Sourav Ganguly's absence did little good for Pune Warriors, who chasing 174 fell short by 35 runs, against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Winning the toss and opting to field first didn't help Pune's stand-in skipper Steven Smith as the bowlers were smashed by the Bangalore batsmen.
Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed the Pune bowlers for a strong opening stand of 80 runs.
Tillakaratne Dilshan provided good support to Gayle in the opening partnership and then played a good hand in the 2nd wicket partnership to slam a fifty off 40 balls.
Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli's poor form continued as he was dismissed by Rahul Sharma for a single-digit score of 9.
Pune Warriors' regular captain Sourav Ganguly, who chose to rest himself for the game, watched the proceedings from the sidelines.
Pune made a couple of changes in their team, one of which was fast bowler Krishnakant Upadhyay who came in place of Ashish Nehra.
Royal Challengers Bangalore's veteran paceman Zaheer Khan marred Pune's chase in the very first over as he sent back Mohnish Mishra (4) and Manish Pandey for a duck.
The only partnership worth the count in the Pune innings was between Robin Uthappa and Anustup Majumdar. But Muralidaran's spin sent back Uthappa on 38, which was the highest score by any batsman in the Pune innings.
Michael Clarke's poor T-20 form continued as he was sent back for a mere 13 runs by Vinay Kumar who picked up 3 wickets in the match.
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