Bangalore: Royal Challengers chipped in with three quick wickets to put Warriors on the backfoot in the Champions League Twenty20 opening clash at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.
The Warriors got off to a brisk and steady start but lost three quick wickets that put the home team on top. Skipper Vettori was the pick of the bowlers, getting wickets at crucial time of the match.
In the first innings, brisk knocks by Chris Gayle and the middle order batsmen powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to 172/8 despite Rusty Theron's four-wicket haul.
Mohammad Kaif hit 2 sixes and a four in his 20-ball 26 before Tehron had him caught by Wayne Parnell.
Nicky Boje had Saurabh Tiwary caught by Justin Kreusch at long-on as Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their fifth wicket.
Tiwary hit 2 sixes and 2 fours in his 15-ball 28.
Bangalore lost their fourth wicket when Warriors captain Johan Botha had AB de Villiers caught by Lonwabo Tsotsobe at long-leg.
de Villiers hit 2 sixes and a four in his 25-ball 31.
Rusty Theron gave Warriors the third breakthrough when he had Virat Kohli caught by Wayne Parnell at deep mid-wicket.
Kohli hit 4 fours in his 29-ball 34 and added 52 runs with AB de Villiers for the third wicket.
Botha took a stunning catch at long-off to cut short a rampaging Chris Gayle.
Gayle hit 2 sixes and 2 fours in his 14-ball 23 before he was dismissed off Wayne Parnell.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe gave Warriors an early breakthrough when he had Mayank Agarwal caught by Colin Ingram in the covers on the fourth ball of the match.
The breakthroughs came after Botha won the toss and chose to bowl.
Ashwell Prince is the Man of the Match for his superb 74.
Bangalore Royal Challengers 172 for 8 (Kohli 34, de Villiers 31, Theron 4-29)
Warriors 173 for 7 (Prince 74, Botha 42, Vettori 2-26)
Results Warriors won by three wickets
MOM Ashwell Prince (Warriors)
Points Warriors 2, Bangalore Royal Challengers 0