IPL 9: Rayudu gifts birthday boy Pollard his bat, challenges him to hit a six bigger than his 108m strike
Rayudu gifted the bat that he used in the IPL 2016 match against RCB to Pollard on the latter's 29th birthday, challenging him to hit a six bigger than his 108m monster hit in the match.
Following Mumbai Indians' commanding six-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the highly-anticipated clash in Bengaluru, Ambati Rayudu gifted the bat that he used in the match to Kieron Pollard on the latter's 29th birthday, challenging him to hit a six bigger than the one he had smashed off Varun Aaron in the match.
Rayudu smashed a massive 108-metre six in the first ball of the 12th over, bowled by RCB's Varun Aaron, with the ball landing in the second tier of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
It turned out to be the third-longest hit of the ongoing season. Rayudu went on to score a lively 44 off 47 balls in yet another consistent show with the bat, hammering two sixes and as many fours in his knock.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 12, 2016
Pollard, who celebrated his birthday with the team after helping finish the match off alongside Jos Buttler, remaining unbeaten on 35 and 29 respectively while sharing an unbeaten fifth-wicket partnership worth 55. The pair have anchored Mumbai's middle-order along with Krunal Pandya so far in their tournament, and have played a handy part in Mumbai's victories so far.
It was one of those days when the team did not have to rely solely on the services of skipper Rohit Sharma, who has been their most consistent batsman so far in the tournament.
Earlier, the defending champions managed to restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a below-par 151 for four on a surface that was not behaving like the usual Chinnaswamy track. Skipper Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle departed for single-digit figures, while AB de Villiers departed for 24, as Mumbai managed to get rid of the famed trio without letting them cause much damage.
Had it not been for KL Rahul's unbeaten 68, as well as his unbeaten fifth-wicket partnership with Sachin Baby (25 not out), the chase would have been a far-more one-sided one in favour of Mumbai. All-rounder Krunal won the Man of the Match for his economical spell in which he conceded just 15 runs in his four-over quota, while dismissing AB de Villiers.
With the latest win, which is their sixth of against RCB in the league's history, MI moved to the fourth sport in the table with 12 points with six wins and five losses from 11 games while RCB stood at the sixth spot with eight points.
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