Royal Challengers seemed to have lost the plot during the latter stages of the innings. While they scored 72 for 2 in the first 10 overs batting first, they could only manage 55 in the last ten losing six wickets, including the crucial ones of Ross Taylor and Mark Boucher who could have provided some late impetus. In the end the total of 127 proved to be well below-par.

Whenever Andrew McDonald bowled he struck. The most crucial strike of them all was Manish Pandey's caught-and-bowled in the ninth over. Just when Bangalore were lining up a big score, McDonald hit back after being dispatched for four in his very second ball. The next ball didn't come on quickly enough, and Pandey's attempt at hitting down the ground lobbed up on the off side for McDonald to take an easy catch.

Dale Steyn's second over was the first nail in Bangalore's coffin. Brad Hodge, who had been quiet till that time, leaving the aggression to Rob Quiney, opened up and clubbed Steyn for three fours to backward square leg, midwicket and backward point. From 33 for no loss, Victoria rocketed to 46 - the beginning of the end for Bangalore.