkel.
After playing the first three overs cautiously, Karthik took 15 runs off an Ashish Nehra over. He dominated the third-wicket partnership with Rohit, reaching his 50 off 29 balls. Mumbai were 80 for 2 in 10 overs, and made it to the 100-run mark in 12 overs.
Karthik switched gears after reaching his fifty, racing to 86 in just 48 balls. He shared a 132-run stand for the fourth wicket with Sharma and the pair gave Mumbai the platform for their total of 209 for 5. With 183 runs from three matches, Karthik pipped Virat Kohli to become the tournament's leading run-scorer.
"I was trying to have a positive intent and looked to play the ball on its merit and play to my strength," Karthik said. "This year has been good. I've had a good domestic season and it was important that I carried the momentum forward into the T20 season. I'm confident that given a chance, at any level, I'll do well."
Virat Kohli (Bangalore) - 93 runs from 47 balls
Virat Kohli's superlative 93 runs from 47 balls helped Bangalore beat Hyderabad by seven wickets, on Tuesday as they avenged last week's Super-Over loss against the same opponents.
Chasing a stiff 162, Bangalore needed a strong start but lost their openers Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal in the first seven overs. Kohli stepped in and attacked from the start, punching Thisara Perara powerfully through the covers to get off the mark.
Kohli and AB de Villiers joined forces and set their side well on course for a win with a 49-run stand for the third wicket. Kohli, who hit four sixes and 11 fours in his innings, was ruthless in targeting spinners and fast bowlers alike.
He launched Amit Mishra for consecutive straight sixes early in the 16th over, in which he eventually plundered 21 and then smashed five more fours in the next two overs to close the match.
Kohli said that he wanted to remain calm through his innings and it worked. "It's a big stage, 50,000 people in the stadium and the whole of India watching you every night," Kohli said. "So it's a proud feeling to do well. Last year, I didn't have a great season but this year I just wanted to stay calm at the crease and it worked well."