Colin de Grandhomme flexed his muscles in the final over with what proved to be a key contribution, emulating McCullum by hitting a full toss from fellow Black Cap Mitchell McClenaghan for six off off what would have been the last ball and doing the same again with the free hit.
The inability to chase down 168 - a seemingly manageable ask - might be viewed as a failure of the batting side, but Bond put most of the blame on the bowlers, particularly ruing the fact that they had bowled well for most part of the innings but let things get away in a few poor overs.
Captain Virat Kohli slammed Royal Challengers' bowling as "criminal" after Mahendra Singh Dhoni lifted Chennai Super Kings to the top of the Indian Premier League in a game featuring a record 33 sixes. Umesh Yadav (2/29) struck a double blow in the fourth over, sending back Suryakumar Yadav and skipper Rohit Sharma off back-to-back-deliveries.
Lynn went on to score his second fifty in three games and anchor a tricky chase.
Hardik (50, 42b) and Krunal Pandya (23, 19b) began their fix work, with the former playing the role of the aggressor while the latter kept the scoreboard ticking with ones and twos.
In fact, two of the overs made a massive difference. "But 170 or 165 was always going to be hard for a run chase", added Bond. Russell turned 30 on Sunday, and had a pretty good birthday on the field against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Nitish Rana did not last long, retiring hurt due to a bad lower back and Russell went first ball as well. Chahal's spell can be a massive moment in the game against Mumbai on Tuesday. Yadav has been the leading wicket taker for RCB and would try and get some wickets in this match to exert pressure upon the Mumbai Indians. Rohit called it right at the toss and on a sluggish wicket the home team was off to a sedate start until Manan Vohra (45, 31b, 2x4, 4x6) made a decision to go after spinner JP Duminy in the fourth over.
Considering the conditions, expectedly, all three spinners were employed by captain Rohit Sharma.
But Hardik had the last laugh when a brilliant direct hit from mid-off caught McCullum short in the 15th over. Manan Vohra scored 45 runs off 31 balls that included 4 sixes and 2 fours.
Hardik was bang on target when the Kiwi batsman attempted a single and was run out. It was then time for Kohli to show his class as the right-hander danced down the track to launch Krunal over the deep mid-wicket fence to bring up the duo's 50-run stand off just 24 balls.
Pandya brothers looked threatening in the middle for a while but it wasn't enough.