Mumbai:Royal Challengers Bangalore think tank had planned to attack Mumbai Indians' lynchpin Sachin Tendulkar by bowling more in-swingers, said pacer Vinay Kumar after playing a key role in his side's comprehensive seven-wicket win in an Indian Premier League tie here on Saturday.
"We had planned to bowl more in-swingers to Tendulkar. Most Indian batsmen are uncomfortable facing in-swingers," said the Karnataka bowler after grabbing three wickets in one over, including that of Tendulkar, to put his side on top.
Kumar's triple strike in the 11th over of Mumbai innings helped RCB break the backbone of the home side innings which ended at a meagre 151 for nine after electing to bat.
RCB easily surpassed the target by making 155 for three in 19.1 overs after in-form openers Manish Pandey (40) and man of the match Jacques Kallis (66 not out) forged a stand of 85 in 9.5 overs.
Vinay said the three wickets he took proved to be the turning point in the match.
"We had planned to target Sanath Jayasuriya and Tendulkar. We got Jayasuriya in the second over which was another turning point," he pointed out.
"Dale Steyn (3/26) has pace while Praveen Kumar swings the ball. I bowl to my strength. On Indian wickets you have to vary your bowling, otherwise you cannot succeed," said Vinay who grabbed three for 25.
He praised skipper Anil Kumble for his inspirational leadership and was happy that his side have won three out of four matches and are on top of the table.
"Anilbhai puts a lot of 'josh' among the players in team meetings. It feels great to top the table, we lost our first match after which we have won three in three. It feels nice," he said.
Mumbai Indians coach Robin Singh blamed his side's defeat on the middle order collapse that saw the hosts slump from a healthy 71 for 2 to 76 for six in the space of 10 balls.
"We just collapsed. We lost four wickets in two overs. It's difficult to recover after losing four wickets in two overs," the former India all-rounder said.
Talking about the injury sustained by Ambati Rayudu while fielding during the RCB run chase, Robin said the extent of damage will be known after an X-ray examination.
Rayudu fell on his elbow while diving to take a catch off Kallis.
"I have no idea about Rayudu's condition. It will be known after the X-ray report comes. The physiotherapist is working on it," he said.
Asked about his team's chances in the games that follow, Robin said, "We have a long way to go and we have to ensure that we play good cricket," he said.
On the next match in two days' time here against the struggling Kolkata Knight Riders, Robin said that all teams are equal in Twenty20 cricket.
"In Twenty20, every team is pretty strong. It does not matter how good the team is on paper. You have to play well to do well," he said.