Mumbai were reduced to 7/4 having restricted the star-studded RCB team to just 142 from their 20 overs.
However, Pollard kept his cool in the chase before unleashing some massive sixes to power the Indians to a famous win.
Here are the highlights, the lowlights and the takeaways from a thrilling Good Friday clash.
How good? Virat Kohli good
The India captain’s name has become a byword for excellence and after nearly a month out, Virat Kohli looked like he’d just scored a hundred yesterday.
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He hit his six ball straight over long-on for six and picked Tim Southee off for two more fours in the over.
His 62 from 47 balls was majestic and even his dismissal, drilling a ball to Jos Buttler at deep point, was a touch unlucky as he essentially hit it too well.
Any concerns that the shoulder injury that kept him out of the first three games would bother him on his return were quickly allayed.
Mumbai Indians are strangulation experts
Rohit Sharma expertly marshalled his bowling attack to limit Royal Challengers Bangalore to just 142 from their 20 overs. Teams always come in with plans but they rarely come off as well as they did for Mumbai today.
What seemed different about Sharma was that he committed to his plans completely.
The 29-year-old gave Harbhajan Singh the new ball knowing he could trouble Gayle and he duly did so.
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When “Bhaji” failed to get him out in the power play, Sharma continued to bowl him straight through, so rarely seen in modern T20 especially for a spinner in the early stages.
Singh didn’t get him but he bowled 12 dots and ended with figures of four overs for just 23 runs and Gayle eventually fell for 22 off 27 balls – turgid by his high standards.
Kunal Pandya was similarly matched up with AB de Villiers (he now has figures of 3/17 against the South African in the IPL) and eventually had him caught with a strike-rate under 100
And the death bowling of Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah ensured that no boundaries where scored in the last five overs of the innings at Chinnaswamy, one of the IPL’s most run-filled grounds. It was a testament to the quality of the bowling and captaincy on show.
Jos Buttler remembers it’s harder without gloves on
Parthiv Patel has the task of wicket-keeping for the Mumbai Indians with his opening partner Buttler not required behind the sticks.
It was a difficult day in the field for the England man, dropping a high catch from De Villiers before juggling a more simple one in the deep to dismiss Kohli.
Jos Buttler dropped a horrible catch in the outfield
Mumbai clearly want to utilise his pace and athleticism on the boundary but it seems odd not to have a wicket-keeper, usually unfamiliar with the areas near the rope, outside the inner ring.
Samuel Badree is a key player for RCB
“He’ll try to get you bowled or LBW,” Jonny Barstow said on the Sky Sports feed.
“That third one is just a good piece of bowling.
“You’ve got to pick it and then try to play it.”
That is the double jeopardy of Badree. The 36-year-old leg-spinner missed the opening game of the IPL with an injury that allowed Tymal Mills to make his debut but both featured against Mumbai Indians and it was the slow bowler who shone.
He finished with figures of 4-1-9-4, a performance that should have made up for his batting line-up’s poor showing and in an RCB bowling unit that has looked flawed, Badree will be a crucial cog.
Virat Kohli and Samuel Badree both impressed but ended up on the losing side
Kieron Pollard is more than just a beast
When Pollard came to the crease, Mumbai were 7/4 and unable to cope with Badree.
The West Indian was almost stumped down the leg side first ball but got his pad in the way and proceeded to play a beautifully calm innings.
He had just five off his first 12 balls when he punched Chahal for six and did not clear the ropes again until the 13th over.
However, having dragged Mumbai kicking and screaming back into the contest, he then turned them into favourites by hitting the last two balls of the 15th into the stands and leave the Indians requiring just 33 off the last 24 balls. It was more than achievable.