Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Jaipur April 17, 2013

Kieron Pollard's extra yards

Plays of the day from the IPL game between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians, in Jaipur

The long ball
Kieron Pollard is renowned for his ability to hit the ball long, but against Rajasthan Royals he had success by bowling a long ball. With Royals off to a blistering start, and Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson proving ineffective, Mumbai Indians turned to Pollard. He provided the breakthrough, that too the big one of Shane Watson, with a delivery he bowled from way behind the stumps. The point of release may have had little to do with the wicket, but Pollard's short and wide ball had Watson edging through to the keeper, and Pollard setting off on a celebratory run.

The bouncer
Dishant Yagnik kept Royals' innings motoring along after the fall of Watson, with a powerful cut off quick bowler Rishi Dhawan bringing up the 100 in the 12th over. Dhawan responded like a typical fast bowler, banging the next ball in short; Yagnik wasn't sure how to deal with that and was struck on the side of the helmet. Dhawan walked up to the batsman and gave him a glare, just to emphasise who was boss. That was when the he heard the umpire's call of no-ball, immediately draining the menace from his stare.

The miss
Ajinkya Rahane was struggling to force the pace in the second half of the innings - hitting only two fours in 13 overs after the Powerplay. His search for the big shots continued in the 19th over, when he punched a full ball from Malinga high in the air. Both Malinga and Sachin Tendulkar raced towards mid-off in an attempt to take the catch. Seeing Tendulkar charging in, Malinga pulled out, and moments later Tendulkar too aborted, thinking Malinga would go for it. The ball landed between the two of them, and Rahane went on to hit three fours in the final over.

The contribution
Royals have placed plenty of faith in Stuart Binny this season, and he hasn't done much to repay them in the past few games. He was promoted ahead of Twenty20 expert Brad Hodge today but again couldn't make an impact, falling for 4. He partially made up for that by killing off Mumbai's chances - in his first over, he uprooted the middle stump to send back Pollard and reduce Mumbai to 31 for 4.

The run-out

Mumbai were already heading towards their heaviest defeat when their day got even worse late in the chase. Ambati Rayudu tucked the ball behind square leg and set off for a single, only to see that the non-striker Harbhajan Singh had turned back after taking a couple of paces. Both batsmen were at the same end, initially remonstrating with each other over whose fault the run-out was, before both stood in petulant silence awaiting the third umpire's decision over who was dismissed. Rayudu had grounded his bat just before Harbhajan, who was too busy bickering with Rayudu to get back in the crease.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Perhaps Sanjaykool needed to compare Rayadu with someone other than Pollard. So allow me to assist: Pollard 68 balls for 95runs; Rayadu 65 balls for 67 runs. So on what basis can u conclude that Rayadu can stabilize better? Don't call others half cooked Pundits if you cannot even count!

  • Mohd. Farhan on April 18, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    @Brutalanalayst- Well for your Knowledge, I must say that exactly an year ago on the same day i.e 20 May, Rajasthan Royals had beaten Mumbai Indians by 10 wickets.... So RR had beaten MI with all their wickets in hand a season before MI accomplished that feat.


  • MANOJKUMAR on April 18, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Dear BRUTALANALYST - MI over RR is not the only 10 wicket victory "still to this day", because CSK defeated KXIP by 10 wickets on 10th April 2013

  • o on April 18, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Dwayne Smith was the best opener M.I used and he brought the best out of Sachin they complemented each other perfectly. Remember end of last season when they beat RR by 10 wickets. The only 10 wicket victory in IPL history still to this day - http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2012/engine/match/548377.html

  • o on April 18, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    @mngc Agree 10 percent M.I have not used Pollard correctly expecting miracles every innings he's so much better when he has some time and the rr is not already 12 plus as he showed v CSK.

  • Sharad on April 18, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Bit too harsh there on Stuart. It was his pretty good 40(20) vs DD, that got the Royals to 165. Hodge could've fired too had he been promoted but that's ignoring Binny's contribution.

  • michael on April 18, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Pollard plays best when he has an opportunity to get his eye in for about 10 balls. He also needs time in the middle and has not gotten that except in i game.He was sent in yesterday when the RR was already over 11 and that does not give him settling time. Karthik and Pollard should be #3 and 4. Both openers need to be dropped and replaced by batsmen capable of SR of at least 120. Maybe move Sharma to open. If MI does not want to use Pollard wisely then sell him. I am sure others will snap him up quickly. I was a MI fan but captaincy and management is sadly lacking since last year.

  • vikneshwar on April 18, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    I hope you guys watched MI vs CSK match .. Pollard carried the match almost single handedly. Isn't it a stabilizer's role? He dint go for too much big shots but played with a calculated risk which is what T20 is all about

  • RAJARAMAN on April 18, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Pollard is just a 5-over player ... not more than that ... in that 5-overs you can ask him to hit any number of runs ... that is all ... expecting him to score heavily from 7th over is foolishness ... Rayudu would have been better placed to stabilize the innings ... MI needs such results to keep themselves on par with others!!!

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    I am a Mumbai fan and I see that Ricky is not firing up in the top order.Tendulkar has played some shots against the Pune warriors finding some form.Ricky should drop himself himself from the team and pave way for Dwayne Smith,Glenn Maxwell or Philip Hughes.

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