IPL 2014: Mumbai Indians continue revival with entertaining win over RCB
Pollard starred with the bat, ball and in the field as Mumbai Indians continued their IPL 7 recovery.
Result: Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 19 runs.
Toss: RCB won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Mumbai Indians 187-5 in 20 overs: Skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front with a brilliant half century and Kieron Pollard's added a 31-ball 43 to put Mumbai in the driver's seat on a good batting track.
Rohit, who remained unbeaten on a 35-ball 59, combined with the burly West Indian to forge a 60-ball 97-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Rohit's 68-minute innings yielded three fours and four sixes, while Pollard struck six boundaries.
The innings was marred by a clash between Pollard and Mitchell Starc, the former angered by Starc's decision to bowl right at him despite him not being ready to face the ball (click here for the video).
Mumbai started well but lost Aussie opener Ben Dunk (15) in the first ball of the fourth over after he had shared a 25-run stand with CM Gautam and had struck a couple of fours against Ashoke Dinda. But he paid the price for a loose shot that was caught by Yuvraj Singh off Harshal Patel.
Mumbai looked in control for a while before losing wickets in quick succession — Ambati Rayudu and Gautam added 46 runs off 29 balls for the second wicket before Dinda castled Rayudu in the eighth over.
Gautam (30 runs, 28b, 2x4, 3x6) departed in the next over.
Corey Anderson, who hit a six over long on off leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, perished while attempting the same shot two balls later, reducing the hosts to 84 for four in the tenth over.
Rohit had got off to a slow start but accelerated and thrashed pacer Varun Aaron in the penultimate over for 24 runs. He carted the bowler for three sixes and a four to bring up his half century.
Pollard was run out following a misunderstanding in the last over. RCB conceded 48 runs in the last three overs. Dinda was the most profligate and gave away 38 runs in his three overs, while Aaron was expensive as he conceded 41 runs in his four.
RCB 168-8 in 20 overs: The visitors started the chase off with a quickfire 51-run partnership between Parthiv Patel (26 off 19, 5x4) and Chris Gayle (38 off 24, 3x4, 3x6) before their usually reliable middle order failed to get to a daunting target.
While Parthiv started off with three glorious fours in the first couple overs and Gayle got going in the third over, hammering two sixes and two fours. Both openers were bowled by Harbhajan Singh while trying to slog the experienced off-spinner.
Virat Kohli played a confident innings of 35 runs off 28 balls (2x4, 2x6) , stitching up a 41-run partnership with Gayle which threatened to take away the match from Mumbai — but was dismissed by Suyal as the Indian vice-captain tried to clear the field, only managing to find Corey Anderson at long-off.
Kohli fell just five deliveries after AB de Villiers. The South African was hailed by Kohli as the best batsman in the world after his heroic innings in their previous match, but he failed to click at The Wankhede — scoring only nine off seven balls (2x4). There was probably a hint of over-confidence as he tried to play a paddle-sweep too early in the innings and made it easy for Bumrah to pluck his leg-stump.
Yuvraj and Rilee Rossouw struggled for runs and went for a quick single — but Pollard expertly kicked the ball onto the stumps to run Yuvraj out — following it up with a classic celebration. It went downhill from then onward — Starc ironically hit the ball straight to Pollard at cover and Bumrah bowled Harshal Patel with a slower delivery.
Rossouw made the most of his time in the middle with a 14-ball 24 (1x4, 2x6) but departed in the 19th over as his elevated drive found Rohit at mid-off. RCB needed 27 off the last over and fell short by 19 runs.
Turning point: Has to Chris Gayle's wicket — he was looking in fine touch for the first time this season but was cut short by a fine delivery from Harbhajan which straightened a bit and smacked the stumps.
Man of the match: Pollard with an important 43 and that classic run-out.
But now, that bubble has burst. The tournament needs to come to a stop now as the players and the people running it are at a huge risk. And BCCI must act quickly. Nothing is bigger than human life. Cricket, definitely not.
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